Columbus Chamber Announces Annual Meeting, Keynote Speaker

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be featured

Columbus Chamber of Commerce

What: The Columbus Chamber’s Annual Meeting, which attracts more than 1,200 business and community leaders.

The 2011 event will focus on the results of the Columbus Region’s unprecedented collaboration, introduce the Columbus2020! team; review the Chamber’s aggressive goals for retaining and expanding existing businesses over the next decade; and highlight the achievements of the Columbus Region Logistics Council. Gary Locke, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will deliver the keynote address.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
Breakfast and networking kick off at 7:30 a.m., program starts at 8 a.m.

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center’s Battelle Grand, 400 N. High St.

Why: This annual event provides the Chamber an opportunity to review the previous year’s efforts and educate its members and the business community on initiatives for the year ahead.

Who: Gary Locke, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. In his position, Locke is the voice of business in government. He is charged with helping implement President Obama's agenda to improve the economy and create jobs, and he is the first Chinese-American to hold this post in a president's cabinet. Locke is the administration’s point person for achieving the President’s National Exports Initiative, which seeks to double U.S. exports by 2015 in support of several million American jobs. Locke’s address will highlight the Administration’s commitment to strengthening the economy and creating jobs by positioning America to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.

Jack Partridge, president, Columbia Gas of Ohio and chair, Columbus Chamber Board of Directors.

Alex Fischer, president and C.E.O, Columbus Partnership and member, Columbus Chamber Board of Directors.

Chamber members, ranging from small business owners to representatives from the region’s large corporations, will be in attendance.

Details: Tickets are still available for the Columbus Chamber Annual Meeting. Register and find more information at


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