The first Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce Vision XXI leadership class boasts 26 members who committed time and energy to learn about many aspects of the community, from leadership and businesses to quality of life and community service.
“It’s been remarkable to see the relationship and team building that’s surfaced in just the last two months,” said Gina Pence, chamber membership director. “This class is already meeting my expectations when it comes to making plans to make the city a better place in which to live.”
The class, which had its first meeting in February, is made up of a variety of people from around Central Texas.
Cindy Sanders of the National Banks of Central Texas participated in the Leadership Copperas Cove class in 2006.
“I just moved to a new branch within my organization and I was excited to take advantage of information provided by another chamber of commerce,” she said.
She looks forward to Vision XXI class meetings and field trips in the next several months.
“The July ‘Quality of Life’ class is one that I’m looking forward to,” Sanders said. “I’m hoping to get some real life guidance that I can share with my staff and co-workers.”
Attorney Jeremy Brewer of the Ted Smith Law Group lived in Oklahoma and Dallas before moving to Harker Heights. He was initially worried about living in a town the size of Harker Heights, but that fear has been put to rest, he said.
His appreciation for Heights led him to join Vision XXI.
“I’m in the class because this is a fantastic place to live and raise a family, and I’m amazed at what the city and chamber does for its citizens and businesses,” Brewer said.
Pence said one of the goals of Vision XXI is to expose the class to key business, governmental, educational and community institutions. The first class meeting in February included an introduction to city officials.
Gatesville resident Ryan Shahan, representing the National Bank of Texas in Vision XXI, was especially impressed with City Manager Steve Carpenter’s presentation on the city’s history.
“I am amazed at his commitment to controlled, steady, healthy growth for Harker Heights,” Shahan said, adding that the city has done an excellent job with strategic planning for the future.
“I’m not from the Killeen/Harker Heights area but what I’ve learned so far has made me glad to be in the class.”
The next class field trip will be to the Texas State Capitol in April.