I N T R O 4 Downtown is full of possibilities. As the major urban center in the middle of the nation, Downtown Wichita serves as a place where the community can convene, collaborate and connect, making it the perfect location for the Kansas Health Foundation, which I have had the pleasure of serving at for over 30 years. Our Downtown’s development is critical to our future success in attracting and retaining talent, growing businesses and enhancing quality of life. Downtown Wichita is pleased to provide this annual report on the state of our Downtown. This report contains market and economic data that documents the transformation occurring in Wichita’s urban center as well as the services provided by the organization’s staff. It is intended to be a reference tool for those developing in Downtown Wichita. Tremendous progress is underway with significant development occurring along Douglas Avenue and the Arkansas River. Projects ranging in size and scope are widespread across the urban landscape. Over $500M in private sector investment has been infused in the district since Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita was adopted in 2010. Much of this private investment has been spurred by over $91M of public sector investment, which has been a catalyst for unlocking potential new development. Our residential population is growing and businesses are exploring new opportunities while expanding their footprints. Engagement opportunities for every lifestyle are enhancing vitality and drawing in visitors. There is a tremendous amount of positive change that continues to envelop our community; we truly are a city under transformation. In collaboration with community and public sector partners, the Downtown Wichita staff have implemented numerous placemaking and programming initiatives that are changing the way people engage with the core. Projects like the Pop-Up Park and Gallery Alley activate areas in new and interesting ways through programming and events. Dedicated efforts to market the district as a hub for commerce and culture were exponentially increased with a new logo, brand, website and launch of the “Possibility People” advertising campaign last year. There is an increased sense of community pride, with multiple groups collaborating to move our city and region forward. As we garner momentum, it is critical that we not let up our intensity; instead, let’s push forward together for greater success for Downtown and our entire community. Sincerely, Steve Coen, Chair Downtown Wichita Steve Coen, Chair Downtown Wichita