THIS MOVEMENT STARTS HERE.
Only through deep-dive, extensive research can the challenges before us be illuminated. James Chung, along with his New York City-based strategy firm Reach Advisors, does just that.
Without this knowledge, we're blind. With it, we identify the challenges and navigate our way to a stronger city.
The Wichita Community Foundation knew of Chung and his company's respected record of helping companies navigate tough times. When they asked him to do the same for Wichita, it kicked off a multiple-year study with a series of presentations the foundation calls Focus Forward.
James gave his first presentation in 2015, highlighting the Four Challenges Wichita faces today: the Business Cycle Challenge, the Human Capital Challenge, the Entrepreneurship Challenge and the Perception Challenge.
Nearly three years later, James followed up with a report that showed Wichita's continued stagnation compared with the rest of the country. He cited three factors that contribute to that stagnation: a constrained labor market, an attitude problem and chronic underinvestment in the city's private and public sectors.
Understanding the four challenges, as well as the specific factors holding Wichita back, is vital for the future of our city. Now that we know what we're up against, we can better tackle these issues and create a better future for our city.