Jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director
We’re not sure if it was the food, the guest speakers, the chamber of commerce or all of the above that brought over sixty CCGM members to the 2nd General Membership Luncheon held Wednesday July 13th at Abbott’s Grill Restaurant.
Abbott’s Grill did a fantastic job catering the packed banquet room, offering a buffet including Grilled Vegetable Antipasto, Caesar Salad, Eggplant Parmesan, Chicken Picatta, Mini Grilled Vegetable Panini (one of my Abbott’s favorites), Orzo Pasta Salad, Assorted Cookies & beverages. The foot was fresh, hot & included a wonderful variety of homemade specialties.
Owner Kevin Reading reminded guests that the banquet room and outdoor patio (which the chamber will be using again for the September 8th “Smile for Freedom” 5K Walk/Run Awards Ceremony) can be reserved for business events and for personal celebrations. Kevin says Abbott’s Grill also does off-site catering to accommodate organizations and persons who want to host an event at their business or home.
CCGM Vice President and Delmarva Broadcasting Company General Manager Mike Kazala acted as MC, as I was too busy limping around from a recent jet-ski accident.
Mike introduced dignitaries, guest speakers and invited attendees to upcoming chamber events including the July 28th After Hours Business Mixer at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center. He also suggested purchasing “No Dirty Dishes for a Week” Raffle Tickets from Board Member Ruth Abbate. He informed everyone that for a minimum cost you could win gift cards from seven local restaurants worth over $300.00.
The Guest Speakers for the luncheon were Mayor Ronnie Rogers and City of Milford Manager David Baird. Both speakers focused on Economic Development and the progress the city has made since the beginning of the year.
Mayor Rogers says he is proud to be serving the City of Milford again and realizes the importance of Economic Development in the business industry, however says the quality of life for the residents of Milford is just as important. He says he believes the city is headed in the right direction with the current members of city council, the newly developed Economic Advisory Counsel and with the relationship with the chamber of commerce and other organizations in Milford.
David Baird reiterated what Mayor Rogers said, adding that the tax incentives that were offered during the last year have been extended making the business climate in Milford very attractive, that the development of Redner’s Market is underway, and that there are still opportunities in the Milford Business Park for businesses who want to be located in that area. He says with the help of Milford City Council, the Economic Development Advisory Council, current Economic Development Director Richard Carmean, and the goal of hiring another Economic Development Director when Richard retires (again) Milford is doing well addressing issues and moving forward in a positive manner I the area of Economic Development.
The third General Membership Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday October 12th, where you can learn more about the relationship between economic development and tourism.
For more information about the City of Milford call 422.3712 or visit them on the web at www.cityofmilford.com . For more information about the chamber call 422.3344, or visit our website: www.milfordchamber.com.