A community driven by collaboration positions the urban core of the largest city in Kansas as the perfect platform to host festivals, conventions, and live entertainment. In 2016, Wichita won the bid to host the 1st and 2nd Rounds of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament which has a projected impact of $10 million in direct sales 8 . Winning this competitive bid catalyzed the development of the first new hotel in Downtown since 2012- the Hilton Garden Inn, and strategic improvements in infrastructure. These collaborative efforts were advantageous, as it led to our community again winning the bid to host over 15,000 fans during the upcoming 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Events like these continue to grow, welcoming thousands of locals and visitors Downtown to relax, connect, and explore the possibilities. EXCITEMENT WITHIN REACH DISCOVER