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Title: New Communities Initiative

New Communities Initiative
  • Coming Soon to Wichita Neighborhoods!

City Council County Commission
Presentation May, 2007
  • To provide background on what the New Communities
    Initiative (NCI) is and how it started
  • To describe what NCI looks like today
  • To identify the partners/planning team
  • To identify the neighborhoods
  • To describe next steps

Background Initial Concept
  • City Council approved a pilot project to serve up
    to 150 persons returning to Wichita from Kansas
    prisons (March, 2005)
  • City Council approved a memorandum of agreement
    with the State Department of Corrections which
    accepts funds for two City positions to support
    the States Prisoner Reentry project (June, 2006)
  • Following are original Prisoner Reentry project
  • Identify housing options for returning offenders
  • Create support system for offenders and their

Background Introduction ofExpanded Concept
  • The local Prisoner Reentry project also received
    attention and support from the National Council
    of State Governments (CSG), who recommended a
    broader neighborhood-based strategy
  • At the suggestion of CSG, City officials visited
    St. Louis to tour comprehensive redevelopment
    initiatives in that city (June06)
  • City and CSG invited St. Louis-based developer,
    Richard Baron to Wichita to discuss the potential
    impact of comprehensive redevelopment on the
    local Prisoner Reentry project (August06)

Background Expanded Scope
  • City, State and County officials met in
    August06, January07 and March07 and agreed to
    expand the Prisoner Reentry project concept to
    include a more comprehensive look at
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Resource integration

Background What will be different?
  • Government officials acknowledged that they had
    been serving the community from individual silos
  • The new initiative will pool existing resources
    and create coordinated, comprehensive approaches
    to service delivery
  • The new initiative will also create new alliances
    among the many providers

What does the New Communities Initiative look
New Communities Initiative Vision
  • The City of Wichita, Sedgwick County and the
    State of Kansas have joined together to launch
    the New Communities Initiative. The initiative
    is designed to
  • Provide quality housing for all incomes
  • Provide employment opportunities for those
    needing and seeking jobs
  • Enhance the learning environment across all age
  • Reduce the conditions of blight/Revitalize the
  • Address and positively impact quality of life
  • Develop nurturing opportunities for children and
  • All for the purpose of supporting and enhancing
    successful families and sustaining communities

New Communities InitiativeOperational Structure
  • Who are the partners?
  • Who has participated in planning?

City/County Planning Participants
  • City
  • Mayor Brewer
  • Council Member Fearey
  • George Kolb (CMO staff)
  • Mary K.Vaughn (HCSD staff)
  • Capt. Felecia Norris (WPD staff)
  • County
  • Debbie Donaldson
  • Rachel Moody
  • Mark Masterson (Corrections staff)

Other Planning Participants
  • State
  • Roger Werholz (DOC)
  • Roderick Bremby (KDHE)
  • Don Jordan (SRS)
  • David Kerr (Commerce)
  • Gary Allsup (KHRC)
  • Sally Frey (DOC)
  • (Staff of listed State agencies have also
  • USD 259
  • Alicia Thompson
  • Council of State Governments
  • Jordie Hannum
  • Marshall Clement
  • Urban Strategies, Inc.
  • Sandy Moore
  • Esther Shin

Funding Partners
  • CSG identified national foundations interested in
    Wichitas New Communities Initiative
  • One such foundation, the Open Society Institute
    (OSI) awarded a grant to CSG, to facilitate the
    resource integration phase which is referred to
    as Human Capital investment/enhancement
  • OSI funds are supporting the services of Urban
    Strategies, Inc.

A New Community Partner
  • Centercity Organized Revitalization Effort
    (C.O.R.E.) was recently added as a partner to the
    New Communities Initiative
  • A portion of the area that C.O.R.E. has
    identified for redevelopment, is included in the
    coverage area map

Where is the first NCI neighborhood located?
Neighborhood Boundaries
  • The planning team decided to identify an initial
    coverage area, with a plan to replicate the
    concepts in other areas with lessons learned
  • The initial area is identified on the following
    map and is generally bounded by Hillside on the
    east Central on the south Topeka on the west
    (to 9th to Mosley) and 21st on the north
  • This neighborhood also corresponds with areas of
    focus for StopBlight and efforts of the
    StopBlight Action Response Team (START)

NCI Neighborhood 1
What are the next steps?
Community Meetings
  • Urban Strategies plans to launch a series of
    meetings with community stakeholders to introduce
    the New Communities Initiative, and obtain input,
    feedback and buy-in
  • Such stakeholders will include nonprofit
    developers, faith community representatives,
    neighborhood groups and community service

Policy Group
  • The following persons agreed to serve as the
    Policy Group Mayor Brewer, Council Member
    Fearey, George Kolb, Bill Buchanan, Winston
    Brooks, Dr. Donald L. Beggs, John Moore, Rob
    Allison, J.V. Lentell, James Barber, Dr. S.
    Edwards Dismuke, Anne Corriston, Susan Addington,
    Larry Schumacher, Hugh Tappan, Roger Werholtz,
    Roderick Bremby, Don Jordan, J. Russell Jennings,
    David Kerr, Mark Buckley, Jim Garner, and Kathy
  • The Policy Group held its first meeting on April
    12, 2007, with plans to meet quarterly.

Work Group Meetings
  • The planning team sought to diversify the
    membership of the five Pillar Work Groups, as a
    gesture toward comprehensive new approaches.
  • As a result, the Work Groups include those with
    expertise in the given area as well as those who
    work in complementary fields and who can bring
    new perspectives.
  • The Work Groups have held a series of meetings
    and have created purpose statements with
    projected outcomes.
  • Most activities are centered around a 12 to 18
    month completion calendar.

1. Adult Education and Economic Development
  • Purpose 1) use available education and training
    resources to increase number of adults ready to
    work and working develop a thriving, engaged
    neighborhood business community 2) increase the
    number of neighborhood businesses
  • Outcomes increased number of adults employed
    increased number of adults in skills training
    programs increased access to jobs and training
    information increase of employment rate for
    local residents at neighborhood businesses

2. Housing for All
  • Purpose 1) eliminate blighting conditions that
    prevent community reinvestment and redevelopment
    2) create a range of housing choices and
    opportunities to meet various income levels and
  • Outcomes identify specific number of housing
    units needed in the target area to meet the
    vision (via market study) identify and
    prioritize blighting influences develop and
    implement an education campaign for residents on
    blight elimination and improving and increasing
    housing stock identify sites for potential

3. Physical, Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Purpose to develop a system that enhances the
    well being of citizens along with the ability to
    serve their needs
  • Outcomes collect all needed data establish a
    set of well being outcomes develop an Action
    Plan for a specific health project based on data
    and ready for implementation

4. Children and Youth
  • Purpose improve enrichment activities for
    children and youth during non-school hours
  • Outcomes develop a positive set of outcomes to
    measure success compile list of service
    providers meetings with agencies to determine
    existing capacity and assets, gaps in services
    and funding needs

5. Safe and Secure Neighborhoods
  • Purpose 1) improve neighborhood investment and
    appearance 2) reduce environmental hazards in
    the targeted area 3) address criminal justice
    issues in the targeted neighborhood
  • Outcomes reduction of houses needed
    improvements more flowers/landscaping more
    individual community gardens increased
    lighting debris and top priority environmental
    hazards are eliminated fewer disturbance and
    nuisance calls to the police less graffiti
    fewer prison admissions and re-admissions fewer
    gang related police calls

Task Groups
  • The Work Groups will identify Task Groups made up
    of additional individuals and organizations with
    expertise in various components of each Pillar
  • The Task Groups will be assembled to address
    specific Pillar goals and strategies and may or
    may not be ongoing groups

Short and Long Term Next Steps - Summary
  • Continue all meetings listed
  • Present New Communities Initiative to USD 259
  • Schedule a major launch activity in early
  • Report progress to the Policy Group and the
    community on at least a quarterly basis

Remarks - Questions
  • A representative of the National Council of State
    Governments is present and would like to make a
    few remarks.
  • He or any of the staff who have been involved and
    are present, would be happy to respond to your