“We honor and preserve our legacy and connection to the land and each other, by restoring all who experience our unspoiled Flint Hills.”
– Chase County Chamber Mission
WE’RE A CHAMBER THAT WORKS
Beginning in October 2012, the Chase County Chamber began working on a comprehensive, multi-year plan with the following goals:
- Increase tourism in Chase County
- Improve the local economy by creating opportunities for entrepreneurs and supporting existing local businesses
- Increase community pride to recruit and retain residents
We’re more than just a business networking organization. We’re a dedicated group advocating for Chase County and the Flint Hills. Become a member today and help us shape the future of Chase County!
Here’s a few projects that we’ve recently completed:
Conducted scientific consumer research of Chase County residents and visitors.
Results: Identified Chase County’s assets and developed a unique brand and marketing message. Specific target audiences and market gaps that Chase County can exploit to increase economic activity within the whole county have been identified. Contact the Chamber for the results of the study. Completed August 2013.
Created a consistent Visual Identity for Chase County.
Results: Developed an encompassing logo for the chamber, based on research, that may be easily expanded. Individual city governments within the county, city or county services, the school district, etc, may be united under the umbrella of a single word mark.
Created an online presence for visitors, entrepreneurs and residents.
Results: Built an extensive new website, showcasing Chase County’s unique tourism assets prominently. The website addressed a lack of information on county assets, attractions, services, and opportunities.The site includes tools for prospective citizens to find information, make it easier to move to Chase County, and learn about entrepreneurship incentives and opportunities, and is a primary communitcation tool for current residents.
Attract return visitors through involvement in the Dirty Kanza 200 bike race.
Results: Partnered with Dirty Kanza to include Chase County lodging information in rider materials.
CURRENT AND FUTURE PLANS
- Complete a comprehensive business investment guide for entrepreneurs
- Identify opportunities to enhance community pride such as gardens or flower boxes, public art, murals, outdoor seating, etc.
- Enhance Chase County’s ability to attract highway traffic through billboards or other outdoor signage
- Update visitor materials
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CCCC
What is it?
Created in December 1995, the Chamber is a voluntary organization of Chase county citizens who are investing their time, money and efforts in a community development program to improve the agricultural, business, industrial, cultural and civic wellbeing of the community.
What is its purpose?
To sponsor and encourage any activity that will lead toward the creation of more dollars for more people and to improve the overall economic welfare of Chase County. To have a clearinghouse for community ideas, activities and information. To put community ideas into action and to be of the most service to the most people.
Who can join?
Any responsible citizen interested in the community and who is willing to make a personal and financial investment in the community.
Who runs it?
The membership governs the Chamber. The officers and a five-member board of directors elected by the entire membership determine the policies and direct activities.
Are the Directors paid?
The only paid employees are the administrative director, who devotes both paid and volunteer hours to the Chamber. Part-time employees, typically high school students, are hired to work on the weekends. Officers, directors and committee chair-people all serve without pay.
How does it work?
Primarily through committees. All members, regardless of the dues they pay, have the same voice, same privileges and the same opportunities to serve on these committees. Committees are appointed or are formed voluntarily to carry out these various projects. Some of these projects are completed in a short time, while others may require even several years of sustained effort. The Chamber of Commerce should not be taken as a social club. It is an active organization and a business institution dedicated to these projects, which will provide a more abundant life for all in Chase County.
What are the benefits?
Numerous services are available to members. However, the real benefits come directly and indirectly through the continuous development of our community. An active, well-supported Chamber provides increased income not only for merchants, farmers, ranchers and professionals but also more job opportunities for our community.