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Posted on: February 12, 2024

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce names Ron Fehr as Lud Fiser Citizen of the Year

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Ron Fehr was selected 2023 Lud Fiser Citizen of the Year during Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at Manhattan Conference Center, Feb. 9.

The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award is named in honor of long...

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Posted on: February 12, 2024 | Last Modified on: August 12, 2021

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce names Jim Morrison as C. Clyde Jones Volunteer of the Year

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Jim Morrison was recognized as the 2023 C. Clyde Jones Volunteer of the Year during Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at Manhattan Conference Center, Feb. 9.

The Chamber’s volunteer of the year award honors C...

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Posted on: February 12, 2024

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce names Blade Mages as Young Professional of the Year

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Blade Mages was recognized as the 2023 Young Professional of the Year during Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at Manhattan Conference Center, Feb. 9.

Mages is the fourth recipient of the Young Professional of the Year...

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Posted on: January 22, 2024

Flint Hills Regional Leaders Retreat

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A full house and a day jammed with useful information best describes the 2024 Flint Hills Regional Leaders Conference, held Friday, January 19 at the Manhattan Conference Center. This conference brought together business, community and civic leaders from ...

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Posted on: January 16, 2024

Chamber Leadership Positions Chosen for 2024

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As we get back into the swing of things in the new year, it is a time to recognize our new volunteer leadership.

The most prominent is the change of board chairs. Mark Knackendoffel of The Trust Company ended his time as chair on December 31. Mark has been...

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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Chambers Name 2024 15 under 40 Winners

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Winners of 2024’s 15 under 40 will be recognized at a special reception in their honor at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 18 at Prairiewood Retreats, Blue Sage Barn. If you would like to attend the reception honoring the 2024 top young professionals, go here. I...

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Posted on: January 2, 2024

Happy 2024!!!

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The team at the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce could not be more excited about 2024. There are incredible opportunities for us this year to advance our main goal of growth and economic prosperity for the Manhattan region. I look forward to sharing tho...

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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Elevate Fund Gets off the Ground

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One of the critical elements of supporting community entrepreneurship is access to capital. Earlier in 2023, the Chamber worked with the City of Manhattan to set aside economic development funds for business start-ups. We are happy to announce that this f...

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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Aggieville Project on City Agenda

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The board believes the project will lead to exciting new development, more visitors to Aggieville, new revenue streams for the City, and a new parking garage to help solve a chronic Aggieville parking challenge. The Midtown project will feature 100,000 sq...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Congratulations Leadership Manhattan Class of 2024

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The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Manhattan Board is honored to announce the 2024 Class of Leadership Manhattan.Jillian Bettinger, Creche

Peter Clark, Bayer Construction

Anani Eble, KSU Foundation

Joel Garver, The Alms Group

Sarah Hanc...

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Posted on: November 17, 2023

Manhattan Hospitality Industry Celebrated

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Visit Manhattan recognized the successes and outstanding achievements of members of the Manhattan hospitality industry in four categories: Attraction of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Retail of the Year and Lodging of the Year.

Winners of the 2023 award...

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Posted on: November 13, 2023

Chamber Presents Local Think MHK Challenge

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Posted on: November 1, 2023

Industry Recognizes Excellence in Kansas Tourism Marketing

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The TIAK Marketing Awards are chosen annually to recognize excellence in destination marketing initiatives across the state. They are divided into six categories and broken out by the organization’s marketing budget: Large (over $100,000), Mediu...

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Posted on: October 30, 2023

Local Elections Nearing End

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People across Manhattan will head to the polls on Nov. 7 to elect city commission and school board members. For those who want to beat the rush, Monday will be the last day of advanced voting.

The Chamber’s Business Advocacy Committee worked up a...

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Posted on: October 10, 2023

Manhattan in D.C. to Support Fort Riley

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Greetings from Washington D.C. The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce leads a group each year for the annual meeting of the Association of the United States Army. We are here this week through Wednesday.

The Association of the United States Army is a nonpr...

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Posted on: September 29, 2023

MHK Chamber Receives 2023 Excellence in Eco Devo Awards from the International Eco Devo Council

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  • The organization received a Gold award (the highest level) for general purpose print promotion in Manhattan’s population category (25,000 to 200,000). The promotion was for the organization’s Made for Manhattan program, which is used t...
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Posted on: September 25, 2023

Leadership Manhattan Planning New Year

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Manhattan is no exception. We began coordinating a program through the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce in 1983. The mission of Leadership Manhattan is to ensure the vitality of our community by providing a continuous source of motivated leaders who are...

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Posted on: September 12, 2023

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce announces the winners of the 2023 Business Awards

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The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the successes and outstanding achievements of our members in six categories: Cornerstone (the Chamber's lifetime achievement award), Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Wo...

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Posted on: September 11, 2023

Candidates Respond to Chamber Questions

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The Business Advocacy Committee put the finishing touches on a half dozen questions for 10 candidates for the USD 383 School Board, and nine candidates for the Manhattan City Commission. These candidate questionnaires are designed to allow Chamber members...

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Posted on: September 5, 2023

KS StateBank Named Cornerstone Winner

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Each year we recognize a Manhattan business for its lifetime of success and contributions. We call this award the Cornerstone Award and it is the one award in which there aren’t finalists and we announce ahead of the event.

I am thrilled...

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Posted on: July 11, 2023

Chamber Blue Interest Surveys Due

While there is unfortunately no one-size-fits-all solution, we partnered last year with the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas and Blue Cross Blue Shield on a small business solution in which several of our members participated. We are once again wo...

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Posted on: July 5, 2023

Business Awards Finalists Announced

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The finalists for the Fourth Annual Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Business Awards have been named. The annual event is an opportunity to recognize, honor and celebrate outstanding achievement among the Manhattan Business community.  ...

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Posted on: June 27, 2023

Chamber Staff Promotions

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We have promoted Daryn Soldan to the role of Executive Vice President of the Chamber in addition to his duties as Director of Economic Development. This had been a role held previously by Karen Hibbard, who held the executive vice president role along wit...

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Posted on: June 19, 2023

Developer Considering Speculative Program

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The premise is that most economic development projects today are on significantly tighter timelines than in the past. If a company is bidding on a new contract, working on a new customer, or opening a new region, chances are, the company will require addi...

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Posted on: June 12, 2023

Chamber Earns 5-Star Designation

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The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization that loves to congratulate, recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of others. We celebrate business and community successes across the board to make people recognize that Manhattan is a place ...

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Posted on: May 22, 2023

Entrepreneurship Funding Approved

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In case you missed it…we want to thank our members and partners who attended last week’s city commission meeting to support our request for the Elevate Fund. We are very happy that we received a 4-0 vote from the commission to approve...

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Posted on: May 17, 2023

Rozell Named Director of Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Marcia Rozell has been named as the new Director of the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau, also known as Visit Manhattan. The announcement was made by Jason Smith, President and CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber Board of ...

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Posted on: May 15, 2023

Important Policy Events Set This Week

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This week provides more than normal as we have major issues in front of the Manhattan City Commission and a legislative forum planned.

Hopefully you’ve seen the notices but, as a reminder, we will present a final plan for the Elevate Fund to the ...

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Posted on: May 8, 2023

Chamber Starting New Talent Initiative

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Two areas where the organization has made significant advancements in the past few years is the rebrand and expansion of our young professionals’ program (Hype) and our new Made for Manhattan platform.

We are now launching a new program and need ...

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Posted on: May 4, 2023

Leadership Changes at UV&S Announced

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HUTCHINSON, KS - The Board of Directors along with the shareholders of Underground Vaults &

Storage, Inc. (UV&S) announced changes to its leadership team following the 64th annual

meeting of the company.

Longtime President, Lee Spence, has been elect...

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Posted on: April 24, 2023

Nominations are Open for Business Awards

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This is the fourth year of the event, scheduled Sept. 12 at the Manhattan Conference Center. We have had the opportunity to honor and celebrate several Manhattan businesses for their impact on our community. Nominations for this year’s event hav...

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Posted on: April 17, 2023

Newsletter Helps Tell Members’ Stories

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Beginning this week, the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce will be distributing a digital newsletter called “Chamber Connections”. Each month, we will spotlight members from across the organization. The first issue has features on 202...

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Posted on: April 11, 2023

Chamber to Support MATC Signing Day

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However, this year the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce is supporting Manhattan Area Technical National College’s Signing Day. That will be the moment where we recognize students that are signing their letter of intent to continue their education at MAT...

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Posted on: April 5, 2023

Gail Urban receives Lyle Butler Distinguished Leadership Award

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Gail Urban has been named as the recipient of the 2023 Lyle Butler Distinguished Leadership Award at the organization’s recent graduation ceremonies. Urban has been a licensed Financial Advisor since 2009 specializing in helping individuals and ...

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Posted on: April 3, 2023

MHK Group Addressing Childcare Shortage

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The cost and availability of childcare has been identified as a barrier for individuals that may consider entering the workforce. The estimated need for childcare slots is 1,377 in Riley County and 511 in Pottawatomie County alone. Think how many individu...

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Posted on: March 14, 2023

Bishop Named Manhattan Military Relations Manager

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Christian Bishop has been at the forefront of engagement between Fort Riley and the Flint Hill community for nearly 15 years as part of the Fort Riley team. Beginning in April, she will be leading that effort on behalf of Manhattan.

The Manhattan Area Cham...

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Posted on: March 4, 2023

Manhattan Ranks as a Top Metro, Kansas Wins Governor’s Cup from Site Selection

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The magazine’s annual rankings of new and expanded facility projects are considered “the industry scoreboard” by corporate real estate analysts.

The Manhattan area garnered national recognition as a top metro with a population...

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Posted on: February 27, 2023

Commission to Consider Development Studies

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You can review the agenda here. Specifically, we are interested in Item 4A which will be proposals to study the current economic development policies, the development process and strategic housing initiatives.

The economic development policy exami...

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Posted on: February 22, 2023

Setting “Big, Audacious Goals”: New K-State President Tackles Economic Prosperity

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From the day he accepted the job, Linton has been a tireless advocate and supporter of the institution’s efforts to meet a challenge from the Kansas Board of Regents to create new jobs and strengthen the state’s economy. This challenge...

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Posted on: February 19, 2023

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce names Stephanie Pierce as Young Professional of the Year

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Pierce is the third recipient of the Young Professional of the Year award.

Stephanie Pierce has been engaged in the community for the past 18 years after graduating from Kansas State University. She has previously been selected to participate in Flint Hill...

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Posted on: February 19, 2023

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce names Mary Vanier as Lud Fiser Citizen of the Year

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The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award is named in honor of long-tenured former Manhattan Chamber president Lud Fiser, who served from 1948 to 1975 and was responsible for such community developments as CiCo Park and Manhattan In...

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Posted on: February 13, 2023

To the 'Ville

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We are seeing this play out in Aggieville. For several years there has been a plan to update Aggieville, which includes modernizing utilities, streets, and facilities in the state’s oldest building district.

There are many exciting things that ha...

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Posted on: January 23, 2023

Annual Meeting Changing for the Better

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As times change, it is important for organizations to adjust to expectations of its members. That is what we are trying to do with changes to our annual meeting and celebration scheduled Feb. 17 at the Manhattan Conference Center. Our outgoing Chair Summe...

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Posted on: August 12, 2021

DoD Approves $60 Million in Grants under Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program

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These awards followed a competitive selection process culminating in the Performing Duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment’s selection of these proposals on August 13, 2021. These infrastructure projects benefit loc...

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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce announces the winners of the 2021 Business Awards

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Manko Windows was named the 2021 Cornerstone award winner. Other winners were Weddle & Sons, Wildwood Adventure Park, Loving Arms Daycare, and Borck Brothers. Additionally, Bockers II and Wal-Mart were recognized as new Legacy Circle members which are...

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Posted on: August 12, 2021

Manhattan Pursuing Private Developers for Speculative Industrial Building

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The Manhattan City Commission approved moving forward on a new program to encourage private sector speculative building for new industrial and warehousing space. The program is the ultimate example of public-private partnerships that have made Manhattan a...

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