I’m often asked and I’ve often wondered, what attracts people to communities the size of Hettinger? What keeps businesses and residents here? Although there are many factors that go into such questions; one thing is paramount, it is the people within a community. Individuals such as West River Health Services Foundation Director, Ted Uecker. Ted, seamlessly can give example after example of positive reasons to live, work and shop in Hettinger. And there are the countless volunteers, such as Volunteer of the Year, Barb Rose. There are caring businesses who always step up with unwavering spirit by doing more than expected. Businesses such as, RZ Motors and 2017 Pioneer Business of the year, KB Jewelers.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual banquet. The Hettinger Armory was filled with over 260 community members with enough community spirit to fill the Fargodome. The Adams County Record congratulates Chamber President, Kortney Kindsfater and the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a successful community event (please see page 3 for list of awards and photos).
We also congratulate the many nominees who unselfishly throughout the year volunteer to make our community better.
As our community looks to embrace visitors and businesses, we as a community need to harness the enthusiasm from the Chamber of Commerce banquet. We need to create an optimistic climate that provides our high school seniors and underclassmen with deserving opportunities to come back after college or stay for business opportunities right here in Hettinger. Local business leaders and government officials should create a strategic vision to retain our graduates who would love to continue or come back and make Hettinger their home. In addition to the excitement of attracting new business, how can you be involved?
Take pride in welcoming visitors and new business along with supporting all of our local merchants. We all play an important marketing part by conveying an optimistic welcoming community to visitors, friends and family.
Going forward, let’s retain the energy of our Chamber of Commerce by participating and working together with government officials, business leaders and local residents. By pulling together as one community, we can retain and expand an exceptional living area that will ensure that Hettinger’s … Future is Bright!
Frank Perea II is publisher of the Adams County Record. He can be reached at 567-2424 or at email@example.com.