Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 programming


The Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce already is planning its 2019 programs.

The first will be a community and economic development roundtable breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jan. 11 at the Sterrett Center, 8950 Otis Ave., Lawrence. It will feature discussions led by Mayor Steve Collier, common council President Lisa Chavis, Fort Harrison Reuse Authority Executive Director Althea Dunston and Lawrence Community Development Corp. Executive Director Chris Barnett. The event will be moderated by Hayleigh Colombo.


“It’ll be, what are our assets, what are our challenges and how can we best compete for economic and community development in 2019 across a competitive region?” said Trace Yates, executive director for the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

A question-and-answer session will follow. Registration is required by Jan. 4, 2019. Cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members. Breakfast is included.

Yates said the event is one of many to be conducted in 2019.

“This community and economic development one in January is focused on the City of Lawrence. Later in the summer we will have a similar event focused on Lawrence Township,” he said. “The board recently decided we wanted to make concerted efforts to kind of reshape and expand our brand, to be a leading voice in our community for economic development, workforce development, community development, placemaking, etc., so therefore, our messaging and programming and events moving forward in 2019 and beyond will reflect a little more comprehensive work by our chamber related to those subject matters.”

For more or to register for the January breakfast, visit


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