Heartland Visioning names executive director

John Hunter has been named executive director of Heartland Visioning. He is a local professor, consultant, fundraiser and community volunteer.

Hunter will direct strategic planning and implementation of community initiatives identified over the last nine months at community meetings held by Heartland Visioning.

Hunter, who is currently on phase-down retirement from Washburn University, is president of John
Hunter & Associates LLC, a consulting business focused on creative urban planning. Hunter has been
involved with Heartland Visioning since 2009 and has served as chair of the Quality of Life Foundation
and as co-chair of the NOTO Arts District project.

“I’m looking forward to guiding the Heartland Visioning project and helping citizens from the public and
private sectors identify what we need to do next to continually improve our community,” Hunter said.
“We must make sure initiatives underway now are completed, and we need to be looking toward future
activities that will provide economic vitality for our community and improve the quality of life for all of

Heartland Visioning calls itself a grass-roots organization comprised of citizens with a shared vision that the
“Greater Topeka region will be a growing, dynamic and trusting community with a superior quality of

Former executive director William Beteta left Heartland Visioning in December 2013.


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