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Wichita County Economic Development

Welcome!

VISION

The Wichita County Economic Development, Inc. will stimulate and rejuvenate Wichita County through unified community partnerships and creative resources to attain:

  • Innovative agriculture and industry, and successful businesses
  • Superior education
  • Progressive health care
  • Strong infrastructure
  • Diverse recreational and cultural opportunities
  • A friendly, positive, and safe environment

HISTORY

Wichita County Economic Development, Inc. was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1996 for the purpose of economic and community development in Wichita County.

In 1999, Wichita County was designated a Rural Enterprise Community through the Federal Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities initiative. This designation provides for assistance through USDA Rural Development with business and community development needs. Through this designation, Wichita County Economic Development has established a Revolving Loan Fund to assist new businesses with start-up needs and existing businesses with expansion needs. The Wichita County Business CARE Center and Incubator was also developed to assist businesses through education and start-up assistance.

For Residents & Visitors

General Information

Wichita Economic Development

Business C.A.R.E. Center

102 W. Broadway
Leoti, KS 67861

The Wichita County Business CARE Center is available to rent for business, educational and social purposes. The CARE Center has a basic kitchen, is Wi-Fi connected and has flexible seating for up to 30 people. Contact WCED for fees and available dates.

WCED can help provide additional technology if needed.

Staff & Board of Directors

Staff Board of Directors

Economic Development Staff

Wichita County Economic Development Inc. is staffed by Robyn Tokoi. Robyn began her career with WCED in 2018 with a background in positive local government partnerships, budgeting, housing, and federal grant management. Tokoi and the WCED Board of Directors are a motivated group of leaders focusing on community partnerships and teamwork with the understanding that it is central to the success of their efforts.

Dedicated to promoting economic growth and stability, WCED provides progressive leadership for the betterment of Wichita County by defining the problems of their rural community and mapping out solutions to these problems.

Economic Development Board of Directors

Wichita County Economic Development is directed by a 16-member board that includes representatives from city, council, education, banking, business, agriculture, senior citizens, and youth and minority populations. Members of the Board of Directors are:

Leslie Niswonger, At Large, President
Rene Mora, At Large, Vice President
Vic Case, County Commission Rep, Treasurer
Maria Medina, At Large, Secretary
Kelma Burch, City Council Rep
Gary Campas, At Large
Isabell Cardenas, At Large
Jason Koehn, Alt School Board Rep
Tammy Simons, School Board Rep
Maggie Brown, Student Member
Natalie De La Cruz, Student Member
Cambree Koehn, Student Member
Tori Smith, Student Member

Wichita County Economic Development

Community Calendar

Wichita County Economic Development

Community Calendar