Tickets are still available for the annual AdvantageWest Economic Summit, Monday, Nov. 14, at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, NC. The event starts with a networking reception at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7:15 p.m. by a panel discussion on the role of public-private partnerships in economic development.
Panelists for the summit are: Darold Londo, senior vice-president and general manager of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel, currently overseeing a $633 million expansion that is reported to be one of the biggest in the nation's hospitality industry; former Western Carolina University chancellor John Bardo, who guided WCU through a period of unprecedented growth in student enrollment, campus construction and academic stature during his tenure; State Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Hendersonville), chair of the NC Senate Rules Committee; and State Sen. Martin Nesbitt (D-Asheville), the current minority leader of the NC Senate.
Moderator for the third consecutive time is longtime newspaper columnist, radio personality and UNCTV host D. G. Martin, also a retired lawyer and university administrator.
Open to the public, the event is $50, which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages and admittance to the panel discussion. Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged at www.advantagewest.com. Registration will also be available at the door if space allows.
AdvantageWest is the regional economic development partnership serving 23 counties in Western North Carolina. This is the organization’s third Economic Summit, which typically draws 250-350 regional, state and federal business leaders, entrepreneurs, economic development professionals and others with a vested interest in Western North Carolina.