Sedalia Mayor Stephen J. Galliher was the guest speaker at the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly breakfast, held Thursday morning at Best Western, 32nd and Limit.

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Galliher highlighted each department within the City with a Powerpoint presentation that featured stats generated in 2017.

He also touted the new construction currently taking place in Sedalia, such as the Hampton Inn, Aspen Dental and the new Sedalia Police Department. He also mentioned the soon-to-be-built Nucor steel rebar mill just north of Sedalia.

The City of Sedalia currently operates on a $38 million budget and has a general fund balance of well over $7 million, Mayor Galliher noted.

He also promoted the concept of a community center, adding that "our community extends way farther out than the city limits."

Following the Mayor's presentation, Chamber President John Meehan asked community leaders to give a brief update on their organizations.

During her update, Carolyn Crooker, executive director of the Sedalia Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, revealed that Tough Mudder, which has made two appearances in Sedalia, with the most recent occurring last October, will not be returning this year.

While Tough Mudder officials will always keep Sedalia (and the Missouri State Faigrounds where the event was held), in mind for future events, it was decided that Wright City will be the location for the Aug. 11-12, 2018 version of Mudder in Missouri, Crooker said. That date simply would not work with the 2018 Missouri State Fair taking place Aug. 9-19, she explained.

It was estimated that nearly 5,000 people took part in the 2017 Tough Mudder event in Sedalia, with an economic impact in the Sedalia community of about $1.5 million.

Tough Mudder is an international organization that promotes events in eight countries.

Chamber Executive Director Angie Thompson Thomas noted the date of the next breakfast, which will be Feb. 8 at Best Western.