This report outlines a multi-method approach to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in South Central (SC) Kansas. To study this ecosystem, researchers from Wichita State University’s Center of Entrepreneurship collected data from multiple sources.
The Wichita region of South Central Kansas was selected to participate in the Global Cities Initiative (GCI). The 10-county region includes Butler, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner counties. The Global Cities Initiative is a joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, helping U.S. metro areas strengthen their international economic connections and competitiveness.
The IMCP Task Force consisting of regional manufacturing leaders met three times in the first quarter of 2014 to create a strategic plan to generate and transfer innovations to regional manufacturers permitting them to constantly improve capabilities in advanced manufacturing. The strategic plan to implement an advanced manufacturing innovation alliance can be found at the link below
South Kansas is poised to be a global leader in advanced materials and their commercialization
in advanced manufacturing/high-technology manufacturing. The region’s dominance is due to its unique world-class assets in the following areas: workforce and training, supplier networks, research and development, infrastructure and site development, and trade and international investment.