Last updated: April 09. 2014 12:24PM - 540 Views
By Jana Bass Chamber director

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This week, the Clinton-Sampson Junior Leadership participants completed their 2013-14 Junior Leadership year. Completed this past Tuesday, April 8, the Junior Leadership participants explored agriculture within Sampson County. The students started the day with a presentation from Della King from the Sampson County Ag Extension Office. Della gave the students an overview of agriculture within Sampson County and the strong impact it has not only within Sampson County but also in North Carolina.

From there, the students explored the Sampson County History Museum, specifically highlighting the agriculture building showcasing the many tools used throughout the history of the agriculture industry and how things have changed throughout the years. Then the students explored Prestage Feed Mill, the Sampson Cotton Gin, Warren Farming in Newton Grove, and Smithfield – Clinton Plant. A big thank you to committee leader Curits Barwick, for organizing and executing such a wonderful opportunity for the students as well as thank you to each of the partners that opened their doors for the students to tour and learn about each aspect within the agriculture field.

The 22 high school students from throughout Sampson County will each be recognized at their upcoming award banquets. What a great Junior Leadership year!

Also, this week, on Thursday, April 10, the Ashford Inn will host one of the premiere networking opportunities for Chamber members. Between 5 and 6:30 p.m., I encourage you to stop by The Ashford Inn in Clinton to meet the new owners and network. You never know who your next client or customer may be, so I encourage you to bring your business card and let the Chamber work for you!

Lastly, this Friday, April 11, in partnership with the Sampson County Economic Development Commission, the Chamber is excited to host an economic development breakfast with Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker and Assistant Secretary for Rural Economic Development Dr. Patricia Mitchell. Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker will give an economic development update on North Carolina and specifically Sampson County. Dr. Patricia Mitchell will also discuss economic development grant opportunities, specific for rural areas. If you would like more information about this event, please call 910-592-6177.

What a great week within the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce office filled with educational opportunities for youth, networking opportunities for our members and an economic development for Sampson County. For more information about the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, please call 910-592-6177 or visit www.clintonsampsonchamber.org.

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