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Nearly 30 Kansas Mayors Expected To Attend Regional Summit

Carla Eckels
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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and Derby Mayor Randy White talk at a mayors summit earlier this year.

The fourth Regional Mayors Summit will be held in Derby on Wednesday. As KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports, mayors from a 10-county region are expected to share ideas about how to stimulate the economy in south-central Kansas.

Mayors from Wichita, Derby, Mount Hope and Goddard are coordinating the summit, which is expected to attract close to 30 mayors from across south-central Kansas.

Keith Lawing, the CEO of the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, says local government leaders recognize the need for a collaborative approach in recruiting and expanding businesses, as well as providing a better quality of life for citizens.

He says Wichita State University President John Bardo will be one of two speakers.

"We’re going to have Dr. Bardo talk a lot about Innovation Campus and his vision for that, but also how do we live on this I-35 corridor," Lawing says. "We’re going to have Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, and we’re going to talk about the partnership that maybe Wichita and Oklahoma City has, and could have, as a regional economic development strategy."

The summit agenda also includes a discussion about a passenger rail service.

The event will take place in the Pavilion at Madison Avenue Central Park at 512 E. Madison Avenue in Derby. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and adjourn by 1:30 p.m.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.