Leaders from across Union County come together for networking, look at 2013

MONROE – Town leaders from across Union County came together last week to talk about the State of Union and see in what ways towns and area business leaders can work together.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce routinely holds events for business leaders to network and inform them on local topics, but this was the first State of Union event. Theresa Byers, with the chamber, said she was impressed with the positive response. The chamber will add some government affairs meetings for members next year.

“Just the fact that we had all the towns together, and the idea that we want to work together and partner with each town individually and the county as a whole” was a benefit of the meeting, Byers said.

Leaders from most of the county’s towns spoke about their accomplishments this year, and highlighted what’s coming up in 2013.

Cheryl Bennett, administrator for the Village of Wesley Chapel, attended the State of Union to represent Wesley Chapel and learn more about what other municipalities in the area are doing. She spoke to those attending about Wesley Chapel’s two major projects – a town hall and municipal park – and explained how the village was able to finance the two without incurring debt or raising taxes.

Bennett said she feels the meeting went well and was a beneficial networking opportunity for Wesley Chapel, the chamber and the other municipalities that had representatives attend.

“I was impressed by the attendance at the meeting,” she said. “I think it was good for people to hear a little bit more about each of the towns. I’m sure some of them aren’t familiar with the towns, and I think it was very good for us to hear about what everybody else is doing.”

Byers said the chamber hopes the event becomes a staple for the future and a benefit for towns and business leaders.

“We hope to support collaboration and working together,” Byers said. “For example, what’s good for Indian Trail is good for the whole county.”

Find more information on the chamber and its events at the group’s website, www.unioncountycoc.com. The group has a number of local events coming up aimed at allowing area businesses to network, as well as seminars and workshops to help businesses with a number of topics key to surviving in a tough economy.

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