Show Your Support for the Official Wichita Flag License Plate

It was announced in October that the City of Wichita will be submitting a bill during the next legislative session to add a Wichita flag license plate option for Kansas motorists. The City has surpassed their initial goal of 500 signatures of support for the bill, but we want to keep going! Help us continue to demonstrate the demand for a Wichita flag license plate by completing this form.

Here’s how the program, titled Plates for Parks, will work: By purchasing a Wichita flag license plate for $50 at the time of registration or renewal, the flag will ride with you everywhere you go. The annual royalty fee of each license plate sold will go towards improving the City’s park system through the Wichita Parks Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. So it’s a win-win!

Add your name today at the link above!

Wichita’s new program may serve as a model for other communities

Gary Plummer is the President & CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

Gary Plummer is the President & CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to the Wichita City Council for approving a new Voluntary Off-site Storm Water Quality Best Management Practice (BMP) Program at their June 10th meeting. The idea came from a collaborative effort involving the public and private sectors with much of the credit going to Gary Oborny (Occidental Management) and Chris Bohm (Ruggles & Bohm), who chairs the city’s Storm Water Advisory Board. A lot of credit also goes to City Manager Bob Layton and Public Works Director Alan King for working toward an innovative solution.

The Chamber’s environmental policy supports an effective and efficient regulatory structure so that existing business and industry are not unduly constrained or burdened so that the City can competitively attract new business and industry. The storm water management plan provides developers a new option regarding storm water quality regulations and will provide extensive savings from the current program. The off-site BMP program was supported by the Chamber’s Environmental Resources Committee, chaired by David Traster (Foulston Siefkin LLP).

This program will be the first of its kind in the United States and an opportunity to make Wichita unique in the market place. The program will provide significant costs savings for area developers, businesses and the city and county. It will make dramatic improvements to the quality of storm water flowing off sites in the agricultural community and could be a huge economic development consideration. We commend all of the partners – KDHE, K-State WRAPS, the EPA, the Storm Water Advisory Board and the City of Wichita – for working together and finding a solution that will ultimately provide great benefit to business owners and developers.

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 Regional Export Plan will be unveiled on Thursday, March 26 at the Meridian Center (1420 East Broadway Court) in Newton at 3:30 p.m. Participants will hear recommendations for growing exports in the ten-county region by one billion dollars over the next five years.

More than 100 people in our 10 county region have participated in the completion of the first-of-its-kind Export Plan for South Central Kansas.

More than 100 people in our 10-county region participated in the completion of the first-of-its-kind Export Plan for South Central Kansas.

Considered one of the boldest retention-expansion efforts ever undertaken in South Central Kansas, the plan is a joint effort of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, Kansas Global Trade Services, WSU’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research, Regional Economic Area Partnership, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County.

Businesses that currently export their products and services or wish  to begin exporting should attend the meeting on March 26 to hear more about the plan that was orchestrated by the Brookings Institution in collaboration with JP Morgan Chase.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • issues exporters face
  • global opportunities
  • benefits of the export plan
  • anticipated economic impact

Please RSVP to Ella Reusser at reusser@kansasglobal.org.

City accepting nominations for Sales Tax Citizen Oversight Committee

Wichitans are voting on the City’s proposed sales tax on November 4. The initiative includes community oversight of the funds collected from the sales tax. Chamber members are encouraged to learn more about the Citizens Oversight Committee and to consider completing and submitting an application form found on the City’s website: http://www.wichita.gov/Government/Departments/CMO/Pages/BetterFuture.aspx

Nominees must be residents of the City of Wichita and a financial background is helpful.

Applications are now being accepted for the Sales Tax Citizen Oversight Committee

Applications are now being accepted for the Sales Tax Citizen Oversight Committee

The City’s website (wichita.gov) is also a good source of information about the background and plans associated with the sales tax.

A Wichita Eagle story about the committee indicates that the deadline to apply is the end of November. Read the story by following this link.