President, Greater Wichita Partnership
President, Downtown Wichita
Nine years ago a group of local leaders recruited Jeff Fluhr from Baton Rouge to Wichita to serve as the president of the Downtown Wichita Development Corporation, now Downtown Wichita.
Two years ago Jeff’s role was expanded to assist in creating the Greater Wichita Partnership, a new regional economic development organization focused on developing a unique, holistic approach to community growth that also encompassed Downtown Wichita.
The Partnership is designed to align and focus efforts to make our region more competitive in job creation, talent attraction, entrepreneurship, workforce development and capital investment. The Partnership is built on teamwork and the idea that, when everyone is advancing in the same direction, the region can create a powerful force to effect change. Jeff credits the numerous investors and community partners with creating that change.
Jeff began in Wichita by working closely with the community and stakeholders to develop and implement Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita, which was adopted in 2010, and has served as an economic driver for development. Since its adoption, total investment in Wichita’s urban core has topped one billion dollars. In 2016, every dollar of strategic public investment was a catalyst for $12 of private investment, totaling over $76 million.
Prior to coming to Wichita, Jeff served as the Assistant Executive Director of the City of Baton Rouge Downtown Development District. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University, with an emphasis on urban planning and business.
Jeff is actively involved in the community including as member of the Rotary Club of Wichita and serving on various boards including: Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Visit Wichita, the Wichita Community Foundation and the International Downtown Association.
Jeff is married to Melissa and they have two children, a son Matthew and a daughter Anna Joy.