3 Minutes for 3 Questions with The Kansas Chamber of Commerce
One of our great tenants, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, advocates in Kansas legislation for our state’s businesses, and we’re proud they call AMC’s Northrock Business Park home outside of Topeka! We spoke with Jennifer Baysinger, VP of Political Affairs, to learn a little more about the Chamber. Thank you for choosing AMC for your Wichita office space needs!
- The Chamber is based in Topeka. What features/amenities about AMC’s Northrock Business Park resulted in the Wichita location? While the Kansas Chamber’s main office is in Topeka, we have several staff members here, as well as a large membership base in the Wichita area. We decided to open a second full-service office, but wanted space that allowed for convenient travel to and from Topeka. Because I’ve leased space from Ross in the past, Northrock immediately came to mind. While the location is obviously convenient to K-96, it’s Ross’ commitment to the tenants that made it a no-brainer to return to Northrock. Communication lines are always open, and his staff’s attention to detail is unmatched.
- Why should every Kansas business be a Chamber member? Every Kansas business is directly impacted by the policy and regulation changes made by federal and state lawmakers. Unfortunately, most business owners don’t have time to follow what happens in Topeka and Washington, D.C. The Kansas Chamber has a team of policy experts dedicated to tracking and advocating for and against business-related legislation – from human resources to tax policy to tort reform. The Chamber is the state’s leading organization focused solely on improving the economic climate for the benefit of every Kansas business and citizen. As a member-driven organization, the Chamber listens to its members, develops a legislative agenda and then takes the issues and concerns of Kansas businesses directly to the policymakers.
- How has COVID-19 affected the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and/or in legislation affecting Kansas businesses? COVID forced an abrupt end to the legislative session back in March. That will prevent the passage of many pro-business policy measures. We’re still optimistic we will have a chance to get several “must pass” bills through when the Legislature returns May 21, but everything remains very uncertain.