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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

Craig Lauppe

Treasurer, Olsson*

Advanced Property Management

Linda Cook

Blade Mages

Vice-Chair, Kansas State University*

Bob Copple

502

Randy Martin Sir Speedy

Ascension

Summer Ott Dierks

Matt Crocker

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*

Chris Eichman

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.

Neal Farmer

Manhattan Running Company

Cheryl Grice

Chair, BHS Construction*

Kevin Ingram

Landmark National Bank

Brett Jones

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

Ben Sigle

Community First National Bank

Manhattan Christian College

Manko

Ed Klimek

KS StateBank

Dean Thibault Gail Urban

Jake Wassenberg Pepsi

Harry Watts

The TRUST Company

Kansas Farm Bureau

Todd Knight

Cherlyn White-Conklin

McCown Gordon

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

Wayne Sloan

Kansas State University

Mark Knackendoffel

2019 Chair

Ex-Officio

Midwest Concrete Materials

Larie Schoap

Bank of the Flint Hills

Kerri Winter

Bluemont Hotel

Florence Company

Bill Lansdowne

*Executive Committee

The Simmons Company


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MEMBERSHIP

Welcome Jason

Foster an environment for business success that enhances the quality of life in our region.

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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.”

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@manhattanareachamberofcommerce

Followers: 3,945 Impressions: 421K

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@manhattan_ks_chamber

Followers: 3,203 Impressions: 198K

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4 MEMBERSHIP 1. Chamber Charter Membership Honors

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Corteva Announcement

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.

Workforce

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

Expand:

• Target industry brochures and pitch decks • Public Relations • Events • Sector Partnerships


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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

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Participants at 2019 Leaders Retreat Launch Region Reimagined Network Volunteers

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Committee Chairs

New Charter - Outlying Roles & Governance Structure New Website - Regionreimagined.org New Dashboard (Tracking 12 Strategies & 370+ Action Items)

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Radio Ads & Talk Shows (Eagle, KMAN, Z96.3) 2019 Plan Updates - Discovery of Common Goals

Built Environment

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A REGIONAL MOVEMENT inspiring all individuals to do their part to attract & retain TALENT

Classrooms in Riley and Pottawatomie County- Classroom-to-Career

32 Volunteers

Neighborhood Revitalization Study Circles/Access MHK

Housing Conditions Assessments & Market Study Planning

Quality of Place

75 Volunteers

Flint Hills Connections Plan

Regional Placemaking Concept Plan - Power of 10

Restaurant Reimagined - First Big Region Reimagined Training & Event

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

23 Volunteers

Judge for Startup MHK

Promotion of Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, Events & Projects


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MILITARY RELATIONS 1. ADVISE Program Launch

12 ADVISORS, 10 currently paired with Fort Riley transitioning soldiers to mentor, network, and fill jobs in Manhattan.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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6. AUSA Annual Meeting

8. Little Apple Brigade

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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.


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CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

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Blog Posts

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2019 Visitors Guide ATTRACTIONS | LODGING | RESTAURANTS

Manhattan 2 019 OFFICIAL MANHATTAN, KANSAS VISITORS GUIDE

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• Flint Hills Tourism Coalition • KC-MPI • PCMA • KC-ASAE • KSAE • Connect Missouri

@visitmhk

@visitmanhattan

Followers: 9,801 Followers: 2,010 Followers: 1,892 Impressions: 967K Impressions: 469K

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Visit Manhattan KS

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VISITMANHATTANKS.ORG VISIT

100,000 Copies Printed 6,000 Online Views

MISSION STATEMENT To expand the local area economy by attracting visitors.


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SURVEY Results

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3

Nights Average Length of Stay

66% Arrived by Car

77% Dined Out

11.5%

1ST Time Visitor

23% Arrived by Air

37% Shopped

41%

11+ Visits

$174 Million

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

Occupancy

62.1%

Average Daily Rate

$100.95

Revenue Per Room

$62.70

Supply

451,505

Demand

280,403

Revenue

$28,307,248

• 4,515 Attendees • 7,810 Show Attendees • 5,715 Room Nights • EEI $4,639,922

Average Daily Occupancy Day Occupancy Rate

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Monday

Tuesday

38.7% 59.8% 67.3%

Wednesday Thursday

66.1%

Friday

Saturday

59.9% 69.2% 73.8%


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Top 10 Meetings MEETING

PEOPLE EEI

Knights of Columbus

1,000

$1,143,080

Kansas FFA State Convention

1,500

$914,464

DECA

800

$342,924

Kansas Farm Bureau

1,000

$571,540

Kansas Governor’s Summit on Ag

500

$142,885

Governor’s Public Health Conference Mid-America Assoc. for Computers in Education MACE Conference

500

$342,924

550

$200,039

Kansas Can Do Symposium

500

$171,462

Western Assoc. of Fish & Wildlife

400

$600,117

Kansas Optometric Assoc.

345

$257,193

Estimated Economic Impact

Top Sporting Events Estimated Economic Impact

SPORTING EVENT

PEOPLE EEI

Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon

1,700

$1,143,080

Flint Hills Soccer Challenge

960

$914,464

Manhattan Invitational Soccer

1,000

$342,924

Pastime Baseball - All Prospect

150

$571,540

Pastime Baseball - Super Select

150

$142,885

Pastime Baseball - Wood Bat

150

$342,924

Little Apple Marathon

1,000

$200,039

Midwest Sports- Spring Slam

200

$171,462

Midwest USSSA - Showcase Event

200

$600,117

Midwest Sports- Wildcat Classic

200

$257,193

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


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