News Flash Home
The original item was published from 5/16/2022 4:40:30 PM to 1/1/2023 12:00:23 AM.

News Flash

Website News

Posted on: May 16, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Retreat Participants Hear Great Ideas


There was significant dialog on a number of subjects but certain things came through very clear.

First, housing is a challenge in the Manhattan region just as it is across the country. The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce will be monitoring the ongoing housing study being completed by the City of Manhattan and will engage in examining policy opportunities to improve the housing climate in the future.

Access to capital is a major challenge for entrepreneurs, particularly historically disadvantaged populations and people of color. The Manhattan Chamber and our partners will be working to develop a community fund that will assist in filling some of these gaps as well as investment funds to get ideas ready to attract capital to the region. Look for more information soon.

Child care is a major hinderance to getting people back in the workforce, but it's even a bigger challenge to make a living in the child care industry. In fact, it was pointed out that the average salary of a child care worker is less than the average salary of someone caring for animals. We are excited about a project our child care task force has developed and hope for funding from the State of Kansas to get the idea off the ground. 

Large sites for economic development is a must in today's environment where speed and the ability to bring suppliers is a desire for many projects. Cities in the Manhattan region have to continue to work on this challenge to be competitive for new jobs.

Finally, there is not a shortage of great ideas for community projects to create tourism. We heard some great ideas and look forward to continuing to work to bring these projects to fruition. You can read more about projects like the Art and Light Museum, the potential new Agriculture Arena at Kansas State University and an indoor swimming facility on local media channels.

This year's event had so much information, we continue to process next steps for many of the opportunities presented. I want to acknowledge the hard work of our team, particularly Sharla Meisenheimer, for a near flawless execution.

In the meantime, if you attended this year's event, look for a survey soon to help determine the future course of programs.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Website News

MM - 1

Chamber Congratulates Ron Fehr

Posted on: December 6, 2023
MM - 1

Christmas Season is Upon Us

Posted on: November 20, 2023

Manhattan Hospitality Industry Celebrated

Posted on: November 17, 2023
Challenge for email

Chamber Presents Local Think MHK Challenge

Posted on: November 13, 2023
MM - 1

Local Elections Nearing End

Posted on: October 30, 2023
MM - 1

Nominations Open for YP Award

Posted on: October 26, 2023
MM - 1

A Potential Solution to Rising Taxes

Posted on: October 17, 2023
MM - 1

Manhattan in D.C. to Support Fort Riley

Posted on: October 10, 2023
MM - 1

Leadership Manhattan Planning New Year

Posted on: September 25, 2023
MM - 1

Candidates Respond to Chamber Questions

Posted on: September 11, 2023
Business Awards fnl logo 2

KS StateBank Named Cornerstone Winner

Posted on: September 5, 2023
MM - 1

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Posted on: August 28, 2023
MM - 1

Stampede Gets Publicity with RFP

Posted on: August 18, 2023
MM - 1

Taxes and Economic Growth

Posted on: August 4, 2023

Chamber Blue Interest Surveys Due

Posted on: July 11, 2023
MM - 1

Chamber Staff Promotions

Posted on: June 27, 2023
MM - 1

Chamber Earns 5-Star Designation

Posted on: June 12, 2023
MM - 1

Dual Career Program Launched

Posted on: June 7, 2023
MM - 1

Entrepreneurship Funding Approved

Posted on: May 22, 2023
MM - 1

New Diplomats Program Unveiled

Posted on: May 4, 2023
Signing Day Social Media Post 1

Chamber to Support MATC Signing Day

Posted on: April 11, 2023
MM - 1

Commission to Consider Development Studies

Posted on: February 27, 2023
MM - 1

To the 'Ville

Posted on: February 13, 2023
Treat em Right logo

Treat 'Em Right Manhattan

Posted on: February 1, 2023
AM logo 23

Annual Meeting Changing for the Better

Posted on: January 23, 2023
MM - 1

Chamber Leadership Named for 2023

Posted on: January 16, 2023
Monday email 20

More Presenters Added to Retreat

Posted on: January 9, 2023
PressRelease hdr

15 under 40 Winners Announced

Posted on: January 2, 2023
Monday email 20

Nominate Business for 2022 Award

Posted on: July 5, 2022