The Nomar International Marketplace opened for business in North Wichita in 2011 as part of the 21st street revitalization project. Vendors offer authentic Mexican, Puerto Rican and other food plus shopping in an open-air market.
Carlos Contreras grew up in North Wichita and has worked on the project for the past seven years. He was initially a Nomar board member and is now employed as the manager.
“It’s predominantly Hispanic and Asian,” says Contreras of the neighborhood. “We try to capitalize on that, we try to show people the rich culture we have in the area.”
Hawker Beechcraft says its total number of Kansas employees has fallen below the level required to receive the full state and local government incentives.
The aircraft manufacturer had 3,372 employees as of December 31st. The company was granted $45 million in incentives back in 2010 in exchange for committing to keep 4,000 people employed in Kansas for 10 years.
Passenger numbers are in a holding pattern at the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita.
The airport's latest passenger figures show the number of passengers fell four percent in December, compared to the same month of 2011. Nearly 116,000 passengers used the airport last month. That's down by almost 4,000 passengers from the previous year.
Wichita based Koch industries Thursday announced plans to expand its northeast campus on 37th Street between Hillside and Oliver.
The new 210,000-square-foot building will be three stories, include a large cafe and have space for 745 employees. Koch spokesperson Melissa Cohlmia says currently Koch Industries in Wichita employs 2,800 people.
"That number, we know, will be significantly increasing," says Cohlmia.
Lottery officials say revenue from the Kansas Star Casino's first 10 months in operation has exceeded the revenue earned by the two other casinos in Kansas in about the same period.
The Kansas Lottery Commission says the Kansas Star casino, which opened in Mulvane on Dec. 20, 2011, had earned about $158 million through the end of October. That is more than the revenue earned in nearly the same period by the two other state-owned casinos.
Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City earned $119 million. Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, which opened Feb. 3, has earned $93 million.