Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will be in China next week for the opening of a privately funded trade office tasked with promoting Wichita’s aviation industry.
The trade office’s mission will be to identify sales and partnering opportunities.
The office in Beijing also will work to connect Wichita and China businesses for parts, maintenance and other products and services.
Karyn Page is president of Kansas Global Trade Services. She says the Beijing office is a pilot project initially budgeted at $300,000 to $500,000. It will be funded by private sponsors in China and Wichita with oversight by Kansas Global Trade Services.
Fundraising began just three weeks ago. Beechcraft and Cessna Aircraft already have donated enough to fund the program for the first year.