2 Dear Members of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, What a year we’ve had. First, I want to thank each of you for the opportunity to serve as your Chairman of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce over the past year. It has been a tremendous honor and an experience that I won’t ever forget. The theme of this year’s annual report is Blueprint for Change. I can’t imagine a better description of what the past year has brought to our organization and community. As a lifelong building contractor, I am very familiar with blueprints. Blueprints are a plan, our Chamber’s blueprint points us in a direction that generates new jobs and economic opportunities for all of Manhattan’s residents and the region. I am proud to have been part of that process and look forward to seeing it come to fruition.
2019 Board of Directors Mark Bachamp
Advanced Property Management
Vice-Chair, Kansas State University*
Randy Martin Sir Speedy
Summer Ott Dierks
Vice-Chair, Seaton, Seaton, Dierks*
The process starts with a strategy. We unveiled the Region Reimagined strategy in 2019. This community-developed program focuses us very strongly on economic diversification, talent and entrepreneurship. Nearly everyone in the organization has played some part in the development of the strategy and for that I thank you.
Past Chair, SPS Companies*
Chair Elect, ESB Financial*
Second, you have to have the resources in place to implement the strategy. Manhattan is an extremely supportive community and, through Advantage Manhattan, the business community invests in economic development greater than communities much larger than our own. We also were able to gain support for a substantial investment in the strategy by the Manhattan City Commission. We are now positioned well to compete in the global market place for new jobs and investment.
Manhattan Running Company
Chair, BHS Construction*
Landmark National Bank
AMICUS Wealth Partners
Finally, you have to have the right people. This year Jason Smith took over for longtime Chamber President Lyle Butler. He is developing a team that can lead us into the next decade and repositioning governance structure to create more participation from our volunteer leadership. The Chamber has an incredible group of professionals dedicated to your success and I’m happy to have been able to work with each of them. Throughout this document you will read about the accomplishments of your organization and your team over the past year. I look forward to continuing to be a part of the MACC and support ongoing initiatives to build economic prosperity for our region. Thank you again for the opportunity.
Jack Allston, Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation Mike Dodson, City of Manhattan Ron Fehr, City of Manhattan John Ford, Riley County Kent Glasscock, KSU-IC
Community First National Bank
Manhattan Christian College
Dean Thibault Gail Urban
Jake Wassenberg Pepsi
The TRUST Company
Kansas Farm Bureau
Jennifer Kuntz James Genandt, Manhattan Area Technical College Chad Kinsley, Pottawatomie County Dee McKee, Pottawatomie County Jansen Penny, Kansas State University Marvin Wade, USD 383
Kansas State University
Midwest Concrete Materials
Bank of the Flint Hills
The Simmons Company
Foster an environment for business success that enhances the quality of life in our region.
5,125 People participated in Chamber events
Jason Smith was announced as Lyle Butler’s successor in January, and assumed the position on March 25. His dynamic career progression shows calculated gains toward economic development and quality of life fields in multiple midwest-area demographic approximations to resemble this region. His most recent professional contributions include Norman Economic Development Coalition, where Smith served on the board for the Oklahoma Economic Development Council. Raised in Oklahoma, Smith spent great amounts of time in Norman, which gives him a firm affinity for communities with a strong university presence. “There is something about university cities and the vibrancy of those communities,” Smith said. “It was something that I sensed immediately when I visited Manhattan. There is also a tremendous sense of collaboration between the university, city and business community.”
181 34 Events
Followers: 3,945 Impressions: 421K
Followers: 3,203 Impressions: 198K
4 MEMBERSHIP 1. Chamber Charter Membership Honors
At the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce’s, 94th Annual Dinner, Commerce Bank and The Manhattan Mercury were honored for 100 years of dedicated service to the community.
2. Citizen of the Year
Phil Howe became the 52nd Citizen of the Year recipient in recognition of his business and philanthropic efforts.
3. C. Clyde Jones Volunteer of the Year
Cheryl Grice was named the C. Clyde Jones Volunteer of the Year for her lengthy community and Chamber volunteer service.
4. Lyle Butler Distinguished Leadership Award
Recently retired Chamber President/ CEO Lyle Butler was honored at the Annual Meeting with a donor advised leadership fund in his name. The Leadership Manhattan Distinguished Alumni award winner will be presented the “Lyle Butler Distinguished Leadership Award.”
5. Legacy Circle Inductees
Created in 2015 as a celebration for Manhattan Area Chamber membership active for 50-plus years, the Legacy Circle program showers accolades upon recipients for high-level and long-term business activism. In 2019 we added both Ryan and Sons Realtors and Heritage Builders to this distinguished group.
6. Inter-Region Visit
Some 43 members attended a twoday visit to Lincoln, NE.
7. Regional Leaders Retreat
Nearly 250 people attended the 2019 Regional Leaders Retreat hosted by and featuring Manhattan, Junction City and Wamego Chambers.
8. Leadership Manhattan Graduates
The Leadership Manhattan class of 2019 recognized 19 graduates. April’s graduation ceremony concluded an extensive six session, four-month program.
9.Lyle Butler Distinguished Service Award
The Lyle Butler Distinguished Service Award is presented to recognize Leadership Manhattan alumni. The Distinguished Service Award was established to reward pinnacle community service and high qualities of leadership achievement. 2019 winner Larie Schoap joins the long list of talented members to earn the award.
10.Manhattan Young Professionals
The program hosted and promoted a series of events focusing on professional development, community outreach and business networking. The YP’s volunteered with Back to School Brigade and donated a hefty load of needed supplies to the Manhattan Emergency Shelter. May 2019 marked the second year for the KS YP Summit to be hosted in our region. More than 230 YP’s from across the state gathered to learn more.
11.METL Summit held at Kansas State University
Nearly 70 interested constituents gathered at Kansas State University Student Union to exchange best practices for a region with a surplus of job openings and general shortfall of qualified workers. The Manhattan panel was composed of Emporia State (Allison Garrett), Kansas State (Richard Myers) presidents and KU (Douglas Girod) Chancellor and three business professionals.
12. Women in Business
The year began with Business Resolutions at Resolution Rendezvous. More than 80 women participated in Lunch Bunch groups on a monthly basis in addition to other events.
13. Ribbon Cutting
15 new business; 9 relocations and 5 expansions kept the membership team busy!
14. Success in 60
Several educational workshops were held for members such as ALICE Active Shooter training, Healthy Workplace, Google Ads, Fostering Connections, How to Interview and Immigration Law.
Through the help of the Greater Manhattan Economic Partnership, Corteva Agriscience determined the Wamego Industrial Park to be the right fit for their 22,000 sq. ft. building. Corteva Agriscience is a major American agricultural chemical and seed company and was the agricultural unit of DowDuPont.
Over a dozen Eisenhower middle school students visited local businesses as part of Career Exploration Days. They toured 502, CivicPlus and Olsson.
Greater Manhattan Economic Partnership
GMEP, a collaborative economic development partnership between the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation, engaged Avalanche Consulting from Austin, TX to assist with developing a strategic marketing plan. They determined our economic development targets as:
GMEP will be transitioning its building and site database to the LocationOne platform. LocationOne, owned by Evergy, is the primary site used by the State of Kansas. GMEP is partnering with Headlight Data on a new site for metro and local data with more than 100 data points updated monthly.
2. Develop a distinct 1. Align economic brand identity. development •Celebrate agricultural partners and roots and the industry’s coordinate efforts. evolution.
•Promote the region’s technologically advanced agriculture industry
The Chamber’s Classroom-to-Career program paired its fourth grade classes with sponsoring businesses. A record 33 classrooms learned more about a local business and our region throughout the school year.
3. Showcase quality 4. Update marketing of life assets. tools and expand the toolkit.
Update: • Website • Social media • Regional tours • Earned media
• Target industry brochures and pitch decks • Public Relations • Events • Sector Partnerships
ARE A S
Economic Diversiﬁcation Target Market Industry Report (GMEP)
Business Retention & Expansion
Branding North Campus Corridor Plan
Talent Attraction and Retention
65 Volunteers 27 Volunteers – Regional Healthcare Consortium 62 K-State All University Career Fair 8 Volunteers – MHK Talent Consortium 12 Transition Soldiers & ASVISORS Paired – KEEP Transition Soldier Tour 3 Chamber Programs – ADVISE Goes Regional 240 New Residents Welcomed by RR Welcome Events Employer Training, Internships & Hiring Soldier Workshops
225 650 220
Participants at 2019 Leaders Retreat Launch Region Reimagined Network Volunteers
New Charter - Outlying Roles & Governance Structure New Website - Regionreimagined.org New Dashboard (Tracking 12 Strategies & 370+ Action Items)
Radio Ads & Talk Shows (Eagle, KMAN, Z96.3) 2019 Plan Updates - Discovery of Common Goals
A REGIONAL MOVEMENT inspiring all individuals to do their part to attract & retain TALENT
Classrooms in Riley and Pottawatomie County- Classroom-to-Career
Neighborhood Revitalization Study Circles/Access MHK
Housing Conditions Assessments & Market Study Planning
Quality of Place
Flint Hills Connections Plan
Regional Placemaking Concept Plan - Power of 10
Restaurant Reimagined - First Big Region Reimagined Training & Event
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Judge for Startup MHK
Promotion of Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, Events & Projects
MILITARY RELATIONS 1. ADVISE Program Launch
12 ADVISORS, 10 currently paired with Fort Riley transitioning soldiers to mentor, network, and fill jobs in Manhattan.
@ManhattanMRC Followers: 1,320
2. Manhattan Military Relations Committee Lunches
Nine lunches in 2019 with over 1,000 attendees - the best monthly opportunity for Manhattan business professionals to network with Fort Riley soldiers, spouses and civilians.
3. Veterans Day Parade
Despite the weather, over 2,000 participants and at least that many attendees paid tribute to the greatest generation this past Veterans Day.
4. Fort Riley and 1st Infantry Division Events, Ceremonies, Remembrances, Retirements, Welcomes, and Farewells
Staff attended 184 Fort Riley official functions on behalf of the Chamber, City and County.
Met with Secretary Robert Wilkie and current Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Senator Jerry Moran to learn the top priorities of the VA.
Three meetings sharing best practices with nine peer military relations professionals from across the state.
Attended for the opportunity to promote Manhattan and the Flint Hills in Washington DC with Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, Senator Jerry Moran, Congressman Roger Marshall, Chief of Staff of the Army General James McConville, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General Joseph Martin, Training and Doctrine Commander General Paul Funk, Sargent Major of the Army Tony Grinston, Forces Command Senior Enlisted Leader CSM Curt Cornelison, and Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia.
7. Meeting with Veterans Administration
5. Kansas Military Alliance
6. AUSA Annual Meeting
8. Little Apple Brigade
Opportunity to socialize with Fort Riley senior leadership at two exclusive events.
9. Military Family Appreciation Night at the Kaw Valley Rodeo
250 dinners served and 1,000 tickets donated to active duty and National Guard soldiers and families.
10. Fort Riley Day at K-State Football Tailgate
500 lunches served and 800 Wildcat football tickets donated to Fort Riley soldiers and families.
CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
Digital and Print Ads Placed
2019 Visitors Guide ATTRACTIONS | LODGING | RESTAURANTS
Manhattan 2 019 OFFICIAL MANHATTAN, KANSAS VISITORS GUIDE
GATEWAY to the FLINT HILLS Enjoy small town pleasures, discover historic sites and explore the wide open prairie.
CVB Partnerships • Destination International • Travel Industry Assoc. of Kansas • Meet Kansas • Freedom’s Frontier • NASC • Tour Kansas
• Flint Hills Tourism Coalition • KC-MPI • PCMA • KC-ASAE • KSAE • Connect Missouri
Followers: 9,801 Followers: 2,010 Followers: 1,892 Impressions: 967K Impressions: 469K
Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau
Visit Manhattan KS
100,000 Copies Printed 6,000 Online Views
MISSION STATEMENT To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.
10 CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
48 Average Visitor Age
Nights Average Length of Stay
66% Arrived by Car
77% Dined Out
1ST Time Visitor
23% Arrived by Air
In 2019, Manhattan welcomed more than 350,000 visitors, which generated more than 174 million dollars in visitor spending. This helps expand the local area economy through visitors spending dollars. Visitors are attracted to Manhattan for a variety of reasons; the Flint Hills, Big 12 sports, arts and culture and outdoor activities. This year Visit Manhattan worked with 240 meetings attracting more than 20,000 attendees. This was a 28 percent increase from the year before. The Convention and Visitors Bureau surveyed Manhattan visitors to learn more about their stay and how to better support their travels.
Smith Travel Report Year to Date Report Key Metrics - Hotels
250 Peak Nights
Average Daily Rate
Revenue Per Room
• 4,515 Attendees • 7,810 Show Attendees • 5,715 Room Nights • EEI $4,639,922
Average Daily Occupancy Day Occupancy Rate
38.7% 59.8% 67.3%
59.9% 69.2% 73.8%
CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU 11
Top 10 Meetings MEETING
Knights of Columbus
Kansas FFA State Convention
Kansas Farm Bureau
Kansas Governor’s Summit on Ag
Governor’s Public Health Conference Mid-America Assoc. for Computers in Education MACE Conference
Kansas Can Do Symposium
Western Assoc. of Fish & Wildlife
Kansas Optometric Assoc.
Estimated Economic Impact
Top Sporting Events Estimated Economic Impact
Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon
Flint Hills Soccer Challenge
Manhattan Invitational Soccer
Pastime Baseball - All Prospect
Pastime Baseball - Super Select
Pastime Baseball - Wood Bat
Little Apple Marathon
Midwest Sports- Spring Slam
Midwest USSSA - Showcase Event
Midwest Sports- Wildcat Classic
Meeting Results • • • •
Meetings Held – 240 Attendees – 20,708 Room Nights – 15,319 EEI - $18,709,123
Future Meeting Sales
• Future Sales Leads – 78 • Yielding Room Nights – 15,959
Taking Manhattan on the Road • Omaha Outdoor Show • Tour Kansas – OK City • KC-MPI
• Connect Missouri • KSAE