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 General State of the Michiana Economy

Speaker Presentation
5/30/2013 5:30 PM
5/30/2013 7:30 PM
The Foundry Rooftop; Eddy St. Commons |
Please join the IIA for a 2-hour social and networking event that includes a presentation on the general state of the Michiana economy by Jeff Rea, the President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County. In addition, please come join in our celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the Michiana Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Appetizers and soft drinks will be served, cash bar available.
Jeff Rea- Jeff Rea is the current President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, a role that he has held since the first of September, 2010.  In that position, Rea represents the interests of more than 1,100 member businesses, representing over 85,000 employees. Rea guides the Chamber efforts in their three strategic areas of focus, Economic Development, Public Policy, and Education.  Prior to coming to the Chamber, Rea served as the Mayor of the City of Mishawaka for 6 ½ years. During his time as Mayor, Rea guided the City to record economic growth, all while reducing the size of the City budget and the number of City employees. His focus on the efficiency of operations, the improvement of process, and the elimination of waste put the City in a strong financial position during difficult economic times. Prior to his time as Mayor, Rea served as Economic Development Director and City Planner for Mishawaka, working to create the right environment for private investment and growth through a business friendly approach. Rea comes from a family of small business owners, owning the Tribe-O-Rea Drug Store in Mishawaka (53 years) and the Cumberland Pharmacy in Bourbon (55 years). It is there where Rea learned at a very young age the value of small business and its importance to the success of the local economy.  
Registration - This event is free.   Heavy appetizers and soft drinks will be served complimentary.  Cash bar will be available.     
Members and non-members may register by contacting Josh Semak at (574) 284-6421 or 
The Foundry Rooftop is located at the corner of Eddy Street and Angela/Edison across from the University of Notre Dame (In between the Notre Dame Bookstore and Jamba Juice). Parking is available on Eddy Street or in the parking garage off Eddy Street. A voucher will be provided at event to validate parking for those wanting to park in the parking garage. Please contact Josh if you need more detailed directions.
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                              Registration and Networking
6:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m.                               “General State of the Michiana Economy” by Jeff Rea
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.                              Chapter Recognition Ceremonies