May Press Release Economic Development

For Immediate Release

Cameron, Missouri, May 2022:  The Chamber Economic Development Committee met on May 2nd for a joint work session with the Cameron City Council and on May 4th for the regularly scheduled meeting.  Following are the highlights of the two meetings.

The Chamber committee is currently assisting with 5 active prospects for companies looking to grow, move, or startup in the Cameron Community and has received 3 requests for information since April. The group welcomed new Councilman, Mr. Williams, to the meeting and took the opportunity to update those in attendance on the current process. Further discussions included:  Mr. Rumery continuing to complete the documentation to declare the Cameron Industrial Park as a certified site, an update from Mr. Russell on a brochure about Foundations in Cameron which will be distributed to individuals who would like to give back to the community through charitable giving, and the need to continue to locate properties and buildings for business opportunities.

The team also discussed the promotion of the Cameron Industrial Site by hosting a visit from KCADC (Kansas City Area Development Council) to view our location. The Chamber Committee is a member of KCADC which provides leads to businesses looking to operate in an 18-county Greater Kansas City region. KCADC’s clients consistently rank them the No. 1 Regional Economic Development Group in the nation.  The Chamber committee continues to foster this relationship to promote Cameron through KCADC.

Additionally, the group reviewed the process of updating the Labor Study through Fort Hays State Docking Institute of Public Affairs whose primary mission is to facilitate effective public policy and decision-making between governmental and non-profit entities. This survey will be used for evaluating the skill level of employees and to inform employers of labor availability and training needs for positions in Cameron. Once the data is collected it will be provided to interested prospects. To find out more information about this process please visit .This project will require additional funds to complete.

Recent and Upcoming Events:

On Wednesday, May 4th the Cameron Area Chamber of Commerce Board held its annual strategic planning session. They will bring back to the Economic Development committee information on areas to focus on over the next year.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development continues its education sessions and hosted a webinar on May 6th to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and what funds are available to area communities.

May 5th was the opening date for the new Love’s Truckstop.  Arby’s will begin its operation on-site on Monday, May 9, 2022, with a Chamber Ribbon cutting scheduled for Thursday, May 19th at noon.

On May 12th the Kaufman Foundation will conduct an instructional Fundraising seminar at River of Life Baptist Church from 11 am to 4 pm. This event is hosted by North Central Missouri Business Facilitation Group. Topics include Strategic Planning and Budgeting for Fundraising, Developing a comprehensive approach to Fundraising, Events Panel, Corporate Sponsorship, and a brainstorming session.  If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Jacki Spainhower @ [email protected].

The Parks Department will host a preopening walk-through event at the new pool facility on Monday, May 16th at 5 pm.  They anticipate the facility to be in full operation for this summer’s swimming season.

The (CHPS) Cameron Historical Preservation Society will host the Hot Air Affair Balloon Festival on June 4th and 5th at the Cameron Memorial Airport.  The CHPS asks all spectators to purchase their tickets and parking passes in advance on Eventbrite at 

The City of Cameron will host its annual planning and goal-setting session on June 15th. Patty Gentrup from the KU Public Management Center will facilitate this session and the council will bring back to the Economic Development team topics to focus on over the year.

The committee continues to strive to make Cameron the best little community in the Midwest. For more information, please contact the Cameron Area Chamber of Commerce office.