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President's "E" Award, 1987   "E Star" Award, 1991
The "E" Award stands for Excellence, Expansion, Effort and Exports, and over the past three decades, has come to symbolize the finest in American commerce and stands as a reminder of the ever increasing importance and value of participation in the global marketplace.
World Trade Council of Wichita was given an “E Star” Award in 1991 for created a strategic alliance between the local chamber of commerce, Wichita State University and 11 multinational firms to engender international trade.  The council is the only service organization in 1991 to win the “E Star,”, the highest honor bestowed on an export organization by the Commerce Department.  Among U.S. cities, Wichita has the 29th largest export work force, accounting for some 20000 manufacturing jobs and another 26000 jobs in transportation, communication and merchandising, according to a 1988 survey by the Commerce Department. The council has sponsored trade missions to many major export markets and works to attract overseas buyers to Wichita.

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