Georgia Economic Development Commissioner to Speak at Chamber Annual Meeting

Craig Lesser, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, will be guest speaker at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 98th Annual Meeting & Gala on Thursday, May 18 at Brenau University in Pearce Auditorium.

As Commissioner, Lesser leads Georgia’s efforts to recruit new businesses and expand existing ones; grow the tourism, international trade and entertainment industries; and support the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs. As Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Georgia, he is responsible for making business leaders and tourists around the world aware of Georgia’s business and tourism assets. Lesser will speak on several key issues facing businesses in Georgia.

Don’t miss this exciting event as Greater Hall Chamber Chairman John Vardeman (Morton Vardeman & Carlson), Chairman-Elect Jimmy Adams (The Adams Companies) and President/CEO Kit Dunlap host a special night of recognition and accomplishment with the announcement of the Small Business of the Year, Family Business of the Year, Silver Shovel Winners and the President’s W.G. Mealor Award recipients. Chamber officers, Leadership Hall County participants and other outstanding volunteers will be recognized as well.

A Champagne Reception follows the program in Yonah Hall and on the front lawn of Brenau University. Arrival: 6:30 p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m. Black Tie Optional. $75 per person. Sponsored by BB&T, Georgia Power Company and Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc. Tickets: 770-532-6206.