They say teamwork makes the dream work and we’re seeing a lot of that happening during this year’s Olympic games. It’s been a great ride and so uplifting to watch athletes from all around the world support each other. That encouragement makes all the difference and helps propel them to the medal stand.
Teamwork makes the dream work at the Chamber, too. This week we had an opportunity at our Federal Issue Forum luncheon to recognize one of our many outstanding partners who not only support our important government relations work, but also teams up with our Communications and Investor Relations Department on printed materials.
Last year Michael Monteferrante and his team at Envision stepped forward and agreed to make it possible for the Chamber’s Annual Summary to incorporate some extra flair. You may recall seeing the folded flag-shaped summary at our 2015 Annual Meeting or you may have noticed it when it arrived in your mailbox last January. We enjoyed seeing photos of it shared across several social media platforms and hearing from some members who considered it a keepsake. In fact, one of our Chamber members still has it posted on their retail storefront window.
The Wichita flag piece has received three awards during the last six months.
- GOLD – First Place award from the Kansas Professional Communicators
- SILVER – Second in the Wichita American Marketing Association competition
- BRONZE – An Honorable Mention from the National Federation of Press Women
These awards would not have been possible without the generosity of Michael Monteferrante and his team at Envision. We are very grateful for his partnership and the awards he and his team helped deliver to the Chamber.
And we’re grateful for the many other partnerships that propel the Chamber and our members toward our vision of making this region the premier place to grow companies, careers and communities. It’s through your investment and efforts that we can make the dream work.
Chamber President Gary Plummer (left) presented Michael Montana, Teresa Houston and Michael Monteferrante of Envision with a commemorative frame as a token of appreciation for their partnership.
Michael Monteferrante is a the President and CEO of Envision, Inc. and a member of the 2014 Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently announced their support of the 1 percent sales tax referendum. Wichitans will 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 the sales tax. Today’s question is answered by Chamber Board member Michael Monteferrante.
Yes. The Nonprofit Chamber of Services (NPCS) has announced support of the sales tax. NPCS works with 175 area nonprofits and not-for-profits in the community and is one of seven local organizations who believe the additional funding will move Wichita forward:
- Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau
- IBEW L.U. 271 Electrical Workers
- Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 441
- The Nonprofit Chamber of Service
- Wichita Downtown Development Corporation
- Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Young Professionals of Wichita
“The proposed sales tax is crucial to growing our city. To vote ‘yes’ is to vote for growth and evolution. To vote ‘no’ is to vote for stagnation. We must choose to invest in our community,” said Michael Monteferrante, President and CEO of Envision, Inc., Yes Wichita co-chair and NPCS board member.
Monteferrante added, “A crucial component of the initiative is the transit expansion. Our transit system provides two million annual rides to jobs, shopping and medical appointments but could do so much more. Voting ‘Yes’ to this initiative will allow service improvements including the addition of extended transit hours. A robust public transportation system is essential to a healthy community.”
The Nonprofit Chamber of Service exists to support 175 area nonprofits and not-for-profits through training for staff and volunteers and representation of nonprofit interests to the community and government at all levels.
Please visit the City of Wichita website to learn more about the proposed sales tax and to read the plans for water, roads, transportation and jobs. Visit the Yes Wichita website to see who is supporting the sales tax and to learn about upcoming events.