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Advocacy Critical During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic the Chamber has led the charge in advocating with local elected officials for reigniting the economy of the Wichita region. We supported a phased approach to reopening the economy, requested that COVID-19 data used to ...

Wichita Regional Chamber Celebrates Creation of Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce commends state leaders for the creation of the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program. Governor Kelly today announced the signing of Senate Bill 173, passed by the Kansas Legislature last month, which ...

Update: Unemployment Insurance Benefits Extension Bill Signed by Governor Kelly

As discussed in our blog post on Tuesday, the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce supported legislation extending unemployment insurance (UI) weekly benefits to 26 weeks (from the current formula-determined 16 weeks) until next year. This talent ...

Unemployment Insurance Bill Heads to Governor Kelly's Desk

The Wichita Regional Chamber decided last month to support legislation extending unemployment insurance (UI) weekly benefits to 26 weeks (from the current formula-determined 16 weeks) until April 2021. This decision was made as a talent retention ...

2020 Legislative Session Forecast – Cloudy with a Chance of Debate

The 2020 Legislative Session began on Jan. 13. Both chambers kicked off the session with speeches by their leadership and the couple of new members to the legislature were seated by Tuesday. Each year, all Kansas legislators receive the Wichita ...

Preserving Our Democracy - Opportunities Must Exist for All

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran spent part of his Veteran’s Day schedule addressing more than 160 local business leaders at the Chamber’s Federal Issue Forum on Monday. Moran told the crowd that he was deviating from his typical speech at ...

Chamber PAC Endorses Wichita Mayoral Candidate

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) has voted to endorse Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell in this year's mayoral election. Chamber PAC Chairman Frank Suellentrop (Chairman of Legacy Bank) said, "The trajectory of our ...

Get To Know the Candidates for Wichita's Mayor

UPDATED August 23, 2019 The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November, 5. In order to help our members make the most informed decisions at the polls, we asked the two candidates for Wichita's Mayor a few questions. The answers below ...

Straight Talk: Trade Rocks #USMCAnow

Disclaimer: No, I’m not encouraging you to swap minerals with your fellow business leaders. Your friendly neighborhood Government Relations (GR) team at the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce continues to advocate for a pro-business ...

Impacting Your Bottom Line: Why the D.C. Fly-In is Time Well Spent

Advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels are what differentiates the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce as the voice of business in the Wichita region. This truth was quite evident during the annual Washington Fly-In on May 7-9. Armed with an agenda focused on workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, and trade, representatives from eighteen companies and organizations made the trip to the Capital City for three action-packed days.

Transportation Infrastructure: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce is diligently working to advocate for a business-friendly environment with our local, state and federal elected officials. Particularly with the 2019 Kansas Legislative Session in full-swing, the Chamber’s Government Relations (GR) team has been busy these past few months promoting our legislative agenda on issues like workforce, taxation and economic development.

Chamber announces staff changes

Andrew Wiens will join the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Government Relations on January 2. Tram Ngo has been promoted to Director of the department.

Open Streets ICT: A Dunkin' Good Time

By Tram NgoEver wanted to dunk the Mayor, Police Chief or a City Council Member or two? Well we've lined up your opportunity at Open Streets ICT on Sunday, Sept. 23."What is Open Streets ICT?" you might be asking. Open Streets ICT is a FREE (we all ...

Wichita Regional Chamber Supports KanCare Expansion

The Chamber provided testimony yesterday in Topeka in support of expanding KanCare (Medicaid). Leadership from fourteen organizations joined the Chamber in support of H.B. 2064, an act establishing the KanCare bridge to a healthy Kansas program. ...

Your Community and Your Country Need Your Vote

Damon YoungBy Damon YoungVice President of Mahaney Roofing CompanyAre you voting early? Or waiting to cast your vote on election day? Either way, your community and your country need you and your employees to vote. Whether you’re a solopreneur ...

Update on the new Department of Labor Overtime Rule

Gary Plummer is the President & CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of CommerceThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce has joined a broad coalition of more than 50 other national and Texas business groups that have filed a lawsuit challenging the new ...

Pompeo Updates Chamber Membership

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo at a Federal Issues Forum luncheon today. Pompeo shared his thoughts on the upcoming U.S. Presidential election, the current regulatory environment for businesses, the state ...

‘Check In’ to the political process

Zac Necci with the Wichita Thunder (pictured left) visits with Damon Young from Mahaney Roofing (pictured right) following Young's presentation at today's Sunrise Scrambler.It’s easy to become disillusioned and ‘check out’ of the ...

Active political engagement encouraged at Board of Advisors meeting

Damon Young, the 2016 Chairman of the Wichita Metro Chamber PAC, reminded attendees that their input and involvement are critical to the political process.Involvement is imperative for creating and maintaining a business friendly environment. ...

Advocating for Wichita Business

A recap of the Chamber’s recent Government Relations activitiesOne of the Chamber’s four focus areas is advocating for responsible regulations and policies. Providing opportunities for the Wichita business community to connect and form ...

Chamber welcomes Senator Moran to Wichita

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran made a in stop in Wichita yesterday to address 115 Chamber members and Wichita business leaders at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. After warming up the crowd with a few jokes (“For those of you who I have ...

Chamber's 2016 Legislative Agenda shared this week

The Chamber's 2016 Legislative Agenda is available as a palm card and on the Chamber's website.Legislators have returned to Topeka for the 2016 session this week. All 165 legislators will receive a palm card familiarizing them with the Wichita Metro ...

Chamber adopts 2015 Legislative Agenda

The Chamber board of directors recently adopted the 2015 Chamber Legislative Agenda based on issues identified by Chamber members and staff that could impact business in the upcoming year. The agenda is designed to support the Chamber’s ...

Recap of the 2014 Education Issue Forum

School superintendents from the Andover, Derby, Goddard, Maize, and Wichita public schools took part in a moderated discussion on education in front of 200 attendees at a luncheon hosted by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce on March 13. You can ...

Kansas Legislature Begins 2014 Session Today

The 2014 Kansas Legislature convenes this afternoon and the Chamber will once again be advocating for a better business environment that promotes investment, innovation, and job creation. Dan Voorhis of The Wichita Eagle sat down with the ...
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