Job changes for Shelton and Edwards

Beth Shelton, Manager of Business Development for GWEDC.

Beth Shelton, Manager Business Development at the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC), has announced her departure effective Wednesday, June 3. Beth has  accepted a position with Harvey County Economic Development. She begins her new duties as a Business Development Specialist on June 8.

Beth has been an invaluable member of the GWEDC team during her tenure. Her primary responsibilities included the retention and expansion of existing industries through the coordination of more than 100 visits to area companies each year to investigate and discuss their growth potential. Most recently she has focused on the coordination of industry cluster meetings for the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth (BREG) initiative. Through her diligent efforts, more than 600 area companies in the 10-county region have been invited to collaborate on the development of industry-specific growth and action plans.

While Beth’s dedication, expertise and enthusiasm will be missed, we’re also pleased that staff and volunteers will continue working with her on regional economic development efforts in her new position. We wish her all the best as she begins the next exciting phase of her career.

Jim Edwards, Production Supervisor for the Chamber.

Jim Edwards, Production Supervisor for the Chamber.

Jim Edwards, Chamber Production Supervisor, retired from the Chamber on Thursday, May 7. He joined the Chamber in 1976, making him the Chamber’s longest tenured employee. Jim was responsible for coordinating property maintenance, mailings, office supply orders, and assisting with event setup.

We appreciate his many years of service and wish him the best as he begins his well-earned retirement.

Beth Shelton joins GWEDC

Beth Shelton
Beth Shelton has joined the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition as the Manager of Business Development. She has more than five years of economic development experience and was most recently employed as the Director of Economic Development for the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. She begins her duties on Monday, February 10.

Her primary responsibilities will be the retention and expansion of our existing industries by organizing more than 100 formal visitations to discuss how the community could help them grow. Shelton will also be a member of the team responsible for national and international marketing to generate leads for recruiting new companies.   

A graduate of Friends University and the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, Shelton was the Economic Development Coordinator for GWEDC from 2008 to 2013.

“We are very excited to welcome Beth back to our team,” said GWEDC President Tim Chase. “We know she did a great job at her post in Salina, which will make her invaluable to GWEDC and the Chamber’s efforts.”