Wichita first in fastest export growth

Wichita — with its cluster of aviation manufacturers — ranked first in a list of cities with the fastest export growth, a new study shows.

Wichita was also the leading city in exports that drive U.S. Gross Metropolitan Product.

The research is from the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based public policy organization.

Increasing exports is important in building up the U.S. economy.

"Exports deliver good-paying jobs," the report said.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a new National Export initiative to double U.S. exports over the next five years.

The economy as a whole hasn't doubled exports over a five-year period in six decades, researchers said in "Export Nation: How U.S. Metros Lead National Export Growth and Boost Competitiveness," which was released Monday.

Only four metropolitan areas doubled exports in the past five years — Wichita; Portland, Ore.; New Orleans and Houston.

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