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Understanding Who We Are

Wichita's five-county region provides financial, medical and business services to more than half a million people, truly distinguishing the area as the economic center of south-central Kansas and northern Oklahoma. A strong aerospace history has built the Wichita workforce into the second highest concentration of manufacturing jobs and skilled labor in the nation. Opportunities for strategic development abound, due to a young and energetic culture that is going places and quickly catching the attention of business professionals across the nation.

Butler County

As the state's largest county, locals are proud to call Butler County The Golden Land of Opportunity for its solid economic base, six industrial business parks and plentiful water supplies. Petroleum production and refining are the top contributors to the region's economy, along with several manufacturing plants.

Harvey County

Small towns in the midst of a larger metropolitan area, such as Newton in Harvey County, have provided the perfect fit for several national employers looking to expand. The Newton City/County Airport, rail access, highway access to routes in all four directions and local incentives give Harvey County a competitive edge.

Kingman County

Known for its rich history, this largely rural county has been called the “true” gateway to the west. As the home of the beginning of the “Cannonball Stageline” Highway, Kingman County was settled very rapidly as this stagecoach line carried many out west. Historic landmarks, such as the Kingman Carnegie Library, continue to draw many visitors. The high quality of living coupled with the low cost of living make Kingman County a desirable place to settle down. Local and state incentives make Kingman County a prudent choice for business expansion.

Sedgwick County

Companies in Sedgwick County are responsible for more than 60 percent of the world's general aviation aircraft, but Wichita's diverse exports reach well beyond airplanes. Manufacturers here produce everything from motorcycles to computer storage devices. Residents boast an excellent quality of life here, which was recognized by Forbes magazine in 2009 when Wichita was named a Best-Bang-For-The-Buck City for an affordable housing market, low taxes, and short commute times.

Sumner County

Known as the Wheat Capital of the World, an aviation business cluster is also highly prominent in Sumner county, along with several major manufacturing and service industries. Residents enjoy recreation, history and beauty, which may be why The Progressive Farmer named Sumner County among the Best Places to Live in Rural America in 2005.

Metro Wichita Economic Development Magazine

The 2014 Metro Wichita Economic Development magazine showcases the best of Wichita and surrounding communities - our skilled workforce, progressive business climate, amenities, and cultural attractions - through original features and photography. The Chamber uses this publication year-round to familiarize potential businesses, employees and residents with the business community and our quality of life.

Click on the image below to view the digital copy.

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. AetnaAirbus North America Engineering, Inc. Armstrong Chamberlin AT&T Berry Companies, Inc. BKD, LLPBuilding Trades Council of Central & Western Kansas Butler Community College Capital Enterprises, Inc. Carlos O'Kelly'sCNH Industries Clear Channel Media + EntertainmentConco ConstructionCornejo & Sons Cox 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. Golden Plains Credit UnionHouse of SchwanHigh Touch Technologies Hyatt Regency Wichita IBEW L.U. 271 - Electrical Workers IMA, Inc. Johnson ControlsKAKE-TV Kansas Health Foundation KSNW-Channel 3 Law Company Inc. LDF CompaniesLegacy BankL K ArchitectureLubrication Engineers, Inc. Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P. Metro Courier, Inc. MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc. Murfin Drilling Company 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 PlaceVisit WichitaWichita Area Assn. of Realtors Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) Wichita Business Journal Wichita Community Foundation Wichita Downtown Development Corporation Wichita State UniversityWorkforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, Inc.Yingling Aviation