The vote was held Wednesday for the Greater Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce and the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation to combine into one group to serve Shawnee.

After meeting Wednesday, the two organizations overwhelmingly approved both measures allowing them to become a new combined organization named Shawnee Forward.

"There is much still to be done to consummate the combination," Mayor Richard Finley said. "We will tackle it immediately and expect the transfers to occur in the first quarter."

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