Allison Moeding loves the fact that you can now eat Thai in Derby.
Moeding has been economic development director in Sedgwick County’s second-largest city since 2002.
Derby has always had a lot of houses, but for years lacked enough business, forcing people to drive elsewhere — usually Wichita — for services. She persuaded her perspective employers that what they needed was better marketing to bring those businesses to town.
Apparently it’s succeeding because the city has exploded with retail, restaurants and other businesses in the past five years.
She acknowledged that Derby is usually the third place that national chains look after building in east and west Wichita, but that “we think we’re the number one location.”
Moeding, 38, is married to Michael, and they have three children.
“We’ve already got good basics, a good hotel, health care is on the rise. What people are looking for is a community with a lot of options.”