Wichita Downtown Development Corp.
The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) was launched in 2002 to revitalize and enhance the center city. WDDC is an independent, non-profit agency that works closely with the private sector and local government to stimulate new investment and interest in the central business district. The mission of Wichita Downtown Development Corporation is to direct a comprehensive economic development program to strengthen Downtown as:
The heart of the city for all citizens,
An active and prosperous place for businesses and employees,
A center for artistic and cultural experiences, and
A vibrant urban environment for residents, workers, and visitors.
The WDDC is governed by a 25-member Board of Directors that are elected by members of the organization. Any person, retail shop, association, corporation, partnership, or other entity interested in revitalizing Downtown may participate in the WDDC. The organization has three working subcommittees that focus on specific redevelopment issues including business development, urban vitality and image enhancement and marketing.
The WDDC contracts with the City of Wichita on an annual basis to provide downtown development services. The contract is funded through a Self Supported Municipal Service District (SSMID) that encompasses the geographic area bounded by Washington Street, Central Avenue, Kellogg and the Arkansas River. The WDDC Board of Directors employs a professional staff that can assist entrepreneurs and property owners evaluate and plan a range of investment decisions. We can help to identify prospective business locations, provide market data, evaluate opportunities for new retail and service businesses, develop marketing and promotional strategies and assist with conceptualizing and implementing construction projects.