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, 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.