In 2011, the WDDC celebrated ten years as an organization. The previous ten years are benchmarked by a number of notable community achievements. Each contributes to a dynamic Downtown and a vibrant economic region. View the WDDC Ten Year Timeline
A Vision and a Mission
To Revive and Enhance
The Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) was launched in 2002 to revitalize and enhance the center city. WDDC is a private 501c3, not-for-profit corporation that works closely with the private sector and local government to stimulate new investment and interest in Downtown Wichita. The mission of Wichita Downtown Development Corporation is to direct a comprehensive economic development program to strengthen Downtown as:
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 WDDC contracts with the City of Wichita to provide downtown development services. The contract is funded through a Self Supported Municipal Improvement 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.
2010 Year in Review