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Ecomomic Advisory Council Appointments

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has named eight members to its Economic Advisory Council, who are each joining the council for a three-year term:

  • Gary DeFrange, president and chief operating officer, Winter Park Resort, Winter Park, Colo.
  • Ken Lackey, chairman of the board, NORDAM, Tulsa, Okla.
  • John Latenser, owner, Neff Packaging Systems, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Steven Martin, president and chief executive officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Omaha, Neb.
  • Tina Patel, chief financial officer and co-owner, Promise Hotels, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Dan Solomon, chief risk officer, Koch Industries Inc., Wichita, Kan.
  • Pat Vincent-Collawn, chairman, president and chief executive officer, PNM Resources, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Bridgette Williams, deputy director, Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.

The council, which includes representatives of businesses from across the Tenth Federal Reserve District, meets twice a year with Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther L. George to discuss the regional economy. The Bank and its branches in Denver, Oklahoma City and Omaha serve a seven state district that includes Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, northern New Mexico and western Missouri.

Other members on the council include Vincent Aulick, president, Aulick Industries and Aulick Manufacturing, Scottsbluff, Neb.; Katherine Gold, president, Goldbug Inc., Aurora, Colo.; Edmond Johnson, president and owner, Premier Manufacturing, Frederick, Colo.; Jim Neiman, vice president and chief executive officer, Neiman Enterprises Inc., Hulett, Wyo.; and Douglas Stussi, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla.

More information about the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's advisory councils and boards of directors, is available at http://kansascityfed.org/aboutus/leadership/.

Fairfax Businesses Clean and Spruce Up

Our thanks to the following businesses who have committed to improving their grounds and or buildings this spring. You too can participate. 

2014 Clean up sponsors


Recognition will occur at our May luncheon to allow businesses to catch up with the late spring. In addition we will have a fall edition of clean up. See article below.

March Luncheon


Kansas City Kansas Community College hosted the March FIA luncheon at the new Dr. Thomas R. Technical Education Center at 65th and State Avenue. Dr. Michael Vitale, Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomed the group to KCKCC. Dr. Vitale stressed the great work being done at the TEC and the potential employees it is producing for our community. Patrick McCartney, Executive Director of the Endowment Association, then spoke to the group and updated them on some basic facts about KCKCC including enrollment numbers, the new baseball, track and soccer complex, their national championship debate team, and a summary of the role of the Endowment Association at the College. After lunch and Patrick's presentation Cliff Smith, Dean at the TEC, and his staff provided a tour of the Technical Education Center and the 20 programs it offers.

Initial Curb and Sidewalk Repairs Planned

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UG engineer Wayne Moody and I looked at Sunshine Rd Wed, Mar 19, identifying initial sidewalk and curb repair/replacement. The work will take place mainly on the south side of Sunshine and will include most intersections. Bids should be let in 4 to 6 weeks and work should take place in late summer.

The work is part of a multi-year effort to give the Fairfax District a much needed face-lift. I have already requested Fairfax be included in the 2015 CMIP and beyond. Our Commissioner, Gayle Townsend, has been highly supportive of the requests and has communicated with me regarding Fairfax needs since she first took office nearly a year ago. Many thanks to her and also new County Administrator Doug Bach who gave earlier guidance.

No other organization works on behalf of Fairfax as does the FIA. Your support is needed. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for membership details. - Chuck Schlittler

2015 CMIP Request, New Website, 2014 Clean-Up, New Day-time PD Officer

FIA continues work on rebranding the Fairfax District. A formal request for 2015 CMIP Fairfax funds was submitted to UG Budget Director Reggie Lindsey Feb 20. A letter of request, first submitted to our Commissioner Gayle Townsend, was presented at the first public UG Budget Meeting Feb 6. UG County Engineer Bill Heatherman spoke of 2014 Fairfax improvements at our Feb luncheon. Slated improvements include railroad crossings, the traffic light at Stanley and Fairfax Trafficway, and sidewalk replacement/repair along Sunshine road.

Also in Feb, FIA launched its new web site. It is found at www.fiakck.org. We hope you will take a look. Of note is some Fairfax history which was compiled and published by the Union Pacific Railroad.

In addition, our 2014 Clean-Up efforts have been expanded. Led by Chairman Tyrone Herbert of Brotherhood Bank and Mary Vrla of Kansas Gas, April 7 -11 has been designated as the week to concentrate on Fairfax businesses. You are encouraged to improve your grounds and/or buildings by painting, landscaping, repairing, or whatever may be needed. Send before and after pictures of your efforts to Tyrone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Or call Chuck at 913-620-7480 to take pictures.

Tyrone, Mary, and I will visit each participating business and select the most improved. Businesses will be noted in our Forum newsletters, spotlighted on our new web site, recognized at two luncheons, and also receive luncheon tickets.

The fall event will feature Kaw Point Park. Plans are to add activities to make the event more of a celebration. Watch the Forum for additional details.

In addition, our sponsorship focus shifts from providing souvenirs and food to building a matching fund for new signage in the district. The Unified Government and others often respond to projects when some designated funds already exist for that project. A designated FIA account will be created within the FIA budget for the funds. FIA will work with the Fairfax Advocacy Committee, FAC, regarding the signage. Sponsorship is $75.00 for both events, total.
FIA again thanks Tyrone and Mary for their leadership of these efforts. Be involved in improving the Fairfax area.

Finally, we again welcome Officer Bryan Rausch to Fairfax. Bryan is our district officer from 6am to 2pm. He can be reached at 913-596-3000 for non-emergencies. Please make sure that number is available for you and your staff. For emergencies use 911.

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