b'ENHANCINGVIBRANCYBusiness Support ProgramWhen the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Downtown Wichita organization reached out to local restaurant and retail owners in the district to assess their needs and challenges. These informed conversations led to the creation of the Business Support Program, which paired business owners with local professional service providers to receive a free consultation in either law, human resources, accounting or marketing, based on their needs. The program also allows businesses to apply to receive reimbursement for costs associated with participating in the Open Air ICT program or unexpected expenses prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Downtown Wichita awarded $1,500 to 18 businesses for a total of $27,000 awarded through the Business Support Program.Downtown Wichita received a grant from the COVID-19 Connection Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation to create and facilitate this program. Local professional service providers include Allen, Gibbs & Houlik for human resources and accounting, Howerton+White for marketing and Martin Pringle Law Firm for legal services.Painting of the Caldwell Murdock BuildingThe Caldwell Murdock building sits on the south side of Douglas Avenue between Market and Main Streets and is home to the Little Free Library and the ICT Chalk Talks wall. Currently unoccupied, the building provided the perfect canvas for a temporary installation in August of 2020. Over 60 north and east facing windows were painted by a commissioned group of local artists with hearts, stripes and patterns in bright colors. The cheerful windows quickly became a popular destination for photos. The artwork is still on display for residents and visitors to enjoy. The intention of the installation was to enhance perceptions by engaging the community and promoting local arts and culture. Downtown Wichita would like to thank Bokeh Development for their partnership in this project.15'