Leadership Graduations

The 1st class of Youth Leadership Columbus recently graduated.  What a great group, a great project, and an encouraging look into our future!  Here’s a quick video retrospective on this year’s class: Youth Leadership of Columbus-no music The inaugural grads of YLC are: Hannah Allen, Brook Behlen, Elizabeth Blaser, Sam Blaser, Gracie Borer, Savanna Denton, Reagan Gausman, Paige Jeffryes, Mira Liebig, …

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  The new fiscal year has begun at your local Chamber of Commerce.  This will be a busy and exciting 12 months under the direction of the new Board of Directors led by Board Chair Dennis Grennan. The leadership of the Chamber has adopted six Strategic Priorities through the planning session process in addition to the on-going work …

Rural Banquet Celebrates 50 years

The 50th annual Rural Recognition Banquet at Ag Park was a celebration of a half-century of the partnership between agriculture, business, and community that has served our region so well. The Banquet served as the venue for the official designation of Platte County as a “Livestock-Friendly County.”  While we have long known that Platte County is friendly to production agriculture, …

Frost Headlines Annual Celebration

New Nebraska Football Head Coach Scott Frost will be the featured speaker, highlighting a “Celebration of Leadership” at the Annual Celebration of the Columbus Area Chamber. The Celebration will be April 23rd at Platte County Ag Park. Scott Frost’s rapid rise up the coaching ranks culminated with the former Husker returning to his alma mater, as Frost was announced Nebraska’s …

Drive for Five 10 years old

This year, the state’s first local comprehensive workforce initiative marks a decade of work.  Ten years ago the Columbus Area Chamber hired the first full-time coordinator to the Drive for Five workforce development initiative.  Angie Ramaekers was the first and we’ve had a series of Rock Stars in that role ever since.  Kara Asmus is the current coordinator and the …

Leadership Nebraska

Applications are currently being accepted for the State Chamber’s Leadership Nebraska program, which prepares individuals to play a larger role in their community and state.  Applications must be received by Friday, April 13, 2018. Leadership Nebraska is beginning its eleventh year of developing informed leaders who wish to gain more in-depth knowledge about Nebraska issues.  The year-long program consists of …

Chamber Board Transition

The 2017-2018 Chamber Board of Directors will conclude its fiscal year with the March Board meeting.  The Board had a busy and exciting year leading the organization through the launch of a new community brand, steps forward on housing and transportation infrastructure, and tangible progress on engaging diversity to become a welcoming community.  The Board was led by Steve Line …

Rural Banquet Marks 50 years

The Agribusiness Committee of the Columbus Area Chamber hits a milestone this year at the annual Rural Recognition Banquet on March 27th.  2018 marks 50 years of celebrating agriculture through the Rural Recognition Banquet! This year’s banquet will be unique in light of this milestone.  The committee is developing historical displays honoring 50 years of progress in local agriculture. They …

Ricketts to Visit Columbus

Governor Pete Ricketts will speak in Columbus March 13th.  The Columbus Noon Rotary Club is inviting the public to attend their luncheon meeting at noon on March 13 at which the Governor will speak. The meeting begins at noon at Ramada-Columbus on that Tuesday.  Cost is $15 and the lunch buffet will be set up by 11:30am for those who …

Legislative Day in Lincoln

The Columbus Area Chamber Legislative Committee was a partner on Northeast Nebraska Day at the Capitol. During the event Senator Jim Scheer, Speaker of the Unicameral, related that work on the budget will begin on the floor of the Legislature in a couple weeks as the Appropriations Committee releases their budget proposal. University Regent Jim Pillen gave us a great …