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Center will debut with dinner
Chamber event first for facility at Lanier Tech
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Forsyth County News


The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce is sprucing up an annual event with a new location and a little glamour.

The organization’s dinner banquet, scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, is the first event to be held at the Lanier Technical College-Forsyth Conference Center.

Tracy Moon, chamber chairman, said the banquet will have a Hollywood theme, complete with a red carpet and outside searchlight.

“It’ll be like you’re walking into a Hollywood premiere,” Moon said. “It’s going to be a nice event in a great facility.”

He said the event will be less business-like and more social. In fact, this year’s guest speaker will be humorist Lisa McLeod.

Moon said the center’s technological capabilities will be used, and videos made by the chamber and Lanier Tech, as well as other presentations, are part of the evening’s program.

The banquet, which is normally held in February in Alpharetta, was postponed this year so that it could be held at the center, which officially opened last week.

“It’s an event hopefully that will start a tradition,” Moon said. “It’s not really a chamber event, it’s more like a community event to try to showcase this new asset we have in the community.”

Moon said the chamber’s main focus is economic development and that quality education is important to that process.

“With Lanier Tech, it’s important because that is a work force development tool,” Moon said.

James McCoy, chamber president and chief executive officer, said it’s an honor for the organization to hold the first event at the center.

“I think it’s also very fitting in that the enormous role Lanier Tech plays in our community is one of economic development,” he said.

He said a few seats remain for the dinner, but “we are very close to hitting capacity.”

McCoy said he hopes Friday night’s event will be a celebration.

“Despite what is going on in the rest of the country, we have an awful lot to be proud of and an awful lot to celebrate,” he said.

“We should be excited about our accomplishments as a community. It’s time that we stood back and celebrated what we have and the direction we’re headed.”

McCoy said representatives of consulates from Albania, Korea and Guyana, as well as the German American Chamber of Commerce are expected to attend.

Various awards will be given out, including one to District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy for his work on a new state law against texting while driving.

The chamber’s Charles F. Welch Citizenship Award will also be presented.