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President’s Message July 2021 From the Business Perspective Newsletter LOP’s vision Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” This can definitely be said about the Leadership Overland Park class of 2021. They applied for the program with an uncertain future, participating masked, distanced, at times…

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President’s Message June 2021 From the Business Perspective Newsletter Express Toll Lanes are best option After its founding in 1967 the Chamber Board identified securing an interchange at I435 and Quivira as critical to serve the growth that was to come. Once accomplished, in the 1980’s the Chamber tackled the addition of an interchange at…

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President’s Message May 2021 From the Business Perspective Newsletter Lessons Learned Recently I facilitated what could have been titled “Superintendents Unplugged” for this year’s class of Leadership Overland Park. Two hours with Blue Valley’s Dr. Tonya Merrigan and Shawnee Mission’s Dr. Michael Fulton flew by as we discussed topics from the perennial school finance to…

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President’s Message April 2021 From the Business Perspective Newsletter Resilience What a year we’ve traveled through together. Over the past few weeks, we’ve noted milestones   we never imagined when the Covid-19 pandemic began.  There were remembrances for lives lost. Memories were shared of our collective experiences of remote life – learning to Zoom for work…

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This Week in Topeka March 15-19, 2021 Business, Economic Development & Local Government News from the Legislative Session The Kansas Legislature continues to work toward first adjournment that is now just a couple of weeks away. Committees continue to work through critical legislation, the budget is beginning to take shape and the House and Senate…

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President’s Message March 2021 From the Business Perspective Newsletter Who are you? This is the question posed by Tommy Spaulding in his book The Heart Led Leader, and the question we asked the 2021 Leadership Overland Park class in their opening session last week. Tommy’s book is the pre-read for LOP classes and sets the…

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President’s Message February 2021 From the Business Perspective Newsletter The Art of the Possible There’s a noun exercised so little I’m concerned it may become extinct. Civility – defined as civilized conduct, especially courtesy or politeness – or to be more accurate, the lack of civility, has been a concern for many years, especially in…

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Chairman’s Message January 2021 From the Business Perspective Newsletter We are committed to being your essential organization I look forward to leading the Chamber this year in its ongoing mission to make Overland Park – and businesses like yours – prosper. I am proud to represent Central Bank of the Midwest in our partnership with…

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Chairman’s Message December 2020 From the Business Perspective Newsletter A year like no other As I write this, 2020 is nearly in the books.  What a year.  A Super Bowl victory, the “first wave” of the pandemic, conserving PPE, school and business shutdowns, The CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program, hybrid school, the census, protests…

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President’s Message November 2020 From the Business Perspective Newsletter “Fins” Are you tired? I’m hearing many of you are tired from so much coming at you from too many directions. There’s more on your plate than usual. You have your normal workload, as well as COVID’s safety protocols that add the challenges of time, expense…

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