Monday, January 30, 2017

Baldwin EDC Holds Annual Meeting

Press release submitted by Hank Booth and the Economic Development Corporation

The Baldwin City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) held their Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony Tuesday evening at The Lodge.  Keynote speaker for the meeting was Steve Kelly the new VP of Economic Development Corporation of Lawrence and Douglas County and VP of Economic Development for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.  Kelly stressed the importance of partnerships within the county among the communities in seeking development of a strong, lasting economic base.  He also presented a very positive viewpoint on Baldwin City's position after spending time with BCEDC leaders touring the community.

A&H Air Conditioning and Heating and owners
Bill Harmon and Alan Wright
Photographer  Andrew Madl, Mid-America Bank/EDC
The EDC, now marking its 10th year of service, also made presentations of three awards given annually.  EDC President Dave Hill, President of Mid-American Bank, presented the Business of the Year Award to A&H Air Conditioning and Heating and owners Bill Harmon and Alan Wright.  Hill noted the two had been schoolmates in Baldwin since childhood, and were the only employees when they started A&H in 2000.  Today A&H has 30 employees and serves customers from Kansas City to Wichita.  

Homestead Kitchen and Bakery
owner/operator Lori Gardner
Photographer  Andrew Madl
The New Business of the Year award, presented by EDC Executive Director Hank Booth was presented to Homestead Kitchen and Bakery and owner/operator Lori Gardner.  Gardner officially opened the downtown restaurant and bakery in November last year after five years of dreaming and planning for combining something she loved to do, baking and cooking, with a business plan.

Bill Neuenswander
Photographer  Andrew Madl
The EDC Community Service Award was presented to long time Baldwin resident Bill Neuenswander.  Neuenswander served as the Superintendent of Schools in the Baldwin City district in the 1980's and returned to Baldwin to lead the Baker University School of Education in 1995.  Since his retirement from that position in 2006 he has been an active volunteer in many groups in the community.

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