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 begin meeting formally again.
We shared some of the challenges facing our communities and enjoyed learning more about upcoming events that our colleagues are planning to stimulate business growth. In a fairly short time we reached consensus that we would all benefit from quarterly meetings in 2014. Chamber executives from Wellington, Kingman, and McPherson graciously volunteered to host the group next year to exchange ideas and network. The Wichita Metro Chamber will host the group during the fourth quarter of 2014 with a focus on advocacy and to discuss the upcoming 2015 legislative session.
This is a dedicated and talented group of people who are very passionate about growing their communities.We are all looking forward to learning “best practices” from each other about how to improve member services, retain members, build community with social media tools, and keep membership services affordable.
In 2014 we hope to attract more area Chamber executives to the group as we learn from each other about ways to strengthen the business environment in our own communities, and ultimately strengthen the economic viability of South Central Kansas.
President & CEO
Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce