Export plan has $1.1 billion target for Wichita region


A group of leaders from south-central Kansas are aiming to increase exports from the area by $1.1 billion over five years, according to a new plan unveiled Thursday.

The Wichita Eagle reports the group estimates those exports could create about 6,000 jobs.

The plan was created by local groups including Kansas Global Trade Services, with support from the Global Cities Initiative, a project of the Brookings Institution and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.

The plan calls for enhanced resources for companies that already export or that would be good candidates to start. For example, staff and volunteers from local groups would make site visits, take calls and conduct seminars from companies working on exporting, with grants to help companies seeking export training.

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