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Chamber Honors Sunnybrook, 3 Others

Sunnybrook Ballroom‘s return to prominence as a popular cultural attraction in the greater Pottstown PA area will earn it, and the Sunnybrook Foundation, one of four major awards to be presented Friday (Oct. 24, 2008) during the 19th annual Economic Development Luncheon of the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sunnybrook Ballroom was home to the sound of Big Bands.

Sunnybrook Ballroom was home to the sound of Big Bands.

The chamber promotes business in western Montgomery, eastern Berks, and northern Chester counties. Its luncheon, to be held Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sunnybrook, is hailed as one of the biggest business networking events of the year. Tickets are still available; call chamber representative Kitty Papp at 610-326-2900 for more information.

The foundation, which spurred and supervised restoration of the ballroom at 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga, will receive the chamber’s Economic Impact Award. Honors also will be given to the new Tri-County Performing Arts Center, for Economic Development; to Leo Bagley and the Montgomery County Planning Commission, for Regional Planning; and to state Rep. Robert Mensch of Schwenksville PA for Legislator of the Year.

The luncheon’s featured speaker will be Jim Klaiber, corporate affairs manager of Norfolk Southern Railroad, who will address his company’s investment in regional rail transportation and its links to local economic growth.

A previously scheduled commercial property site tour that was to have been a morning program of the day’s events won’t be held. Too few land owners expressed interest in the program, according to Ashley Eisenhower, chamber marketing and communications director.

Co-sponsoring the day with the chamber are Pottstown Area Industrial Development (PAID) Inc.,  the Berks Economic Partnership, Chester County Economic Development Council, Montgomery County Industrial Development Corporation, Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association, Exelon Nuclear, United Healthcare, and Verizon.

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