If you would like to join any of our committees please contact Shanna Schulte.
Chair: Mat Cope - Cope Ag Services
Meeting Schedule: 3rd Thursday, every other month, at noon
The Agriculture Committee's purpose is to provide and support programs which promote agriculture and encourage urban/rural cooperation.Some of the programs the Agriculture Committee is currently tied to are the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic, Gateway Farm Expo, Buffalo County 4-H, Nebraska Livestock Judging Classic as well as educational meetings.
This committee is open to all Kearney Area Chamber Members. Other Partners in our Agriculture Team include Gateway Farm Expo, Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic and 4-H Auction Committee.
BUSINESS & EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Chair: Mark Liljehorn - USA Communications
Meeting Schedule: 1st Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
The Business & Education Committee's purpose is to advance opportunities for small business, promote diversity, and educate members about current trends and technologies. This group will also work to connect students with business and educational opportunities to equip and develop future leaders. This group also assists with the Junior Achievement program.
This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members.
Chair: David Holl - Microtel Inn & Suites
Vice Chair: Judy Rozema - Kearney Community Theatre
Meeting Schedule: 2nd Thursday of each month at Noon
The Kearney Hospitality Group's purpose is to increase the number of visitors to Kearney by marketing retail and tourism opportunities for conventions, festivals and special events.
The Kearney Hospitality Group does this by assisting other Chamber Committees with facilitating marketing communication of the Kearney area and providing input to the Kearney Visitor’s Bureau. This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members. Please contact Neva Klemme for more information.
LEADS BLUE GROUP
Chair: Jim Fields - Mosiac/The Askin' Nebraskan Trivia
Vice Chair: Kristin Vorderstrasse - Copycat Printing
Meeting Schedule: 2nd & 4th Thursday
The LEADS Groups purpose is to create a close-nit networking group of professionals in the area with the purpose of creating increased business and revenue.
The group is mainly for professionals that rely on referrals (or leads). There is only one individual from any particular industry in each group so there is no overlapping.
The group meets bi-weekly and gets to know each other and each other's services very well with the intention being that any given individual in the group would feel comfortably referring a client, friend or family member to any other given individual in the group. There can be as many LEADS Groups as needed at the Kearney Chamber. To inquire about joining a LEADS Group, contact Shanna Schulte.
Chair: Byron Hansen - First National Bank
Vice Chair: Stan Clouse - Nebraska Public Power District
Meeting Schedule: As Needed
The purpose of the Legislative Committee is to monitor and initiate appropriate action on legislative matter which may impact the Kearney Area. The Legislative Committee does this by keeping chamber members aware of local, state and national political issues. This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members. Please contact Neva Klemme for more information.
Chair: Jackie Purdy
Meeting Schedule: 4th Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
The purpose of the Senior Coalition is to offer monthly community education to the retired community. This committee is open to all retired (or age of retirement) Kearney Chamber members. To join our Senior Coalition Committee, contact Neva Klemme.
SHOP KEARNEY. TASTE KEARNEY. ADVENTURE KEARNEY. YOUR KEARNEY.
Chair: Stacey Johnson - Edith Joi Boutique
Meeting Schedule: Quarterly
The purpose of the STAY Kearney Committee is to build a stronger bond between retailers, restaurants and attractions; work to create a stronger community by promoting businesses in the Kearney area; inform of emerging retail trends and ideas; and educate the public about the economic benefits of shopping and buying locally. Click on the above button to take you to our STAY Kearney page.
To inquire about joining the STAY Kearney, contact Megan Berry or Stacey Johnson.
SPORT & RECREATION COMMITTEE
Chair: Tim Higgins - Runza Restaurants
Vice Chair: Mannie Reinsch - UNK
Meeting Schedule: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.
The Sport and Recreation Committee's purpose is to contribute to the economic well-being of the area by promoting Kearney as a greater Nebraska Sports Center emphasizing athletic events, recreational facilities and attractions. The Sport and Recreation Committee does this by developing proposals that bring additional athletic events to Kearney, helping with events that the Kearney Visitors Bureau bring to the Kearney Area and assisting with area athletic organizations. This committee is open to all Kearney Chamber Members.