We are fortunate in Martin City, to have a business community that works well together. We are even more fortunate to have the leadership of our local Chamber of Commerce supporting our district.
During a recent Chamber breakfast event, KCMO 6th District City Councilman Scott Taylor surprised South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce President, Vickie Wolgast, with a proclamation from the City of Kansas City, Missouri recognizing the impact she has made over the past ten years in the South Kansas City region.
In October 2006, the Chamber’s then-President, Barbara Engel, retired and the Chamber hired Wolgast as the new Executive Director. Since then, Councilman Taylor says South Kansas City has only seen positive growth and is now leading the City of Kansas City, Missouri in job growth.
“Hundreds of millions of dollars of investment are going into the South KC region,” said Councilman Taylor. He went on to say, “That doesn’t just happen by accident. It happens through leadership and Vickie has been a wonderful partner to both the City and the South Kansas City business community in moving things forward and making things happen.” So much so, Councilman Taylor said the Red Bridge Shopping Center is a topic of conversation at the White House!
Watch the proclamation presentation in the short clip below:
We’d have to agree with Councilman Taylor… Vickie has been one of our district’s strongest assets. Every time we ask for help, she is there, and we are so proud to see her publicly recognized for her service.
Since 1931 the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (SKCCC) has served as a coordinator, collaborator, and facilitator among big and small businesses, not-for-profit institutions including colleges, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and neighborhood associations and the Martin City Community Improvement District strongly supports their mission.
The Chamber will celebrate its 86th anniversary in 2017 and we strongly encourage any Martin City businesses who are not yet Chamber members to consider what this kind of partner organization could do to support your company. Chamber events are often held at Martin City locations so time away from work is minimal.
“There is an energy in Martin City that hasn’t been there in the past,” Wolgast said. “People are visiting that have never been there before and they are recognizing all the growth and change that’s been happening.”
We are so grateful to all the South KC Chamber members who continue to support Martin City. We have big plans for 2017 and we couldn’t do it without all of your help!
If you would like more information about how to get involved with the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, please visit their website.