We’ve had more ribbon cuttings in the first six months of 2018 than we had all of last year, and there’s more in the queue.
Organizations are coming in from all over the state to listen to what Thomas County residents have to say… the Kansas Board of Regents was in town earlier this year to work on their strategic plan, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce stopped by to talk about their Vision 2025 initiative. The Lieutenant Governor has visited Colby twice since being sworn-in in February, and as I type this, the Kansas Leadership Center is heading to Colby to pick our brains about creating a different kind of leadership culture in the state.
The Supreme Court held court in our high school auditorium in April, more gubernatorial candidates than I can count have traipsed through our conference room in the last year looking for your vote, I have taken state business leaders on tours of our fair city and am fielding a couple of calls a week from others who want to learn more about the Oasis on the Plains.
We’ve all seen the growth and new construction by our local businesses, but what you may not see are the new-to-Colby businesses and organizations that are checking us out. Of the three new members who joined the Chamber this month, two are from outside the Thomas County border (four in the last two months). And I have several more who have walked through our door in the last month, and walked away with information packets, promising to join the Chamber in the coming weeks.
Now, I realize all of this may be quite coincidental… the normal awakening rhythm in eastern Kansas as it remembers life does exist west of Salina. But there is one common theme — people around the state are looking to Colby as the hub of northwest Kansas… a place where they can do business and reach a whole new audience for their message, products and services.
And that is a good thing.