Governor and Wichita business leaders discuss economic development in Kansas

WICHITA, Kansas (WIBW) – Governor Kelly joined business leaders in Wichita to discuss what her administration can do to continue contributing to the economic development of the Sunflower State.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said on Friday, August 5, she continued her statewide Economic Tour of Prosperity on the Plains in Wichita at Wichita Workforce Center.

Governor Kelly said she was joined by Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple and local business leaders for a panel discussion on how her administration can continue to support entrepreneurship, grow the workforce work and advance economic development in the Sunflower State.

“I’m honored to speak with successful entrepreneurs here in Wichita to see how my administration can continue to support them and break down barriers to growth,” Kelly said. “In addition to being the backbone of our economy, they are leaders in our communities and help make our state as great as it is.”

The governor said she and the mayor have spoken to leaders of small and medium-sized businesses that are growing rapidly in the Wichita area, as well as workforce development centers. She said they spoke about the importance of expanding broadband and affordable housing, attracting and retaining young adults in the workforce, and increasing access to child care. children – all of whom are essential to the growth of Kansas businesses.

“We are working hard to recruit and train the skilled workforce Kansas needs to compete globally,” said Keith Lawing, president and CEO of Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas. “We are honored to have the support of Governor Kelly and Mayor Whipple as we provide critical resources to working families in Kansas.”

Including herself, Mayor Whipple and Keith Lawing, Kelly said roundtable participants included:

  • Graham Crain, CEO of Anderson-Crain Investment Group
  • Tom Smith, CEO of Alltite, Inc.
  • Luis Rodriguez, President of KeyCentrix, LLC
  • Naaman Ritchie, President of Blake Clotia
  • Wiley Smith, Sedgwick County Regional Project Manager for the Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Tarina Lees, Project Manager at Optometric Billing Solutions

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