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Eggs & Issues breakfast to focus on economic trends
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The Turlock Chamber of Commerce is looking to inform and inspire local business, government and education leaders with a revamped Eggs, Issues & Economics breakfast event that will focus on regional and national economic trends.

"In today’s fast paced and globally competitive economy, it is common for communities to focus externally for answers to innovation and successful economic growth. Yet, in nearly all cases, the ingredients for personal, business and community success rest within the borders of a region," said Chamber Chief Executive Officer Karin Moss.

The event, set for 7:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Turlock Golf and Country Club, will include local economic updates from Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth, County Supervisor Vito Chiesa and Stanislaus Alliance CEO David White.

"The Eggs and Issues breakfast is a great chance to talk about Turlock's comprehensive economic development strategy, which involves strengthening our reserves, paying off toxic debt, and re-investing in our departments. The breakfast will be yet another opportunity to speak directly to the community about our city's strong vision for future economic development," said Mayor Soiseth.

The Alliance is also bringing in two featured speakers for the breakfast: Joe Raso and Bree Langemo.

Raso is president of Blane, Canada Ltd., a leading economic development management-advisory firm headquartered in the greater Chicago region, with offices in Colorado Springs. For more than 20 years, Raso provided executive leadership to four private non-profit economic development and chamber of commerce organizations in Colorado and Iowa.

Raso is viewed as an innovator in community and economic development. Under his leadership, the Iowa City Area Development Group was the first EDO in the nation to develop an entrepreneurial co-working space to support new company formation and existing business innovation.

Raso’s organizations have received more than a dozen awards for business retention & expansion, targeted industry recruitment, marketing, workforce development and branding from: International Economic Development Council, Mid-American Economic Development Council, and Professional Developers of Iowa.

As President of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, Langemo provides overall strategic direction for ELI with a focus on developing high impact partnerships with academic, government, profit and non-profit organizations around the world to empower their constituents with an entrepreneurial mindset, a new framework for thinking and acting that can empower individuals, organizations and communities to flourish in the 21st Century.

With more than a decade of experience in higher education, Langemo’s work led to a natural progression into her role for ELI. As Dean of Business, Public Service and Social Sciences at Pikes Peak Community College, she helped coordinate the implementation of a large-scale rollout of ELI’s Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, empowering new college students with an entrepreneurial mindset at the onset of their college experience. PPCC was the first community college in the nation to offer the curriculum in this format, which is now being recognized as a national model due to the significant impact on student success.

Alongside the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance former CEO Raso, Langemo also played a key role in coordinating the first-ever Innovate Colorado Springs Week, a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship programming and education in the Pikes Peak Region. Langemo also serves as Board Chair for the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado Springs and is a founding Board Member for uCodeGirl.

Tickets for the Eggs, Issues & Economics breakfast are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members and can be purchased by calling 209-632-2221 or by emailing Table sponsorships are available.