Major change to enhance State of Our Community Luncheon

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The Chamber’s annual State of Our Community” Luncheon is getting a facelift this year.  The popular event, now in its seventh year, gives business, civic, community, and education leaders the opportunity to hear firsthand what is in the works, and what is on the horizon, for the community.

This year’s luncheon, to be held Wednesday, August 21, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the USCA Convocation Center, will feature a keynote speaker as well as the regular updates from local leaders.

“The format change is designed to streamline the event while providing interesting and useful information to the business community,” said Aiken Chamber President J. David Jameson. 

The keynote speaker will be Richard J. Lutovsky, former president & CEO of the Asheville (NC) Area Chamber of Commerce. 


Lutovsky, who served more than 32 years as a chamber president, was closely involved in new initiatives that put Asheville in the spotlight with numerous superlatives and national rankings.  He will share his thoughts on the value of looking at aspirational cities and what ideas helped Asheville grow and prosper.

Updates from local leaders will be done in a news magazine format in a professionally produced video.  The four speakers will target three topics – accomplishments, vision, and pending issues. 


The speakers are:
Aiken County Council Chair Ronnie Young – State of the County
Mayor Fred Cavanaugh – State of the City
Aiken County School Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Everitt – State of Education
Aiken Chamber Chair Steve Wilson, SRP Federal Credit Union – State of Business

They will provide answers to the following questions.

 • What are the top three accomplishments of your agency since last August?  Why is this important to the business community and the community in general?
• If you had a magic wand to implement your vision, what one game-changing initiative would you like to see accomplished in the next five years?  Why is this important to the business community and the community in general?
• What are the top three issues that your agency is addressing, and is there a role for the business community to help you? 

“As a model chamber, we strive to keep our programs fresh and vibrant, so community energy levels stay strong and focused,” said Jameson.  “I think this year’s attendees will walk away with valuable information that will help us move our community into the future.”

The “State of Our Community” Luncheon is sponsored by the following:

Title Sponsor – SRP Federal Credit Union
Platinum Sponsor – Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
Gold Sponsors –Tognum America, Inc. 
Silver Sponsors – AT&T, Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Global Spectrum/USCA Convocation Center, Savannah River Remediation, Shaw AREVA MOX Services, LLC, and WJBF-TV 6 ABC.



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