Vibrant Economy

On the surface, Newton might appear to be a typical Midwestern town. But below the surface, there is a great deal to be excited about.

  • Building The Kansas Logistics Park — The City has spent much of the past year working with the County on the infrastructure development for the Kansas Logistics Park, a 400-acre site ideal for businesses that serve the wind industry. Newton’s key location at the intersection of Class I railroads, shortline railroads, and highways makes it a central spot from which to ship products all across the United States.
  • Recruiting Green Industry — The ReNewton Project recommends the City seek out additional manufacturers who are devoted to wind energy or other green industries. Tindall, a producer of bases for wind turbines, is a great example of this type of large manufacturer. Tindall will bring a $66 million capital investment to the Kansas Logistics Park. Within three years, Tindall predicts it will create 400 new jobs, housed in a facility that is expected to be between 150,000 and 200,000 square feet.
  • Helping Local Businesses — While the announcement of this new, large manufacturer is getting all the headlines, The ReNewton Project expresses the community’s desire to also nurture small businesses and homegrown industries.
  • Embracing Wichita — The plan suggests that Newton’s close proximity to Wichita continue to be seen — and used — as an asset in economic development efforts. 

Insights

“The Kansas Logistics Park will put us on the map. Companies are looking at us and looking at locating here from all around the world. That brings in revenue and it brings in new jobs for our region. We even have access to rails that have connection to the Port of Catoosa in Tulsa, Okla. So, whether it’s highway, rail, or water, manufacturers have those modes of transportation right here in Newton.”
— Suzanne Loomis, Newton city engineer

“It is important for Newton to have a strong mix of large and small employers. For Newton to thrive, it must have a diversity of industry types as well. This contributes to long-term vitality. Having just one large employer puts us at too much risk. With multiple and varied employers, we can grow our talent pool and be better prepared to withstand economic ups and downs.

“It also is essential that local businesses feel the city is supporting their needs. For the plan to be supported on all levels, the local business community needs to feel it has their best interests in mind.”
— Jim Schwarzenberger, executive director, Newton Area Chamber of Commerce

“A healthy Wichita means a healthy Newton. Our ability to take advantage of our proximity to the metro area is key to recruiting people and businesses here. But at the same time, while pointing out how close we are to the conveniences of Wichita, we want people to see Newton as an attractive and inviting place to call home.”
— Tim Johnson, Newton assistant city manager