A delegation of officials from Bremen, Germany, is visiting Wichita this week to meet with Gov. Sam Brownback, aviation businesses, economic development representatives and state and local officials to discuss growth and collaboration opportunities. The trip includes meetings with businesses on Thursday, as well as tours of Wichita manufacturing facilities. The group will also tour the National Center for Aviation Training.
On Friday, the delegation will tour additional Wichita manufacturing facilities before meeting with Brownback for a luncheon at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The Governor will address the delegation at 12:15 p.m. in the airport’s press room.
“Aviation manufacturing is a pillar of the Kansas economy,” Brownback said. “After productive meetings with officials from Bremen at the Paris Air Show, it is exciting that we get to show these officials the Air Capital of the World in person. These meetings are a tremendous opportunity for Kansas aviation manufacturers to display their world class capabilities.”
Brownback, Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George and representatives from the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) teamed with Kansas business leaders at the Paris Air Show in June to promote the state’s aviation manufacturing sector. Bremen officials met with Brownback at the show and confirmed the delegation’s trip to Wichita.
“The 2013 Paris Air Show was instrumental in bringing about these meetings with officials from Bremen,” George said. “Kansas aviation companies partnered with state and local officials at the Air Show to demonstrate that Wichita is a leader in the aviation sector. That teamwork resulted in a lot of increased interest in our aviation manufacturing sector and will pay dividends for Kansas businesses and workers in the future.”
“The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition and the Kansas Department of Commerce are leaving no stone unturned in the quest for creating new export jobs,” said Tim Chase, president of GWEDC. “We are pleased to welcome the 30 member delegation from Bremen with hopes that it will stimulate new business development through international outreach.”