The Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce will host the inaugural event on Monday, May 6, at the Clarence Brown Conference Center with Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini presenting the State of the City address.
“It will be a review of what’s been happening in the city. We’ve got a lot of good things going on,” Santini said. “I want to tell more of a story than a lecture. It will be very visual, we’ve got a number of photographs to use in the telling of that story.
“This city has a lot to be proud of. It’s not just because of the government, obviously, it’s because of the people that are here and the community that makes Cartersville a wonderful place. I’m looking to highlight some of that and hopefully folks will learn a little more about what’s going on in the community around us.”
Santini encourages all interested parties to attend, whether city of Cartersville residents or not.
“There’s not a wall around the city,” he said. “What’s good for Cartersville is good for the county and surrounding areas and what’s good for surrounding areas is good for Cartersville.”
Event organizer Parnick Jennings saw the opportunity to open lines of communication between civic and business leaders after seeing successful programs in other cities. While the first two programs will feature local speakers, the Quarterly Luncheon will expand to include speakers from across the region and state able to offer informative topics beneficial to local residents.
“So many times, we don’t really have an opportunity to hear what’s going on in our city or our county or neighboring cities or counties or to hear a speaker at lunch about events that are affecting our community or theirs,” Jennings said. “Our first Quarterly Luncheon will be the State of the City and our first speaker will be Matt Santini. The next one will be the State of the County with Commissioner Steve Taylor and that will be in August.
“We’ve extended invitations to other speakers, including Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed. So we’ll have a speaker once a quarter that we think would be interesting and that we think will be worth spending a lunch hour to come and listen to.”
At the first Quarterly Luncheon, city of Cartersville department heads will attend a networking opportunity prior to the presentation where guests can meet those in charge of various aspects of city operations. The intention is to encourage businesses to become familiar with city officials in a hope to bid on city projects — with an eventual aim of perpetuating Buy Bartow principles.
Networking between guests will begin Monday, May 6, at 11 a.m. City employees are scheduled to arrive at about 11:30 a.m. for networking with guests before buffet lines open at 11:45 a.m. Following the presentation, Santini will take questions from those in attendance.
Tickets are $20 and are available from the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, 122 W. Main St., or by calling 770-382-1466. Space is limited.