Downtown Wichita stood to be the loser in the recent decision of Airbus Americas to move its 400 employees from Old Town to Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus in 2017. So last week’s announcement that WSU plans to move some operations to Old Town was welcome news. WSU’s Center for Management Development, KMUW Radio and the Center for Economic Development and Business Research are among the offices affected, in a deal promising to bring 200 faculty and staff members, 300 students and as many as 15,000 annual visitors to the area. Some of the offices will move later this year, with space being vacated by Airbus involved in the plan. It’s fitting that WSU be a key player not only in Wichita’s economic future, with its big plans for business innovation and technology, but also in downtown’s continuing reinvention as a thriving place to work, live and relax. – Rhonda Holman
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