Guy to lead Chamber of Commerce in 2001
A familiar face will lead the Basehor Chamber of Commerce in 2001.
Susan Guy was elected president of the Chamber during a meeting last week.
She will replace Chuck Wilderson, who served as president in 2000.
Guy was instrumental in the formation of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce in 1985. The Chamber has grown from 22 members in 1985 to 80 members in 2000. She previously served as president of the Chamber for more than a decade.
Guy is ready to tackle the challenges and opportunities created by the city's recent and projected growth. City officials predict commercial and residential growth in southern Leavenworth County will continue for several years to come.
"During the next year I hope to continue the good work of our previous presidents," Guy said. "The opening of the Kansas Speedway next year will mean many more changes to the Basehor area. It's very important that our Chamber maintain good communication with local businesses and encourage residents to support these businesses."
The Chamber will continue with an economic development committee formed to encourage new businesses to locate in the Basehor area.
"Initially, our efforts were to determine possible locations for an industrial/business park and the feasibility of establishing one in the Basehor area," Guy said. "However, it became clear there were no sewers and other infrastructures in areas suitable for a business park. This committee is working with the City of Basehor and Leavenworth area development to make our area attractive to new businesses and competitive with surrounding cities."
The Chamber is drafting a neighborhood revitalization plan, similar to the ones adopted in Tonganoxie and Leavenworth. Guy explained that the plan would help local businesses with expansion and improvements and give new businesses incentives to locate here. The plan also gives incentives to owners of older homes to improve their property.
Guy served as an ex-officio member of Leavenworth Area Development (LAD) from 1986 to 1997. She's been a voting member of LAD since 1998, and was recently elected to a new three-year term. She helped form the Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development program and has served on its board of directors since 1990. The program is a joint venture of the Basehor and Tonganoxie chambers of commerce. She was selected Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1991 for her many community contributions.
The Chamber will install Guy as president in January. Other officers elected to serve in 2001 were, Julian Espinoza, vice-president; Carla Kaiser secretary; and Kathi Bontrager, treasurer. Espinoza is a financial advisor and partner of Personal Investment Group of Olathe. Kaiser is employed as the librarian at Basehor Community Library. Bontrager is manager of First State Bank & Trust. Bontrager will replace Gayle Runnels who served as treasurer in 2000.
Guy and her husband, Norman, moved to Basehor in 1980. The Guys operate an antique and collectibles business.