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Chamber quarterly luncheon to focus on area economic development

Published 12:04pm Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon will be held Nov. 27 at First Baptist Church.

Marvin Wagoner, chamber president and CEO, said the speaker will be Nisa Miranda, director for the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development.

“Nisa will talk about tourism as a sustainable economic development advantage,” Wagoner said.

Miranda has been working with the chamber and chambers of commerce in nearby counties “to regionalize a lot of our tourism efforts,” Wagoner said.

The plan for regional tourism involves connecting, in a tourist’s mind, the offerings of multiple cities or counties in an effort to keep them in the area longer, Wagoner said. Miranda and others are helping Tallapoosa County and other counties pinpoint attractions like fishing, kayaking, biking, parks, birding and annual events.

“Alexander City would have, we think, some advantage in that those who are staying in the region would seek lodging (here),” Wagoner said.

The luncheon will begin at noon in the FBC Fellowship Hall. Wagoner said people should register in advance to ensure there is enough food. Reservations may be made by calling the chamber office and leaving a message at 256-234-3461.

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