Chamber urges delay on tourism funds



January 23, 2019 - 10:47 AM

After entertaining 30 minutes of pointed dissent from the president of the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce, commissioners chose to again postpone a decision on whether to provide Thrive Allen County with the $50,000 required to launch VISIT Allen County, an initiative intended to promote tourism in the area.

Thrive interim CEO Bill Maness appeared before the commission again on Tuesday, and again stressed the point that VISIT Allen County is in no way designed to compete with the chambers of commerce in Iola and Humboldt. But the point didn’t wash with Shilo Eggers, who is nearing the end of her first year as board president of the Iola chamber.

“The chamber is not here to throw rocks at what Thrive is asking for,” said Eggers, who addressed the commission following Maness’s presentation, “but at the same time … I don’t feel like the chamber has been fully included in the conversation or kept in the loop.”

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