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Welcome to Bold Beginnings
Wichita is where entire industries take flight. From the early days of aircraft manufacturing to today’s modern manufacturing breakthroughs, Wichita is the Air Capital of the World. The city’s business credentials extend far beyond aviation. Wichita is home to a thriving, diverse community of creators and entrepreneurs, driven by robust industries such as information technology and transportation and logistics. Koch Industries, Inc. and Cargill Protein – the top two largest privately held companies in the U.S. – are headquartered in Wichita. And, as the birthplace of household brands Pizza Hut, White Castle and Coleman, a spirit of entrepreneurism continues to fuel hundreds of start-ups in a city dedicated to big ideas.
Air Capital of the World
We don’t just build planes – we build better planes. From the early days of aircraft manufacturing to cutting-edge research at the National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita has driven innovation in the aviation industry; generations of Wichitans have built planes for the world. Companies like Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet count Wichita as a key hub in their global networks, in addition to almost 500 machine shops and suppliers. Work in aviation here, and you’re a part of a worldwide network of engineers, manufacturers and researchers that have built more business jets than anywhere else in the world.
Powering the future
In Wichita, innovation is our life’s work. Here, there’s something about the land, a different kind of energy in the people. Wichita grows innovative businesses like Kansas grows wheat. Leading the way is second nature to companies that get their start in Wichita, but it’s also why companies from all over the world choose Wichita as their second or third home. The global manufacturer, Johnson Controls, is forging ahead to outfit its Wichita facility to become the first in the U.S. to be 100-percent powered by wind-generated electricity. Cargill Protein, headquartered in downtown Wichita, is bringing robotics to cattle-herding.
A culture of makers, doers and brewers
Entrepreneurs, community leaders and volunteers contribute to Wichita’s creative culture through maker spaces, an impressive craft brewing scene and community pride. MakeICT offers a community space in the Douglas Design District for hobbyists, inventors and young up-and-comers to design the future. GoCreate at Wichita State University offers state-of-the-art maker tools and machines. And, with over a dozen and counting local and regional craft breweries, including Wichita Brewing Company, Central Standard Brewing Company and Hopping Gnome, local flavor with friends is always nearby.
Cutting-edge companies in Wichita offer more than just a space to clock-in and clock-out. Immerse yourself in a community centered on growth – where your neighbors and coworkers want to see you achieve your dream and find solutions – because growth and success drives the city. With resources like the Kansas Leadership Center, training the next generation of Wichita’s professional class from their downtown campus, to NXTUS growing local startups, a robust support system in Wichita has your back.