Which Chamber is Which?
Monday, March 24, 2014on
There are several different chambers of commerce working on behalf of businesses in the Wichita area: the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. When the media reports its story, the term “The Chamber” is utilized when referencing the actions of any of these three organizations. While the goals of these three organizations are oftentimes aligned, it is important to note that they are distinct and separate organizations. Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce is the chamber of commerce located in Wichita, Kan. We have 1,700+ business members, representing 150,000+ employees in the Wichita area. We work to advance a competitive business environment in South Central Kansas. Our affiliates include the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC), Visioneering, Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW), and Friends of McConnell. Each of these are housed and staffed by the Wichita Metro Chamber. Kansas Chamber of Commerce The Kansas Chamber of Commerce, also known as the State Chamber, is located in Topeka, Kan., and serves as a legislative voice for Kansas businesses of all sizes at the statehouse. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce works to pass pro-business legislation by drafting language, building coalitions, testifying on each bill, engaging in direct lobbying, and ultimately ensuring passage. The Wichita Metro Chamber is a member of Kansas Chamber of Commerce, as are many other local chambers across the state. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Located in Washington, D. C., The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization that represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce advocates for pro-business policies that create jobs and grow the economy. The Wichita Metro Chamber is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as are 1,458 other chambers of commerce across the country.