The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) is promoting Wichita’s exceptional workforce and world-class aviation supply chain November 17-19 during the 2015 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Convention in Las Vegas. Eighteen area companies and organizations are partnering with GWEDC to promote Wichita’s aviation-related products and services.
Nineteen local organizations and companies will participate in the GWEDC exhibit at NBAA.
GWEDC Chairman Gary Schmitt said, “We’re really pleased to have a 60% increase in the number of participants in our booth this year. Our delegation will be much more representative of the breadth and depth of our aviation capabilities and expertise in this region.”
A 30’x30’ booth, #C6633, has been secured by GWEDC. Representatives from the 19 organizations and companies listed below will participate and promote their products and services:
||Kansas Dept. of Commerce
||National Center for Aviation Training
||National Institute for Aviation Research
|City of Wichita
||Southwind Global Aviation
||Wichita Aero Club
|IMA Aviation Insurance
||Wichita Airport Authority
Jeff Fluhr of the Greater Wichita Partnership said the GWEDC team will be promoting more than 300 aviation suppliers in the south central Kansas region as well as the Air Capital’s largest aviation companies: Airbus, Bombardier Learjet, Spirit AeroSystems, and Textron Aviation – Cessna & Beechcraft.
A Business at Full Throttle Celebration will be held for trade show participants on Tuesday, November 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wichita City Council Representatives Pete Meitzner and Jeff Blubaugh will attend and promote the pro-business climate in the Air Capital. Assistant City Manager Scot Rigby is also scheduled to participate.
By Debra Teufel
This week GWEDC had the honor of being a presenting sponsor at the Cessna Supplier Forum. This event attended by over 400 in the aviation industry, gave us the opportunity to showcase our Greater Wichita message to an audience of local suppliers, as well companies from around the globe. What a perfect opportunity to share our economic development mission – marketing our region, providing a service to local business & industry, and sharing the Wichita business case to companies who we hope will consider a future location here in our great community.
We highlighted the top factors that make Wichita a winning combination and keep us on top as the #1 U.S. Metro for Aviation Manufacturing – Labor Costs, Transportation Accessibility, Tax Climate, Energy Costs, Availability of Skilled Labor, Quality of Training, Research & Development, Construction Costs and Affordability of Real Estate, and finally the tools and resources at the State and local level for companies seeking a competitive location. The audience had the first opportunity to see GWEDC’s newest Air Capital of the World video (coming soon!) – a collection of images showing how Wichitans built the “business of flight”.
It was an honor to be a part of such a quality event, and to hear about the exciting new developments from the Cessna team. We heard about the importance of partnerships, productivity, quality, speed to market, branding & promotion, innovation, winning together – all of the elements that our Wichita companies know well. It made me proud to be a part of their day. Thank you to Cessna for allowing us to share our message with your audience, as we work together to help our economy reach new heights.
Vice President, Business Development
Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition