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Madison County to host its fifth Southern Growth Policies Board forum in February

RICHMOND, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2013) — Madison County will host its fifth Southern Growth Policies Board (SGPB) Community Forum on Friday, Feb. 1.

The event, “Madison County: Looking toward the Future,” will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Perkins Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

The community forum, facilitated by the EKU Facilitation Center and Southern Growth, is part of an ongoing effort with the SGPB to assist Richmond, Berea and Madison County with the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development plan. It is open to members of Richmond and Berea Chambers of Commerce and selected local high school student leaders.

“Forum participants will be joining other Madison Countians who are optimistic about the future of our county,” said Marc Whitt, associate vice president for public relations at EKU, who once again is coordinating this year’s Forum. “The Madison County Economic Development Plan Project Leadership Team and Southern Growth are seeking input on topics such as workforce readiness, education, entrepreneurship, industrial and retail development, tourism, arts and quality of life issues, healthcare, agribusiness, the Madison Airport, Blue Grass Army Depot and other relevant topics of interest to our citizens.”

The format for the community forum will feature small group interaction expanding to a facilitated, room-wide presentation of ideas. The lunch will feature a moderated panel discussion involving local industrial human resources managers.

The Southern Grown Policies Board (www.southern.org) is a regional public policy think tank representing 14 Southern states that develops and advances visionary economic development policies.

For more information, or to register, contact the Richmond Chamber of Commerce at 859-623-1720, or register online at www.richmondchamber.com/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=2564, or visit the Berea Chamber of Commerce at www.bereachamber.com. The registration fee of $10 includes lunch.