Promoting Wichita’s superior workforce and supply chain

The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) is promoting Wichita’s exceptional workforce and world-class aviation supply chain this week during the 2014 NBAA Business Convention in Orlando, FL at Booth #2067.  The Wichita Airport Authority, National Center for Aviation Training, National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita AeroClub and the Kansas Department of Commerce are partnering with GWEDC as well as five local private sector companies:  Capps Manufacturing, CE Machine, Harlow Aerostructures, Impresa Aviation, and Image Resources Group.3col_vert_with_tag

GWEDC President Tim Chase said, “Wichita has the strongest pro-aviation business environment in the world and we have a unique story to share with NBAA participants about the breadth and depth of our capabilities.We will be promoting the fact that Wichita has the number one workforce for aviation engineering knowledge and advanced manufacturing skills.”

This year GWEDC and its partners will be promoting some of Wichita’s key differentiators:

  • The world’s top general aviation OEM’s – Textron Aviation’s Cessna and Beechcraft as well as Bombardier’s Learjet
  • More than 350 of aviation’s top suppliers
  • A world-class, skilled aviation workforce
  • The world’s largest aerospace R&D academic institution
  • Aviation training curriculum that sets global standards
  • Multiple options for general aviation air service and the state’s largest commercial airport

Trade show participants can attend GWEDC’s Talent Central Celebration on Wednesday, October 22, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. to meet Wichita City Council Representative Pete Meitzner. Meitzner will discuss the pro-business climate in the Air Capital that has fostered innovation and investment in Wichita.

Chamber publication wins marketing award, 2015 advertising space available

photoOur 2014 “Metro Wichita Economic Development” magazine recently won a Gold MAX Award from the Wichita American Marketing Association (WAMA) in the non-profit direct marketing category. Produced on an annual basis, the publication showcases the best of Wichita and surrounding communities – our skilled workforce, progressive business climate, amenities, and cultural attractions. Distributed both in print and electronically, it is used to familiarize potential businesses, employees, and residents with the business community and our quality of life.

We want to take this opportunity to thank the advertisers who participated in the 2014 issue. Our production and distribution of this magazine wouldn’t be possible without their financial investment. We are most appreciative of their assistance in our work to increase the economic vitality of the region:  Ambassador Hotel, BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas, City of Derby, Coleman, Coventry-Preferred Health Systems, Doubletree by Hilton Wichita Airport, Friends University, GoWichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, Riordan Clinic, Via Christi Health, Wells Fargo Advisors, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita Airport Authority, Wichita Area Technical College, Wichita Collegiate School, and Wichita Public Schools.

Work on the 2015 edition is currently underway, and there are several advertising opportunities available if you are interested in promoting your company or organization. Jarod Scott, Integrated Media Manager for Journal Communications, is working to maximize those opportunities for advertisers and would be happy to speak with anyone interested in learning more. He can be reached at 615-771-5552 or