2008 Founding

Core Values

The top three Core Values, character traits that guide in daily decisions, identified by members of the Vision Task Force were:

  1. Trust
  2. Innovation              
  3. Positive Attitude


Each foundation team created a vision statement. Shawnee County will: 

Promote development of broad based skills to prepare students for lifelong learning that is globally competitive: intellectually, socially, economically, culturally and personally.

Quality of Life
Be a safe and caring community with vibrant arts, cultural entertainment and recreational activities for all. 

Build a community infrastructure that promotes learning, health, safety and growth for all residents through long-term planning and best practices.  

Economic Development
Create a positive attitude about economic development that attracts and retains individuals and companies who are globally involved. 

Have government, which includes employees and elected officials in Shawnee County, that leads the community with a collective attitude toward creating and moving us from a good to great community. 

Private Sector Leadership
Have private sector leadership (for profit and not-for-profit) that inspires our citizens, organizations and governments to achieve a bold and courageous future.

To read the full-length version of the Heartland Visioning Strategic Plan, click here.

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