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Aug. 04, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Chamber Business Summit on pace for record attendance

CHARLESTON -- The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's 77th Annual Meeting and Business Summit is expected to get record attendance this year. It's planned for Aug. 28-30 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.

With a month to go before the meeting, more than 600 people have registered to attend, which sets the pace for record-breaking attendance, Chamber President Steve Roberts said in a news release.

Featured speakers at this year's Annual Meeting include Jon M. Huntsman Jr., ambassador to China and former Utah Governor; U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III; Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin; U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito; U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley; Fox News personality Chris Stirewalt; and William Winkenwerder Jr., Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield's CEO.

Several panels will discuss education transformation, the judiciary, manufacturing, technology and energy production.

Chamber members wishing to attend this year's Business Summit can register by visiting www.wvchamber.com or by calling 304-342-1115.

Huntington's Restaurant Week set for Aug. 7-10

Some of the restaurants participating in the Huntington 30 Mile Meal first Restaurant Week Aug. 7-10 are Savannah's, River and Rail Bakery, 21 at the Fredrick, Gimme 5 Cafe at HIMG. There will be others as well, the organization reports.

As part of the event, participating local restaurants will showcase locally sourced menu offerings to demonstrate the feasibility of obtaining local products -- both to help local farmers grow their businesses and to let the consumers taste the difference.

The 30 Mile Meal project wants to inspire both chefs and diners to seek out local food and increase its demand so local farmers can increase their production and create spin-off agricultural businesses for a stronger, regionally based food system.

For reservations and other information, contact restaurants directly or visit www.huntington30milemeal.org or find the group on Facebook.