What other organizations are supporting the proposed sales tax?

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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 will have the opportunity to vote on this issue on November 4. During the next few months Chamber members will utilize the blog to provide commentary and answer questions about this issue. Today’s question is answered by Chamber Board member Jeff Fluhr.   

Yes. The WDDC Board of Directors has joined the Boards of Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in voting to support the 1 percent sales tax referendum. WDDC President Jeff Fluhr says, “the sales tax will advance the development of our community by providing a reliable water source, improving our transit system, enhancing our roads and expanding our business base.”

The mission of the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) is to strengthen Downtown Wichita as “the heart of the region.”  Fluhr said the sales tax initiative is aligned with the organization’s mission of creating a vibrant city center and community. “We work closely with the WDDC Board of Directors, private sector partners and local government to stimulate new investment and interest in Downtown Wichita. We also partner with organizations like the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC), and the Wichita Community Foundation to drive economic growth in the area.”

Fluhr added, “We know that a critical resource for any community is securing a reliable water source. Beyond that fundamental need, job creation is vital for the growth of Downtown and the region. Our Board knows that we must have jobs in order to continue and increase the private sector investment we’ve seen through Project Downtown. This is an opportunity to advance our community and increase our competitiveness as a city.”

Have other organizations taken 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 blog to a provide commentary and answer questions about this issue. 

This question answered by Susie Santo,  Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO,  2014 Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Susie Santo
CEO and President of Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau,
2014 Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

The Board of Directors for Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau has joined the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and voted to support the 1 percent sales tax referendum.

Susie Santo, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO, said, “Our board is energized by the momentum that we see in this community and believe that a YES vote on this issue provides needed infrastructure and innovation to ensure our community has the right economic foundation to move into the future. We know that every community needs a diversified, solid and growing tax base to fund quality of life projects that are vital for our tourism and visitors. A community must have water and jobs.”

Santo added that a YES vote aligns with her organization’s mission: To market the Greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state.

She said, “Our board values our partnership with the community and the organizations working to learn more about what other communities are doing for the future. We believe that our community can accomplish much more when we are aligned and working together on creating a better place to work, live, and visit.”

Last Branding Summit Session Held Tonight

We need your participation in the development of a common platform to “sell” Wichita. Two community branding research experts are in town this week to gather input into our community-wide strategy for Wichita. Our thanks to all those who attended the session last night and the special session that was held this morning for Board members of the Chamber and its affiliates. The final public meeting takes place tonight from 5-7 p.m. at the Wichita Scottish Rite Center located at 332 E. 1st St. N.  The sessions are free and open to all who care about our community.

The interactive format solicits your answers to these questions:

  • What are the community’s values? What are the core beliefs, norms or assumptions that define Wichita and the surrounding area?
  • Which of these values sometimes present challenges for advancing our community?
  • What are the locational features and activity attributes that Wichita has to offer?
  • What are the emotional benefits of living, working and visiting Wichita?

Your answers will be used to develop a brand that demonstrates our uniqueness in a very crowded and competitive marketplace.

Follow this link to the official news release and review these media stories for more information:

Gary Sherwin and Don Anderson with the firm Believable Brands visit with Chamber President and CEO Gary Plummer during today’s Branding Summit Session.

Gary Sherwin and Don Anderson (with the firm Believable Brands) visit with Chamber President and CEO Gary Plummer during today’s Branding Summit Session.

Defining Wichita’s Brand

How should Wichita tell its story to prospective employees, visitors, conventioneers, students, developers, artists, business owners, and entrepreneurs?

A unique partnership between Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC), Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, Wichita Community Foundation and Wichita State University has been formed to work together to develop a comprehensive community wide strategy on how Wichita will tell its story. The public is invited to attend and provide input about Wichita’s brand at one of two workshops that will be held at the Wichita Scottish Rite Center (332 E. 1st St. N.). The sessions are Tuesday, September 2 or Wednesday, September 3. Both sessions will be from 5-7 p.m.

“Selling our community is about finding a way to demonstrate our uniqueness in the marketplace and the brand summit is how we accomplish this task. The Chamber and GWEDC are excited to be part of, what we believe will be, an extremely successful new initiative,” said Tim Chase, president of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.

Gary Plummer, president and CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber, says that public input will help the coalition of brand partners to develop a better product and plan. “We’re strongly encouraging our members to actively participate in one of these sessions. We need their ideas and input about how to incorporate the best of Wichita in our community brand.”

The sessions don’t require a reservation to attend, and they are free and open to the public.

See the official press release and learn more at www.gowichita.com/brand.

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