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Chamber honors Dade City manager

Harold Sample is praised for improving communication between the city and the chamber.

Published October 22, 2004

DADE CITY - The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce named City Manager Harold Sample its citizen of the year during the annual banquet Thursday night.

Sample, who took over as manager in July 2003, has exceeded expectations and improved communication between the city and the chamber, president Jim Scott said.

"Since he's been on the job, we think he's been a breath of fresh air for the city," Scott said.

Sample attends the chamber's monthly board meetings to update members on the latest at City Hall. And when the Dade City Senior Baseball All-Stars team returned from a run in the World Series in August, Sample helped organize a homecoming rally for the players at Pasco High School and a tribute at the historic courthouse downtown.

"He doesn't need to do that," Scott said. "He's not paid to do that."

Sample's vision, Scott added, extends beyond city limits.

"His concern is the city - where it's going in the future and how it's going to get there."

Gail Greenfelder, a well-known philanthropist and owner of Kafe Kokopelli, was named business leader of the year.

East Pasco Medical Center in Zephyrhills won large business honors, and Tampa Type won the small business award.

Dade City Rotary Sunrise is the civic association of the year, and Joey Wubbena, the city's director of safety services, is the chamber member of the year.

Wubbena takes over as chamber president Jan. 1. He has the solid backing of his predecessor.

"I know he's going to do a great job. He knows all about the city; he knows everybody in it," Scott said. "Joey, being a city employee, he very much understands that a healthy community will prosper all the businesses in it."

[Last modified October 22, 2004, 01:09:27]

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