Region Reimagined will be rolled out in January during the Flint Hills Regional Leaders Retreat.

Project director Christy Rodriguez spoke about that Thursday to the Riley County Commission. Region Reimagined, previously introduced as the Greater Manhattan Project, is an economic development strategic plan for the region.

Rodriguez said her goal is to take what’s already been done and expand on it for Riley, Pottawatomie and Geary counties. This will include a new website with updated branding and an updated plan.

“Everyone’s welcome to the table,” Rodriguez said. “We want to make sure we’re tapping into everything each entity is working on.”

In her third week on the job, Rodriguez introduced herself to the commission minus an absent Ben Wilson. Her previous experience includes long-range planning for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department, planning for the Fort Worth Police Department and private sector work.

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is the coordinator for moving the Region Reimagined forward.

“You will be seeing and hearing from Christy fairly often as we continue to move this program forward,” chamber president and CEO Lyle Butler said.

The annual leaders retreat is planned for Jan. 18 and 19 in Olathe.

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