AGRIBUSINESS COMMITTEE – Meets the 1st Friday of every month  7 a.m. (Chamber Boardroom)

Cross, Barb Schmer, Dustin
Barb Cross
North Platte NRD
Dustin Schmer


  •          Stays informed on agriculture issues as they pertain to the local economy
  •          Actively involved in water issues to insure our future water supplies
  •          Monitors agricultural related legislation
  •          Provides scholarships annually to students pursuing an agriculture related degree
  •          Hosts a fall fundraiser event – either a BBQ or Ag Safety Day
  •          Hosts an annual Water Tour to educate participants about the irrigation system and water issues
  •          Hosts a Western Sugar Factory Tour

AMBASSADORS COMMITTEE – Meets the 2nd Friday of every month at 11 a.m. at Various restaurants

Lori Marquez Eric Sisson
Lori Marquez
Nebraska Dept. of Labor
Eric Sisson
NBC Nebraska


  •          Serves as the Public Relations Committee for the Chamber
  •          Presents First Dollar Certificates
  •          Attends Ribbons Cuttings and Groundbreakings
  •          Recognizes Relocations and Expansions
  •          Participates in Grand Openings and Business After Hours

Workforce Readiness – Meets quarterly – the 1st Tuesday in Jan. May, Sept. at 4 p.m.

LSB 2016 (23 of 24) Wendy Wells - UNMC College of Nursing
George Schlothauer
ESU 13
Wendy Wells
UNMC College of Nursing


  •          Serves as a link between education and business
  •          Sponsors the Adopt-A-School program between local business and schools.
  •          Hosts a Kick-off Picnic and Spring Banquet
  •          Monitors legislation that affects local education
  •          Business Industry Fall Tour – 9-12 graders are invited to tour and learn about local businesses, jobs & skill sets needed for those industries.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE – Meets at noon  - the 4th Monday  - Sept. thru May.

Terry Rajewich - Nebraska Public Power District Hoesing, Adam
Terry Rajewich
Nebraska Public Power District
Adam Hoesing
Simmons Olsen Law Firm


  •          Monitors legislation on the local, state and federal levels
  •          Hosts an annual State of the Valley Address (includes both cities & county)
  •          Hosts an annual Pre-Legislative event (includes Governor & Panhandle Senators)
  •          Hosts an annual Lincoln Legislative trip during session
  •          Hosts Rolls & Issues bi-weekly teleconferences with the District 48 Senator.
  •          Hosts Candidate Forums prior to the primary and general elections.
  •          Submits letters of concern to government agencies and representatives on issues

VALLEY VISIONS TASKFORCE – Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  7:30 a.m.

Sato, Leann-17a Baum, Cassidy

Leann Sato
City of Scottsbluff

Cassidy Baum
Keep Scottsbluff/Gering Beautiful


  •          Community taskforce for unified projects in 13 business districts
  •          Current Initiatives include Green is Good for Business
  •          Scottsbluff/Gering Highway beautification
  •          Unified directional signage project – Phase Two
  •          Monument Riverfront Development
  •          Downtown Revitalization Taskforce


LSB 2016 (23 of 24)  
George Schlothauer
ESU #13


  •          For over two decades, Leadership Scotts Bluff has been graduating community leaders who shape Scotts Bluff County’s business and community landscapes
  •          Applications are taken in July.
  •          Class runs from August to April and covers a variety of topics and skills


Jon Hunzeker  
Jon Hunzeker
Simmons Olsen Law Firm

  •          The primary focus of the NEXT Organization is to provide a social networking platform for professionals.  Panhandle members can meet, socially interact, and network in a casual environment.  Learn more about local businesses, service organizations, and the NEXT generation of leaders guiding the Panhandle into the future.
  •          A variety of membership levels are available.


Ag Safety Day

Sugar Tour

Business & Industry Tours


Business After Hours



Downtown Improvements

Sales Tax



Department of Labor