(Manhattan, Kansas, October, 8, 2018)
Northeast Kansas’ tri-county regional community and economic development plan — Region Reimagined — has hired its first program director. Christy Rodriguez began the position Sept. 24, 2018, and will office at Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.
Region Reimagined is a five-year community/economic blueprint among Geary, Pottawatomie and Riley counties. The long-range strategy of Region Reimagined is ultimately inclined toward job creation that enhances the region’s prosperity.
Rodriguez comes to the region after nearly 10 years with the Fort Worth Police Department as Program Support Administrator. There, Rodriguez assisted in planning and operations with oversight of the Research and Planning Section, Technology Section, Procurement and Contract Management Section and Asset Management Unit.
Department-wide strategic planning was another important facet of Rodriguez’s support efforts, with facility planning for approximately 40 Fort Worth-area department facilities.
Prior to her role in the Program Support Division in North Texas, Rodriguez served four years until 2009 as Senior Planner at Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department in the Advanced Plans Division. Her planning career started in Tyler, Texas, where her position was Grant Development Specialist and Planner at Traylor & Associates.
Rodriguez possesses a Master of Urban Planning degree from Texas A&M and Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from Texas State University-San Marcos. This fall, Rodriguez joined Kansas State University faculty as professor of practice within the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.
Furtherance of Region Reimagined strategic objectives includes expanded opportunities for all residents of the three-county region. The program’s main goals include targeted economic diversification, talent sustainability and entrepreneurial dynamism. Continuance toward these goals prompted region leaders to commission Atlanta-based Market Street Services and creation of a consensus-based vision which became Region Reimagined.
This five-year, evolving plan will be enhanced with regional partners’ collective perspectives. As Region Reimagined facilitates regional community and economic progress, it seeks information about efforts that align with the plan’s nine strategic priorities. Several workgroups have been established to focus in the areas of Advocacy, Built Environment, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Quality of Place and Talent Attraction and Retention.