Non-Profit Leaders Host Mayoral Forum

Mar 25, 2015

Mayoral Candidate Jeff Longwell, Non-profit Chamber of Service Executive Director Tim Witsman and Mayoral Candidate Sam Williams speak during a forum at the Wichita Boat House.
Credit Beth Golay

At a Mayoral Forum in Wichita on Wednesday, both candidates fielded several questions, including how to grow the economy and generate jobs. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

At a luncheon filled with non-profit business leaders, Wichita City Council’s Jeff Longwell says it’s incredibly important to try to maintain aviation jobs.

"We have got to diversify," Longwell says. "I think we can do that with innovation, with this blueprint for regional economic growth, and with an export plan that combines it and allows us to grow jobs differently than what we’ve been trying to do for the last eight or nine, ten years."

Former Advertising Executive Sam Williams discussed supporting small businesses.

"We need to create the environment in Wichita where the regulatory environment is such and the tax and fee environment is such that it's easy for us to grow business; that Wichita is a magnet for small businesses to grow," Williams says. "And in the job creation, we need to make sure that we take care of our existing major manufacturers."

Participants said the forum helped them decide who should be the next mayor. General Election Day is April 7.