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July 27, 2010

Visioneering Wichita Receives National Stewardship Award

Heather Bohrer

Visioneering Wichita has been selected to receive the 2010 Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS) Organizational Champion Award presented by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). The ARS is a national, peer-to-peer network of regional leaders working across boundaries to solve tough community problems.

Judges evaluated each entry based on the four principles of regional stewardship: innovative economy, livable communities, social inclusion, and a collaborative style of governance. Scores were awarded based on five criteria: context, innovation and excellence, performance, cohesiveness, and replicability.

“This award is meaningful because it comes from our Chamber professional association and is judged by our peers,” said Bryan Derreberry, President and CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, which coordinates the Visioneering Wichita effort. “The award recognizes our ability to pro-actively target specific results, such as increasing our metro area’s per capital income and available job opportunities.”

Visioneering Wichita’s entry fulfilled all of the criteria because of the strong regional partnerships that have been instrumental in its success over the past six years. Visioneering involves private and public partners and is led by volunteers who work together to implement the vision of more than 16,000 citizens and community leaders.

A steering committee of 50 citizens, demographically representative of the MSA, maps strategy to oversee operations of Visioneering. More than 500 regional volunteers in 15 strategic alliances take action on how to directly affect specific strategies within the plan to benefit the 600,000+ residents of the four-county Wichita MSA.

Visioneering Wichita will be honored during the ACCE Awards show on Thursday, August 5, 2010, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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