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Local and national business news for Wichita, Kansas.

Work will start soon on 100-acre Andover development project
It's been about a decade in the making, but a 100-acre, mixed-use development project in Andover is about to get off the ground. The Heritage, which will stretch from Douglas Avenue south to Kellogg between Andover Road and the new Yorktown Parkway, will include two residential communities, six acres of community green space and about 340,000 square feet of commercial space with retail shops, restaurants and offices. "We’re really excited that we're at the point where we’re going to be breaking…

Photos from the 2020 CFO Awards luncheon
The CFO awards luncheon was held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Allen Gibbs & Houlik LC was the event's premiere sponsor.  If you're interested in purchasing any of these photos, please visit our SmugMug page.

Wichita’s Eisenhower named a top-10 small airport in USA Today poll
The airport had a strong showing in the results of an online reader's poll over the course of the past month.

Could Bombardier be Textron’s next aviation buy?
Speculation has risen in the past week that Bombardier might look to sell its aerospace or rail divisions.

New owners will be at the helm of Wichita Women's Fair next month
Sari Schrepferman and Kathleen Yeoman will be at the helm of the Wichita Women's Fair.

Passing of the (merchandise) torch? Mahomes overtakes Brady
Given quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ next-level play the past two seasons, his overtaking of Tom Brady as the top seller of player merchandise was as inevitable as a flurry of touchdowns from the Kansas City Chiefs. The National Football League Players Association released its list of the top 50 best-selling players. The ranking comes from sales of officially licensed National Football League gear last year from March 1 to Nov. 30. The final rankings will come out in April, the NFLPA says. No doubt…

Kansas unemployment numbers up slightly from 40-year low
A 40-year low in the state's unemployment rate couldn't be sustained for a third straight month, but Kansas' figures didn't change much. The unemployment rate for December was 3.2 percent, up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous two months, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday. The 3.2-percent figure is seasonally adjusted to factor in weather, agriculture harvests, school years and holidays. KDOL said the state ended 2019 with job growth on the strength of 3,400 non-farm…

BizTalk with Bill Roy Episode 139: Boeing 737 MAX and Spirit AeroSystems layoffs
The challenges brought by the 737 MAX grounding and production halt continue to mount for The Boeing Co., Wichita's Spirit AeroSystems Inc. and countless suppliers in south-central Kansas and around the country. The grounding and halt has left airlines with cancelled flights, suppliers with uncertain futures and layoffs at Spirit that could have a big impact on the Wichita economy. No one has done more reporting on the issue than Wichita Business Journal aerospace reporter Daniel McCoy. He joins…