2019 Events

Two WIRE community events featuring university and industry research and dialogue that addresses important business and industry issues and trends throughout the region and state.
Both events will be held at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

 

 

The Great Divide

Wednesday, May 22nd
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.


 


 

 

Topic: TBD

Wednesday, November 13th
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

 

 

  • May

The Great Divide
Determining economic and political
interdependence of rural and urban
communities within Kansas 

 

Rural communities across Kansas have expressed increasing concerns about the “brain drain”, decline of retail establishments, and the potential loss of political representation to urban areas.  Although urban cities are aware of these trends, few understand the economic implications on urban businesses, state government revenue, or the overall health of the state economy.   This event will explore the reality of the trends, identify the economic linkages, and discuss how these changes might impact public policy and business demand.



Wednesday, May 22, 2019
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex - Room 132
5015 East 29th Street North, Wichita KS 67220
(29th Street N & Oliver) 

                                       

               Rate increases to $110.00 on 5/1/2019

 

 

 

SPEAKERS - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | The Great Divide

Dr. Timothy Craft

BIO
JAY SMITH
INTRUST Bank
President & COO

WELCOME REMARKS

 

Dr. Sai Srithongrung

BIO
DEBRA TEUFEL
Hutchinson/Reno County
Chamber of Commerce

President & CEO

EVENT HOST


 

Dr. Sai Srithongrung

BIO
Evan Habluetzel
Wichita State University
CEDBR

Research Assistant

SPEAKER

Benchmarking
Urban/Rural Trends
 

Dr. Sai Srithongrung

BIO
GENTRY THIESEN
Wichita State University


SPEAKER/PANELIST

Changing
Political Environment

 

BIO
NEAL ALLEN
Wichita State University
Political Science

Chair & Professor 

SPEAKER/MODERATOR
Changing
Political Environment

BIO
MIKE BUSCH
Wichita State University
CEDBR

Senior Research Economist

SPEAKER
Identifying
Economic Linkages

BIO
PATRICIA BRADLEY
Wichita State University
CEDBR

Senior Research Economist

SPEAKER
Exploring Interconnections
of Communities

BIO
JEREMY HILL
Wichita State University
CEDBR

Director

CLOSING REMARKS

 

 

 

TIME

TENTATIVE AGENDA ITEM - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

8:00

REGISTRATION / NETWORKING
8:30 

WELCOMING REMARKS
    TBD
    INTRUST Bank

8:35 BENCHMARKING URBAN/RURAL TRENDS
    Evan Habluetzel, Research Assistant at the Center for Economic Development and Business Research
    Wichita State University
8:50

CHANGING POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT - REDISTRICTING
    
Gentry Thiesen
   
Wichita State University

The next round of legislative redistricting promises to increase the representation of suburban areas in both the Kansas Legislature and Kansas's U.S. House delegation, with rural areas losing representation.  Census projections predict a difficult challenge for state government in fulfilling its constitutional obligation to adjust district lines to match population growth and decline.  With divided partisan control in Topeka a near-certainty during the Laura Kelly administration, Kansas is set for another chaotic round of redistricting debate in 2021.

9:00

CHANGING POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT - ROLE OF RURAL KANSAS
   
Neal Allen,
Chair and Professor of Political Science
    Wichita State University

Kansas is a state with a mostly urban and suburban population, but with a rural heritage.  The November 2018 elections saw a surge of suburban voting for Democrats, but conservative Republicans made gains as well.  No matter what emerges from the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session, a stable coalition in state government will have to include rural support.

9:40

IDENTIFYING ECONOMIC LINKAGES
    Mike Busch, Senior Research Economist at the Center for Economic Development and Business Research
    Wichita State University

10:00

EXPLORING INTERCONNECTIONS OF COMMUNITIES
    Patricia Bradley, Senior Research Economist at the Center for Economic Development and Business Research
    Wichita State University

There are varying degrees of interconnection between the metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural counties in Kansas. This presentation is a look at the similarities and differences in the movement of people, level of production, and the flow of money between Kansas counties.

10:30

CLOSING REMARKS / ADJOURN 
    Jeremy Hill, Director at the Center for Economic Development and Business Research
    Wichita State University


 

 

ATTENDEES

 

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