State Chamber Sets Annual Meeting

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas will hold its 73rd annual meeting Oct. 11 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock.

John Brummett, political columnist and reporter for the Donrey Media Group, and Rex Nelson, director of policy and communication for Gov. Mike Huckabee, will discuss and analyze current Arkansas issues at the evening banquet.

Mike Maulden, director of external affairs for Entergy Arkansas, will moderate a morning economic development discussion that will include Jay Chesshir, president of the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce; Bob Lamb, vice president/community development for Southwestern Energy Co.; and Jim Pickens, director of the Arkansas Department of Economic Development.

In the afternoon there will be updates on workers' compensation by Steve Carter of Wal-Mart Stores; on education by state Sen. John Riggs, D-Little Rock; on the Clinton Library by Skip Rutherford of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods; on taxes by state Rep. Larry Teague; and on highway construction by Dan Flowers of the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department.

Brenda Blagg, regional editor of The Morning News in Springdale, will moderate a discussion on the limitations of term limits by lawyers Tom Courtway of Courtway & Osment, Joe Purvis of Dover & Dixon and Scott Trotter of Hill Gilstrap Perkins & Trotter.

Gwen Moritz, editor of Arkansas Business, will lead a discussion on tort reform that will include Ron Williams, vice president of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; John Marlow, assistant vice president for state affairs with the American Insurance Association; and Stuart Miller, a lawyer with Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard.

The banquet begins at 7 p.m. and ends with a business session that includes the election of officers.

Meeting registration fees are $195 for members and $250 for non-members. Call Jenny Heard or Bill Paddack at 501-374-9225 for additional information.