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Rick Sullivan to Address Economic Development Business Breakfast

HOLYOKE — Kathleen Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, announced that the Fall Economic Development Business Breakfast, “Holyoke’s Building Blocks,” will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 a.m. at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

“Local and regional community economic and property development will be the focus,” she explained. “It is important for our business community to understand what is available for future development in the city and for our keynote speaker, Richard Sullivan, to see the opportunities as he attracts businesses to this region.”

The keynote speaker will be Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, who served as chief of staff under then-Gov. Deval Patrick, worked as state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and was appointed commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation while serving as Westfield mayor from 1994 to 2007.

Breakfast attendees will hear from local property owners about their success and plans for the future, and get updates on progress from a local property- and land-developer panel led by City Office of Planning and Economic Development Director Marcos Marrero, John Aubin of Open Square, Andrew Crystal of O’Connell Development Group Inc., E. Denis Walsh of Weld Management, Glenn Shealey of Quantum Properties, and Sullivan.

New chamber members will also be introduced to the business community, including Batchelder Associates, Alternative Health, Elevation Art & Framing, Century Homecare, Fiesta Cafe, Advanced Restoration, Presley Law, PLLC, Insurance Center of New England, Signs and Design, and Revitalize CDC. Salutes will go out to Open Square on its 25th anniversary and to FLN-MAR, celebrating 45 years in business.

The breakfast is sponsored by Ferriter Law, Holyoke Medical Center, and Resnic, Beauregard, Waite & Driscoll. Admission is $20 with advance registration for Holyoke chamber members, $25 for member walk-ins, and $30 for the public. Tickets may be purchased in advance at holyokechamber.com/events.

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