Bryan Frye (N)
Senior Director of Investor Relations, Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Wichita City Councilman Bryan Frye is a lifelong Wichitan with deep roots in the community. Prior to being elected in 2015, Frye served 8 years on the District V Advisory Board and 8 years on the Wichita Board of Park Commissioners with 5 years as President. He's currently a board member of several non-profits. Frye has also held leadership positions at Botanica, Music Theatre Wichita, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County, Wichita State Alumni Association and the Wichita Wagonmasters.
BA Marketing, Wichita State University
Bryan is a current board member for several local non-profits including Visit Wichita, Downtown Wichita, Arts Council, NBC World Series and Old Cowtown Museum. He also volunteers his time for the Salvation Army and Wichita Wagonmasters
What is the most important issue facing the city in the next 4 years?
Start with clean water, because without it, everything else is a moot point. Update our 80-year old water plant with an efficient, redundant system to serve us for the next generations. Next is a commitment to creating great public spaces that are authentic for talent retention & recruitment. Finally, addressing the dual dilemma of Century II Convention Hall & Century II Performing Arts Center.
How will the level of debt the City is absorbing for the new projects affect taxes in the future?
The new Wichita Water Facility alone is estimated to cost $525 million dollars. Since 2011, the city has steadily invested in the water system in order to avoid large rate hikes. Combined with low cost financing available from state & federal programs, we're taking a long term approach to funding the improvements knowing that the newer, more efficient system will last decades and thus should be paid off as such.
How important is downtown green space, access to the river and City Parks are to you?
I was fortunate to serve eight years on the Board of Parks Commission with six years as President. I’m passionate about pride-worthy public spaces and building a brighter future for the next generation. This requires continual Investment in great public spaces–parks, museums, performing arts, etc. We craft this vision via robust citizen engagement. Once complete, we just can’t leave the plan on a shelf. Implementing the community vision will take courage, dedication and follow-through. Creating great public spaces that are authentic is essential for talent retention & recruitment.
Transparency has been an issue recently, how do you think contracts and negotiations should be handled?
A minimum of two council members should serve on every contract negotiation &/or screening committee. For capital improvement projects exceeding $50 million, it should be a minimum of three council members.
How do you plan on ensuring diversity is accomplished in city issues?
My vision is that one day Wichita will be known as the most inviting city in the country. To me, that means we are open,welcoming, desirable and inclusive. We achieve this by making sure everyone is represented and has the opportunity to be at the table.Every board appointment is balanced for diversity of race, gender, thought & opinion.
Why do you think you are the best candidate for this position?
For the last four years, I've served as the council person for district 5. I've helped build a stronger economy, improved infrastructure, prioritized public safety and bettered our quality of life. For 2020 and beyond, my focus is on a thriving Wichita with a safe & secure community, great public spaces and an open, responsive government.