Chamber launches luncheon series



The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce recently announced the launch of a new series – “Building Blocks of Our Community.” They will kick off the seven-part series on Wednesday, Aug. 28, with a lunch held in the clubhouse at Heritage Golf. The first topic is health care and will include a presentation by Greg Brown, administrator of St. Vincent’s Blount.

“Our idea is to identify topics that define our community, then single out a specific issue for each topic that is particularly relevant these days,” said Barbara Andersen, executive director of the chamber. “We are thrilled to launch the series with Greg, as he shares information about some really exciting progress being made in the quality of health care available in Blount County.

“This is a great opportunity to come out, enjoy good food and fellowship while learning about what is happening in your community.”

The lunch starts at noon. There is no cost for the lunch, which is open to the public.

The series continues on Sept. 25, and will focus on infrastructure with the program presented by representatives of Otelco. They will report on the progress of their recently launched high-speed internet initiative in Blount County. State Representative David Standridge will also share about the bill passed last spring to encourage the expansion of high-speed internet in rural Alabama.

In January, the topic will be education and include a presentation by Wallace State. The March program is titled, “The Heart of Blount County” and will be the chamber’s annual awards banquet. May, June, and August programs for 2020 will cover public safety, economic development, and recreation.

For more information about these programs and other chamber activities, call 205-274-2153 or visit the website at