1/28/2014 4:38:00 PM Speakers announced for State of the Community luncheon
Submitted to Harbor Light Newspaper
Four different speakers will discuss four different facets of the community at the annual State of the Community Luncheon hosted by the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. The ninth annual event will be held Fri. Feb. 7 in Ovation Hall at the Odawa Casino in Petoskey. The public is welcome to attend.
The opening speaker at the luncheon will be the new President and CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan, David Zechman. "This will be a great chance for the community to meet Mr. Zechman and to learn about the status of our region's largest employer," said event Chairman Dan Ledingham.
Zechman will be followed by Liz Ahrens, Executive Director of the Crooked Tree Arts Center. Ledingham says Ahrens' presentation will focus on the State of the Arts in our community. "The arts are an important quality of life element," Ledingham said. "For a rural community, the Petoskey area is blessed to have so many cultural opportunities," he noted.
The third speaker of the day will be Chairman Fred Kiogima of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. "Again this is a chance for the community to get know our new tribal chairman and to hear the status of the tribe which plays such an important role in the region," Ledingham said.
"We'll end the program with an economic message," Ledingham said. Tino Breithaup of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has agreed to come to Petoskey to discuss the region's economic standing in relation to the rest of the state. "We're fortunate to have Tino in Petoskey and look forward to his message."
An audience of around 250 is expected for the luncheon. Tickets are available at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, 347-4150 or www.petoskey.com. Tickets are $30 each or tables of eight for $240. Doors for the event will open at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at around noon.
After the event, a booklet will be available to pick up at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce office, or read on-line containing articles from nearly all facets of the community. Ledingham says the booklet is designed as an annual check-in on our community and contains information about our environment, economy, human services, and local units of government. The booklet will be available free of charge on Feb. 7.
-Submitted by Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce