To develop and implement a cohesive regional Innovation-Based Economic Development (IBED) strategy for rural South Central Kansas that combines the development of regional strategic assets, leverages the region’s extensive manufacturing competencies, cultivates a regional innovation network and expands present regional boundaries.
The Harvey County Economic Development Council (HCEDC) is leading a multi-county coalition to forge a cohesive rural regional Innovation-Based Economic Development (IBED) strategy and pursue regional asset and business development opportunities that support the regional strategy. The region is a diverse mixture of goods-producing businesses and experiences “spillover effects” from the Wichita manufacturing community. In recent years, portions of the region have placed concerted efforts on attracting and expanding technology and manufacturing based businesses that leverage the region’s proximity to competitive strategic assets. The primary example of this would be leveraging the region’s adjacency to the state’s wind assets. Wind equipment manufacturers seek to locate in close relationship to wind farms to reduce logistic costs and improve delivery performance.
Reno and Harvey counties have had early success in securing major recruitments to the region based on their strategic positioning to the wind industry. As HCEDC continues to develop its regional manufacturing and logistics park and other regional organizations make local investments, now is the time to develop these assets in the context of broader regional collaboration opportunities and to develop a regional innovation infrastructure that will enable rural companies and communities is South Central Kansas to be globally competitive. The project is being undertaken in South Central Kansas region including the counties of Harvey, Kingman, Reno, Rice, McPherson, Marion, Chase, Butler, and rural Sedgwick.
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