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Grass-roots support sought for southern route

Friday, August 23, 2002

SACC joins coalition of Kentucky, Missouri communities for I-66 proposal

SIKESTON - There is power in numbers and when those numbers reach across the state, others start to listen.

That is the intent of the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce and others supporting the proposal to direct Interstate 66 through Charleston, Sikeston and along the Highway 60 route to Springfield. At Thursday's meeting of the SACC, Executive Director Missy Marshall called on the membership to show their support for this route and put it in writing.

Noting the letters don't have to be long, just show support for the route, Marshall explained these will be added to other letters being gathered by various Chambers of Commerce in Kentucky and Missouri. The letters can be dropped off at the Chamber office, faxed or e-mailed.

The various Chambers are meeting to develop a strategy to gather support from state leaders for the route. "We are trying to see if we can make things happen," said Marshall. "The economic growth, tourism - the impact is unbelievable if we could get this corridor open."

Tourism was the topic of luncheon's speaker Pansy Glenn, director of the Sikeston-Miner Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Established in 1996 by Sikeston and Miner and funded through a 4 percent lodging tax, the CVB's goal is to promote and market the cities to tourists, Glenn explained. This is done through advertising in magazines and newspapers, attending tourism industry conventions and shows, and publication of information.

A video will be the newest addition to the tools promoting the communities, Glenn said. In September, a video highlighting Sikeston and Miner and their offerings will be completed and distributed to tour operators. Also it will be available at local motels for visitors.

Among upcoming Chamber events are:

* From 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce will help host an economic development and technology forum at the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center. The forum is open to the public with Southeast Missouri candidates for Missouri House of Representatives and Senate invited to learn more about technology, education and funding problems.

* Throughout September, the Memorial Wall honoring those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, due to terrorism will be on display. The traveling display will be part of a special memorial service scheduled for Sept. 11 at the Sikeston Field House.

* Sept. 19 will be the third annual Business Invitational Golf Classic, sponsored by the Sikeston Department of Economic Development and the Chamber. Twenty-two teams have signed up for the event and Marshall said space is still available for teams which should be made up of representatives from local businesses and out-of-towners. "We want to show people from out-of-town and out-of-state what a great community we live in," said Marshall.

* Sept. 27 is the next monthly noon Chamber luncheon. Marshall emphasized the meeting is moved to a Friday and will be conducted at the American Legion Hall. The guest speaker will be the state commander of the American Legion.