GWEDC participates in two local initiatives

Nick Campbell, Brad Eilts and Beth Shelton

From left to right: Nick Campbell with GWEDC, Brad Eilts with McPherson County and Beth Shelton with GWEDC participated in the BREG town hall meeting on April 2.

GWEDC is participating in both the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG) initiative and the implementation of the Wichita-South Central Kansas Export Plan. These important economic development efforts have made headlines the last two weeks.

Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG)
This is a 10-county regional economic development effort that coordinates existing assets in new ways with the goal of accelerating growth. Eight economic clusters have been identified and industry leaders in each cluster will be meeting through the month of June to collaborate and develop growth and action plans. GWEDC staff worked with other BREG partners during the last few months to invite representatives of more than 600 area companies to participate in the process. Find out more about this plan at bregsck.com and follow #BREG for social media commentary about the initiative and the recent town hall meeting that was held in Newton.

Regional export plan released
The Wichita-South Central Kansas Export Plan was introduced last week at a special event held in Newton. Eight organizations have committed to implementing the five-year plan through the execution of specific tactics that will increase area exports by $1.1 billion over the next five years. View the plan to learn more.