Members of the Pittsburg area business community converged on Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center for the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Annual Banquet on Thursday, May 25. The sold out event celebrated the progress that has taken place over the past year in the Pittsburg area and recognized numerous businesses and community leaders.
“Our annual banquet provides us with a chance to say thank you and to highlight so many of the great businesses and individuals that have played a significant role in making our community a better place to live,” said Devin Gorman, vice president of operations for the chamber.
Awards presented included:
Spirit of Pittsburg – Joe Dellasega
Small Business of the Year – Pro X Realty
City of Pittsburg Employer of the Year – Kendall Packaging Corporation
Educator of the Year – Tim Vesco, Frank Layden Elementary School
Volunteer of the Year – Brian Lorimer, Community National Bank & Trust
BEA Bill Coleman Business Partner of the Year – Mercy Clinic, Arma
BEA Jerry Lindberg Volunteer of the Year – Missi Kelly (Posthumous – accepted by Missi’s husband, Chris Kelly)
BEA Koeta Bryant Education Partner of the Year – Jon Bishop, Pittsburg High School
(BEA = Business Education Alliance)
Finalists for the Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by BKD, LLP, were Pro X Realty, Riggs Chiropractic, and Sweet Designs Cakery.
The finalists for the Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by Pitsco Education, were Amy Gray from Girard High School, Tim Vesco from Frank Layden Elementary School, and Christa Weber from George Nettels Elementary School.
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Chamber Foundation Announces 2017 Leadership Crawford County Class
Dr. Shane Kannarr, Board Chairman of the Pittsburg Area Chamber Foundation, has announced the 2017 class of Leadership Crawford County. Now in its 36th year, the Leadership Crawford County program was established to provide participants with an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges facing our area. The group will spend the next five months delving into several issues facing Southeast Kansas, including education, health care, housing and economic development.
“The Chamber Foundation applauds these individuals for their time and commitment,” said Kannarr. “It’s our hope they will then take this experience, and the newly formed relationships the program encourages, and use them to make our area even stronger.”
Those named to the 2017 Leadership Crawford County class include:
•Whitnie Anderson, Community National Bank
•Bart Arnett, Crossland Construction
•TJ Barnow, Pitsco Education
•Lori Clark, Arvest Bank
•Daniel Creitz, Wheeler & Mitchelson
•Jitka Durman, Community National Bank
•Abbie Fern, Pitsco Education
•Walter Emmons, Colton’s Steakhouse
•Shelly Hildebrandt, Century 21/Cobb Realty
•Ruthie Muller, Pitsco Education
•Daniel Rank, Miller’s Professional Imaging
•Jason Russell, Miner’s Hall Museum
City Unveils Target Industry Analysis
The findings and recommendations of a Target Industry Analysis prepared by Angelou Economics was shared in late 2016 with the Pittsburg City Commission, business owners, and area residents. The Angelou report included the results of extensive analysis of Pittsburg's economy and a survey of over 400 local business owners and citizens completed as part of their research. The report will help guide the City's actions and decisions regarding economic development. Read more about the meeting and the report here.