The event is held annually to recognize Fayette’s Citizen of the Year and to draw attention to the progress and accomplishments that have taken place over the past year.
Chamber President, Mike Figgins has also announced that the honorable Jason Smith, Mayor of Jackson, Michigan, will present the keynote address for this year’s event. Smith, one of Michigan’s youngest mayors, has initiated an aggressive plan for the revitalizing Jackson. In addition to setting a goal of creating new jobs in his community, Smith also has stated his intention to, “reconnect Jackson’s citizens with the government”. He emphasized that Jackson is a small enough city that its citizens can all work together for the betterment of the entire population. After all he says, “we’re all connected.”
That is the same theme “connectedness” that has kept Fayette alive and growing throughout its history and most recently during the “Great Recession”.
Figgins notes that while Fayette and Jackson, differ in their population base and governmental structure that both are connected by their concern about the wise stewardship of their shared natural resources, the health of their linked manufacturing economies and by the maintenance and planned development of their established transportation system, most notably US 127.
The doors open at 6:00 with opening remarks and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the dinner is $12.00 per plate. Reservations may be made by calling Dee Lawrence at (419) 237-2292 by July 21st.