Advocating for a better regulatory and business environment for our region is the cornerstone of the Chamber's work. Both the Chamber's Government Relations Committee and the Chamber's Political Action Committee (PAC) worked diligently in 2019 to provide even greater value and results for our members in a local election year.
Convening and partnering with our elected officials and other area leaders differentiates us from other membership organizations. Our work with these influencers has also helped us in our other goals, including building a more inclusive workforce. Those efforts are critical as we compete for the talented workers we need to advance our companies, organizations and community to the next level.
Our Board of Directors, partners, employees and members were instrumental in helping us produces these results:
• Strengthened and energized our business base with 270 new members during a membership drive that involved 300 volunteers
• Completed a three-year Strategic Plan with a new Purpose Statement and six strategic goals
• Partnered with other community advancement groups on the Riverfront Legacy Master Plan
• Achieved 18 pro-business wins in Topeka during the Legislative Session and strengthened the collaborative and lobbying efforts of the South Central Kansas Transportation Coalition
• Endorsed 4 business-focused candidates in the 2019 election process
• Initiated a new health insurance plan for small business members
• The YPW Board of Trustees rebranded the young professionals organization, the foremost leader in talent retention, to W. With its new identity, W is more committed than ever to its mission.
• Initiated Supplier Diversity training program to improve opportunities for small business members
• Received national recognition for the achievements of three staff members: Kresta Dundas; Pat Gallagher; Jonathan Long
Driving economic growth and community advancement in our region requires exceptional teamwork, and 2019 has yielded the positive results of working closely with our partners, elected officials and other Chambers in the region. These dedicated leaders have also been expanding their networks to be more inclusive so that our work includes more diversity in our approach to successfully competing in a global marketplace.
Click here to see the 2019 Annual Summary (pictured below).