Shelley Hansel


Mayor of Wellington

So I will be 60 in 10 years, but my children will all be looking to college or will be right out of college; so to me, a job that is going to hold me here, a quality job and jobs that are going to hold my children here will make me want to live in the Wichita region 10 years from now. I think that quality, high-paying jobs are important. I don't necessarily want to leave here, but I also want to be able to make a living and I want my kids to be able to have a quality of life here. I think that we really need to look at what kind of jobs and what kind of people we are attracting. I would like to think that we will be a thriving metro-regional area and that we are all going to get beyond our little silos eventually.


Isaias Martinez

Wichita Southeast High School Senior

My big dream for the Wichita region is that we modernize. For Wichita to not only become something that people talk about, but a city that people really want to go to; because this really is a great city with great people and if we modernize that I think that more of the trendy people will want to come here.


Reverend Roosevelt DeShazer

President of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League

10 years from now, I hope that we can continue the progress that we've made to come together as a community, all races and all economical statuses, and that we continue to come together as a city to make this place the best it can be.


Terry Somers

Mayor of Mount Hope

It would be nice if we could all be together on purpose, together on where the region is going, and have a genuine outreach to those around. We have a lot of possibilities in various corners of our region.


Khanh Le

Wichita Southeast High School Senior

The best feature of the Wichita region is the community gatherings. I love how there are so many events Downtown especially events like Riverfest, Final Friday, or the Old Town Farmers' Market, those are great community gatherings that everyone can join in and just hangout.