The Chamber Outlook Newsletter - Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce
Features                                  In This Issue
August 3, 2005
Volume 02, Issue 14
Economic Development
Spirit of Success
Latest Economic Trends
Business Directory
New Members
Community Calendar

Success Scoreboard

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Success Scoreboard '05

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New Members

Please welcome these new members of The Chamber.
Link for full contact information.

Advanced Medical Imaging

   Pam Swanson

Digital Office Systems
   Tim Weaver & Brian


Goody's Family Clothing
   Cheryl Leake

Haven Chamber of Commerce
   Harland Priddle

   Brenda Epperson,

   Monica Roberts, Zack

   Caruthers, & Brian Choy

Visitor Watch

Join the Greater Hutchinson Convention/ Visitors Bureau in welcoming these Visitors making an economic impact on our community!

August 4-7
USSSA Mens 50 & Over
750 Visitors
$150,000 economic impact

August 19-21
Mace Family Reunion
50 Visitors
$13,500 economic impact

August 24-25
Prairie Independent Living
30 Visitors
$5,100 economic impact

August 26-28
USSSA Coed Tournament
360 Visitors - 30 Teams
$82,800 economic impact

August 27
Salty Dog Triathlon
200 Visitors
$23,500 economic impact

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April 2005


May 2005


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July 2005

Reno County

8 for $1,816,613

430% increase over

July 2004

(7 for $342,200)

Full Economic Trend Data
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With the ever changing business world we work in today, it is often easy to miss important updates on management and ownership changes of local businesses.  Therefore, The Chamber is beginning a new feature in Outlook to welcome new management and ownership in the community, and to notify the membership of these changes. 

The Chamber Welcomes:

New owners of the Hutchinson McDonalds Franchise

Chuck & Polly Vecchiarelli

New General Manager of H.I.E.B. & Associates

Curtis Mitchell

New Manager of

JC Penney Company

Melanie Block

If you know of a management or ownership update and would like to notify the Chamber membership, please contact Tom Dooley at 620.662.3391.


bulletCommunity Spotlight Series:  Pleasantview, KS


bulletThe Chamber Welcomes Holly Schmidt!

bulletChamber Nominating Board Announced


bulletThe CVB Welcomes Lori Wright!

bulletPreparing for 2006 - The CVB Goes to the 2005 Senior Open


bullet Competitiveness: How Does Kansas Compare? 

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Spotlight on Pleasantview, Kansas!

Look around at the exciting growth occurring across Reno County!  This is the fourth in a series of community spotlights from around the county:

Only a few miles west of Hutchinson on Highways 50/61, a cluster of businesses suddenly appears on the horizon.  Aptly titled Pleasantview, this rural Reno County community has become home to numerous retail and service businesses. 

Pleasantview was established in the mid-1950's, with the creation of several core businesses.  As time has progressed, the number of businesses has continued to multiply, bringing much-needed products and services to the rural community. 

"Pleasantview is unique in that there are 16 retail or manufacturing businesses in the area, employing over 250 people, with only a population of five!" said Ben Miller, owner of Stutzman Greenhouse. "There is probably not another community in Kansas, or perhaps in America, with the diversity of Pleasantview."

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From food, flowers, feed, and banking, home improvement, auto body/engine repair, and more...Pleasantview offers high quality products and exceptional customer service.

"We take an interest in each customer and treat them like we would like to be treated, with honesty, integrity, good service and quality products," stated Norman Yutzy, president and co-owner of Pleasantview Home Improvement, referring to the attraction of customers doing business in this community. 

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Above:  Pleasantview businesses

during annual Spring Celebration

Below:  New Peoples Bank & Trust branch in Pleasantview

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With that foundation in place, Pleasantview has continued to grow and succeed as a community.  One of the newest additions to Pleasantview, Peoples Bank & Trust recently invested in a new permanent branch facility in the community in 2003. 

"The branch has not only allowed us to meet those needs of our original customers, but has proven to be a real convenience and help to those living and working in western Reno County," said Bob Ratzlaff, Branch President for Peoples Bank & Trust-Pleasantview. "Our staff really appreciates the support and friendship of the customers that

have been loyal to our bank. It is great to be a part of this hardworking and honest community."

Chamber member businesses located in the Pleasantview area include:

Country Home Furnishings bullet Custom Mills bullet Dutch Kitchen

Fairview Service bullet Helmuth Country Bakery bullet Miller’s Vinyl Fencing

Peoples Bank & Trust bullet Pleasantview Home Improvement

Quality Body Shop bullet Sturdi-Bilt Storage Barns & Garage Doors

Stutzman Greenhouse bullet Whiteside Dairy

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The Chamber Welcomes Holly Schmidt

Holly Schmidt has been selected as The Chamber's new Director of Communications & Special Events, announced Jon Daveline, President/CEO. 

Holly joins The Chamber with an extensive background in communications and sales.  Most recently, she was associated with the Wichita Business Journal providing sales and marketing consulting for a client base of business customers.  Holly's background has also included employment with the Ellis County United Way, the Hays Daily News, and Associated Advertising Agency, Wichita.  A native of Hays, Kansas, Holly has a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Fort Hays State University.

Holly Schmidt

As Director of Communications & Special Events, Holly will be responsible for the marketing and communication program for The Chamber.  She will coordinate all forms of communication to the membership including The Chamber's electronic newsmagazine, Outlook.  In addition, she will provide oversight to the management of The Chamber's website,

Holly will be the contact person in presenting marketing opportunities to the membership for sponsorship events including...Membership Breakfasts, Business After Hours, Business Directory Enhancements, Chamber Website Advertising, Event Flash Pass, and the Membership Directory.  She will also be responsible for the planning and implementation of The Chamber's Annual Meeting. 

Holly will begin her position at The Chamber on August 8.  We invite you to stop by and meet the newest additions to The Chamber team!

The Convention/Visitors Bureau Welcomes Lori Wright

Lori Wright

The Greater Hutchinson Convention/Visitors Bureau is excited to introduce the newest member to their organization.  Lori Wright will join the CVB on August 8th, bringing with her over 15 years of sales experience.  

While continuing her sales career, Lori was also able to go back to college and earn her Bachelor's degree from Friends University in 2004.  At home, Lori has two daughters and husband, Jeff. 

As sales manager, Lori's primary responsibilities will be to conduct sales calls to state associations, as well as present convention proposals to groups.  Lori will interact with all the hotels in the Greater Hutchinson area, and act as staff liaison on numerous state coalitions. With the new convention center in it's final stages, she will also work to bring new business to the state's newest convention center.  

"I am very pleased to have Lori join our team at the CVB," stated LeAnn Cox, Director of the CVB. "The next several years will be very exciting for our entire community, and I'm confident Lori will fit in well."

Again, we invite you to stop by and meet the newest additions to The Chamber team!


Preparing for 2006:  The CVB Goes to the 2005 Senior Open

The week of July 25th - 31st proved to be very educational for over 30 Hutchinson residents as they traveled to Dayton, Ohio to participate in the 2005 U.S. Senior Open at the NCR Country Club.  

Greg Conrad, Championship Director for the 2006 U.S. Senior Open, and his staff US Senior Openorganized a week of meetings for the volunteers to experience first-hand what it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude.  Different types of meetings attended by the Vice-Chairs of the volunteer committees included Sales & Marketing, Merchandise, Customer Service, Registration, Security, Communications, Corporate Hospitality and Media.  

The featured event for the week was the Future Sites Dinner, hosted by the 2006 championship team, and attended by approximately 75 people, including future hosts in Kohler, Wisconsin ('07 Senior Open), Colorado Springs, Colorado ('08 Senior Open) and Carmel, Indiana ('09 Senior Open).  This provided an opportunity for all the Future Sites to network and share ideas and information with each other.  

In attendance representing The Chamber and Convention/Visitors Bureau was LeAnn Cox, Director of the CVB.  "The behind-the-scenes information we were able to gather will prove very beneficial as we move forward with the planning of the 2006 event at Prairie Dunes.  This was a very educational trip."


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Chamber Board Nominating Committee Appointed

Kirk Johnson, Chair-Elect, has announced the Nominating Committee for The Chamber Board of Directors.  The committee includes:

Kirk Johnson, Chair-Elect

Kevin Bowen, 2005 Chair

Bob Fee, Past Chair

Jeff Eriksen, Past Chair

Ann Bush, At-Large Board Member

Laura Maschler, At-Large Board Member

Tony Schleich, At-Large Board Member

Marsha Moeder, At-Large Chamber Member

Tom Sellers, At-Large Chamber Member

Keith Schuessler, At-Large Chamber Member

Sandy Jackson Siegfried, At-Large Chamber Member

The Nominating Committee will convene in August to nominate five candidates to serve a three-year term beginning January 2006.  Members in good standing will receive a written ballot of the five candidates.  The ballot shall also provide space for the membership to cast a vote for a write-in candidate. 

Retiring directors include:  Lynette Lacy, Dan Fast, Helen Unruh, Craig Johnson (filled an unexpired term). 

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Competitiveness in the State of Kansas

In the world of economic development, demonstrating competitiveness is key for a community or state in order to attract new businesses and retain/expand those already in place.  Through their association with the National Association of Manufacturers, the Spirit of Success Economic Development Department of The Chamber recently received the 2005 Competitiveness Redbook: A Compilation of Key Indicators of State Manufacturing and Business Climates.  We thought you might be interested in some of the data that was's a quick look at how the State of Kansas is competing!

KS Ranking

(out of 50 states)

Cost of Doing Business - Main Index is only 88.3 in Kansas (as opposed to #1 ranked Hawaii with a main index of 134)
State & Local Government - 64.11 FTE Gov. Employees per 1,000 Residents (topped only by Wyoming, Alaska, and Nebraska in 2002)
Educational Attainment of Population 25 & Older - Bachelors Degree - 31.0%

National Assessment of Educational Progress -

Grade 4 Math

Higher Education Enrollment as Percentage of Population 18+ (Public Institutions) - 8.22%
Percent of Roads not in Good Condition - only 24.1% in Kansas (as opposed to #1 ranked Hawaii with 89.7% of roads not in good condition!)

        Source:  2005 Competitiveness Redbook, National Edition

Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce
117 N Walnut
PO Box 519
Hutchinson, KS 67504-0519
Phone: (620) 662-3391
Fax: (620) 662-2168
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