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State of county address set for Thursday
Cumming to hold separate event in fall
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: State of the County Address

* When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday

* Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd.

* Cost: $45 for chamber members; $65 for non-members

* Register online at by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

CUMMING — The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce will present the State of the County Address, one of its most popular events, this week.

Tickets to the address, which is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, are $45 each for chamber members and $65 for non-members. Chambers members can also buy a table of 10 for $425.

Those interested in attending should get their tickets online at by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Laura Stewart, director of communications and events for the chamber, said the event typically draws about 300 people, making it one of the largest of the year.

“It’s a little bit of a different crowd than some of our other events,” she said. “I always tell people that this one can really be of interest not just to chamber members or business people, but also just to residents of the community.”

Speakers at this year’s address include Darla Light, chairwoman of the county school board, and Pete Amos, who chairs the county commission.

In years past, Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt has also taken part. However, this year city leaders are planning to hold a separate event.

“The mayor wanted to have a State of the City Address here at city hall this fall when some of our projects are farther along,” said Gerald Blackburn, city administrator.

Stewart said holding a separate city event is not uncommon in many communities.   

“The chamber has already reached out to [city leaders] to say, ‘Hey, let us know what we can do to help,’” she said.

As for Thursday, Stewart said Amos and Light will present information about the accomplishments of their respective governmental entities.

“I know they both will be sharing some video presentations that recap the last year and then I’m sure they’ll be sharing some initiatives of what they’re planning for this coming season and year,” she said.

The State of the County Address will be offered through a partnership with the Council for Quality Growth, a nonprofit trade organization that, according to its website, promotes “balanced and responsible growth in the metro Atlanta region and state.” Stewart said council members should also register through the chamber’s website.

Those signing up will also have a chance to submit queries for a question-and-answer session.

“We’re really trying to encourage people to go ahead and pre-submit questions,” Stewart said. “It’s a great way to kind of anonymously ask about things you’re interested in.”