BY ERIN FAWCETT
The Lacombe Chamber of Commerce will play host to other chamber members from across the province during a three-day event next week.
The Alberta Chamber Executives Summit takes place July 13th-15th.
The Summit is an annual event which takes place in various locations across the province. Lacombe was awarded the bid to host this year’s event.
“Every year Alberta chambers have an opportunity to submit a proposal,” said Monica Bartman, executive director of the Lacombe Chamber of Commerce. “We were thrilled to be chosen to host this year’s event. It is a great opportunity for us to showcase some different tourism assets that we have in Lacombe and then everyone who is here for that three days goes home with some new ideas and a new perspective of what they can do in the area.”
About 40 chamber members will be attending the three-day event. During the Summit attendees will be visiting some local tourist attractions including the Kraay Family Farm, a tour of the Blindman Brewing facility, a private dinner at the Morrison House as well as visiting the Wednesday Market and Music in the Park events.
“It is a good balance between some professional development and we have a couple of speakers coming in, we do some peer to peer learning as well in terms of sharing what you’re doing in your chamber,” said Bartman. “Along with staff from the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, we also have a representative from the Canadian Chambers of Commerce who is attending to give us a national update. It’s another great way for us to stay connected.”
Bartman added there will not only be benefits for the Lacombe Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event, but for the community as well.
“It’s exposure and it will showcase the things that we’re doing here in Lacombe and we can share that with our peers that are coming from across Alberta. Even from my perspective, being able to interact with people that are doing the same role that I am doing and getting some ideas and information from them that we can apply,” she said. “And for the community as a whole, certainly there is an economic impact because we’re staying in Lacombe, we’re using catering services from the community that are local.”