Established in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in, Wichita County Economic
Development, Inc. aids the economic and community development in Wichita County.
Through the Federal Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities initiative, Wichita County was designated a Rural Enterprise Community in 1999.
Through this designation, WCED 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.
Wichita County Economic Development, Inc. will stimulate and rejuvenate Wichita County through unified community partnerships and creative resources to attain:
• Innovative agriculture and industry
• Successful businesses
• Superior education
• Progressive health care
• Strong infrastructure
• Diverse recreational and cultural opportunities
• A friendly, positive, and safe environment
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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.
Located at: 102 W. Broadway, Leoti, KS 67861
The Director of Economic Development is Nikki Bjurstrom, who has worked with WCED since
2019. Bjurstrom and the WCED Board of Directors are a motivated group of leaders focusing on
community partnerships and teamwork.
Dedicated to promoting economic growth and stability, WCED provides progressive leadership for the betterment of Wichita County by defining problems and mapping out solutions.
Wichita County Economic Development is directed by a board that includes representatives from City Council, County Commission, education, business, agriculture, senior citizens, youth and minority populations. Members of the current Board of Directors are:
Wichita County Economic Development: Stimulating and rejuvenating Wichita County
through unified community partnerships and creative resources.