City of Atchison, KS

About the Project

Atlas Community Studios and McClure have partnered with the City of Atchison and a diverse group of local leaders to develop a placemaking action plan for the City of Atchison, Kansas. The purpose of the action plan is to assist the City of Atchison with implementing innovative placemaking strategies and catalytic projects to improve quality of life for current and future residents.

Atchison’s placemaking action plan will focus on three key priorities*, including:

  • Housing
  • Cultural Amenity
  • Downtown Revitalization

*Key priorities are subject to change.

Scope of Work

In partnership with USDA Rural Development and their team at the Innovation Center, Atlas Community Studios and McClure will implement proven placemaking methods, including:

Host project team meetings, identify and select diverse steering committee members, facilitate preparatory steering committee meetings, conduct preliminary research assessment for each community/county, and develop a public engagement website.

Host visioning sessions for the steering committee and public, facilitate focus groups and one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders, solicit feedback via online survey(s), and identify emerging themes.

Compile and analyze quantitative and qualitative data, identify potential project concepts, and determine the viability of priority projects and initiatives.

Define priority projects and initiatives, identify key partners, create programming, determine capital and operating cost estimates, and compile public and private funding sources to consider for implementation.

Prioritize projects and initiatives, identify grant coordinators for each community/county, build cross-sector partnerships, identify capital campaign committee members, determine viable funding opportunities to implement priority projects and initiatives, and establish a timeline to execute.

Public Input Sessions

Public visioning sessions have concluded. Thank you for your input!

Community Survey

This survey is now closed. Thank you for your input!

Steering Committee

Thank you to the following people for volunteering their time and efforts during this process.

Point of Contact

Justin Pregont, Assistant City Manager, City of Atchison

Name Organization
Don Ball
Bank of Atchison
Michael Kuckelman
Kansas Republican Party
Justin Bottorff
Bottorff Construction
David Bryant
Benedictine College - Cray Center for Entrepreneurship
Andrea Clements
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
Dan Raplinger
Exchange National Bank Trust
Katie Wagner
Sunflower Cafe
Adam Housh
R&S Automotive
Charo Kelley
Benedictine College/Atchison United
Elizabeth Collins
Amberwell Health
Jim Rowland
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce