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June 30, 2011

Announcing the Emerging Leaders Program

Visioneering Wichita welcomes YPW members to apply for City-to-City Trip

Heather Bohrer

In an effort to reach out to young community leaders, Visioneering Wichita is continuing the Emerging Leaders Program for individuals between the ages of 25 and 39 years old. The Emerging Leaders Program is a scholarship opportunity for young professionals to be involved in Visioneering Wichita’s annual City to City Visits. This year’s visit will be to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 14 – 16. Regional economic and livability competitiveness are the themes and they will focus on three main areas:

  • Downtown: Pittsburgh made their dreams come true through smart downtown initiatives. We want to understand what key components were needed to be in place to drive their revitalization plans and how those strategies worked together in their cultural district rebirth and streetscaping in the downtown area.
  • Changing the Legend from Steel Capital to Green City: We want to hear how their leaders have shifted the economic focus from steel to education, health care, financial services, higher education and advanced technology such as robotics. Pittsburgh ranks among the highest in the number of green technology initiatives.
  • Livability: We desire to learn more about how the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers to the Ohio River has been incorporated into their city activities and tourism opportunities plus how parks, recreation and open spaces have increased their community’s livability factor.

Visioneering Wichita is aware that many young leaders are establishing themselves economically and may not be able to support the travel cost, therefore a scholarship program has been instituted. One full or two partial scholarships are available this year. Applicants are required to fill out a scholarship application form. Forms are available online here and the application deadline is 5 p.m. on August 1st. Awards will be announced August 10th.

“Visioneering Wichita has always had a high priority of connecting with our young citizens through many of its initiatives. We believe this program is another way to increase diversity, as well as provide a unique opportunity for winners to network with other community leaders,” says Jon Rolph, volunteer chair of the Visioneering Wichita Steering Committee.

Visioneering Wichita is the comprehensive long-range planning initiative for south-central Kansas. Partners include the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, City of Wichita, and Sedgwick County, as well as hundreds of organizations, businesses and individuals who participate in 15 strategic alliances designed to improve the regional economy and quality of life.

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