Lawrence chamber luncheon to feature governor


Gov. Eric Holcomb will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 1 Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership luncheon. The chamber also will elect next year’s board members at the event.

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Brad Klopfenstein

“We give a recap of the year and always have a keynote speaker, and this year we happened to get a very marquee keynote speaker in the governor, so we are excited about that,” chamber President Brad Klopfenstein said. “It’ll be just a sit down, where he and I are up on stage sitting in chairs, and I’ll ask him 10 to 12 questions, depending on how much time we have.”

Questions will revolve around business and the governor’s administration.

“I will ask about issues affecting the business community, and it’ll be a good opportunity to have a good face-to-face with the governor,” Klopfenstein said. “He’s not always in Lawrence.”

Cost to attend is $50 for members and $75 for nonmembers.

Klopfenstein said it’s possible the event will change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Things change almost daily it seems like,” he said. “Right now, by conversation with the governor’s staff, the governor will not eat with us, but he’ll come in and wave and acknowledge the crowd and be there for about 45 minutes. That might change if restrictions don’t get lifted or if we go backwards, heaven forbid.”

The last large event the chamber conducted was in early March.

“Since then, we’ve only done one in-person, after-hours event,” Klopfenstein said.

The membership luncheon will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Garrison Conference Center, 6002 N. Post Rd., Lawrence.

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