D O W N T O W N 3 8 Economic Research Educational Engagement Since 2011, Westar Energy has sponsored a summer design internship position at Downtown Wichita for a post-secondary student in the fields of design and urban planning. The 2016 design intern was Mr. Tyler Swehla, a candidate for a masters degree in Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University. Tyler was a great addition to the team and was able to assist with multiple projects throughout the summer, including a visionary redesign of Reflection Square Park. In addition, the organization employs a Wichita State University Cooperative Education student on staff to assist with daily communications and office needs. Tyler Swehla 2016 Westar Design Intern The Downtown Wichita organization remains committed to providing accurate, market based information for developers, property owners, and investors to further develop Wichita’s urban core. In addition to market based research and specific planning initiates, the annual State of Downtown Report presents timely U.S. Census Data and local market information and trends. Working in partnership with Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR), the City of Wichita, Visit Wichita, Sedgwick County, and other partners we are able to provide this data to drive collaborative conversations and assist the public and private sectors with strategic investment decisions. The report is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market, or invest in real estate.