Archive for Thursday, January 25, 2001

Turnbaugh to head up chamber

January 25, 2001

As President George W. Bush took the reins at the national level, a new president is stepped up for the Eudora Chamber of Commerce Saturday night.

Keith Turnbaugh took over as chamber president Saturday at its annual membership meeting.

Turnbaugh said Eudora should embrace the possibilities the future presents.

"How I would like to see Eudora in the future is a town that keeps its small-town roots, yet grows its business services as to better provide for the citizens," he said. "How often are we forced to drive into Lawrence or Kansas City for a product or service that we need?"

Turnbaugh is no stranger to business. Thirteen years ago, he joined his father, Hank, in his Overland Park insurance company. He specializes in insurance for businesses.

A three-year Eudora resident, Turnbaugh and wife of 13 years, Shari, have three sons.

One order of new business, Turnbaugh said, will be a survey of Eudora residents, asking what needs to be done to encourage existing businesses to stay and expand.

One option would be for the chamber to seek a community block grant. The state grant awards money to communities for downtown revitalization, Turnbaugh said.

In an effort that could serve as a model for Eudora, Tonganoxie used funds from such a grant to revitalize its downtown with restored buildings, decorative trees and brick-lined sidewalks, Turnbaugh said.

"Is this something that may work for Eudora also? I don't know, but we can definitely look into it," he said.

Turnbaugh hopes the chamber will look into bringing large businesses to Eudora.

"The chamber of commerce's goal is to help our local businesses grow, prosper and be successful," he said. "Our city council, in conjunction with the planning commission and the Douglas County Economic Development Center, has worked hard and has been successful already in making that happen."

In addition, the chamber has purchased the address and is working on a Website.

"There could be links to our city, schools and calendar of events, map to the city and more," Turnbaugh said. "The possibilities for our chamber website would be endless."

The chamber board meets at 8 a.m., the second Thursday of each month at Eudora City Hall. Anyone wanting more information on being a chamber member can call Turnbaugh at his office at 1-877-922-1236.

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