President, Greater Wichita Partnership
President, Downtown Wichita
Jeff Fluhr serves the community in several roles with one mission: to grow the regional economy.
As President of the Greater Wichita Partnership, Jeff Fluhr is responsible for carrying out an aggressive approach to regional economic growth through newly aligned organizations and initiatives. This includes continuing to serve as President of Downtown Wichita and working concurrently on local and regional economic development initiatives.
At Downtown Wichita, Jeff is responsible for carrying out the mission of the organization to strengthen the district as a strong economic center of a strong economic region. In this capacity, he works closely with the Downtown Wichita Board of Directors, private sector partners and local government to stimulate new investment and interest in Wichita’s urban core. He has been in this position since 2008.
In economic development, Jeff is responsible for providing leadership with efforts to grow existing Wichita companies as well as pursuing new companies that may continue to advance the community’s development. The Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG) is the strategic initiative guiding the development of the 10 county region.
Jeff’s experience in Wichita encompasses downtown master planning, city planning, urban revitalization, funding strategies, project management, community coalition building, market economics, marketing, and working with private sector investors.
Jeff worked closely with the community and partners 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. In the last 10 years, the public and private sectors have invested more than a billion dollars in Downtown Wichita.
In early 2015, the Greater Wichita Partnership evolved out of the community’s Leadership Council, a group of more than 100 area business, non-profit, education, union, public sector and association leaders. The Partnership now provides close alignment of both the WDDC and local/regional economic development activities. Also under the Partnership’s umbrella is the Business and Education Alliance and Entrepreneurship Task Force initiatives.
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, which focused on urban planning and business.
Jeff is actively involved in the community and serves on various boards including: Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Visit Wichita and the Wichita Community Foundation. He also is a board member for the International Downtown Association. Early in his career he was awarded a Rotary Club International fellowship for a business exchange in Australia to study city planning and economic development.
Jeff is married to Melissa and they have two children, a son Matthew and a daughter Anna Joy.