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Business Outlook A quarterly publication of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and The Daily Dispatch. Wednesday, February 10, 2010 • 1st Quarter James Edwards named Citizen of the Year at 72nd annual banquet The Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 72 years at its Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet on Jan. 21. The event was held at the VanceGranville Community College Civic Center. The keynote speaker for the evening was North Carolina Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dale B. Carroll. Prior to joining the N.C. Department of Commerce, Carroll served for 12 years as the chief executive officer of AdvantageWest, an economic development partnership that serves 23 counties in the western part of the state. Before that, he worked for 18 years with Carolina Power & Light (now Progress Energy) in roles that ranged from energy services engineer to manager of economic development. He is a past president of the N.C. Economic Developers Association and has served on the state’s Economic Development Board and the N.C. Biotechnology Center’s Advisory Committee for Biotechnology in Western North Carolina. Bennett H. Perry Jr. (left ) presents the 2009 Citizen of the Year Award to James Edwards, publisher of The Daily Dispatch, on Jan. 21 during the 72nd Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center. INSIDE THIS ISSUE COMMITTEE GOALS FOR 2010 NEW OFFICERS ELECTED DIRECTORS / AMBASSADORS / STAFF MEMBERS 2010 LEADERSHIP VANCE CLASS FOUNDATION OFFERS DONATION OPPORTUNITIES NEW CHAMBER INTERN AREA RIBBON-CUTTINGS PG. 2 NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS PG. 4 LOCAL APPEARANCE COMMISSIONS SEEK HELP PG. 5 CHAMBER INCREASES EFFORTS BEGINS PG. 6 TO GO GREEN UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS PG. 6 SECOND CHAMBER CHRISTMAS SOCIAL PG. 7 A SUCCESS PG. 8, 9, 10 CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY PG. 11 PG. 12 PG. 12 PG. 13 PG. 14 PG. 15 Carroll addressed the four priorities Gov. Beverly Perdue has set for the state. Those priorities include: 1) Keeping communities safe by addressing the way the state manages parole/probation and safety in the schools; 2) setting government straight by tightening its financial belt; 3) emphasizing jobs and the economy in the midst of the worldwide recession; and 4) reducing the student dropout rates. Carroll emphasized the fact that Perdue is the first governor to have actual classroom teaching experience and that the experience gives her a unique ability to identify with local teachers. Carroll said that the evening’s events had given him a shot in the arm and thanked the audience for its commitment to helping the local community. The 2008 Citizen of the Year, Bennett H. Perry Jr., presented the 2009 Citizen of the Year Award to Daily Dispatch publisher James Edwards. Edwards is a Henderson and Vance County native who is deeply involved with numerous non-profit organizations in the community. Perry said of the 2009 winner: “A very humble person, this person does not believe he has done anything out of the ordinary. He is simply a citizen trying to be a good neighbor and friend.” When accepting his award, Edwards said: PLEASE SEE BANQUET, PAGE 4 Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce P.O. BOX 1302; 414 S. GARNETT ST., HENDERSON, N.C. 27536 PHONE: (252) 438-8414 FAX: (252) 492-8989 WWW.HENDERSONVANCE.ORG

Business Outlook - The Daily Dispatch - February 10, 2010

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