Chamber hosts S. C. mayor to sold-out crowd

MONTGOMERY – One of America's most widely recognized experts on revitalization and redevelopment praised the city of Montgomery, its leadership and business community for its progress and potential in making Montgomery a premiere American city.

Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. was the keynote speaker at Monday night's Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce 137th Annual Meeting. The meeting is the signature event of the year in which Chamber members celebrate the accomplishments of its Imagine A Greater Montgomery strategic vision.

More than 800 community and business leaders attended the sold-out meeting at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.

Mayor Riley has led the City of Charleston's efforts in innovating public safety, housing, arts and culture, parks and public spaces, race relations, and economic development. The City of Charleston is now recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the nation.

Mayor Riley visited Montgomery in 2001 and inspired local leaders during the launch of the Riverfront redevelopment initiative.

"Mayor Riley's example showed us that with vision, leadership, partnership and commitment, we too could become one of America's great cities," said W. Daniel Hughes, 2009 Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Chairman.

The meeting also highlighted the Chamber's many accomplishments in 2009. Several awards and presentations were made, including the Chairman's Award, the Point of Light Award, 2009 Chamber Ambassador of the Year, Total Resource Campaign Top Producers, and Teacher of the Year Yung Bui-Kincer was recognized.

The meeting culminated with the passing of the gavel from 2009 Chamber Chairman W. Daniel Hughes to 2010 Chairman Nim Frazer.

The sponsors for the 2010 Annual meeting include: Presenting Sponsor, Alabama State University; Gold Sponsors, Alabama Power Company, Merchant Capital Investments, Sterne Agee, and The Advertiser Company, Inc.; and Silver Sponsors, Alfa Insurance Companies, Aronov Realty Management Inc., AT&T Alabama, Industrial Development Board of the City of Montgomery, Jackson Thornton, Palomar Insurance Corporation, Rheem Water Heaters, and Wachovia.

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce has been the driving force for building a strong economy and vibrant business community since 1873. Governed by a volunteer board of directors and operated by a professional staff, today's agenda is more exciting than ever.

Information Source: The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce