On July 21, Blythe Chamber of Commerce leadership and ambassadors presented the organization’s monthly evening business mixer hosted by area engineering firm The Holt Group.

“I want to thank everybody for coming to our July mixer; we are so excited to have it here, and have it hosted by Rob (Holt) and The Holt Group team. We’re just glad that this is growing and that everyone is starting to connect again and network and our lives are moving forward and business is starting to happen again,” said Blythe Chamber of Commerce President Kati Cusick, noting membership has grown to 145.

As announced by Cusick, the Blythe Chamber’s monthly Business of the Month distinction was awarded to the local Rotary Club.

“I would like to present you with the Business of the Month for July 2021. I grew up in the Rotary world, knowing the amazing things that this club does. And we’d love to continue to see it to thrive and grow,” noted Cusick. “They just give without even thinking about it; they raise money without thinking about it. They’ve helped us with our signage project, which will hopefully be up soon. And scholarships – and so much more. So if you haven’t checked out the Rotary Club, by all means please do, if you can. A fabulous group of people; a heart that is just – doesn’t stop giving. And they’re a part of so much more in this world, because Rotary is such a huge foundation. From polio vaccines and education in third world countries – there’s just so much. But what this group does for our town is amazing; and we’d just be lost without you.”

This past year’s Blythe Rotary Club President Juliette Singler, along with members Dr. George Thomas, (incoming President) Dr. Donald Wallace, Lois Schaffer and Eric Egan, were in attendance to accept the honor.

“We wanted to add that we have a heck of a good time – and, so if you ever want to join us, we meet Wednesdays at noon at Steak-N-Cakes,” said Singler. “And, just come on down, and we’ll buy you lunch if you want to come check out our meeting. We’d love to have you.”

A packed house of attendees and leadership included Blythe City Councilmember Johnny Rodriguez, Blythe Interim City Manager Mallory Crecelius, Palo Verde College (PVC) Director of Student Success & Equity Jaclyn Randall, Blythe Police Department (BPD) Lt. Garth Dale, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Colorado River Station Capt. Brian Holmes, Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA) General Manager George Colangeli, Blythe Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and board members, Miss Blythe Chamber of Commerce youth ambassador Kenna Marie Elliot, new area physician Dr. Sinu Vuthoori, local business owners and more.

Cusick also took a moment to thank KERU (88.5 FM), KJMB (100.3 FM), and the Times for their continued support.

Following the award’s announcement, the evening’s hosts provided an approximately 20-minute power point presentation led by NextEra development area Project Director Jennifer Knott and Holt for guests on completed/ongoing solar projects.

“(NextEra) is the world’s number one generator of wind and solar energy – that’s a statistic that we are very proud of; lots of investment in the renewable space, across the U.S. as well as Canada,” noted Knott, who along with Holt held a Q&A with attendees.

The Holt Group – incorporated in 1984 – has served 1,200 clients from offices in Blythe, El Centro, and Palm Desert and recently completed the firm’s 5,000th project (288 of which were for the city of Blythe).

Fifteen mayors, eight city managers, six public works directors, and approximately 50-60 councilmembers later, The Holt Group continues to be an integral part of Blythe’s future.


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