To be a global leader in food systems is the goal of Kansas State University authorities–and a presentation to that effect was made by Jackie Hartman and Kent Glasscock, representing the university at Monday’s intergovernmental meeting.
Hartman, who serves as Chief of Staff at the University, told the group she is excited to embark upon the journey–and talked about this initiative, which is part of a wider goal of the University and part of Vision 2025.
Hartman say the global middle class is expected to double from one to two billion people in a very few years. And as the population increases, water and food production concerns also are expected to increase. Protection of the food supply is another important part of the Global Food System initiative.
The intergovernmental group who heard the presentation includes representatives from the city of Manhattan, Riley County, USD 383, K-State, Fort Riley and the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce.
And while change is a part of Fort Riley–it’s somewhat unusual for someone to be around for nearly a decade–but that’s how long Linda Hoeffner has served as Deputy Garrison Commander for the Fort. Hoeffner was recognized with a certificate at Monday’s intergovernmental meeting, and introduced her successor, Tim Livsey.
Livsey’s father was in the service for 35 years and the younger Livsey followed in his footsteps for 26 years. Livsey adds he’s had a chance to see Fort Riley grow, much as the Phoenix from the ashes, to where it is today–and now he admits it’s a matter of hanging on to it.
There are a lot of myths when it comes to military housing on Fort Riley, and Jim Champagne, Director of Military Affairs for Corvias Military Living, tried to dispel some of those during Monday’s intergovernmental meeting. Champagne says one myth is that most of the soldiers live on the post. Champagne says 70 percent of soldiers and their families actually live off post. Champagne adds that’s beneficial to the Fort Riley area community.
Champagne also told the group about contributions Corvias makes to the community, including scholarships and volunteer hours.
Another forum is planned for citizens who want to air concerns about the Riley County Police Department, That’s according to Manhattan City Commissioner and Law Board member Rich Jankovich, who made that announcement Monday.
Jankovich adds he hopes for more participation this time around, with only four people attending the first such forum in early July. Jankovich adds the idea is to have a very informal setting for anyone with concerns or positive comments about RCPD–and during after business hours.
The Citizen Forum is planned for September 24th at six p.m. at the Manhattan Public Library–with one later in the Fall expected to be in the northern part of Riley County.