3 7 D O W N T O W N Working in partnership with community partners such as the as the City of Wichita, Visit Wichita, Friends of Historic Preservation, and the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Wichita organization has an active role in advocacy on various legislative initiatives. Regularly, Downtown Wichita works with the City Council on projects within the district, providing economic data or testimony of how a project will further implement the vision set forth in Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita. The Downtown Wichita team, working directly with developers and property owners on projects in the urban core, provides ongoing assistance in the fields of urban planning and design. As developers work through project due diligence, Downtown Wichita can provide urban design guidance, market information, and act as a facilitator for other collaborations necessary for a project to be successful. Cultivating these relationships ensures that each project considers the impact a property has to its surroundings, how it is contributing to the urban fabric of the district, and how it is positioning the district for future growth. In 2016, Downtown Wichita was involved with several projects including Cargill Protein Division's new headquarters at the former Wichita Eagle Site, the new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, the development of the Spaghetti Works site, and many Douglas Avenue improvements including the railroad underpass. Urban Design and Development Advocacy Rendering of the Hilton Garden Inn, a project in which the Downtown Wichita team provided urban design assistance. ENGAGEMENT