CEO Guide to Site Selection



While the Sunflower State’s landscape experienced a severe drought in 2022, its economy didn’t. Wichita has been called the “air capital of the world,” due to the $2.3 billion in aerospace products it makes every year, and it’s home to two of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers. Kansas currently has 1,000 infrastructure programs in the hopper, and the newly announced Panasonic Energy Company building is the largest economic development project in the state’s history.

“As the largest private investment in Kansas history and one of the largest EV battery manufacturing plants of its kind in the country, this project will be transformative for our state’s economy, providing in total 8,000 high-quality jobs that will help more Kansans create better lives for themselves and their children. Winning this project has shown that Kansas has what it takes to compete on a global scale, and that our pro-business climate is driving the technological innovation needed to achieve a more prosperous and sustainable future.”
Laura Kelly


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Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK): Offers ability to retain 95% of payroll tax withholding for 7 to 10 years for qualified companies.

Kansas Downtown Redevelopment Tax Rebate: A rebate of property tax collected on properties that have undergone approved improvements.

High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP): Offers a 10% corporate income tax credit on qualified capital investments of at least $50,000 for companies that pay above-average wages.

The KITE Proof of Concept (POC): Designed to fill a need for support where typical funding mechanisms are not available, acting as a bridge between federal funding for basic research and commercial seed funding by angel or venture investors.


Kansas Department of Commerce

Kansas Economy

Greater Topeka Partnership

Greater Wichita Partnership

Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City


The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and helps Kansas non-exporters get started and existing exporters expand into additional foreign markets. More than 160 Kansas small businesses have participated since the program began in 2012 and have achieved more than $33 million in export sales.


  • Scorpion Biological Services announced in April 2022 a $650 million facility and 500 new jobs in Manhattan.
  • Garmin announced in July 2022 a $145 million expansion and 900 new jobs at its headquarters in Olathe.
  • Simmons Pet Food announced in July 2022 a $115 million expansion and 177 new jobs in Edgerton and Emporia.
  • Panasonic Energy Co. announced in July 2022 a $4 billion electric vehicle battery facility and 4,000 new jobs in De Soto.
  • Pinnacle Aerospace announced in October a $14.7 million facility and 155 new jobs in Wellington.
  • Great Plains Manufacturing, in partnership with Kubota, announced a $53 million expansion and 190 new jobs in Salina.
  • Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company announced in October 2022 a $250 million investment to move production operations to a new facility in Olathe.
  • Catalent announced in October 2022 a $12 million expansion and 50 new jobs in Kansas City.


  • Seaboard (Fortune 1000 Headquarters)
  • Spirit AeroSystems (Fortune 1000 headquarters)
  • Euronet Worldwide (Fortune 1000 headquarters)
  • AMC Entertainment (Fortune 1000 headquarters)

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.