Last updated: September 04. 2014 2:30AM - 407 Views
By Janna Bass Contributing columnist

Courtesy photoFeatured in the picture is the 2013 Chamber representatives during last year's trip to Washington, D.C.
Courtesy photoFeatured in the picture is the 2013 Chamber representatives during last year's trip to Washington, D.C.
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As the vehicle to reach our local, state, and national representation, we had a great Sampson Perspective event last night where our mission was to provide an avenue for the community to ask the most pressing questions to our leaders.

Sitting on last night’s 2014 Sampson County Executive Leadership Panel was: U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s representative Janet Bradbury, N.C. Sen. Brent Jackson, Rep. Larry Bell, Rep. William Brisson, County Manager Ed Causey, and Clinton City Manager Shawn Purvis. Thank you to Michael Chestnutt, the Chamber’s past President for stepping in and moderating the event.

After last night’s Sampson Perspective, many questions and concerns were noted that Chamber representatives will take to Washington D.C. next Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Early next week, a group of Chamber representatives will pay their own way to Washington D.C. as we take this opportunity to meet with our elected officials about challenges and needs specific for Sampson County. We will take this opportunity to follow up on questions and concerns noted in last night’s Sampson Perspective as we continue to serve as a voice for the Chamber membership and community.

While in the nation’s capitol, we will meet with our elected leaders, learn from a North Carolina Executive Leadership Panel, and receive an official briefing by the hosting NC US Representatives featuring McIntyre, Butterfield, Ellmers, Jones, Hudson, Price, Holing, Foxx, and Pittenger. The following day, we will attend seminars on leading issues throughout North Carolina featuring officials from the Administration and Capitol Hill, as well as political commentators, for talks on various business, political, and economic topics. Though this event of uniting small business owners from across the state, each of us will have the opportunity to network, collaborate, and discuss common legislative and management concerns. I look forward to reporting more about our visit upon our return.

With a lot taking place in September, we look forward to offering many upcoming opportunities to Chamber Members and the local community. For more information about the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, please call 910-592-6177 or visit www.clintonsampsonchamber.org. As always, let the Chamber work for you!

(Janna Bass is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.)

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