Chiefs’ announcer leads business cheers
Leavenworth The 140 guests attending Leavenworth County's Business and Industry Celebration are the "stewards of a great opportunity," said Mitch Holthus.
Holthus, the "Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs" and a Basehor resident, was guest speaker at the annual dinner and celebration June 14 at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth.
The opportunity, Holthus said, is to make Leavenworth County the state's top county in economic growth, supplanting Johnson County.
He challenged local state representatives, county commissioners, city officials and business owners in attendance at the event to consider what the future holds for the area.
"What will Leavenworth County look like in 75 years?" Holthus asked, "The answer is in this room."
Chambers of Commerce from Basehor, Tonganoxie and Leavenworth/Lansing selected 11 retail businesses for their contributions to the community. Two industrial businesses, Canaan Stoneworks and 178th Street Development, were selected by Leavenworth County Development Corp. and recognized.
Lansing resident Dan Gutshall, senior vice president of First National Bank of Leavenworth, was named the Economic Development Volunteer of the Year.
"The evening was dedicated to honoring a select number of businesses who have made either a financial, physical, emotional (contribution) or any combination thereof to the local community," explained Lynn McClure, Leavenworth County Development Corp.'s executive director.
Honored businesses were:
¢ Casey's General Store, Pinehurst Properties and the U.S. Postal Service, all from Basehor;
¢ Casey's General Store and Tonganoxie USD 464 from Tonganoxie;
¢ Dasher Garage and Tire Shop, Lansing;
¢ The Eye Doctors, Kaaz-Lexeco Construction Companies Inc., Development, Inc., ExcelCare Health Services and Great Western Manufacturing from Leavenworth.
The Leavenworth/Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce was looking for capital investment, job creation and community investment in the businesses they chose to honor, said Greg Madsen, the chamber's first vice president.
The awards were in conjunction with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' recognition of June as Business Appreciation Month.
Other Leavenworth County businesses, including La Mesa Restaurant, First National Bank of Leavenworth, Daniel's BBQ and 178th Street Development, will be honored at the Kansas Department of Commerce Awards in Lawrence on June 27.