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Former governor to keynote EDC event

Former governor to keynote EDC event

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BLOOMINGTON — Former Gov. James Thompson will make a stop in the Twin Cities this fall.

Thompson will serve as keynote speaker for the annual Community Leaders Breakfast, hosted by the Economic Development Council of the Bloomington-Normal Area.

The event, at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 1 at DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, aims to celebrate the accomplishments of the EDC in recruiting new businesses to the community. Tickets are $35 each or $400 for a table of 10. The EDC expects more than 600 people to attend.

Marty Vanags, chief executive officer for the EDC, said Thompson’s leadership during his tenure as the state’s governor was instrumental in developments in Central Illinois and beyond.

“Gov. Thompson has been involved in many major news stories that have impacted us locally,” said Vanags. “From helping to lure Mitsubishi, Illinois politics and the 9/11 Commission, Gov. Thompson has much to say from his many years of experience.”

Thompson, a Republican, holds the record for the state’s longest-serving governor. He held office for 14 years be-ginning in 1977.

The event also will include a presentation by EDC leaders on jobs and capital investments that have taken place as result of the group’s economic development programs.


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