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Industry Leaders Share Insights, Opportunities at August Investor Meeting

By Emily Younger-Barnwell

How we approach industry opportunities and challenges will dictate the trajectory and economic success of the Wichita region.

For this very reason, the Partnership’s August Investor Meeting included a dynamic panel discussion featuring the following six industry leaders:

  • Matt All, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
  • Marty Cornejo, Partner, Cornejo Holdings
  • Margaret Dechant, CEO, 6 Meridian
  • Ben Hutton, CEO, Hutton
  • Todd McKee, SVP Supply Chain Management, Textron Aviation
  • Kevin Strecker, CEO, Ascension Via Christi


  • Demand growth in the aviation industry, specifically in the commercial, space and defense sectors.
  • Increase in diverse, new construction projects and the revitalization/redevelopment of previously underutilized properties throughout the Wichita region, i.e., ICT21 Industrial Park.
  • The local economy is healthy and getting healthier thanks to increased community vibrancy and offerings.
  • Advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and data integration are improving the efficiency/effectiveness of patient care and outcomes.   
  • Newly formed industry and education partnerships are increasing the talent pipeline.


  • Workforce/staffing.
  • Skills gaps.
  • Community confidence.
  • Need for increased investment in community projects.

Key Objectives Moving Forward:

  • Increase internships, shadowing, and on-the-job training for middle, high school and college students to bolster the talent pipeline.
  • Pursue development opportunities that reflect a big vision, exceed expectations and accelerate growth.
  • Advance and market the Wichita region’s vibrant culture, attractive amenities, entertainment opportunities and innovative educational institutions.

Do you want to make a greater impact on the Wichita region? To learn how to get a seat at the Partnership’s next Investor Meeting contact Becca Newman at We ALL build Wichita.

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