The First Impressions Committee is a subcommittee of the Seward Area Chamber of Commerce. It has been in existence for about 20 years with a mission of making suggestion to improve the first impression people form as they enter our City. Our committee meets monthly and consist of 8-10 people. We are shown here working with a representative from the Upper Big Blue NRD on a tree planting proposal. Our committee has been most successful in calling attention to the need for certain improvements. The committee Chair also sends letters of commendation to places where significant improvements have been made. The City of Seward has been most cooperative with key city employees participating in the meetings. City codes have been revised and enforcement of existing regulations has been strengthened as a result. The committee's successes include spearheading an annual Seward Clean-Up Day, the planting of a Black Walnut and Pecan Nut Grove, the establishment of a Heritage Park with a State monument acknowledging the first settlers in Seward, the removal of unsightly old automobiles, the replacement of Welcome signs, the painting of a historic downtown mural, etc. Our very existence has had an impact on some downtown businesses and property owners by knowing that their appearance is being observed as if it was being viewed for the first time.