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Chamber Leaders to Attend Business Summit on Beacon Hill

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Regional Chamber, in partnership with the East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce with support from the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, will hold its popular Beacon Hill Summit on Wednesday, April 27.

Sponsored by Comcast and WWLP-TV22, the day-long event is the largest regional business summit at the State House and provides an opportunity for business and community leaders to hear from key legislators and members of the Baker-Polito administration and voice their opinions, concerns, and ideas during the day’s formal sessions and social events. This will be the second time this event is held under the new administration.

State Sen. James Welch, chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, and his colleague, state Rep. Angelo Puppolo Jr., vice chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, will co-host the event. Senate President Stan Rosenberg will be on hand to provide insights into his first year in that role, and Treasurer Deb Goldberg has also been invited to address the attendees.

The budget will be on top of mind as the House of Representatives will be voting on its version of the budget, with it moving to the Senate shortly thereafter. With the important committee positions held by both Welch and Puppolo, topics to be addressed include healthcare, state regulations, as well as energy and the potential for a comprehensive energy bill to be drafted.

The day’s agenda will also include lunch at the Union Club with members of the region’s delegation and a wrap-up cocktail reception at the 21st Amendment.

Buses will depart the Plantation Inn off exit 6 of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Chicopee at 7 a.m., with return by 7 p.m. The all-inclusive cost is $180 and includes transportation, continental breakfast, lunch, reception, and all materials.

Reservations are required in advance by April 20 and can be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by e-mailing Sarah Mazzaferro, member services director, at [email protected].