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Wichita Metro Business & Industry Profile

Although Wichita may have achieved the reputation for an economy driven by aircraft manufacturing, the overall economy has also come to reflect diversity and dynamism. Wichita houses a variety of industries, providing products and services that are recognized world-wide. Thousands of talented, creative entrepreneurs also call Wichita home. There are approximately 15,000 business establishments in the Wichita metro area, 97% of which are small-to medium-sized firms with less than 100 employees.

Wichita Facts at a Glance

To see an overview of current Wichita statistics, including unemployment rate, average wages, educational attainment, cost of living, etc., visit the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition's (GWEDC) website. GWEDC is a Chamber affiliate.

Major Employers

For a current list of Wichita's major employers, visit the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition's (GWEDC) website.

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.


David Bossemeyer
VP-Business Development