Tickets have gone on sale for the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting that will feature a keynote speech from a top-ranking economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Tickets are $40 for this year’s event, which is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Gateway Convention Center.
The 110th annual meeting also features a dinner, the passing of the gavel to the new Chamber president, the announcement of the winner of the 2013 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award and a brief overview by Chamber officials of the year ahead.
The keynote speaker will be David S. Langdon, a senior economist and senior policy advisor to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
He joined the U.S. Department of Commerce in February 2010 after working five years in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Chief Economist. Previously, Langdon had worked for seven years in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
He has extensive experience conducting data analysis for senior federal officials in labor economics and macroeconomics. Langdon received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Langdon also was a recipient of a Fulbright grant for graduate studies at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, where he spent several years as a student and research assistant.
Chamber officials said they are looking forward to his speech.
“Having David Langdon address our business members is a great opportunity to gain insight into how national economics and policy impacts us here on the local level as we strive to regain our economic strength,” said 2013 Chamber Chairman Bill Lehnes.
Reuben Blackwell, who will take over as the new Chamber chairman at the meeting, said Langdon’s speech should be insightful.
“We look forward to David Langdon’s discussion of economic trends and the Secretary of Commerce’s open-for-business agenda,” Blackwell said. “His insights are highly relevant as we continue to develop a workforce to better compete in the global marketplace.
“We know that our task as a Chamber is to provide programming and opportunities for Twin Counties businesses to grow and prosper in a new economy influenced by the dynamics of an international economy.”
Bobbi Booth, the director of communications for the Chamber, said the Gateway Convention Center seats about 400, and she expects the annual meeting to sell out.
“Any time we can bring someone with a national interest here and then look at how it impacts us locally is a big coup for us,” she said.
Reserved seating is available for the program.
Tickets can ordered through the Chamber website Events Calendar at www.rockymountchamber.org or by calling the Chamber at 973-1211.