Well we are one month into the new year and things are moving ahead full steam at the Chamber.  We have some exciting plans for 2013 including this new "Chamber Connections" newsletter that will be used to help you keep connected with what is going on in the Chamber and the community.  We will be sharing other plans at our Annual Dinner on February 7th (which I hope you are planning to attend) and in future issues of Chamber Connections.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if there is ever anything the Chamber can assist you with!
Vickie Wolgast
Grant Provides Businesses with Energy Efficient Lighting...for FREE

The City of Kansas City Missouri received a $20 million grant from the Department of Energy to assist in reducing energy consumption in commercial structures, among other initiatives.  The South KC Chamber recently participated in the program and was able to get our lighting replaced with the more energy efficient T8 lamps and ballasts.  We also qualified for occupant sensors.  This, along with a complete energy analysis was all at NO COST to us. 
The program is open for enrollment through March 2013, but it is first come first serve until funding is exhausted.  I encourage you to contact Consumption Auditors Consulting at 913-568-5555 to get started.  As I am sure you are all aware, the T12 lighting production was ceased by the Department of Energy July 2012.  Once the current inventory is depleted it will cost the business owners up to $145.00 per fixture to retrofit to the T8 lighting.  Don't miss this great opportunity!  Feel free to stop by and see the Chamber's new lighting.
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Hickman Mills School District Hires New Superintendent

Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent of operations for the Newton County (Ga.) School System, will be the new superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District, effective July 1, 2013. The Hickman Mills C-1 Board of Directors finalized an agreement with Carpenter during the holiday break.   Read more...

Former Senator Kit Bond Will Serve as City's Federal Lobbyist

Mayor Sly James recently announced that the City of Kansas City has selected former Missouri Senator and Governor Christopher "Kit" Bond to serve as its federal lobbyist. After reviewing many qualified submissions and conducting interviews with both local and national firms, a contract will be extended to Kit Bond Strategies to carry Kansas City's message to Washington, D.C. Read more...

City Implements 62 Small Business Initiatives in Past Year

The City of Kansas City, Missouri, Special Committee on Small Business has worked with City staff, the City Council and the local small business community to successfully implement 62 of the 67 recommendations made by the committee one year ago.

"This is remarkable progress considering there have been a variety of tasks to complete in such a short time," said Committee Chair and Councilman Scott Taylor. "The committee, working with small businesses and City staff, has been focused on getting results as quickly as possible."  Read more...

City to Hold Public Budget Hearings

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Finance and Audit Committee will hold a series of public budget hearings. City Council members and staff will present information and listen to public input on the FY2013-14 Submitted Budget.

The public budget meetings are scheduled as follows:

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In This Issue
February 1, 2013
8:00 a.m.
KCPD South Patrol
February 7, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Armacost Car Museum
February 21, 2013
11:30 a.m.
RC's Restaurant
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