Business Facilities magazine has listed Wichita among its seven Editors’ Location Picks in 2008. The list also includes Salt Lake City; Midland, Texas; Syracuse, N.Y.; Philadelphia; Oklahoma City and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Here’s part of what was said about Wichita in the article:
The Wichita MSA is a hotbed of aviation activity. In 2007 aerospace sales growth broke records for the fourth year in a row according to the Aerospace Industries Association, making it one of the target industries on economic developers’ lists. But Wichita already has a great aviation cluster in place. In fact, the south central Kansas region is one of the largest centers of composite aircraft component design and fabrication. Companies such as Boeing, Cessna and Hawker-Beechcraft have utilized these materials in aircraft for more than 25 years, and recent technological advances are increasing the use of advanced materials and polymers in commercial and general aviation manufacturing. The growth in composite structural aircraft is estimated to be 14% per year over the next 20 years. This is keeping the Wichita MSA pointed in the right direction for economic growth.
You can read the entire article at the Business Facilities Web site.