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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2015 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.
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Envision, Inc. Hyatt Regency Wichita Lubrication Engineers, Inc. Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A. Grant Thornton LLPSullivan Hidgon & Sink Newman University Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. Commerce Bank AT&T INTRUST Bank Arena Johnson ControlsLegacy Bank Capitol Federal Savings Bank CNH Industries GLMV Architecture, Inc. Kansas Gas Service IMA, Inc. BKD High Touch Technologies
Meritrust Credit UnionDavis-Moore Automotive, Inc.Bank of America Bombardier LearjetFoulston SiefkinBlack Hills EnergyCargill Meat Solutions