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Get out and explore Wichita this weekend

Visit Wichita has launched a regional advertising campaign inviting viewers to spend their weekend in Wichita. You can see the 30-second commercials via the links below. Visit Wichita Leisure Video #1 Visit Wichita Leisure Video #2 Visit Wichita ...

Learn about the Export Plan for South Central Kansas

Almost twenty-eight percent of the Wichita-area economy is export dependent. And many businesses in the South Central Kansas region would like to increase the number of products and services they export.The long-awaited Wichita-South Central Kansas ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chamber supports the Yes Wichita campaign

It’s September 4 today, which means we are only about 60 days away from the opportunity to vote YES for Wichita. As we announced on August 18, the Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce voted to support the 1 percent ...

Your RSVP needed for next sales tax information session

Our thanks to City Manager, Bob Layton, and senior members of his team for spending time with Chamber members on Tuesday afternoon providing background information and answering questions about each of the four components of the proposed sales tax: ...

Update to Jobs Plan Available

Several of our blog postings in May included a link to an 18-page Jobs Plan about accelerating the community’s competitiveness for primary jobs. Input from the community, business leaders, and the City Council has recently been incorporated ...

We’re seeking your input on jobs plan

Wayne Chambers(reprint of guest editorial published in the Wichita Business Journal May 16, 2014)Wichita and surrounding communities lost one in ten jobs during the recent recession. This does not include the full impact of Boeing leaving and the ...

Will Wichita Accelerate Competition for Primary Jobs?

Gary SchmittGary Schmitt, Chairman of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC), will present a Jobs Fund Plan to members of the Wichita City Council during a workshop held later this morning. The workshop takes place following the ...

Chamber's speaker, Jim Clifton, provides inspiration for Junior Achievement

It was my pleasure to attend the annual Junior Achievement (JA) Wichita Business Hall of Fame event that took place on March 11 at the Hyatt. JA inducted three well-known Wichita business leaders to the Hall of Fame and you can read more about them ...

Economic Development Feasibility Analysis

Gary PlummerAt its first meeting more than a year ago, the Leadership Council chose Growing Primary Jobs as its top priority along with two other priorities: 1) Diversification through Entrepreneurship and 2) Enhance Educational Attainment and ...

GWEDC Shares Mission at Cessna Supplier Forum

Debra TeufelBy Debra TeufelThis week GWEDC had the honor of being a presenting sponsor at the Cessna Supplier Forum. This event attended by over 400 in the aviation industry, gave us the opportunity to showcase our Greater Wichita message to an ...

February 6 Chairman’s Lunch Focused on Wichita’s Economic Recovery

We were pleased to have a SOLD OUT crowd attend our annual Chairman’s Lunch last Thursday. The discussion-style format provided some great insight into how our local leadership views the need to strengthen our local economy. Both The Wichita ...

Beth Shelton joins GWEDC

Beth Shelton has joined the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition as the Manager of Business Development. She has more than five years of economic development experience and was most recently employed as the Director of Economic Development ...

Wichita’s Talent Pool – Keeping It Deep

Part one of a four-part series on Young Professionals of WichitaBy Suzy FinnExecutive Director Suzy Finn (pictured) joined Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) staff in 2013. As an active member of YPW for several years, Finn served as an Ambassador ...

What Made the KC-46A Tanker Hearing a Success

We had a successful Public Hearing for the KC-46A Tanker program this week. More than 150 people actually signed in with the Air Force and we counted 200+ attendees. It was impressive to see so many business leaders, elected officials, and area ...

This is My Town

Last night nearly 1,000 area business leaders had the opportunity to hear the Chairman and CEO of Gallup, Jim Clifton, share his thoughts about how to stimulate job growth. Mr. Clifton’s presentation was part of the Chamber’s Annual ...

Recap of Recent GWEDC Happenings

Last week your GWEDC team hit the trifecta of high-profile marketing events aimed at stimulating job creation and investment in the region. All three events just happened to be in and around the Las Vegas area making this a very cost-effective ...

Hosting Chamber Executives from Across South Central Kansas

This week the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted a group of 15 Chamber executives from across South Central Kansas. The group hadn't formally met in several years. We assembled to discuss whether we should resurrect our regional group and ...

KNSS Issues 2013 Program – The Coming Jobs War

Who is responsible for job creation? What has the Chamber done to secure new jobs for the Wichita Metro area? Has Wichita been hit harder than other communities during the recession? What are companies looking for when they look at Wichita as a ...
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