OKOLONA – The 79th annual Okolona Area Chamber of Commerce banquet will be held March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory and the focus this year will be on local business and industry in relation to economic growth.
Randy Kelley, Executive Director of Three Rivers Planning and Development District, will deliver the keynote address.
Three Rivers offers resources and assistance to local communities in the areas of
• Agency on Aging
• Fiscal planning
• Governmental functions
• Loans for economic development
• Medicaid waivers
• Research and development
• Solid waste fee billing
• Technical assistance
• Workforce investment
The private, non-profit agency’s core service area includes Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union counties.
Chamber of Commerce Director Perry Grubbs said the banquet will put an emphasis on business and industry.
“We will be recognizing selected businesses, primarily owner-operators, and talking about our relationship with Three Rivers related to industry,” Grubbs said.
The Chamber honors citizens each year for philanthropy and excellence in education as well as recognizing businesses for their contributions to the community and economy.
Grubbs said the nominees for awards and recognitions have been chosen and will be presented at the banquet. The banquet traditionally follows a theme, “and this year will by businesses and the leaders of those operation,” Grubbs said.
Awards to be presented are:
• Business of the Year
• Industry of the Year
• Main Street Award
• Golden Heart Award
• Philanthropist of the Year
• Educator of the Year
• Citizen of the Year