The 2016 Leadership Lincoln County class graduated during a ceremony Thursday evening, April 21, at the Finch Theatre. The evening included a dinner, project presentations by the class members, and a speaker Jonathan Mitchell, the Hoisington City Manager.
Over the past 15 years, the Leadership Lincoln County program has helped local residents increase their understanding and awareness of the county’s assets, goals, and challenges by touring ‘behind the scenes’ of local government, businesses, industries, and community projects. Along with the tours, each leadership class commits to developing and completing a community project it sees as needed to further the county and its goals.
This year’s class project was to develop wayfinding signage in Lincoln directing visitors to important public facilities such as the schools, parks, ballfields, and government offices. This idea has been discussed for several years by various community groups, the chamber of commerce and by past leadership class participants as a need but has never got off the ground.
The class created a conceptual design, sought approval from the city council and KDOT, and applied for grants resulting in a $8300 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. The class is now working with a signmaker to finalize the design for construction and installation later in the summer.