More than 40 business people, government and civic leaders learned more Tuesday about what was in store for their Visioneering Wichita trip to Louisville, Ky., next week.
The trip is scheduled for Oct. 10-13.
A big focus of the four-day trip will be on Louisville's downtown revitalization, which included renovation of a number of historic buildings and incorporating public art into its sidewalks, tree guards and building facades.
The revitalization included city and economic development officials persuading Hillerich & Bradsby Co., maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, to move its manufacturing operations back downtown.
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Visioneers also will learn about how the city redeveloped its riverfront, which Wichita Downtown Development Corp. CEO Jeff Fluhr said previously consisted of "gravel pits."
Fluhr grew up in Louisville.
Visioneers will hear presentations from Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, chamber officials, developers and Thomas Noland Jr., an executive of the city's second-largest employer, Humana.
Suzie Ahlstrand, vice president for community advancement at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, said the Louisville visit and its focus on downtown is important to Wichita, as the city embarks on implementing its own downtown revitalization plan.
"We want to know the mistakes they made and their best practices," Ahlstrand said at the meeting.
Louisville has a population of 713,877 and a metro population of more than 1.2 million. Its largest employers are UPS Worldport, Humana, Brown-Forman, PharMerica and Yum Brands.
This will be Visioneering Wichita's fifth city-to-city visit in as many years. The other trips have been to Richmond, Va.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Oklahoma City and Fort Worth; and Chattanooga, Tenn.