Development group honors businesses
The 140 guests attending Leavenworth County's Business and Industry Celebration are the "stewards of a great opportunity," said Mitch Holthus.
Holthus, the "voice of the Kansas City Chiefs" and a Basehor resident, was guest speaker at the annual dinner and celebration last Wednesday night at Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth.
The opportunity, Holthus said, is to make Leavenworth County the state's top county in economic growth, supplanting Johnson County.
He challenged the area's state representatives, county commissioners, city officials and business owners in attendance to consider what the future holds for the area.
"What will Leavenworth County look like in 75 years?" Holthus asked, "The answer is in this room."
Chambers of commerce from Basehor, Tonganoxie and Leavenworth/Lansing selected 11 retail businesses for their contributions to the community.
¢ Casey's General Store, Pinehurst Properties and the U.S. Postal Service, all from Basehor.
¢ Casey's General Store, Tonganoxie, and Tonganoxie school district.
¢ Dasher Garage and Tire Shop, Lansing.
¢ The Eye Doctors, Kaaz-Lexeco Construction Companies Inc., Development Inc., ExcelCare Health Services and Great Western Manufacturing from Leavenworth.
Two industrial businesses, Canaan Stoneworks and 178th Street Development, were selected by Leavenworth County Development Corp. and recognized for their contributions. LCDC sponsored last week's dinner.
Lansing resident Dan Gutshall, senior vice president of First National Bank of Leavenworth, was named the economic development volunteer of the year.
"The evening was dedicated to honoring a select number of businesses who have made either a financial, physical, emotional (contribution) or any combination thereof to the local community," said Lynn McClure, Leavenworth County Development Corp.'s executive director.
The awards were in conjunction with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' recognition of June as Business Appreciation Month.
Other Leavenworth County businesses -- La Mesa restaurant, First National Bank of Leavenworth, Daniel's BBQ and 178th Street Development -- will be honored June 27 at a Kansas Department of Commerce awards event in Lawrence.