Conference to address global competitiveness of Kansas aviation industry

11/09/2012 6:30 AM

11/09/2012 6:31 AM

The Kansas Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors will be in Wichita next week for a conference on the global competiveness of the state’s aviation industry.

Gov. Sam Brownback will join other state officials and council members for Tuesday’s meeting at Spirit AeroSystems.

Jeremy Hill, director of Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research, will discuss competition in the aerospace industry.

He will be joined by John Tomblin, executive director of the National Institute for Aviation Research, who will address that entity’s role and industry collaboration.

Also expected to speak is Tony Kinkel, president of the Wichita Area Technical College, on the role of the National Center for Aviation Training.

Wichita’s role in the aviation industry has grown a little cloudy in the past year. Boeing announced in January that it was leaving the city by the end of 2013, Hawker Beechcraft is in the midst of bankruptcy and is reorganizing as a smaller company, and Wichita’s market share of business jets has shown signs of shrinkage in recent years.

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