VERMONT TOURISM COMMISSIONER GUEST SPEAKER
Megan Smith, Vermont’s Commissioner of Tourism & Marketing, will serve as the guest speaker at the Northeast Kingdom Chamber legislative breakfast to be held Monday, Feb. 25, at the St. Johnsbury House, 1207 Main St, St. Johnsbury. Smith, who has served as tourism commissioner since 2011, will address the tourism funding formula before the state legislature and her agency’s accomplishments in attracting visitors to the state.
Smith, prior to being selected commissioner, started her career at Hyatt Hotels and also worked at Au Bon Pain. In 1995, she and her husband purchased The Vermont Inn in Mendon, which they operated until 2006. She has been the president of the Killington Chamber, a small business advisor for the Vermont Small Business Development Center and an instructor at the Resort Management Program at Green Mountain College Killington Campus and Community College of Vermont. She also developed the Vermont Marble Trail, served in the state legislature and established the Vermont Tourism Caucus before working for Governor Shumlin’s administration.
The monthly programs provide area business people and residents an overview of the legislative session and concerns affecting the region, with legislators each giving a brief update of their committees. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to ask questions. The Northeast Kingdom Chamber organizes the monthly forums and will provide a brief legislative report.
The breakfasts are held the last Monday of each month, from 8 to 9 a.m. Please mark your calendars for the 2013 dates of March 25, April 29 and May 20 (tentative).
The legislative breakfast series is sponsored by the Northeast Kingdom Chamber, with sponsorship assistance from Community National Bank, Fairbanks Scales, Lyndon State College, Maple Grove Farms of Vermont, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Union Bank and Weidmann. There is a small fee toattend the breakfast.
For more details, contact the NEK Chamber at 2000 Memorial Drive-Ste. 11, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819; call 802-748-3678; or e-mail at email@example.com.