Forging Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration for Community Economic Development

Wichita is working to bring economic opportunity and affordable housing equity to low-income and underdeveloped neighborhoods. Also located within these neighborhoods are several Opportunity Zones, designated disadvantaged areas that can potentially benefit from a federal tax incentive aimed at promoting economic development. To spark and sustain economic development in these areas, the city is collaborating with a variety of stakeholders and community groups.The Wichita City Manager’s Office is partnering with FUSE executive fellow Angeline Johnson to create a blueprint for effective, multi-stakeholder economic development. She is helping identify promising prospects in the city’s Opportunity Zones as well, streamlining internal processes and creating a best practices template for future development. She is also helping the city align with community partners and stakeholders for projects, bringing together partnerships that will result in improvements to housing, infrastructure, and economic vitality in underserved communities.