Buckeye Chamber Denna Kirkpatrick

Denna Kirkpatrick 

The Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce advocates and represents the businesses of Buckeye and the surrounding area. But we do more than just represent businesses. We promote everything Buckeye – we are a chamber of community.

Our community of the Buckeye Valley has nine school districts, and several of them have Bond Elections on the ballot this fall. No matter how you look at it – good schools = great communities. So, vote Yes for your local school bond, our schools need your support.  

The West Valley is growing very fast and the state’s School Facility Fund cannot build schools fast enough to make classrooms for these new students.  In fact, the School Facility Fund has not been fully restored to the 2007 levels, so the individual school districts are responsible for building the schools needed to keep up with enrollment.  The bond elections will do more than build new schools, most will make renovations and improvements to existing schools, including supporting safe and secure facilities. Some even include technology hardware and infrastructure for teachers and students.

Vote Yes – our schools are important to our communities!

In September, your Buckeye Valley Chamber attended the Arizona Chamber executive conference where we had input into the development of the “Statewide Agenda for Arizona Business” which outlines our legislative priorities. This document will be approved by most of the chambers in Arizona and then shared with the governor and our legislators before the 2020 session begins. It is a guideline for what we support/oppose during the legislative session as we advocate for our businesses.

Now for the fun stuff!  The weekend of Oct. 12 is a big one in downtown Buckeye. We have several events rolled into the “Oktoberfest” Celebration. The chamber has “Sangria & Shopping,” which features souvenir wine glasses, amazing sangria and lots of great shopping. We use this event to fund our scholarship program. Oktoberfest is held at the same venue (Sixth Street Plaza) and is sponsored by the Buckeye Main Street Coalition and they have the “Biergarten,” Octoberfest games for kids, a beer stein competition and brats and burgers from the Buckeye Elks.  

There's plenty more: Antique Engine Show at the Buckeye Arena. Helz On Wheelz Car Show at the Buckeye City Hall. And the Helzarockin’ Gem and Mineral Show which takes place at the Buckeye Arena for three days, Oct. 11-13.  A carnival takes place all weekend also with pre-sale tickets available at the Chamber Office located at 508 E. Monroe Avenue.   

So, there is something for everyone in downtown Buckeye!  You can find more information on all these events on the Chamber’s Calendar of Events on the website at buckeyevalleychamber.org.

Deanna Kupcik is president/CEO of the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 623 386-2727 or 480 540-5919 or visit  buckeyevalleychamber.org.