Archive for Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Basehor chamber will elect new officers

December 31, 2003

At its meeting Jan. 7, the Basehor Chamber of Commerce board of directors will shape its administration by electing new officers to the posts of president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary.

These new officers will help spearhead business and economic development opportunities, civic activities and public forums.

But, before looking toward the chamber's future and what's anticipated to be an active year, it's best to review the last 12 months, which has been as busy and fruitful for the chamber as any in the past.

In 2003, the chamber:

  • Organized and hosted two "Meet the Candidates" forums for candidates filing for public office in city and school district government.
  • Participated in the Community Assessment, a lengthy planning and goal setting process for the city's future.
  • Revamped the chamber Web site and prepared a new brochure for the city, tentatively scheduled for release by Feb. 1.
  • Implemented an economic development committee.
  • Organized, with city officials, an easier process for new businesses and residents to apply for building permits and rezoning applications.
  • Began an aggressive campaign to add to its membership. In 2003, 15 businesses became new chamber members.

The chamber also participated in or hosted several community functions in 2003.

They included helping organize and fund the city's July 4 celebration, sponsoring the southern Leavenworth County Leadership Class, presenting the Basehor Citizen of the Year Award, co-sponsoring the Kansas Army National Guard Band concert and co-sponsoring a banquet honoring police and firefighters.

The chamber aided in these activities while hosting numerous ribbon cuttings for new businesses, naming 10 businesses of the month and hosting seven membership meetings.

"The year went by so fast, it is amazing to look back over the past 12 months and see the accomplishments of the chamber," said Debbie Bonee, Basehor Chamber of Commerce president. "We have really worked toward strengthening our community's business climate and quality of life in Basehor."

The frantic pace of 2003 isn't expected to slow in 2004.

"It is an exciting time to be a part of this community," Bonee said.

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