About Imagine Pittsburg

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Our Mission

Founded in 2010, Imagine Pittsburg is a grassroots, citizen-driven effort to strategically address our city’s opportunities and challenges. Consisting of community and civic leaders with different backgrounds and experiences, the Imagine Pittsburg steering committee aims to improve the community through a variety of initiatives and core focus areas. 

The six specific core areas of focus are: Economic Development, Education, Housing, Infrastructure, Marketing, and Public Wellness. 

Many of the advances and enhancements throughout Pittsburg are direct results of community input received through the Imagine Pittsburg 2030 planning process.

Construction of the Kansas Crossing Casino, the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, and the Robert W. Plaster Center can be tracked to the Imagine Pittsburg effort, as can expansions at local companies such as Masonite, Kendall Packaging, CDL, and Miller’s. Another significant project that involved the Imagine Pittsburg effort was the installation of more than 100 miles of fiber optic cable that provides high-speed Internet service to businesses and residents. 

Imagine Pittsburg Committee Members

Members of the Imagine Pittsburg steering committee are:

Blake Benson - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Blake Benson

Chamber of Commerce | EcoDev
Jay Byers - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Jay Byers

City of Pittsburg | Infrastructure
Susan Cook - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Susan Cook

Helianthius | EcoDev
Brian Coomes - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Brian Coomes

Olsson | Infrastructure
Brett Dalton - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Brett Dalton

LimeLight | Marketing
Gordon Elliott - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Gordon Elliott

Retired | Public Wellness
Abby Fern - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Abby Fern

Pittsburg State University | Marketing
Brad Hanson - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Brad Hanson

USD250 | Education
Quentin Holmes - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Quentin Holmes

City of Pittsburg | Housing
Shawn Naccarato - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Shawn Naccarato

Pittsburg State University | Education
Ron Scripsick - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Ron Scripsick

Retired | Housing
Jason Wesco - Imagine Pittsburg Committee Member

Jason Wesco

Community Health | Public Wellness

Read the Stories 

The story of Pittsburg is one of grit and hope and hard work and ideas. That story is ongoing and ever changing. It’s a story worth sharing. This website features stories of the people helping Pittsburg thrive!