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RFB Construction Honored by State

The chamber is proud to congratulate RFB Construction, who was recently honored by the Kansas Department of Commerce as part of the Kansas Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon in Topeka. The event recognized RFB Construction and twelve other companies for their support of minority and women-owned businesses in Kansas. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was on hand to present the award.

"Minority and Women Enterprise Development Week is a great opportunity to honor the minority and women-owned businesses in our state," said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. "These companies and entrepreneurs stand out for their tremendous contributions to their communities and the state's economy. They are leaders who help make Kansas a great place to live and work."

Headquartered in Pittsburg, RFB Construction is owned by Deborah Beachner and specializes in highway construction. Please join the chamber in congratulating RFB Construction on this impressive honor!


Plans for Technical Education Center Move Forward

Plans for a new Crawford County Technical Center took another step forward recently as the USD 250 Foundation completed the purchase of a building formerly owned by Vinylplex in the Pittsburg Industrial Park.  The building will house a variety of programs aimed at training students in the areas of welding, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and masonry.  Read more about the progress here.


Community Push for a Technical Education Center

The chamber, area schools, local government, and others have joined efforts to help create the area's first Technical Education Center, aimed at teaching students valuable skills needed to secure well-paying jobs.  At the same time, these newly trained workers will be able to help fill positions that have remained vacant at local manufacturers due to the lack of workers with appropriate technical skills.  You can read more about the initiative here.

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