Ellis County residents are encouraged to attend a public brainstorming session to discuss their ideas for sustainable, strategic community improvement projects. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at Robbins Center on the campus of Fort Hays State University.

Hosted by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Heartland Community Foundation, the event is the first in a series of “Strategic Doing” meetings that will guide Ellis County through the process of prioritizing, planning and implementing community improvement projects in a short time frame. Funding for the projects will be provided by the Hansen Foundation in the next five years.

The community at-large is invited, including government, business owners, farmers, ranchers, educators, clergy, students, retired persons, young professionals, volunteers, health officials, stay-at-home parents and all others who have a passion for growth and a rich quality of life in Ellis County.

The event is free and open to the public. A meal will be served. To reserve space, RSVP to Sandy Jacobs at (785) 621-4090 or email heartland@gscf.org.