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Chamber of Commerce

Groundhog Day breakfast to spotlight redevelopment in '14


Local government, school district and library leaders will field questions from business professionals and area residents during the annual Groundhog Day Community Forecast Breakfast.

It will be presented by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Brookside Golf & Country Club, 2770 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

Redevelopment will be a common theme among event presenters, who will share predictions for 2014 and consider how their predictions -- and redevelopment opportunities in the Worthington area -- might affect area businesses.

In a panel discussion format, event guests will learn about key events during the past year and planned initiatives from leaders such as City Manager Matt Greeson, Worthington Libraries director Chuck Gibson and Worthington City Schools Superintendent Thomas Tucker. Legislative officials and representatives of the Ohio Department of Transportation will join them.

Panelists will address issues and questions from chamber-member businesses and event guests.

Questions may be emailed in advance to connect@worthingtonchamber.org or submitted by phone to 614-888-3040. Additional questions will be taken from the audience as time permits.

"We expect our member businesses to take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions about city planning, zoning and development, library programming, school curriculum or funding, progress of the highway improvements, and other issues that affect or concern them," said Kathryn Paugh, chamber executive director.

Last year, more than 175 community members and leaders attended the event, making it a productive networking opportunity for many, Paugh said.

The chamber also will share benchmark data on how its members view the economy and how their businesses are faring in comparison with 2013, as compiled from an annual online survey.

Check-in, sponsor displays and a breakfast buffet will be available from 7 to 7:30 a.m., and the panel and program will be conducted until 9:30 a.m.

Reservations are required by Thursday, Jan. 30, and may be made online with a major credit card at http://tiny.cc/Ghog2014 or by calling the chamber at 614-888-3040.

The cost is $25 for chamber members and $30 for guests.