KEDA provides members with professional development resources and networking opportunities, in addition to legislative advocacy. With more than 150 members, KEDA represents about 100 entities including cities, counties, regional economic development groups, and industry partners. The local organizations combine to represent more than 80% of the state’s population. Every day, KEDA members work in their communities to improve the state’s economic future.
Since its inception in 1980, KEDA has focused on introducing forward-thinking initiatives that make the economic future of Kansas brighter. KEDA works closely with the Kansas Department of Commerce to introduce and pilot programs and then launch them statewide.
These efforts include:
- Partnering with the Kansas Department of Commerce to introduce LocationOne Information System (LOIS) and coordinate training.
- Initiating Kansas Certified Sites Program later adopted by statewide through the Department of Commerce
- Amassing public input groups to develop the Kansas Framework for Growth report commissioned by the Governor.