Lawrence Chamber of Commerce members learned Wednesday about the chamber's new organizational structure, which replaces former standing committees with task forces.
John Lungstrum, chair of the chamber's board of directors, told about 100 members who attended a noon luncheon that the new structure will allow the chamber to channel its resources more effectively and become more of an advocate on issues.
The task forces are to deal with specific objectives and will be discontinued once that objective is met, Lungstrum said. All of them will "sunset" each year on March 31 unless reassigned to finish a continuing objective, he said.
THE FOLLOWING is a list of the task forces and their chairs:
Property Tax Incentives, Mark Buhler; Downtown Development, Bob Georgeson; Kansas All Sports Hall of Fame, Pat Slabaugh; Agricultural Development (no designated chair);
Small Business Week, Charley Crabtree; Sunflower State Games, Joe Baker; State Highway Funding, Ed Carter; Local Highway Funding, Dan Watkins; Margin of Excellence, Don Johnston;
State Legislative Lobbying, Jane Eldredge; Government Communications, Pete Curran; Private vs. Non-Profit Competition, Todd Thompson; Health Insurance, no designated chair;
Business Seminars, Joe Reitz; Business After Hours, Pam Altic; Annual Meeting, Leslie Stulkens; Fall Mixer, Anne Leaf; Member Recognition, Phil Bradley; Member Involvement, Mary Lou Roberts; Ambassadors, Mel Deutsch.
LUNGSTRUM encouraged members to sign up to serve on a task force.
He said the goal of the new organizational structure is to make the chamber as effective as it can be in building the Lawrence and Douglas County economy.
In early May, chamber members will be mailed a task force preference card listing the task forces in an effort to get more members involved.