A mayor's plans and a festival's impact highlighted breakfast in Manhattan Thursday.
The Chamber of Commerce held its "Good Morning, Manhattan" get together.
They heard from Country Stampede President Wayne Rouse about the millions of dollars the June event brings to the local economy.
"Last year we had approximately 155,000 people attend the event," Rouse said. "I went back through some of the figures and we've had over 50,000 hotel and motel rooms booked through Stampede. the money impact on the economy is obviously in the millions. Just the spirit of the community - it's a great place to come out and enjoy great country music."
Sugarland, Rascal Flatts and Josh Turner are just a few of the performers for this year's 13th annual Stampede. It will be held June 26th through 29th at Tuttle Creek State Park. WIBW-TV is proud to return as a sponsor this year.
New Manhattan Mayor Mark Hatesohl also addressed the group. He says he has only been in office a few days, but he says after being on the city commission for the last five years, he already knows where he wants to take Manhattan.
Hatesohl says development is a big goal. His speech also touched on starting on the city budget as well as his no-nonsense political philosophy of getting down to business and cutting out any grandstanding.