South-central Kansas attends development summit
WICHITA, Kan. — The south-central region of Kansas is one of a dozen communities participating in the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership summit in Washington, D.C.
Launched to change how federal agencies leverage economic development funds, the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership encourages communities to strengthen their competitive edge for attracting global manufacturer and supply chain investments by developing comprehensive economic development strategies.
Representatives from Wichita State University will represent south-central Kansas at the summit, which is sponsored by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
At the event, participating communities will be able to learn from each other as they discuss their efforts and progress. There are 12 communities participating, which were selected by Department of Commerce.
The federal agency’s report on south-central Kansas noted its history in aviation and its highly developed network of more than 350 machine shops, tool and die shops and subcontract manufacturers with specialized equipment for metal and composites manufacturing.
The region is working on deepening its innovative capacity to grow its competitive edge.
The strategy for the south-central Kansas region, according to the report, focuses on developing university centers of excellence and industry-driven curriculum to support manufacturers in design, advanced materials development, automation and prototyping.
The region has identified 11,000 workers who could be trained to fill jobs in aerospace manufacturing; jobs that are open now or that will be hiring soon because of impending retirements.
The report also touted Wichita State’s new Innovation Campus, which it said will give students the opportunity to work directly on research and development projects.
Source: The Wichita Eagle