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On April 18, 2015, the African American Council of Elders ~ Wichita/Sedgwick County will host a community roundtable that will discuss strategies for revitalizing the 9th and Cleveland business district. This event will take place at the Atwater Neighborhood City Hall and will last from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Lunch will be provided on a first come-first-served basis.


For the past several years, the Power Community Development Corporation, headed by current Presiding Elder James Arbertha, has coordinated the restoration of the historic Dunbar Theater. There has been a long-standing desire to have a renovated Dunbar Theater serve as a cultural hub and gathering place for Northeast Wichita that would show films, host community meetings and events, and showcase cultural events and programs.


As this project nears completion, there has been increased interest in using the Dunbar’s restoration as a catalyst for other economic/community development projects in the surrounding vicinity.  One of the more exciting proposals to come from this is the establishment of a “Dunbar Arts and Cultural Business District” which, besides the Dunbar Theater, would include a renovated Turner Drug Store, as well as the revitalization of other commercial structures in the historic 9th and Cleveland business district.


Plans to economically rejuvenate the 9th and Cleveland business district, reflects a national sentiment that prompted the economic revitalization of the 18th and Vine District in Kansas City and the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago.  Therefore, if you have an interest in African American economic development and/or the arts, you won’t want to miss this important Council of Elders Community Round Table!


Wichita SCORE


Wichita SCORE was founded in 1976 as Chapter 0143. We are a very dynamic Chapter and are very fortunate to have more than 35 Wichita business-related volunteers.


The mentors of Wichita are experienced and seasoned business owners and managers who pass on their proven business experience, energy, and knowledge to help new start-ups and existing small business owners.


Our focus and number one objective is to help our clients achieve success by giving them the the best possible client service.  Face-To-Face or online , the counselors of Wichita stand ready, and willing to aid in the success of Wichita and surrounding area small business clients.


SCORE Wichita mentors provide you with in-depth, industry specific business assistance to help evaluate a business idea or plan, stimulate business growth and ensure long term stability.


Visit the website today at





POWER CDC is a community development corporation (CDC). A "CDC" is a nonprofit organization that originates locally, from the efforts of residents who are determined to revitalize their own neighborhoods.


CDC’s undertake challenges ranging from providing social services, to developing low-income housing, to initiating commercial and retail activity in areas often abandoned by the market-driven economy.


POWER CDC, was conceived and organized in 1994. It began with members of this community exchanging ideas and concerns about how to make a positive difference.


POWER is a diverse grouping comprised of individuals experienced in government, the law, academics, the pulpit, and entrepreneurship.


POWER CDC -- driven by high expectations from its board, supporters and community --continues building for constructive change in Central-Northeast Wichita, bringing a better future for all.


Building Great Homes & Businesses 
for a Great Community


To find out more, visit the website at


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