I have a variety of items to touch on this month, but I want to first congratulate our high school graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. If you are leaving the Sikeston/Miner area to attend school remember there is always a place in your community for you to return to. As you begin your new journey keep this in mind: "It's not what you did, it's what you do next." A statement I think we all should remember.
Now for what is going on around town and with the Chamber.
Congratulations to newly elected officers of the Historic Midtown Development Group. Robin Pace will serve as president, Roger Craft is the new vice president, Kathy Medley is the acting secretary and Jim Bucher will serve as treasurer. This organization has filed applications for a 501C-3 status and is no longer under the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce. SACC will, of course, continue to work closely with the organization and is supporting its efforts.
The group has determined its first target district and has filed the applications to allow a stock offering to benefit the group's projects. The organization is also applying to the Neighborhood Assistance Program through the Missouri Department of Economic Development to secure tax credits that would benefit the Historic Midtown Development Group's projects. There are other grant programs the group will be applying for over the next year to work on sidewalks, streets, infrastructure and more. If you are contacted by one of the members please show your support in improving our business community by donating your time or financial resources. It is important to the Sikeston and Miner areas that our Historic Midtown survives and grows.
I want to thank Harry Sharp for chairing the MoCAPP (Missouri Community Assessment and Planning Process) project for the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce. Over the next several months, Harry and other volunteers will be facilitating this program that provides our community with a self-guided process that encourages planning in order to support both the current and future needs of its citizens. The completed assessment can be used by city and county officials and economic developers in developing long range plans and by community organizations applying for grant funds. Again thank you Harry and the other volunteers. We are looking forward to the results of your research.
Finally, I would like to mention that the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce will once again be hosting Springfest featuring Miller's Spectacular Shows. This year's event will be held out at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds June 7 through 11.
Wristband nights are Tuesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 9. They are $10 each in advance at the SACC office or $15 on the Springfest grounds. Join us in kicking off summer vacation at Springfest.
For more information contact the Chamber at 573-471-02498 or check out our Website at www.sikeston.net.