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City-to-City Leadership Visits

What makes other cities great? How do we ensure Wichita is on the right path? How do we find best practices and customize them for Wichita and our region? Since 2008, the Chamber had planned an annual trip to another city that has figured “it” out to introduce our business and community leaders to innovative projects and best practices. Attendees network, learn, and bring home ideas that can be adapted and implemented in our community.

The 2018 City to City Leadership Visit will take place from Wednesday, October 10 to Friday, October 12. A group of seventy business leaders will visit Boise, Idaho to exchange information with their peers about quality of life initiatives, job and population growth, talent attraction and retention, among other potential topics.

Click here to reserve your seat by Sept. 7 or contact Gabri Samia with questions.

Participants for this trip will meet many lively Boise do-ers in interesting locations including Jack's Urban Meeting Place (known as JUMP), the Boise Centre, and Boise State University's Stueckle Sky Center and football field, The Blue. Additionally, individuals who attend will have the opportunity to experience and explore numerous local Boise attractions like the Boise Greenbelt, the Basque Block, the Boise Foothills, the Grove Plaza, and exciting 8th Street.

The $2,500 trip cost covers direct flights to and from Boise, local transportation, room accommodations, receptions, and all meals in Boise (except for dinner on Day 2).

There are a limited number of spaces available, which will be filled as registrations are completed. No refunds are provided. When the spaces are full, we will open an option to register for the waiting list. You will not be charged when registering for the waitlist. We will follow up with you if spots open up and make arrangements for payment at that time.

When registering, you will also see the option to contribute to an Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund. The objective of this scholarship fund is to involve young professionals, aged between 25 and 39, in annual City-to-City Leadership Visits as a way of including our community’s next generation of leaders. Some of our best candidates are just establishing themselves and may not have a corporate structure to support their travel cost. If 20 people contribute an extra $200, we will be able to take two additional YPs on the trip this year.

Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Gabri Samia.

The 2018 City-to-City Visit will be October 10-12 in Boise, Idaho.
Reinvigorates Commitment
Reinvigorates Commitment

"The City-to-City trips provide a wealth of opportunity and places us in a favorable position to lead. It reinvigorates our commitment to dig deep, compare and contrast, remove barriers and find collaborative/inclusive solutions to move our region and state forward!" – Ebony Clemons, Westar Energy

History of City-to-City Leadership Visit Outcomes

  • 2008 | Oklahoma City:
    Focused on developing and implementing the Downtown Master Plan
  • 2009 | Chattanooga:
    Sent four local YPs to participate in Create Here – a community marketing plan development workshop
  • 2010 | Louisville:
    Created a local bank consortium to finance riskier development projects
  • 2011 | Pittsburgh:
    Initiated the Priority Project to identify top community priorities
  • 2012 | Omaha:
    Developed the Entrepreneurship Task Force, an initiative of the Leadership Council (now Greater Wichita Partnership)
  • 2013 | Des Moines:
    Refocused on regional approach to economic development with the eventual creation of the Greater Wichita Partnership
  • 2014 | Austin:
    Created a local entrepreneurship accelerator program, launching the e2e Accelerator in 2016
  • 2015 | Greenville, S.C.:
    Generated community buy-in for inclusion and diversity programming
  • 2016 | Nashville:
    Renewed emphasis on inclusion and diversity, quality of life, and summer jobs for youth as critical elements in a comprehensive talent strategy
  • 2017 | Raleigh/Durham, N.C.:
    Renewed emphasis on quality of place initiatives

Click here to learn more about how the City-to-City Leadership Visits have helped build a better Wichita.

Rare Opportunity
Rare Opportunity

"There are rare opportunities for leaders across sectors, industries, and generations to come together around a shared vision, and this trip is one. The ideas and relationships formed are invaluable to advancing our community." – Paul Lavender, SASNAK

Community Advancement Investors
Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.
Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc.
Foulston Siefkin LLP
Meritrust Credit Union
Sullivan Higdon & Sink
Westar Energy

350 W Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
316.265.7771 | info@wichitachamber.org