Economic development

WichitaLiberty.TV: John Todd and Wichita issues

WichitaLiberty.TV: John Todd and Wichita issues

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: John Todd joins Bob Weeks and Karl Peterjohn to discuss issues involving the City of Wichita, including the future of Naftzger Park and economic development. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Episode 157, broadcast July 9, 2017. Shownotes Wichita Pachyderm Club on Facebook Article link: An information resource regarding the future of Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita Article link: Downtown Wichita business trends: There has been much investment in Downtown Wichita, both public and private. What has been the trend in business activity during this time? Article link: Downtown Wichita jobs, sort…
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Naftzger Park in Downtown Wichita

Naftzger Park in Downtown Wichita

An information resource regarding the future of Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita. The City of Wichita is proposing to spend $1,500,000 to transform Naftzger Park from its present form to something else. Here are information resources: A Facebook group I created to share information. Please join and get involved. Request for Qualifications, including Renewed Urban Design Vision Statement. June 13, 2017. A photo album on Flickr. These photos are also in the facebook group. Update: The city council will consider setting the date for a public hearing. See Naftzger Park public hearing to be considered.
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Wichita, Kansas, and U.S. economic dashboards

Wichita, Kansas, and U.S. economic dashboards

Dashboards of economic indicators for Wichita and Kansas, compared to the United States. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis gathers economic data from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. This data is then available in an interactive graphing and charting system. Using this system, I've created dashboards (collections of charts) holding economic data for Wichita and Kansas. The images of the charts are static. Click on a chart for the current data. At the bottom of each chart is the link "View on FRED." By clicking on that link you…
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Coverage of Downtown Wichita workers

Coverage of Downtown Wichita workers

The Wichita Eagle's coverage of the number of workers in Downtown Wichita isn't fake news, just wrong news. A recent Wichita Eagle article reported on the number of workers in downtown Wichita, designated as zip code 67202: "The 67202 ZIP code had lost nearly 15 percent of its businesses and 20 percent of its employees in the decade ending in 2015, according to the U.S. Census’s County Business Pattern data. The loss of the State Office Building in 2016 and the Wichita school district’s downtown office this summer -- employees are moving to the former Southeast High School -- will…
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Metro Monitor for the Wichita economy

Metro Monitor for the Wichita economy

A research project by The Brookings Institution illustrates the performance of the Wichita-area economy. Metro Monitor from The Brookings Institution rates metropolitan areas on several indicators. For this year's report, the most recent data included is from 2015. For this year's report, the news for the Wichita area is mixed. For the period 2010 to 2015, Wichita ranks 88th in growth, 69th in prosperity, and 44th in inclusion. (The 100 largest metro areas were ranked.) Looking at just the most recent years, 2014 to 2015, Wichita ranks 73rd in growth, 42nd in prosperity, and 9th in inclusion. That's moving in…
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