Partnership Annual Meeting: A Vision for Wichita's Future
By: Emily Younger Barnwell
Unleashing tomorrow, today. The Partnership’s Annual Meeting was an unmatched event, giving guests a futuristic look into Wichita’s remarkable progress and unstoppable potential.
From the moment attendees walked through The Hudson doors, they were greeted with original music –composed by Wichita native Alex Wakim – to represent the city’s transformational development projects and their connectivity to Wichita’s vibrant downtown and riverfront.
Partnership co-Chairs Charlie Chandler and Aaron Bastian opened the evening with inspirational remarks – noting the Partnership’s incredible success in 2023.
“We are a city that is experiencing transformational progress, and your investment is driving the diversification of our region’s industries, mega economic development projects and strategic talent initiatives,” shared Bastian.
“We are a destination city. We must be bold and aspirational in everything we touch and that includes executing excellence in the projects before us,” noted Chandler.
The pipeline of projects the Wichita region is a finalist or awaiting announcement for is the most robust to date with $5.3 billion in investment. The Annual Meeting served as a celebration of this progress and as an opportunity to showcase the emerging distinction.
“We are amid an incredible moment where we are witnessing a remarkable vision come to life in our city and our core,” explained Partnership President Jeff Fluhr. “The projects presented tonight represent the strategic investment in Wichita’s vibrant future.”
The Partnership’s Annual Meeting was a testament to the public and private sector’s continued investment to drive industry diversification and cultivate a distinctive, global city Wichitans are proud to call home.
The evening concluded with a final message: We ALL build Wichita.
Thanks to the aspirational leadership and continued support of our investors, the Wichita region witnessed transformational progress and remarkable achievements in 2023.