About The KCK Chamber
The KCK Chamber is a membership based organizations led by a volunteer board with up to 31 Members. The day-to-day work is handled by a paid staff of full-time employees. Staff works with a variety of committees made up of Members and the Board of Directors.
The KCK Chamber is proud to be at the forefront of the community's success by enhancing and leveraging the talents and resources of its diverse members to sustain and catapult development opportunities throughout the metropolitan area. The Chamber is excited to serve as the convener and connector for local and regional businesses to collaborate on efforts that improve the economic vitality and quality of life for our diverse region. This in turn creates opportunities in KCK/WyCo, which build a quality community to live, work and conduct business.
Mission and Vision
Currently the Chamber works in four basic areas – Legislative, Information, Networking, and Community Development. The KCK Chamber is committed to their members and the organization’s mission, which is:
“As a member of the business community in the metropolitan area, the mission of the Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce is to enhance and create opportunities in Wyandotte County which build a quality community to live, work and conduct business."
In 1918, the Chamber purchased the former Elks Lodge at 727 Minnesota which had suffered heavy damage from a fire. The Chamber re-built the building and has been there ever since with the exception of the 1950’s after the opening of the Town House Hotel.
The hotel was the first full service hotel built in downtown Kansas City, Kansas and part of its development agreement included the Chamber taking up residence as a tenant.
The Chamber building has also been used as the home of the Community Chest, the forerunner of today’s United Way of Wyandotte County, the Kansas City Kansas Women’s Chamber of Commerce and its former annual Museum project to tell the history of Native Americans in Wyandotte County, the KCK Jaycees, Kaw Valley Arts & Humanities, Wyandotte Economic Development Council, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
From its earliest inception the KCK Chamber as it is also known was involved in different business and community projects such as road projects like the Lewis & Clark viaduct, the former private Victory Hills Golf Course now known as Painted Hills, and even agreeing to help sell the needed subscriptions to start the Kansas City Kansas Kansan in the 1920s. It also oversaw a downtown retail merchants association for many years.
The KCK Chamber was substantially involved in the war effort in both World War I and World War II.