A high-ranking U.S. Chamber of Commerce official will be in Logan on Thursday, January 27 to speak at the annual Cache Chamber of Commerce’s awards banquet. Sandy Emile, the Chamber’s president and CEO, says the awards banquet will start at 6 p.m. at Castle Manor, 170 West 3900 North in Hyde Park.The featured speaker will be Richard F. Castner, executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Western Regional Office. Emile says Castner spends a great deal of his time in Washington, D.C. exploring how urban-rural communities can best grow businesses and strengthen the economy. Castner just returned from Arizona where immigration issues have been discussed.”It’s going to be a very insightful presentation,” Emile explains, “about things that are very pertinent to Cache Valley on a national level and how do we do business here if we have the right information and with people coming. “With his caliber and his vision for what is happening nationally and globally, our business community will be more equipped and well versed to handle some of the challenges that will be ahead of us.”Nine important awards will be presented that evening. Emile says the top Cache Chamber of Commerce award, the Lifetime Service Award, will go to Verne Bray. Bray is the owner of a local business for several decades and a leader of civic and church organizations for more than 20 years.”He’s been very supportive of a lot of our chamber projects,” Emile continues, “including our Cache Valley initiative when that was going, and has a great deal of vision for where our valley has been, where it is, and where we have potential for growing to, what makes sense for us.”Among the other awards to be presented is the Total Citizen Award to Paul Willie and the Entrepreneurial Success Award to Medicine Lodge. For reservations to the banquet call 752-2161.
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