SHEPHERDSVILLE - Keith Griffee is pleased with the strides made by the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce over the past few years.
But the bank executive entering his second year as president of the local business organization wants more.
And he believes many in the community also want more.
However, he's looking for members of the chamber to step forward and meet the challenges that lie ahead.
That was Griffee's message to those assembled at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner.
He was pleased with the partnerships formed over the past year and the relationships built with governmental officials at all levels.
The challenges ahead for the next year include focusing all the energy on matters that affect the county's economic stability - education, workforce development, beautification and health.
A major concern of the BRAC committee in finding locations for relocated military personnel coming to Fort Knox is the education system.
He complimented interim superintendent Keith Davis for the work being done in the school system and assured military officials that quality education can be secured in Bullitt County.
Thanks to a group of individuals, Griffee said the county is closer than ever to a community and technical college.
And in the area of health services, Griffee said Bullitt County needs a hospital with in-patient care. The services provided by Jewish Hospital Medical Center South has been great but Griffee said that needs to be taken a step further.
The president of PBI Bank said that Chamber members should be proud of their accomplishments over the past year but he is an aggressive person who wants even more in 2008.
"We want to be the voice of the business person in this community," said Griffee.
The Chamber was honored by the Governor's Office of Wellness and Physical Activity. An award was presented to the chamber for its annual Health Expo.
The health expo had over 50 booths this year, including several free screenings.
The chamber also handed out several awards for accomplishments over the past year.
Bob Hill, a longtime chamber director and member of the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority, was selected to receive the Barbara Cahoe award for his many hours of dedicated service to the organization.
The award is in honor of the late Chamber secretary/director who provided years of service to the group.
The normally talkative Hill could only say that he was — very grateful — for the honor.
The Chamber of Commerce/Pioneer News Citizen of the Year went to a person who is no stranger to the community.
Tammy Spratt, a fifth-grade teacher at Shepherdsville Elementary, earned her latest honor but was in New York competing for a national history award.
She most recently won the honor of being the top elementary teacher in the state of Kentucky.
Shepherdsville principal David Pate, who read her acceptance speech, called Spratt a 5-foot-1 bundle of dynamite in the classroom.
He said he loves to watch her teach and she is a great example of what is happening in Bullitt County schools.
The annual dinner was held at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. To learn more about the chamber, call 543-6727.