The Hesston Chamber of Commerce met on Thursday, Nov. 21 and heard from Paul Downs, the Planning Director of R.E.A.P. (Regional Economic Area Partnership).
Prior to the meeting, several Chamber businesses had announcements.
• Passion for Pets announced on Saturday, Dec. 7, Santa would be at the store to take photos for dog and cat owners. A $10 donation is suggested for photos; $5 will be donated to Operation Christmas Child and $5 will be donated to Caring Hands Humane Society.
• Hesston College announced it will be hosting the year-end Chamber luncheon on Dec. 5.
• Chamber member and Hesston Wellness Center Director Jason Jones reminded Chamber members of the Chamber Food Drive.
Harvey County Administrator John Waltner introduced Downs to the Chamber.
“R.E.A.P. is an organization that encourages communities to plan for down-the-road 40, 50, 80 years from now. It is a big-picture organization that looks at transportation and infrastructure,” said Waltner.
Downs said organizations like R.E.A.P. prevent crisis and mandated change and steer communities toward proactive planning.
“We make changes for two reasons – emergencies and crisis based and if they are mandated. R.E.A.P. is proactive. We think of how topics touch each other. We are all familiar with department heads that come in and talk about the needs of their department or area. We have to connect the dots,” said Downs.
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