The Chamber’s 2014 City-to-City trip takes place this week and 50 participants are visiting one of American’s fastest-growing cities, Austin, Texas. The Austin metro area doubled in size between 1990 and 2010, and now hosts 4,000 technology companies. Reports indicate that 110 people move to Austin on an average day.
The Chamber’s City-to-City delegates have ten sessions scheduled over a two-day period with Austin leaders to learn more about how they super-charged the city’s growth plan. Trip participants will also learn more about Austin’s successful talent attraction and retention efforts.
Suzie Ahlstrand, Executive Vice President of Community Development for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce reports that many of this year’s participants are young professionals from Wichita. “Austin is a strong magnet for young professionals and we’re looking forward to learning more from their leadership. It’s imperative that our own young professionals become more involved in advancing the community, so we’re delighted that so many of them are participating. We need their ideas and energy to propel Wichita to the next level so we can retain the talent that’s been grown and nurtured here.”
The Chamber started sponsoring City-to-City visits annually in 2006, as a way to learn best practices from communities that have revitalized their downtown areas, successfully grown their own local companies, and attracted new talent. The purpose of each trip is to align, mobilize, and advance Wichita.
The group will be using #ICT2Austin to post comments and photos.