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The Regional Growth Plan is an economic strategy to grow the greater Wichita region’s economy, attract new businesses and expand existing industries.

This new multi-year action plan features seven target industry sectors, five strategic pillars, 32 key initiatives and a regional framework to support implementation. The plan takes into account the previous plan, the Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth, and builds upon its research and foundation.

Led by the Strategic Advisory Team of the Greater Wichita Partnership, a goal of prioritizing efforts to grow the economy led to the hiring of global firm Market Street Services. Starting in early 2018, Market Street, alongside regional stakeholders, spent ten months drilling down into market information, analyzing research, and diving deep into community input to identify focused strategies and how we can work together to grow the economy.

This targeted economic development plan for the greater Wichita region will be used by regional organizations and partners to boldly seize opportunities to grow the economy. 

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Based on extensive analysis of the greater Wichita region’s economic composition and assets, seven target sectors were selected for the community to pursue to grow and attract jobs and investment. 

Target Sector Framework

Five Strategic Pillars

The Regional Growth Plan outlines five high-level strategic pillars that serve as the foundational focal points creating the environment necessary to remove barriers and drive growth within the seven target sectors. Strategic pillars include:

Strategic Pillar I: Robust talent development pipeline
Strategic Pillar II: Growth-supportive existing business efforts
Strategic Pillar III: High-impact branding, marketing and attraction
Strategic Pillar IV: Targeted innovation development
Strategic Pillar V: Catalytic infrastructure

Regional Growth Plan Sponsors

Career Pathways

In alignment with the Regional Growth Plan, the Workforce Alliance and Kansas WorkforceOne brought together education institutions from K-12, vocational trainers, community colleges and universities to develop Career Pathways. Updated quarterly, Career Pathways allow job seekers, students and parents to explore educational requirements and career opportunities in prevalent industry clusters throughout the region.