PITTSBURG, Kan. - In a college town like Pittsburg, it's not unusual for students from outside of Southeast Kansas-- and in some cases, outside the U.S.-- to tour the campus. But in this case, it's businessman and manufacturers.
"We have delegations today here from Italy, China, Brazil and a few other areas from around the globe and we certainly have national representation as well," explained Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. we have speakers that have come from Green Bay Wisconsin, and from the East Coast and from the southeastern United States"
It's all part of a two-day event called the Global Manufacturing Summit. An inaugural event put on by Pittsburg State Unversity and the Kansas Department of Commerce. Visitors get the chance to see the campus of Pitt State, tour the Kansas Technology Center and gather at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.
"In order to demonstrate not only that which exists here naturally in the beautiful College of Technology, which is a world class facility," Soave added. "But also, given the fact that so many manufacturers were willing to come from Europe, Latin America and other places including the far East, right here to Pittsburg."
An event like this is a great opportunity for Southeast Kansas based companies and organizations.
Ann Charles is with the Great Plains Development Authority.
"It's great exposure for us to have companies coming in and looking for either a new location or expansion or a new start-up opportunity," said Charles.
Even though the event isn't for PSU students, they can still end up benefiting from it.
"It allows our office to network and make relationships with these manufacturing companies that will ultimately keep coming back to campus and network with our students, hire our students for internships and hire our students for full-time jobs," explained David Hogard with the university.