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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

Chamber Announces 2017 Women of Distinction

The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the honorees for their 2017 Women of Distinction Community Calendar. The calendar honors twelve area women who lead by example in donating their time and talents to benefit the Pittsburg area. The chamber received 33 nominations this year for the calendar.

“The chamber is proud to honor these twelve exceptional women who devote an incredible amount of time and energy in service of our community,” said Devin Gorman, vice president of operations for the chamber. “The calendar provides the perfect opportunity for us as a community to show our gratitude, say thank you, and to celebrate these outstanding women throughout the entire year.”

The 2017 honorees are:
Tawnya Bach-Collins – KOAM TV
Dr. Linda Bean – Community Health Center of SEK
Sammie Brueggemann – Sammie Dawn Photography
Janis Goedeke – Crawford County Health Dept.
Heather Horton – Sweet Designs Cakery
Rebecca Light – SilverCreek Medical Reimbursement Solutions
Jenifer McDonald – Via Christi Hospital
Angela Meyer – Meyer Law Firm, LLC
Uealene Pingree – Roto Rooter of Pittsburg
MeLinda Rybnick-Lair – KU Area Medical Health Education Center
Dr. Julie Samuels – Pittsburg State University
Meagan Swafford – Pittsburg State University

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.


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