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Pa. governor to speak at Chambersburg luncheon

Event will be an opportunity for Tom Corbett to talk about economic development

March 21, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is scheduled to speak about business initiatives April 4 at a luncheon in Chambersburg.

The chambers of commerce in Franklin County, Pa., are distributing invitations in partnership with the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

“This is an event that will be open to the public. There is a $25 registration fee,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp.

“The proceeds from this event will go to the9/11memorial at Letterkenny Chapel,” he said.

The Sept. 11, 2001, memorial at Letterkenny Army Depot will feature two steel beams from ground zero.

The event will be an opportunity for Corbett to talk about economic development, particularly in Pennsylvania’s 33rd Senate District, Ross said.

Richard Alloway, the Republican state senator from that district, also will speak at the event.

“The governor wanted to come down to the district to support me and my re-election campaign. I suggested we do a ‘Rally for Business.’ ... I think we have to focus everything we can on job creation in Pennsylvania,” Alloway said.

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A question-and-answer session is planned.

Corbett, who took office in 2011, has identified Franklin County and the surrounding area as significant to the state for its potential for future growth, Ross said. The luncheon will provide an opportunity for business and higher-education leaders to ask questions, he said.

“I think the governor ran on the platform of being pro-business. ... I think this will be an opportunity to provide updates on that progress,” Ross said.

“There are still things we have to get done,” Alloway said, identifying priorities as changing prevailing wage laws and overhauling unemployment compensation.

Organizers expect about 200 people to attend.

The noon event at The Orchards will feature a lunch buffet. To RSVP, call 717-263-8282 or send an email to judy@fcadc.com by April 2.

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