Production, Diversification, and Adaptation: A holistic economic development paradigm

APA Kansas Chapter


Friday, October 20, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. CDT

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Economic development is no longer just about attracting jobs.  A multifaceted approach that promotes diversification, adaptation, innovation, and placemaking is fostering growth in communities large and small. This presentation will focus on three economic themes:  production, or the export economy; diversification, or other aspects of the economy like the arts and tourism; and, adaptation, or creating and innovation and creating startups.  Key learning objectives will include strategies implemented in Midwestern communities that helped expand the concept of economic development.  Other takeaway points will include the value of placemaking in economic development strategies and how promoting growth from within leads to innovation.



Andy Pfister, AICP

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Associate, Development Strategies, Inc. Location: St. Louis, MO Biography: Andy is a certified planner and licensed commercial real estate appraiser who is passionate about helping communities meet their goals by providing thorough research and thoughtful strategies. He has particular expertise in land use, housing issues, and economic development. Read More

Ted Kriwiel

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Production Manager, Metropolitan Entrepreneurship—Network Kansas Location: Wichita, KS Ted Kriwiel graduated from Wichita State University in 2012 with a degree in entrepreneurship. A Kansas native born in El Dorado, Ted embraces entrepreneurship as a way to find creative solutions to problems. Read More

Jason Gregory

Invited Speaker

Title, Organization: Executive Vice President—Downtown Wichita Location: Wichita, KS Biography: Jason is responsible for launching and guiding various initiatives leading the implementation of Project Downtown: The Master Plan for Wichita and the Downtown Wichita strategic business plan. He also provides key leadership for the Downtown Design Resource Center whose ... Read More

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