Thursday, February 9, 2017

Chamber: Vision study underway

The Mercury


Area officials will receive the final report of a recently initiated community and economic development analysis early next year.

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce sent Market Street Services, an Atlanta-based consulting firm, data and studies from Manhattan, Riley County, K-State and Fort Riley.

Lyle Butler, president of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, told county commissioners Thursday morning that the consultants are gathering data as they start to study the region.


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Editorial: Capital Crossroads' wish list requires your work

The Des Moines Register


It would be tempting to think of Capital Crossroads’ priorities — including a downtown sports stadium, an indoor farmers market and a new airport terminal — as a wish list that some Santa will fulfill in the next five years.

That’s not how the vision plan works, and that’s not how central Iowa works. Improving the region takes pushing and lifting by many hands — hundreds of elves, you might say.

Nearly 700 volunteers have worked to identify and implement projects in the first round of Capital Crossroads. The result has been more trails and improved parks, more job opportunities, new attractions in downtown Des Moines, among other accomplishments.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Capital Crossroads 2.0 unveiled

Perry Beeman, Senior Staff Writer
Des Moines Business Record

Capital Crossroads 2.0’s five-year blueprint for Central Iowa emerged Wednesday night at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

If you think the area could use better housing options, a new downtown sports stadium, an indoor soccer venue, better skywalk access, improved mobility and a higher education needs assessment that could include the debate over a downtown university campus, you’ll like what you see. The report includes calls for local option sales taxes, a more regional airport authority, improved mass transit, and a hub for refugee and immigrant entrepreneurs, along with water trails, a new airport terminal, a regional council of governments and remodeling of Drake Stadium to help lure the Olympic trials.


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