Chuck Schlittler joined Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kan. as Executive Director on July 7, 2014. Schlittler came to the position after 5 ½ years as the Executive Director of the Fairfax Industrial Association, Inc. As the first FIA Executive Director, he was charged with developing partnerships with the principal organizations and individuals in Wyandotte County. The Unified Government, the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Wyandotte Economic Development Council, the KCK Police Department, and the Board of Public Utilities were among those with whom partnerships were either initiated or strengthened. He left FIA: being in the 5-year Unified Government CMIP cycle including work on curbs, sidewalk, railroad crossings, and street overlays; having a strong and active 14-member volunteer board; having an average attendance of 70 at the monthly FIA luncheon; in strong financial condition based on membership dues and special projects. Before joining FIA as executive director, Schlittler served on its Board of Directors for six years, two of them as president. During that time as a volunteer, he worked part-time with a family-owned physical therapy company as a marketing director. The prior seven years he served as a marketer and chaplain with two psychiatric hospitals in the Kansas City area.
Schlittler and his wife, Maura, own a small family business near Lawrence, Kan. He graduated with a BS in 1978 from what is now Central Oklahoma University. He earned a Master of Religious Education and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Seminaries in Fort Worth, Tex. and Kansas City, Mo., respectively. He and Maura have 4 grown children.
Worker of magics
A long-time resident of Kansas City, Kansas, Mary holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration. She has worked for a number of municipalities throughout the midwest, and for various non-profit agencies. Off-duty, she enjoys reading, music, and sewing, but not housework. Her family includes her husband Paul, and two adult children.
Economic Development Coordinator
Daniel Serda is a city planner and founding principal of inSITE Planning, LLC, a public interest planning and development consulting firm. His firm’s approach combines urban design and planning, economic development analysis, and stakeholder/community engagement to generate innovative solutions to longstanding development challenges.In 2014, Dr. Serda was engaged to assist Downtown Shareholders (DTS) with implementing objectives identified in the Downtown Kansas City, Kansas Quality of Life Plan, including creation of a business and real estate database, creation of a downtown business district toolbox for new and existing businesses, and development of a downtown “pop up” business program. He is also undertaking a study for DTS exploring alternatives for reuse of older and historic buildings downtown and developing policy tools to streamline the redevelopment process.