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Pittsburg Area Chamber Announces Paint the Town Red Winners

The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its 2017 Paint the Town Red Business Decorating Contest. Paint the Town Red is an annual celebration aimed at showcasing business and community support for Pittsburg State University. 

Businesses participate in one of three categories based on number of employees. Division I is designated for businesses with more than 76 employees, Division II features those with 16-75 employees, and Division III participants have 15 or fewer employees. The Community Favorite Award is determined through online voting and includes all participating businesses. Over 4,800 total votes were cast online for this year’s Community Favorite.

“Businesses had fun with our “Gus’s Wild West” theme and were extremely creative with their decorations,” said Devin Gorman, vice president of operations for the Pittsburg Area Chamber. “Our volunteer judges never have an easy task, but everyone loves to see the incredible amount of participation and support for Paint the Town Red.”

Division I winners:.

           1st place – City of Pittsburg
           2nd place – NPC International
           3rd place – Watco Companies

Division II winners:

           1st place – Holiday Inn Express
           2nd place – University Bank, branch GNB
           3rd place – SilverCreek Medical Reimbursement Solutions

Division III winners:

           1st place – Lindburg Pharmacy North
           2nd place – Sherwin Williams
           3rd place – Lindburg Pharmacy South

Community Favorite Award: City of Frontenac

The following contest winners were announced at Thursday’s Community Pep Rally:

Campus Office Decorating Award – PSU Graduate and Continuing Studies
Campus Student Organization Decorating Award – Campus Activities Board

Imagine Pittsburg 2030 Update

Pittsburg residents had the chance to put their fingerprints on an updated version of the Imagine Pittsburg 2030 plan in early August. The Imagine Pittsburg 2030 effort began in 2010 as an initiative of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, as business, education and community leaders identified a need for a grassroots, citizen-driven visioning effort to strategically address the community’s opportunities and challenges through the year 2030. Similar efforts in the past had proven extremely fruitful, resulting in successful local initiatives to build the Family Resource Center and groundbreaking collaborations like the Business Education Alliance. A steering committee of fifteen local representatives from a wide variety of backgrounds was formed to lead the visioning effort, which also included numerous opportunities for citizen input.

The original Imagine Pittsburg 2030 plan was released in 2012 and featured several priorities in four key areas of focus: housing, economic development, infrastructure and public wellness. Since then, many of the recommendations have been enacted and have helped spur significant economic activity, workforce development and improvements to public safety.

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