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K-State students to present ideas for Beloit’s Chautauqua Park and downtown corridor

The City of Beloit invited students from K-State’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design to use Beloit as a class project to develop a vision for the downtown and Chautauqua Park corridor.

You are invited to an exhibition and open house tonight, November 14, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Porter House located at 209 East Main Street, Beloit. Imagine giving 20 talented and energetic college students a blank slate to re-imagine a part of the community?

You will not want to miss their final presentation on Wednesday night. This is a come-and-go event with light refreshments and where you can see each presentation and visit with some of the students about their ideas for Beloit.

This fall students in Urban Design and Development program traveled to Beloit on September 19 to tour the study area and meet with city administrators, design professionals, local historians, and civic leaders.

Jesse and Emily Benedick are among the Beloit design professionals spearheading the effort. The final work will be exhibited at a public open house in Beloit this evening, November 14, and everyone is welcome to attend to talk with students about their proposals.

K-State Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) is supporting class activities with funding and environmental science expertise from Maggie Egbarts. Urban Design and Development is taught by Associate Professor Blake Belanger and Assistant Professor Susmita Rishi at K-State.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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