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Business Leaders Discuss ‘Building Community’ at the Economic Forum

27th Annual Economic Forum Set for Wednesday, February 19

[ELMIRA, NY]-- The 2020 Economic Forum, sponsored by Elmira Savings Bank, will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Holiday Inn Elmira-Horseheads, located at 760 East Water Street in Elmira. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the program starting at 8:00 a.m. The idea of the forum is to inform the business community about regional economic development projects or trends that are taking place. The 2020 event will explore dimensions of building community.

Once again, James Frame, District Superintendent/CEO of Greater Southern Tier BOCES and Chair of the Chamber’s Public Affairs Council, will be the moderator. The forum will feature a panel of enterprising business leaders including Michele Johnson, CEO, YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers; Kit Gooshaw, Owner, Lighthouse Liquors & Wines of Southport, LLC and Bulkhead Hardware; Nolan Buss, Owner, Teall’s Tavern; and Sean Eagen, Executive Director, The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler. Each panelist will present for about 7 minutes, followed by discussion and commentary. The event is produced by Southern Tier Economic Growth and the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce. Registration is required for this members-only event. Local media are encouraged to attend.  A $35 admission fee includes a buffet breakfast. For more information and to register, please visit the Chamber’s website,, call (607) 734-5137, or e-mail

ABOUT THE CHEMUNG COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE For more than 100 years, the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce has been the leading voice of business in the region. Through efforts in such diverse areas as local, State, and Federal legislation, small business concerns, tourism promotion and economic development, the Chamber works daily to enhance the economic well-being and quality of life in Chemung County. With nearly 20,000 employees representing more than 500 member firms, the Chamber is the largest full-time, professionally staffed business organization in the region. It is governed by a representative group of members serving as the Board of Directors. The mission of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce is to represent the business community in the promotion of the prosperity and the quality of life throughout its service area.


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