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Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell Highlights City's Successes In Video Address


Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell gave his first State of the City address Thursday.

Unlike past addresses, this one was released in the form of an 11-minute video shot at various locations around Wichita, including Wichita State University’s under-construction Innovation Campus and downtown’s Pop-Up Park.

In the video, Longwell touts what he considers the city’s successes in 2015 and outlines goals for the coming year. Highlights from last year include:

-The opening of the new terminal and parking garage at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport;

-The approval of a new “splash park” and two Community Improvement Districts along west Kellogg near the new airport;

-$180 million of development initiated along Douglas Avenue as part of Project downtown;

-Approval of a new downtown library called the Advanced Learning Center;

-The completion of a two-year program to repair thermal cracks throughout the city;

-The hiring of Police Chief Gordon Ramsay;

-And a plan to implement all police officers with body cameras under the police department’s extensive organizational assessment.

Longwell says the city’s finances—council members approved a $227 million budget—are “in good shape,” but that the city is still working to implement new efficiencies and improve the budget process.

You can watch the full address here:

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