The study measures the concentration of engineering and technical manufacturing skills among U.S. cities that have aerospace manufacturing.

Wichita has the highest concentration of engineers and the most skilled workforce among 10 top aviation cities. But it also demonstrated that the skills and knowledge that those workers have in abundance can be translated into related fields.

The cities included in the study were Wichita; Seattle; Savannah, Ga.; Melbourne, Fla.; Oklahoma City; Mobile, Ala.; Los Angeles; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Charleston, S.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Tulsa; and Phoenix.

“It’s standard in the economic development world to say that we have the best workforce, the best quality of life, the best transportation system, but there hasn’t been any way to prove that,” said Tim Chase, president of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, who is in Orlando at the NBAA conference.

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