Dec 03, 2023

Chamber continuing work as year comes down the stretch

Posted Dec 03, 2023 12:00 PM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce is continuing its December work with the Annual Meeting on Monday on the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

"We're going to have a great speaker," said Chamber CEO Debra Teufel. "Retired Lt. Col Scott Mann. He was part of what was called Pineapple Express. You'll hear all about his experience and his military career."

The event will kick off at 3:45 p.m. in Sunflower South with a sponsor expo that is open to the public. Doors will open for dinner at 6 p.m. Then, next on the docket is the Chamber's monthly membership breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

"It is the membership breakfast where we honor all of our community benefit organizations, the non-profits in the community that help really serve the community in a philanthropic way," Teufel said. "The inspiring speaker that we have to honor them is Julia Fabris McBride, who was one of the co-authors of the book that was released this year, When Everyone Leads, co-authored with Ed O'Malley."

That event will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Dec. 13 at the Sand Hills Event Center at 4601 North Plum.

The chamber also is looking ahead to the 2024 legislative session to consider what priorities might be needed for growth in the area.

"We have been meeting with KDOT, specifically about transportation dollars that would help enhance the K-96 and Highway 50 corridor to serve this as an industrial site," Teufel said. "That will definitely be part of our agenda. We have the opportunity to meet with all of our state legislators on Dec. 11 at a meeting at Hutchinson Community College, we always appreciate that Hutchinson Community College coordinates that day."

The 2024 legislative session will start in the second week of January.

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