March Chamber Breakfast Updates

by Chamber Admin on March 26th, 2013

The March 2013 Chamber Breakfast held on March 21 at the Benson City Grille was well attended. Barbara Richardson Director of Cochise College Benson Branch gave an overview of the services they provide for the students that are part of their student body. She also shared the challenges that the sequester has brought to the military community. Her address was very informative.

Benson Community Hospital's new Chief Financial Officer, Ken Gorason, also shared briefly of his new position at the hospital and some of the objectives and improvements lined up for the hospital.

Benson School District Superintendent Dr. David Woodall provided information about the new Arizona Common Core Standards which are being implemented across the state to help ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, career and life.

Those in attendance had several questions for the speakers. The breakfast was very informative.

Pastor Lupe Diaz President of the Chamber spent the reminder of the time sharing the events of the Chamber Advocacy days at the State Capitol. The Arizona State treasurer, the Health reform representative, The State School Superintendent and the Speaker of the House all shared what they are facing. Governor Jan Brewer gave an address on what the state is doing for business in the state. She mentioned that the driving force of our economy is the small businesses in our communities. She is doing she can to drive down the state tax so that business will be attracted to Arizona and thrive. She believes that the State cannot afford the  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Five Chambers from Cochise county were represented at our lunch table alone with Gail Griffin our Senator.

The breakfast meeting which was held at the Benson City Grill was adjourned and the afterglow was vibrant with people talking and arranging for more to happen with the information that was shared.



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