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Farewell to Jan Peters After Fourteen Years of Dedicated Service to Great Bend

Economic Development has always been one of the top priorities for the community and one person played a significant role over the past 14 years in helping to shape much of the success in this area.

Jan Peters became the President of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development in 2006, hit the ground running and never stopped.  She had a hand in many of the major projects throughout the community and developed and encouraged leaders who have had a lasting impact on our community.

Here is just a snap shot of the projects that Jan helped secure and develop over the years.  Starting at The Great Bend Transload Facility, and traveling down 10th Street and Main Street, no doubt we remember a time when these businesses did not exist.

  • American Ag Credit

  • Freddy’s Frozen Custard

  • Sally’s Beauty

  • Stutzman’s

  • Bartlett Grain

  • Redbarn Pet Products

  • Sutherland’s

  • Haz-Mat

  • Housing Project on 24th Street

  • Golden Belt Cinema 6

  • Bling

  • K-96 Highway Advisory Committee

  • Dry Lake Brewing Company (Opening 2020)

  • USDA Offices

  • Shoe Sensation

  • Holiday Inn Express

  • The Reserves at Trail Ridge

  • Heartland Ag

  • Central National Bank

  • Anytime Fitness

  • Blizzard Energy

  • The HandleBar & Grill

  • MyTown Stores

  • The Sunflower Center - Home of the Great Bend Chamber

Listen to Jan Peters on the Chamber Radio Show ChamberConnect 
Recorded December 6, 2019
00:00 / 29:02

In addition, Jan developed relationships on national, state, and local levels and assisted many businesses in expanding their services and product lines.  She was a mentor to many small business owners just starting out, helping with business advice and connecting them with financing.  She was often the “go to” person for national and state elected officials, served on numerous state Boards and helped start the Kansas Housing Association.  She served in several capacities with Leadership Kansas and created a statewide network of professionals who identify Great Bend with Jan Peters.

Jan always allowed her staff to thrive… allowing us to be creative, innovative and impactful. From new marketing initiatives to business roundtables, she has always encouraged us to do our best, support others, have fun and go the extra mile.  
Under Jan’s guidance, Great Bend became one of the first Network Kansas E-Communities, The Barton County Young Professionals group started as an extension of the Chamber, and the “Great Bend – Better Than Great!” visioning project was lead quietly behind the scene by her.  During her tenure, The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo also became a reality and allowed the agriculture industry to be showcased throughout the area.  And who could forget that Skip Yowell was “refound” by Jan. 


When I think of all that Jan did, from the small things to the big things, I know that I had one of the best mentors anyone could ask for.  She knows how to get things done and does it with style and grace and has empowered me with self-confidence to continue the trail she’s paved for so many. She is Great Bend’s biggest cheerleader and advocate and her gifts will be seen long into the future.

Job very well done Jan Peters… THANK YOU for all you have done for our community and all the very best to you in your next endeavor with Kansas Manufacturing Solutions.




Megan Barfield, Executive Director

Great Bend Chamber of Commerce