Project Wichita Focus Groups

The overwhelming response to focus groups is a sign that our region is ready to own a bold vision for the future.

The first part of the "listen" phase of Project Wichita collected input during focus groups from diverse voices on what is important for our community in the next 10 years.

An astounding 3,800+ people shared their vision in 239+ focus groups.

Wichita State University's Public Policy and Management Center analyzed the community responses to identify the broad topics from these focus groups. Further community input was gathered in an online survey which launched June 18.

Thank you to everyone who shared their vision for the future. Your thoughts are shaping our region for future generations.


By the Numbers

  • Participants ages 9 to 90

  • Business leaders to non-profit organizations

  • Senior citizens to high school students

  • Communities and residents throughout the region

  • And many more

Broad Topics

  • Downtown Area (Feedback included: Downtown development and innovation, Old Town, Delano and entertainment districts, retail shopping and grocery store)

  • Riverfront (Feedback included: Create destination place for entertainment, leverage river as community destination, performing arts venue and conference/convention center)

  • Strong Neighborhoods and Communities (Feedback included: Affordable housing options, support unique and diverse neighborhood cultures, safety and infrastructure options)

  • Cultural Arts and Attractions (Feedback included: Cultural investment in museums, art, entertainment and restaurants, natural attractions, festivals, diverse entertainment options)

  • Economic Opportunity (Feedback included: Industry diversity and balance, emphasis on technology, promote education hub, workforce development)

  • Transportation (Feedback included: Completion of Kellogg and regional expressways, enhanced/improved public transit, air services and connections, passenger trains and bike/walking paths)

  • Education (Feedback included: K-12 improvement and investment, all levels of higher education and pathways, increased emphasis on STEM, establish goals for graduation and global preparedness)

  • Community Wellness (Feedback included: Mental health care, access to quality health care, care for aging populations, homelessness, and food deserts)


The second part of the listening phase was a community survey to gather additional community input. The survey was available online from June 18 through July 6.

Questions or other ideas on how you can be involved? Email Evan Rosell at