North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce to Host 
Legislative and Candidates Reception

Premier networking event connects elected officials with community leaders

The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce will host its Legislative and Candidates Reception on September 19, 2019 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Chocksett Inn on 59 Laurelwood Road in Sterling, MA. The event is intended to offer the region with an upscale networking event that connects business and community leaders with the region’s elected officials, as well as those seeking public office. 

“This is a great opportunity for our business and community leaders, as well as our public officials to gather for an evening of networking and collegial discussion,” said Roy Nascimento, President and CEO of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to joining our legislators at a unique venue like the Chocksett Inn.” 

The Legislative and Candidates Reception is one of the Chamber’s premier events of the season, with over 125 federal, state, and local elected officials invited. Mount Wachusett Community College is the premier sponsor for the event. “At Mount Wachusett Community College, we understand the importance of engaging with the region’s business and legislative communities. These connections and insights help guide the college in various areas such as programming and outreach,” said MWCC President James Vander Hooven. “It is vital for our region’s business leaders, legislators, and policy-makers to meet and network so that they can engage and learn from each other. I am happy to support this important event.”

“Gaining access to legislators and those who seek public office is just as important for small business owners as it is for CEOs in the region,” said Ken Gurge, Esq., Chamber Board Member and Chair of the Government Affairs Committee. “This will be a tremendous opportunity for anyone with passion for North Central Massachusetts.”

Government affairs and public policy advocacy is a key component to the Chamber’s efforts to promote a healthy and active business climate throughout the region. Recognizing that the business community and legislators are partners in economic vitality and growth, events like these align well with the Chamber’s mission.

The event will feature an open bar and gourmet appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Cost for members is $35 and non-members is $45. Registration is available by clicking here.

As of September 5th, the following legislators have confirmed their attendance:

Confirmed legislators:

Senator Dean Tran, Worcester and Middlesex District

Senator Anne Gobi, Worcester, Hamden, Hampshire and Middlesex District
Representative Kim Ferguson, 1st Worcester District

Representative Stephan Hay, 3rd Worcester District
Representative Natalie Higgins, 4th Worcester District

Representative Jon Zlotnik, 2nd Worcester District
District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Worcester County

Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis, Worcester County

Mayor DiNatale, City of Fitchburg

Mayor Dean Mazzarella, City of Leominster

Mayor Mark Hawke, City of Gardner

Councilor Thomas E. Donnelly, City of Fitchburg

Councilor Marisa Fleming, City of Fitchburg

Councilor Amy Green, City of Fitchburg

Councilor Michael Kushmerek, City of Fitchburg

Councilor Samantha Squalia, City of Fitchburg

Councilor Thomas Ardinger, City of Leominster
Councilor Pauline Cormier, City of Leominster

Councilor David Cormier, City of Leominster

Councilor Claire Freda, City of Leominster

Councilor Gail Feckley, City of Leominster

Selectwoman Rosemarie Meissner, Town of Ashburnham

Tow Administrator Orlando Pacheco, Town of Lancaster

Selectman Robert Ebersole, Town of Lunenburg

Selectwoman Maureen Cranson, Town of Sterling

Selectwoman Arden Sonnenberg, Town of Sterling

Town Administrator Ross Perry, Town of Sterling

Selectman Wayne Walker, Town of Westminster

Selectman James DesLisle, Town of Westminster