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KS Governor, Sam Brownback, speaks at June FIA Luncheon

Governor-BrownbackKansas Governor Sam Brownback spoke to 94 attendees at the June FIA luncheon. The luncheon was sponsored by Fairfax Drainage District and NorthPoint Development. The Hilton Garden Inn, Kansas City, KS, was the site for the event. FIA thanks the Governor and his staff for including FIA in his schedule. Please see a copy of the Governor's presentation by clicking here.KS Governor Sam Brownback and

Farwell to Chuck Schlittler

By: John Latenser, FIA President

Chuck and MelissaWe're certainly sorry to say farewell to Chuck Schlittler who has resigned as Executive Director effective next week. He is only moving a mile south to Downtown Shareholders as their new Executive Director. We hope to still see him often in the area.

For the past 5 years Chuck has been the face and voice of the Fairfax Industrial Association. He represented all of the Fairfax businesses to our key partners at the Unified Government, KCK Chamber, BPU and many other community organizations. He attended countless meetings, forums, working groups and listening sessions to promote the interests of all of us who work or own businesses in Fairfax. Chuck built relationships with staff at all levels in the UG, and KCK Police Department that are important to achieving our goal of a safe, well maintained, industrial business district.

The FIA Board was sorry to accept Chuck's resignation but want to thank him for the great work he did over the past 5 years, and we wish him the best in his new position.

In order to insure continuity and maintain the day to day tasks of the association, the board met June 30th and approved hiring Melissa Clark as Interim Executive Director. Melissa is a longtime supporter, board member, officer, and Fairfax business owner. She is very familiar with the role of director and the issues that FIA is working on. She can step in and continue the work that Chuck was doing without missing a beat. We're fortunate that Melissa is available now during this transition.
In the meantime, the board will conduct a search for a permanent Executive Director. We'll keep you updated on that process as it unfolds.

On another note, stay tuned for news regarding the monthly luncheons in the second half of the year. Richard Sheldrake, our Executive Planner, is lining up interesting speakers, and maybe the most unique monthly luncheon FIA has ever hosted. More details will be forthcoming.

As always feel free to contact me or any board member with a suggestion, question, or concern. All of the board members are listed on the back page of the Forum each month.

Thanks to all members for your support of FIA.John and Melisssa

Congratulations to the winners of the Jean Hite Clean up:


Winners of Jean Hite Clean Up

Dave Helling Speaks at May FIA Luncheon

Dave HellingDave Helling, former TV anchor and presently with the KC Star, spoke to 56 attendees at the May FIA luncheon. The Board of Public Utilities hosted; Brotherhood Bank was the sponsor.

Being a political observer and writer, Helling stated that the State of Kansas is being watched as to how the state manages its budget and finances. He observed that up to that point, the state budget was experiencing shortfalls. If the present trend should continue, the state will face some difficult decisions. Indeed Kansas voters would be faced with choosing between an incumbent, whom they like, and his opponent.

Helling also addressed the political divide in America. He cited that in his youth there were 3, perhaps 4, major outlets for news. Internet access has allowed every possible viewpoint to not only be expressed but also develop a following. He lamented the loss of what used to be verifiable sources that could be held responsible.

The question and answer period following was lively and engaging, lasting even longer than his presentation. FIA's By-Laws call for FIA to be a "platform for the presentation of, and discussion of, issues affecting Fairfax businesses." A big thanks to BPU, Brotherhood Bank, and Dave Helling for helping us meet this objective, making the May luncheon one of the more thought provoking events this year.

FIA Works for You: Renew and Refresh

Many of us are looking forward to a summer vacation or break of some kind. It is always good to be renewed and refreshed.

The Fairfax District has much to look forward to this summer. Renewal is becoming more evident. The Unified Government will soon begin work replacing and/or repairing curbs and sidewalks along Sunshine Road. In addition, 2 railroad crossings may be replaced and/or repaired. Finally the intersection at Stanley/Donovan and Fairfax Traffic-way will receive new traffic lights. Pavement east of Fairfax Traffic-way on Donovan up to the crossing will be replaced; partial replacement will take place west of the Traffic-way on Stanley.

In addition, a family will enjoy a new house this summer built by a partnership between General Motors and Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Please see the accompanying story. I had the privilege of introducing Tom Lally of Habitat to Judy Timmerman of General Motors. The rest, as they say, is history. FIA is proud to have both as members.

Another sign of renewal is on Kindleberger in Fairfax. If you have not recently, come take a look at the changes occurring there. NorthPoint Development is well into building the facility for a GM supplier on the north side of Kindleberger. On the south side, NorthPoint is clearing land for a new business. Last, but certainly not least, the new GM paint shop is also taking shape on the east end.

As I have written before, none of this work occurs by accident or in a vacuum. FIA has a presence because businesses choose to support our work and efforts. Consider adding your support this summer. Renew or begin your association with FIA. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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