|Exclusive: Cox Communications promotes Coleen Jennison to Kansas market VP
|Cox Communications has named Coleen Jennison the market vice president for Kansas.
Jennison becomes the highest-ranking executive for the Cox Communications operations in Kansas. She is the only local market vice president.
Cox Kansas is part of the company’s Central Region, headquartered in Wichita. The Cox Central Region operations include service areas in Kansas, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Jennison is a champion for improving the experience of Cox customers and employees,…
|Kenton Hansen moves out of his Labor Party to join BalancedComp
|Kenton Hansen is still the owner of the Labor Party co-working space in downtown Wichita, but he won’t have a permanent office there anymore.
He has been hired as director of marketing for high-tech Wichita consulting firm BalancedComp.
It’s a move Hansen, an organizer of Startup Weekend and other events, says should allow him more time to focus on community-building activities.
Hansen says his income has primarily been coming from marketing, interactive and consulting jobs he performed as…
|State finalizing review of Wichita State’s experiential engineering building; July construction start targeted
|The state is finalizing its review of plans for Wichita State University’s $43 million experiential engineering building.
WSU leaders expect that process to be completed in the coming weeks. At that point, a bid package will be published in the Kansas Register, which is the state’s official newspaper.
A general contractor will be selected shortly after the proposal deadline.
WSU anticipates construction starting in July on the building, which is being designed to create more collaborative…
|AT&T boosts U-verse speeds in parts of Wichita
|AT&T has expanded its 75 Megabytes-per-second download speed coverage area to include some of its U-verse Internet customers in Wichita, Hutchinson, Topeka and Kansas City.
U-Verse is an AT&T service that lets customers bundle Internet, TV and digital home phone service.
The company says it now offers the 75 Mbps speed in 90 cities.
Competitor Cox Communications allows customers to pay more for higher Internet speeds, including a 150 Mbps download speed in some areas.
|Fireshark Gaming to open immersive gaming experience this week
|Fireshark Studios has settled on an opening date for its first retail gaming facility, Fireshark Gaming.
The Wichita-based business will open Wednesday at 11310 E. 21st St. North in Greenwich Village.
Fireshark, founded by Wichita tech entrepreneur Kent Johnson, created its own system for projecting custom-designed video games on the floor and walls of a 33-by-20-foot room.
Johnson had been developing games primarily with local developers, including Reid Hansen and Brian Buller.
|WSU’s Barton School working with tech firms to train future app developers
|Consumers are turning to their mobile devices for more and more of their shopping and related activities, says Steve Castro-Miller, who leads LogMeIn’s Wichita-based BoldChat operations.
He says his company is among many that will need job candidates with skills in mobile development.
That need led LogMeIn and other firms to work last year with Wichita State University’s Barton School of Business on a mobile app camp for high school students.
The camp is returning this year with sponsorship…
|Wichita State to host tech event with ties to $2.5 billion in seed funding
|Wichita State University will host an event later this month that could give local entrepreneurs, researchers and small technology firms an inside track to $2.5 billion in available funding.
WSU will be a stop for the Small Business Innovation Research Road Tour, with the event taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 30, on the second floor of the Rhatigan Student Center.
There will be 15 federal agencies in attendance at the event, which will include federal and state managers collectively…
|Wichita developer to speak at Startup Weekend event
|Organizers have settled on a speaker and judges for Wichita’s next Startup Weekend event, which is set for April 17 to 19.
Developer Jarrett Green will help kick off the event with a brief speech on the evening of April 17.
Green is chief product development officer for BalancedComp, a Wichita consulting firm that builds data-backed applications designed to help banks and credit unions create compensation and pay-for-performance plans.
Previously, Green was a co-founder of the Labor Party, a…
|How to prepare your business for this ‘massive upheaval in Google search results’
|Those who work in the world of search engine optimization know Google tinkers with its search algorithm hundreds of times every year. Often, businesses that ignore these changes can still maintain a solid position in search results, but a change coming on April 21 is one that shouldn’t be ignored, local experts say.
“It’s a massive upheaval in search results based on whether you’re compliant with being mobile-friendly,” says Nathan Williams, owner at Baseline Creative, a design and branding…
|Alexander Open Systems adding Wichita staff to meet rising demand
|When business is good at Alexander Open Systems, it’s a pretty good sign that business is good at some of Wichita’s largest companies.
And business has been getting a lot better at Alexander Open Systems, according to Rodney Horton, the IT company’s top Wichita-area executive.
Horton says his firm has hired five people since the start of 2015, which brings the company’s local staff up to about 20.
The Overland Park-based firm, which has a presence in 11 states, has more than 400 employees…