On March 5, 2022, wildfires destroyed numerous homes and other property in eastern Reno County. In response, Reno County’s Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) has activated and works, in partnership with United Way of Reno County, to provide help to those impacted by disaster. If you are in need of assistance, please fill out the assessment form by clicking on the button below. If you would like to donate to the Reno County VOAD Fire Fund, click on the “Donate” button.
In May 2021, representatives from organizations serving Reno County formed a group to work with city and county leaders to gain input from Reno County residents on how they would prioritize the $17-plus million coming to our community from the American Rescue Plan COVID-relief bill passed in March 2021. In accordance with the inclusive, equitable spirit of the ARPA guidelines and recognizing that it needed more voices to help guide the process, the task force expanded to eventually include 16 residents representing various community organizations, governing bodies and groups. To further ensure an inclusive, high-quality process, the task force also partnered with Kansas State University’s LEADCOMM Associates to help craft a facilitated civic engagement experience. The resulting plan was simple: Reach roughly 1 percent of the Reno County population through 90-minute facilitated discussions with groups of eight to 20 residents. The first meeting was held in late August 2021, and by the time of the final meeting on Oct. 21, 2021, the task force had heard from 553 residents at a total of 45 meetings hosted throughout Reno County.
In the fall and early winter of 2021, the team at LEADCOMM Associates, led by Dr. Sean Eddington, gathered the data collected from the meetings and synthesized the findings into a report. Below is a video overview of the report delivered by Dr. Eddington to the Reno County Commission and Hutchinson City Council. Alongside the video are links to the full written report and the Reno County ARPA Task Force’s recommendations to governing bodies.
Public deliberations by governing bodies:
Hutchinson City Council
City of Hutchinson
United Way of Reno County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson youth representative
Leadership Reno County
Young Professionals of Reno County
The Father’s House
Aubrey Abbott Patterson
Hutchinson Community Foundation
Reno County Commission
Hutchinson Reno County
Chamber of Commerce