The Olathe Chamber of Commerce Friday E-Flash, connecting members and keeping you informed!

“The Chamber is the voice of business that advances the economic
well-being and quality of life in Olathe.”

October 25, 2013

BNSF Logistics Park holds grand opening

BNSF Railway hosted a grand opening for its new Logistic Park Kansas City (LPKC) Intermodal Facility in Edgerton last week. Many local leaders and elected officials, including Gov. Sam Brownback, attended the opening of the facility, a more than 1,550-acre planned distribution and warehouse development designed to accommodate the growing demands of freight rail transportation in the Kansas City region.

“BNSF greatly appreciates the support of all the government and business leaders who worked with us to make this day possible,” said Matt Rose, BNSF’s chairman and CEO, during last week’s ceremonies. “That support is an important part of the reason why Kansas City has developed into one of the most strategic hubs in the nation. BNSF’s significant investment in this new facility will not only make this one of the most efficient intermodal facilities in the country, it will also help enhance the Kansas City region’s position in the global supply chain by offering shippers more capacity and service options."

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Board approves nominations for members of the Class of 2016

The Chamber’s Board of Directors has voted to approve the following nominations for its Class of 2016 Board of Directors. The nominees would join the board in January and serve a three-year term as members of the Class of 2016.

  • Michael Snyder, John Deere Company
  • Dawn Iddings, Garmin International
  • Nancy Carr, Johnson County K-State Research Extension
  • Brian Geary, Bank of Blue Valley
  • David Kugler, Bud Brown Volkswagen

In addition, the nominations of Jason Peters, Lathrop & Gage, as Chair Elect and Pat Anderson, Simmons First National Bank, as treasurer were also approved.

Additional nominations may be made by the membership via a Petition for Nomination signed by members equal to five percent of the membership no later than Nov. 11.

B2G Committee meets with Olathe delegation

Several members of the Olathe Legislative Delegation joined members of the Chamber’s Business to Government (B2G) Committee earlier this week for a roundtable discussion on business issues important to the Chamber.  B2G members invited the legislators to join them for a two-way dialogue on important legislative issues impacting the business community. Committee members felt the meeting would be helpful to them as they begin to develop the Chamber’s 2014 legislative agenda.

Issues discussed included reducing business regulations, workforce development, tax reforms and education finance reform. The B2G Committee will be formulating the 2014 agenda in November and presenting it to the Board in December. Thank you to the Olathe Delegation for taking the time to meet with the Chamber’s B2G Committee!

MNU launches two new programs for adults

MidAmerica Nazarene University is offering a new option for adults who want to change careers to become elementary school teachers, and it’s the only one of its kind in the Metro. The 18-month accelerated elementary education program is slated to start its first class in January 2014 and joins MNU’s other highly successful accelerated degree programs that allow adults to continue working while completing a degree.

MNU also offers a Master of Science in Management, an accelerated program that focuses on the “people” side of business and less so on the financial like a traditional MBA program. To learn more, visit

Membership Drive — prizes, prizes and more prizes!

We love giving away prizes, especially during our membership drive! Wondering how you can cash in on some of the prizes we’re giving away? It’s simple! All members who bring in a new member during the membership drive (which goes through Dec. 1) will receive a gift card to a Chamber member business. So do you know a friend, colleague or business partner that would benefit from joining the largest Chamber in Johnson County? Let us know!

We are also giving away prizes during weekly drawings for renewing members, so it pays to renew your membership with the Olathe Chamber during the drive, too. Click here to learn more and to see a full list of prizes and winners thus far.

Street Maintenance Sales Tax ballots arriving this week

The Johnson County Election Office mailed ballots to all registered Olathe voters this week to consider a 3/8th cent sales tax to fund street maintenance. Ballots should arrive in mailboxes by today and need to be received by the election commission no later than noon on Nov. 12. The Chamber supports the City’s Sales Tax proposal and reminds voters that there will be no mail service on Nov. 11 due to the Veterans Day Holiday, so please consider returning ballots earlier.


Results from the September ACT test scores are in and Olathe Public Schools already has a perfect score to report!

Terracon announced this week the opening of its New Jersey North office in South Plainfield, N.J. This office will serve to expand and enhance the company’s service offerings throughout the state and Northeast region.

Two pairs of debaters from Johnson County Community College are co-champions of a national tournament at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. JCCC also won four of the top six speaking awards at the tournament.

Olathe Northwest High School senior, Audrey Judd, recently won the lady’s state golf tournament for the second year in a row.

A Sampling of Upcoming Events

Oct. 26 — Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm’s Trick or Treat off the Street, 4 to 6 p.m., 1200 Kansas City Rd. Come in costume for Halloween fun at Mahaffie. Admission is $3/person, ages 3+ and includes all activities.

Oct. 29 — New Century Detention Center Tour for Leadership Olathe Alumni, 4-6 p.m., 27745 W. 159th St., New Century. RSVP is required in advance at

Oct. 31 — Chamber Ribbon Cutting for Kanz’s City Pizza & Burgerz at 11180 S Lone Elm Rd. at 11 a.m. following the Chamber Coffee.

Nov. 14 — Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund “Egg-Stravaganza” at First Watch, 15289 W. 119th St. Dinner seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with local “celebrity” servers, a silent auction and more benefiting the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. Call 913-829-3720 for a spot at the 5:30 seating and 913-971-8500 to reserve a spot for the 7:30 seating.

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