2023 Year-End Update
By Emily Younger Barnwell
Through strategic initiatives and collaborative efforts, the Partnership successfully fast-forwarded the Wichita region’s economy in 2023.
The regional investment in economic development, workforce initiatives and marketing efforts helped create hundreds of new jobs across various industries, generating more than $418 million in capital investment and another $5.3 billion in the prospect pipeline. While aviation remains a cornerstone of our economy, we have seen significant growth in emerging sectors such as healthcare and technology. In healthcare, substantial investments will begin in early 2024 in downtown Wichita to deepen our healthcare workforce and innovation.
The Partnership’s 2035 vision is driving our strategic efforts to grow our region’s global capacity and leverage our critical assets to support a dynamic and prosperous community.
Below is an overview of the 2023 accomplishments within the Partnership’s three strategic priorities: Jobs, Talent and Quality of Place.
The Partnership is leveraging economic development opportunities and supporting the creation of jobs through business retention and expansion, company attraction and entrepreneurship cultivation.
The Partnership is working alongside regional businesses and strategic partners to attract, retain and engage the workforce of the future.
The Partnership, in collaboration with Downtown Wichita, is continuing to cultivate a distinctive quality of place that attracts and retains talent, encourages tourism and fosters economic growth.
Thanks to the aspirational leadership and continued support of our investors, the Wichita region witnessed transformational progress and remarkable achievements in 2023.