The chamber recognized individuals, businesses and organizations that have gone above and beyond in 2022.
“We just love doing this,” said Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shan Sheridan. “We have so many great people that I wish we could recognize everyone and we do when we come together. But what a blessing it was just to celebrate.”
The Chamber handed out several different awards, including the Educator of the Year for the six schools in the county. Those winners were Barb Runyon (Clinton Central), Melissa Heim (Clinton Prairie), Bobbie Sullivan (Covenant Community), Angel Dickerson (The Crossing), Beverly Ploughe (Rossville) and Allen Hayes (Frankfort).
Other individual award winners were Jill Snyder (Chamber Member of the Year), Alan Schoonveld (Volunteer of the Year) and Steve Walter (Chamber Board Member of the Year).
Businesses honored were Encompass Credit Union (Large Business of the Year), Fresitas Artisan Ice Cream (Small Business of the Year), Dunn Brothers Farm (Agribusiness of the Year) and Brianna’s Hope (Non Profit of the Year).
Towards the end of the luncheon, an announcement was made that a $30 million dollar investment is coming to the intersection of Interstate 65 and State Road 28.
The multi-faceted development known as “Banderas Point”, which will include a premier 20,000 square foot event center opening into a 56,000 square foot indoor arena seating 5,000 people, nearly the seating capacity of Case Arena. “Banderas Point” will also be a premium RV campground with a centralized water feature.
“Having that venue out at I-65 and 28 is certainly going to be a gateway to our community,” said Sheridan. “When annexation happens, it will be Frankfort.”