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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 3, 2011
The Kansas Senate confirms Pat George as the state's new Secretary of Commerce. George is a Dodge City native. He will lead the state's primary economic and workforce development organization. George spent 25 years starting and building business ventures in southwest Kansas, from his family's automobile dealership to real estate development to a professional sports team. In public service, George represented the 119th District in the Kansas House of Representatives for six years, and served in various capacities, including as chairman of the Committee on State Employee Pay Plans and vice-chairman of the Vision 2010 Committee.
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KWCH Eyewitness News | January 30, 2012
The Kansas Department of Commerce has been awarded a $5 million, four-year technical skills training grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant can be used by employers for on-the-job training to support the hiring of new engineers and this grant fund is intended to create greater opportunities for Kansans. The individuals eligible for training funded by the grant can be both recent graduates not currently employed in the field and other dislocated or unemployed engineers who meet educational prerequisites but may lack the specialized skills and experience necessary for a particular engineering job opportunity.
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by Jennifer Searle and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 6, 2010
Bill Aleen is expected to begin November 1st. The chairman of the board of directors says Allen understands the business and has more than ten years in staff-management, strategic planning, financial management and sales management. Allen was the executive director for the chamber of commerce in Royal Oak, Michigan.  He resigned in August. He replaces Ericka Gillespie, who resigned in June.  She is now the city administrator in Quinter.
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by Jim Grawe and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | March 18, 2013
Harvey County attorney David Yoder says he will file criminal charges later this week.  He says someone at the Newton Chamber of Commerce has been stealing what they call "Newton Bucks. " Newton Bucks are as good as cash at 30 businesses in town.  People buy them from the Chamber, spend them, then the Chamber reimburses the businesses the cash value. The program encourages people to shop local, but in this case, it was a way for someone to rip off the Newton Chamber of Commerce.
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By John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 18, 2011
The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has a new President and CEO.  The chamber announced today that it selected Gary Plummer of Springfield, Illinois for the job. The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce announced today the selection of Gary Plummer as CEO and President. Plummer was selected after a national search by the Chamber. Plummer replaces Bryan Derreberry who resigned in March to become the President of the Charleston, S.C., Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber's Search Committee was impressed with Gary's results and his approach to building relationships throughout the community,” said Lynn Nichols, Chamber Chairman in a press release.
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by Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 22, 2013
The executive director of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce is in jail, accused of felony theft.  Kent Overaker was fired from his position and arrested Thursday. The Chamber's president Kent Bush says the arrest stems from an investigation that began Tuesday.  He says during a board of directors meeting, board members noticed some financial irregularities.  He says they were concerned enough that they called police to take over the investigation.    Augusta police began investigating Tuesday afternoon and they made the arrest Thursday.  Overaker was booked into the Butler County jail on a charge of felony theft between $1,000 and $25,000.
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Press Release | May 3, 2011
University of Phoenix has partnered with the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer a $20,000 scholarship to an employee or member of the Chamber who has demonstrated a commitment to making a positive impact in the local community. The scholarship can be applied to any undergraduate or graduate degree program at a local University of Phoenix campus or University of Phoenix online. Applications will be available on April 21 at www.phoenix/edu/scholarships. The deadline to submit an application online is June 3 and the scholarship recipient will be notified by June 30. For more information, please contact Carrie Smith at carrie.smith@phoenix.edu . 
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By Karl Man and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | November 11, 2010
They’ve landed speakers like Sarah Palin and President George Bush. Now two more high-profile politicians are coming to Salina for the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. It’s an event aimed to get people on both sides of the aisle talking. Landing two big key note speakers all began with a board room brainstorm "You know you start with a list of 50 people long and then cut it down to a dozen and start to prioritize," says Todd Davidson of the Salina Chamber of Commerce.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 27, 2010
Global Gaming Solutions has announced that its proposed casino near Wellington will be named the WinSpirit Casino. The name & logo was a joint creation of the Global Gaming executive team and Armstrong-Shank Marketing of Haysville. After Wednesday's announcement, staff from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce handed out t-shirts with the name and logo. The Kansas Facility Review Board will hear presentations from two companies wanting to build a casino in Sumner County.
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February 9, 2010
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by Kim Hynes and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 22, 2013
The executive director of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce is in jail, accused of felony theft.  Kent Overaker was fired from his position and arrested Thursday. The Chamber's president Kent Bush says the arrest stems from an investigation that began Tuesday.  He says during a board of directors meeting, board members noticed some financial irregularities.  He says they were concerned enough that they called police to take over the investigation.    Augusta police began investigating Tuesday afternoon and they made the arrest Thursday.  Overaker was booked into the Butler County jail on a charge of felony theft between $1,000 and $25,000.
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by Jim Grawe and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | March 18, 2013
Harvey County attorney David Yoder says he will file criminal charges later this week.  He says someone at the Newton Chamber of Commerce has been stealing what they call "Newton Bucks. " Newton Bucks are as good as cash at 30 businesses in town.  People buy them from the Chamber, spend them, then the Chamber reimburses the businesses the cash value. The program encourages people to shop local, but in this case, it was a way for someone to rip off the Newton Chamber of Commerce.
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KWCH Eyewitness News | January 30, 2012
The Kansas Department of Commerce has been awarded a $5 million, four-year technical skills training grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant can be used by employers for on-the-job training to support the hiring of new engineers and this grant fund is intended to create greater opportunities for Kansans. The individuals eligible for training funded by the grant can be both recent graduates not currently employed in the field and other dislocated or unemployed engineers who meet educational prerequisites but may lack the specialized skills and experience necessary for a particular engineering job opportunity.
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By John Boyd and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | August 18, 2011
The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has a new President and CEO.  The chamber announced today that it selected Gary Plummer of Springfield, Illinois for the job. The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce announced today the selection of Gary Plummer as CEO and President. Plummer was selected after a national search by the Chamber. Plummer replaces Bryan Derreberry who resigned in March to become the President of the Charleston, S.C., Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber's Search Committee was impressed with Gary's results and his approach to building relationships throughout the community,” said Lynn Nichols, Chamber Chairman in a press release.
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Press Release | May 3, 2011
University of Phoenix has partnered with the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer a $20,000 scholarship to an employee or member of the Chamber who has demonstrated a commitment to making a positive impact in the local community. The scholarship can be applied to any undergraduate or graduate degree program at a local University of Phoenix campus or University of Phoenix online. Applications will be available on April 21 at www.phoenix/edu/scholarships. The deadline to submit an application online is June 3 and the scholarship recipient will be notified by June 30. For more information, please contact Carrie Smith at carrie.smith@phoenix.edu . 
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By Ryan Johnson and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 7, 2011
Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Member Bryan Derreberry is stepping down to take on a new role. The chamber announced this on Monday. Derreberry is moving into a new role as president and CEO of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina. Derreberry says he will stay with the chamber through the beginning of March.  
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | February 3, 2011
The Kansas Senate confirms Pat George as the state's new Secretary of Commerce. George is a Dodge City native. He will lead the state's primary economic and workforce development organization. George spent 25 years starting and building business ventures in southwest Kansas, from his family's automobile dealership to real estate development to a professional sports team. In public service, George represented the 119th District in the Kansas House of Representatives for six years, and served in various capacities, including as chairman of the Committee on State Employee Pay Plans and vice-chairman of the Vision 2010 Committee.
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By Karl Man and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | November 11, 2010
They’ve landed speakers like Sarah Palin and President George Bush. Now two more high-profile politicians are coming to Salina for the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. It’s an event aimed to get people on both sides of the aisle talking. Landing two big key note speakers all began with a board room brainstorm "You know you start with a list of 50 people long and then cut it down to a dozen and start to prioritize," says Todd Davidson of the Salina Chamber of Commerce.
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By Roger Cornish and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 27, 2010
Global Gaming Solutions has announced that its proposed casino near Wellington will be named the WinSpirit Casino. The name & logo was a joint creation of the Global Gaming executive team and Armstrong-Shank Marketing of Haysville. After Wednesday's announcement, staff from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce handed out t-shirts with the name and logo. The Kansas Facility Review Board will hear presentations from two companies wanting to build a casino in Sumner County.
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by Jennifer Searle and KWCH 12 Eyewitness News | October 6, 2010
Bill Aleen is expected to begin November 1st. The chairman of the board of directors says Allen understands the business and has more than ten years in staff-management, strategic planning, financial management and sales management. Allen was the executive director for the chamber of commerce in Royal Oak, Michigan.  He resigned in August. He replaces Ericka Gillespie, who resigned in June.  She is now the city administrator in Quinter.
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