City-to-City Leadership Visit
What makes peer cities great? How do we cultivate Wichita and ensure it is on the right path? How do we find best practices and customize them for Wichita and our region? Since 2006, the Chamber has organized an annual trip to another US city to introduce the Wichita region’s business and community leaders to innovative projects and best practices. Attendees network, learn, and bring home ideas that may be adapted and implemented in our community.
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Those with questions about plans for the trip should contact Tram Ngo.
The 2019 City-to-City Leadership Visit took place from Sept. 11-13 in San Antonio, TX.
The structure of the 2019 trip differed slightly from past City-to-City visits. On the second day of the trip, attendees separated into three tracks in order take a deeper dive into the following topics: Economic Development, Mental Health & Homelessness, or Education. Read more about the visit here.
"The City-to-City trips provide a wealth of opportunity and places us in a favorable position to lead. It reinvigorates our commitment to dig deep, compare and contrast, remove barriers and find collaborative/inclusive solutions to move our region forward!" – Ebony Clemons-Ajibolade, Evergy
History of City-to-City Leadership Visit Outcomes
- 2008 | Oklahoma City:
Focused on developing and implementing the Downtown Master Plan
- 2009 | Chattanooga:
Sent four local YPs to participate in Create Here – a community marketing plan development workshop
- 2010 | Louisville:
Created a local bank consortium to finance riskier development projects
- 2011 | Pittsburgh:
Initiated the Priority Project to identify top community priorities
- 2012 | Omaha:
Developed the Entrepreneurship Task Force, an initiative of the Leadership Council (now Greater Wichita Partnership)
- 2013 | Des Moines:
Refocused on regional approach to economic development with the eventual creation of the Greater Wichita Partnership
- 2014 | Austin:
Created a local entrepreneurship accelerator program, launching the e2e Accelerator in 2016
- 2015 | Greenville:
Generated community buy-in for inclusion and diversity programming
- 2016 | Nashville:
Renewed emphasis on inclusion and diversity, quality of life, and summer jobs for youth as critical elements in a comprehensive talent strategy
- 2017 | Raleigh/Durham:
Renewed emphasis on city identity and quality of place amenities with community initiative Project Wichita
- 2018 | Boise:
Emphasized leveraging community support of quality of place projects and downtown developments
- 2019 | San Antonio:
Concentrated on economic development, mental health & homelessness and education
Click here to learn more about how the City-to-City Leadership Visits have helped build a better Wichita.
"There are rare opportunities for leaders across sectors, industries, and generations to come together around a shared vision, and this trip is one. The ideas and relationships formed are invaluable to advancing our community." – Paul Lavender, Thrive Restaurant Group
Community Advancement Investors
Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc.
Meritrust Credit Union
Foulston Siefkin LLP
Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.