The Chamber > Events & Programs > City-to-City Leadership Visit
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 destination will be announced in the spring.
Those interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Gabri Samia.
"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 Trip 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.
"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
Moving Wichita Forward
“These trips are an opportunity to learn how we can best work together to move Wichita forward. They have been some of the best education I’ve received to help me in the work we do as Council members. I encourage you to go if you can.” – Janet Miller, District VI City Council Member