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Dynamic Transformation is Here

Choosing a location where your business will grow requires a community dedicated to transformation. The Greater Wichita region is characterized by relentless determination, regularly challenging the status quo. We are driven by world-class talent, powering a commitment to innovation. And our business-friendly policies are matched by some of the lowest business operating costs in the nation.

Much more than a static backdrop for your goals, the Greater Wichita region offers a place where purposeful partnerships create dynamic growth and community transformations.

#1

Manufacturing-Specialized Region in the U.S.

#3

U.S. Advanced Industry Hotspot

9%

Below National Average Cost of Living

#3

Engineering Hub in the Nation

World-Class Talent

Highly Skilled Employees with a Remarkable Work Ethic 

Why Our Workforce Is Second to None
 

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Businesses Begin, Innovate, and Expand Here

  • The Greater Wichita region is proudly the Air Capital of the World where the aerospace manufacturing industry took off with Clyde Cessna and a generation of aviation pioneers in 1916
  • Today global aviation companies, educational and training programs, and breakthrough research and development make Greater Wichita a powerful aerospace ecosystem
  • Koch Industries Inc. and Cargill Protein are the two largest privately held companies in the U.S. and both are headquartered in Wichita, Kansas
  • Birthplace of household brands Pizza Hut, White Castle, and Coleman

Ten Important Elements to Greater Wichita’s Success
 

Low Cost Of Operation

Affordable Operational Costs and Business-Friendly State

  • Kansas ranked #4 among all 50 states for a business-friendly regulatory environment in a non-partisan, non-profit 50-State Small Business Regulation Index (Pacific Research Institute, 2015)
  • Kansas is one of only eight constitutional right-to-work states
  • Commercial energy rates are 8.5% below the national average
  • Kansas offers the 5th lowest industrial natural gas total delivered cost in the nation
  • All purchased business equipment receives 100% tax abatement

Relocate and Expand Here
 

Prime Global Location

The Greater Wichita Region is Central to Success

  • Wichita, Kansas is one of the Top 50 largest U.S. cities (2016 Census data)
  • The region’s central location gives direct access to both coasts, Canada and Mexico from I-70 going east and west, and I-35 going north and south
  • Three major rail carriers — BNSF Railway, Union Pacific, and Watco Companies — service the region
  • The new $200 million Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport ranks as a Top Five small hub airport in the U.S. with 13 non-stop destinations from seven airlines

Connect to Success
 

Bold Initiatives for Growth

Shared Focus Brings Rapid Expansion and Renewal

  • The Greater Wichita Partnership consists of 130 investors, including both public and private organizations, businesses and regional partners, working toward shared goals
  • An economic strategy to grow the region — the Regional Growth Plan — was adopted in 2018 to guide aggressive economic initiatives to accelerate growth in seven target sectors
  • Almost 14,000 survey responses received for Project Wichita, a collective vision and action plan for the region over the next ten years
  • Attracting and retaining talent is a key focus with effective marketing and employer tools, anchored at Choose Wichita

Proof of Progress Is Here
 

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