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2019 City-to-City Leadership Visit to San Antonio

Sixty-three local Wichita leaders made the trip to San Antonio. The group heard from over 40 city leaders on economic development, mental health, homelessness and education. 

Chamber receives award for Diversity & Inclusion work

In 2017, Diversity and Inclusion became one of the Chamber’s Strategic Priorities. Since then, the organization’s volunteer and staff leadership has led the way in championing the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive ...

Growing the Youth Employment Project

By Jonathan Long, Director of Community Advancement for the Chamber Jonathan Long is the Chamber's Director of Community Advancement.How many of you remember your first job? For many of us that experience – great or otherwise – helped ...

Surprising and Delighting Hoops Fans!

Our thanks to Luminous Neon President Joe Ontjes said his team for making our hoop-tastic dreams come true!We’ve been counting down the days until the region hosts the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball ...

Envision’s New Workforce Innovation Center Will Accelerate Workforce Diversification

Michael Monteferrante is the President and CEO of Envision.Where can people with disabilities learn the skills they need to find jobs in new and emerging industries? How can U.S. companies meet the growing demand for more skilled labor? Envision ...

Weller Named CFO

Sheryl Weller begins her new role on Monday, December 4.Sheryl Weller has been named the Chief Financial Officer for both the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Partnership. Weller begins her new position on December 4 and ...

New Angles from the Triangle

by Scott Schwindaman2017 Chairman of the Board for the Wichita Regional Chamber of CommerceCEO and President of Lubrication Engineers, Inc.Note: this post was originally published as an editorial in the Wichita Eagle. Scott Schwindaman is the 2017 ...

#ILoveWichita Campaign Strengthened by Partners

Chamber Board member Ben Hutton leads the 2017 Quality of Place Initiative.By Ben HuttonChamber Board Lead for the Quality of Place InitiativeChairman and CEO of Hutton ConstructionIn early 2015, the Chamber initiated a very informal grassroots ...

McConnell selects three new Golden Eagles

by Pat Gallagher, Military Affairs, Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Pat Gallagher has been a Golden Eagle since 2009.In the 1990s the Honorary Commander program was introduced on McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) and approximately twenty local ...

Leadership Wichita Graduates are Community Game Changers

Clark Bastian is the Chairman and CEO of Fidelity Bank.Nominations for the Chamber's 2017 Leadership Wichita program are underway. We've asked some area decision makers to weigh in on the benefits of the Leadership Wichita program. This blog post is ...

Leadership Wichita - A Powerful Community Investment

Claudio J. Ferraro is the President of Via Christi Hospital Wichita St. Teresa, Inc.Nominations for the Chamber's 2017 Leadership Wichita program are underway. We've asked some area decision makers to weigh in on the benefits of the Leadership ...

Chamber and Plummer recognized for diversity and inclusion

By Suzy FinnDirector of Community Advancement Chamber President Gary Plummer accepted an award from the Heartland Wichita Black Chamber for efforts to promote the importance of inclusion and diversity in the Wichita business community.The Heartland ...

Chamber’s Inclusion Strategy Featured in Wichita Eagle Insert

2017 Chamber Chairman Scott Schwindaman provides an update on this year's strategic priorities in our six-page quarterly insert that published today in The Wichita Eagle.Our six-page newsletter is published quarterly in The Wichita Eagle to update ...

Building a Better Wichita

The 2014 City-to-City Leadership visit to Austin resulted in the creation of a local entrepreneurship accelerator and launching the e2e in 2016.ICYMI - Chamber staffers Suzy Finn and Stefanie Flores just returned from a trip to Raleigh, N.C. as part ...

Wichita's Entrepreneurial Opportunities Expanding

Scott Schwindaman is the President/CEO of Lubrication Engineers, Inc. He will chair the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2017.By Scott SchwindamanPresident/CEO Lubrication Engineers, Inc.Chair Elect of the Board of Directors for the Wichita ...

Five panelists announced for Feb 11 Chairman's Lunch

2016 Chamber Chairman Barry Schwan will host the annual Chairman's Lunch on February 11.The annual Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Lunch will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at INTRUST Bank ...

Building a better business environment in 2016

Jon Rosell (pictured left) received a plaque commemorating his tenure as the 2015 Chamber Chairman from 2016 Chairman Barry Schwan.by Barry Schwan2016 Chamber ChairmanJon Rosell, the Chamber’s 2015 Chairman, is a well-respected leader ...

GWEDC Staff Changes

Debra TeufelTeufel Departs WichitaDebra Teufel has promoted Wichita’s workforce and positive business environment across the continent and around the globe since joining the organization more than seven years ago. She’s represented the ...

Bossemeyer earns certification

David BossemeyerDavid Bossemeyer, VP-Business Development for the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC), has earned his Professional Certification from Business Retention & Expansion International (BREI). The advanced level ...

YPs “Bring it Home”

The Kansas YP Summit will be held in Wichita in 2016 and 2017 thanks to a successful bid by the Young Professionals of Wichita to host the event.Congratulations to the Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) for winning the bid to host the Kansas YP ...

A new course for economic growth

A new partnership is being formed to align, focus and fast forward our economy. The Greater Wichita Partnership is based on a "best practice" model that has been successful in other communities. The Partnership consolidates the efforts and ...

Wayne Chambers: Champion of collaboration and alignment

By Jon Rosell, 2015 Chamber Chair Jon Rosell and Wayne Chambers at the 2014 Annual Meeting2014 Chamber Chair Wayne Chambers closed our December Board meeting with some eloquent remarks. He defined his 12-month term as a “privilege to ...

Chamber and partners to work on community issues

There’s no getting around the fact that we’re disappointed with the results of the sales tax election on November 4 in Wichita. I believe we missed an opportunity to move Wichita forward.But the sun did come up on November 5 and there ...

Why can't Wichita wait on securing another water source?

The Chamber’s Board of Directors supports the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will vote on this issue on November 4. Chamber board members are utilizing this blog to provide commentary and answer questions about the sales tax. ...

Is Wichita open for business?

Wayne ChambersBy Wayne Chambers2014 Chamber Board ChairmanPresident, High Touch TechnologiesFifty community leaders recently participated in the Chamber’s city-to-city visit to Austin, Texas, and some very familiar themes emerged from our ...

Are local nonprofits supporting the sales tax?

Michael Monteferrante is a the President and CEO of Envision, Inc. and a member of the 2014 Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently announced their support of the 1 percent sales ...

Why did the Chamber take a position on the sales tax vote?

On August 18, the Chamber’s Board of Directors announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will have the opportunity to vote on this issue on November 4. During the next few months Chamber members will utilize the ...

Are more organizations supporting the proposed sales tax?

The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will vote on this issue on November 4. During the next few months Chamber members will utilize the blog to provide commentary ...

Do the young professionals in Wichita support the sales tax initiative?

The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will vote on this issue on November 4. During the next few months Chamber members will utilize the blog to provide commentary ...

What other organizations are supporting the proposed sales tax?

Jeff Fluhr is the President of Wichita Downtown Development Corporation and a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors.On August 18, the Chamber’s Board of Directors announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans ...
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