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Greater Wichita Economic Development

Founded in 2003, this broad-based coalition is led by a 15-member Steering Council comprised of two elected officials from Sedgwick County, two elected officials from the City of Wichita, a representative from the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP), two representatives from the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, six business leaders elected and two appointed from the private-sector Board of Investors.

Housed and staffed by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, GWEDC is focused on expanding Greater Wichita’s commercial and industrial base through aggressive business retention, expansion and recruitment activities and marketing the nine county region of South Central Kansas as fierce competitor in the global environment.

Mission Statement

GWEDC is a public-private partnership dedicated to:

  • Promoting recruitment, retention and expansion of targeted economic driver industries in Wichita/Sedgwick County
  • Facilitating diverse, quality jobs and capital investment which generate overall positive return on public investment
  • Marketing the South Central Kansas region as an exceptional business location

IDEA Visits

Thinking of adding employees or expanding your facility? For businesses that export their products or services and pay above-county wages, there maybe resources available to offset key expansion hurdles that the experienced team from the GWEDC can help you identify. Put the GWEDC team to work for you with a free, confidential IDEA (Industrial Development & Expansion Assistance) consultation.

Contact David Bossemeyer at 268-1132 to learn more.

Section Highlights:

The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC): 

  • Specializes in one-stop project assistance to businesses interested in expanding and locating in the area.
  • Is a public-private partnership that works with companies to maximize the advantages of being in the Wichita area
  • Provides project management that mobilizes all available resources including site information, growth and expansion incentives and other resources as required.
  • Markets the region to targeted industry sectors throughout the world with a focus on the region’s manufacturing excellence, skilled workforce, supplier network, research capacity, skilled training opportunities and operational affordability.


Tim Chase
Sr VP Economic Dev & GWEDC President
Aeroflex Wichita, Inc. Airbus North America Engineering, Inc. Ambassador Hotel Wichita Apex Engineering International, LLC Armstrong Chamberlin AT&T Berry Companies, Inc. BKD, LLPBuilding Trades Council of Central & Western Kansas Butler Community College Capital Enterprises, Inc. Carlos O’Kelly’sCase New HollandCHOOSE Networks, Inc. Clear Channel Media + EntertainmentConco ConstructionCornejo & Sons Coventry Health Care, An Aetna CompanyCox Machine, Inc. Davis-Moore Automotive, Inc. Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc. Dillon Food Stores Dondlinger & Sons Construction Company Inc.Eby Construction Co. Envision, Inc. Friends University GLMV Architecture, Inc. Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau House of SchwanHigh Touch Technologies Hyatt Regency Wichita IBEW L.U. 271 - Electrical Workers IMA, Inc. Johnson ControlsKAKE-TV Kansas Health Foundation Kennedy and Coe, LLC Key Construction, Inc. Law Company Inc. LawKingdon Architecture LDF CompaniesLegacy BankLubrication Engineers, Inc. Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P. Metro Courier, Inc. MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc. Murfin Drilling Company Inc. NCRI -- National Catastrophe Restoration Inc. Newman University Occidental Management, Inc. Pioneer Balloon Company Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 441 Poet Ethanol Products Range Oil Company, Inc. Ritchie Exploration, Inc. Rusty Eck Ford Security 1st Title LLC Slawson Real Estate Company Star Lumber & Supply Co. Inc.TCK - The Trust Company of Kansas TECT Aerospace UCI United Way of the Plains Value PlaceWescon Controls CompanyWichita Area Assn. of Realtors Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) Wichita Business Journal Wichita Community Foundation Wichita Downtown Development Corporation Wichita State UniversityWichita Surgical Specialists, P.A.Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, Inc.Yingling Aviation