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January 19, 2012

Chamber, Rotary, Hospital to Partner for Promotional Event at Capitol

A number of community groups will be joining forces to create a presence at a new promotional event to be held in Jefferson City next month with hopes of becoming a regular occurence.

At the invitation of First District State Representative Craig Redmon, Scotland County will be represented at the first annual Fall in Love with Northeast Missouri Day at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City on February 13th and 14th.

The program is modeled after a highly successful event held for many years by communities from northwest Missouri, providing participants an opportunity to meet face to face with law makers and to present key issues impacting the region.

Promotional booths will also offer the chance to share the unique community strengths of participants.

Scotland County Hospital will be hosting a booth at the event, promoting one of the top health care facilities in the region.

Dr. Harlo Donelson, chairman of the Memphis Economic Development Committee, indicated a number of local groups will also be present at the event, including representation from the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Memphis and the Scotland County Rotary Club.

"We plan on being there to help promote all that this community has to offer," Donelson told the Memphis City Council at a recent meeting. "Think what we could do if the people in Jefferson City were just a little more concerned about us."

Boosters plan to let visitors at the event know about the history of Scotland County with the likes of Tom Horn and Ella Ewing. Tourism will be promoted along with economic development opportunities that are present locally.

"The event is about falling in love with northeast Missouri, but we plan on making folks fall in love with Memphis," Donelson said. "They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease, so our community needs to get down there and make a lot of noise."

A recently completed community profile book will be among the promotional handouts visitors at the Scotland County booth will receive.

The event is facilitated by the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership (NMDP). Participating communities in addition to Scotland County will include, Schuyler, Clark, Adair, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Shelby, Marion, Randolph, Chariton, Ralls, Monroe and Montgomery counties.

"The people of Northeast Missouri create the energy for the event - and the power of the event is the amazing cooperative effort as we make our common voice heard," said Denise Bennett, President NMDP. "This event celebrates our unique communities and features our common strength."

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