GWEDC Selling Workforce to Drive New Investment
Wichita, Kan. – The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) is promoting Wichita’s aviation workforce at the annual National Business Aviation Association (nbaa.org) Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV. GWEDC’s goal is to stimulate positive job growth in South Central Kansas by increasing awareness about Wichita’s skilled workforce and available real estate solutions. The trade show will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 22-24, and is considered a key event for industry leaders and decision makers.
The “Air Capital of the World” delegation will exhibit at booth C13244 and consists of: GWEDC, the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas Department of Commerce, Wichita Airport Authority, National Institute for Aviation Research, National Center for Aviation Training, K-96 Coalition, Assystem, Capps Manufacturing, Newton City-County Airport, and the Wichita Aero Club.
The delegation is promoting the Wichita area as the strongest pro-aviation business environment in the world. Wichita’s other top-selling benefits include:
A special reception will be hosted at the exhibit booth on the opening day of the trade show from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Tim Chase, GWEDC President, said the delegation plans to take full advantage of the reception and the trade show to showcase Wichita to aviation leaders. “NBAA is the single largest event worldwide to showcase general aviation. We are taking full advantage by selling Wichita's top-ranked workforce, and sites and buildings. Our talented workforce and newly available real estate are the two most powerful assets we have in our effort to grow the regional economy. Having a large display with all our partners is an extremely cost-effective way to tell our story louder and to a larger audience.”
Graphics for the exhibit booth and materials were developed by Armstrong Chamberlin, Bowen Creative and the Image Resources Group.
Unmanned systems conference to highlight existing infrastructure, opportunities for economic growth, job creation in Kansas
A three-day conference in October is highlighting opportunities for the state of Kansas resulting from the emerging unmanned systems industry. According to a recent national economic report, Kansas could see nearly $3 billion channeled into its economy during the next decade with such an industry.
The Kansas Unmanned Systems Conference, Oct. 14-16, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan is a public event that focuses on unmanned systems and applications that include precision agriculture, energy, emergency response and the environment. It also will center on economic growth and job creation possibilities for the state. The conference features experts from participating universities in Kansas and representatives from state and national industries, who will share perspectives on current activities, challenges and opportunities.
"We're excited to highlight the potentials that this industry promises for Kansas," said Joel Anderson, development director at Kansas State University. "Kansas has a rich history of global leadership in the aviation industry, and we look forward to supporting opportunities for economic growth and job creation as well as featuring the rich history of the state's highly skilled technical workforce in agriculture, energy, the environment, education and manufacturing."
The informal group formed in early 2013 following the release of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International report, "The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States." The report evaluated all 50 U.S. states and ranked Kansas as the country's No. 7 state to gain the most from unmanned systems by 2015. It projected that such an industry could bring more than $2.9 billion into the Kansas economy and create an estimated 3,716 jobs between 2015 and 2025.
Throughout its three-day schedule, the Kansas Unmanned Systems Conference will present and discuss topics that include airspace, policy, applications and industry-related considerations with the unmanned systems industry in Kansas. These topics will be recurring elements throughout the conference and will serve as focus areas for a series of discussion panels and round tables, Anderson said.
The Kansas Unmanned Systems Conference is sponsored by Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition; Herington UAS Flight Facility, or HUFF; AgJunction Inc.; Salina Area Chamber of Commerce; Salina Airport Authority; Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce; Overwatch Division of Avalon Risk Management; Solid Concepts; AgPixel; Shield Ag; AgEagle; ICE Corporation; AgriThority LLC; Kansas State University; University of Kansas and Wichita State University.
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