By Joshua Wallentine
Feeling inspired by the Post-It Wars on Canal Street, we decided to add some Wichita flare to the idea. Passerbyers can now see a large #ILoveWichita sign in the second-floor windows of the Chamber building. I cannot confirm nor deny that it can be seen from the space station, but you will just have to see it and judge for yourselves.
We encourage not only the people of Wichita to take selfies and photos with our signage, but we encourage our partners and members to do so as well. So when you are at Riverfest this weekend or attending a meeting here, snap a selfie and share it using #ILoveWichita! The sign will be up through July 21, which is Wichita’s 148th birthday.
Born in February 2015, the hashtag was intended to connect the community and to provide a way for people to collectively share what they love about Wichita. Now over a year later, there is an ILoveWichita.org site, and thanks to our sponsors FlipHound and Title Farm, there are 16 billboards across the city displaying images that have been posted on social media using the hashtag. Visit the website to learn how to join the movement.
On June 24, Young Professionals of Wichita will host their #ILoveWichita Final Friday Mingle. It starts at 6 p.m. at The Workroom and is a great opportunity for networking, music and food. At this event, YPW will reveal the winner of the #ILoveWichtia T-shirt Design Contest, which has been long anticipated.
So now that you know about the oversized hashtag in our lobby windows, don’t hesitate to take a photo with it. Everyone is doing it!
Joshua Wallentine is interning with the Communications and Investor Relations Department at the Chamber this summer. Wallentine is a student at Washburn University and will complete his degree in August.