Chamber, public, gov’t to meet, eat

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, January 15, 2008

NATCHEZ — On Wednesday morning members of the Natchez-Adams Chamber of Commerce, municipal government and the public will have a chance to have breakfast and discuss important issues.

Chamber Director Debbie Hudson said the gathering will be a chance for casual but frank discussion between the public and their elected officials.

Hudson said the mayor and the board of aldermen have been invited to attend the breakfast.

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Alderman Jake Middleton said as an elected official he feels obligated to attend the meeting.

“It’s a chance for everyone to get ideas on all the issues,” he said.

Middleton also said the breakfast is in ideal opportunity for Natchez’s newcomers to meet with elected officials.

“They can come in and physically listen and visits,” he said.

And for Hudson the element of simply listening is critical.

“We can all listen to why they do what they do,” she said. “That’s not always possible in a formal meeting.”

While members of the public and local business owners will have a chance to communicate with the mayor and aldermen, officials will also have an opportunity to speak, Hudson said.

“We want to know how the chamber can help the board,” she said.

Hudson said she feels the dialogue at the breakfast will prove extremely valuable to all participants.

After breakfast the mayor and aldermen will be given an opportunity to address the audience followed by a question and answer period.

Hudson said the breakfast will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m.

The cost of the breakfast is $10 for members and $15 dollars for non-members.

Hudson said anyone with the opportunity should attend the event.

“Come get a better understanding on the issues,” she said.

Mayor Phillip West said he will attend the breakfast and hopes the meeting will be informative for the entire community.