Congratulations to the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce on its 40th anniversary. Formally created in Sept. 15, 1975, the organization has been instrumental in assisting business owners in town and creating networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The organization was instrumental in helping to bring the Sprint North Supply building to southwest Johnson County, and it continues to serve as a resource for local businesses and potential newcomers.
In honor of its 40th birthday, the Chamber is inviting community members, business leaders and former friends of the organization to a celebration this Friday. Several chamber members, including the KC Pumpkin Patch and Price Chopper, have pitched in to ensure the events’ success.
Guests will be treated to cake, dinner, children’s activities and wine tasting. More importantly, the event will be an opportunity for new Chamber members to reconnect to the past.
The city of Gardner has been in the painful throws of growing pains for the last two decades. The population doubled between 1990 and 2000 and doubled again between 2000 and 2010.
The chamber itself is no stranger to growth pains. Within the last decade, the organization has changed names three times and changed leadership three times.
The Chamber event is a good opportunity for people who have lived in Gardner long term to meet and mingle with newcomers. It’s also a chance for newcomers to learn from the experience and wisdom of those that came before.
Everyone should mark their calendars, RSVP and plan to attend.
Happy anniversary, Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce.