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CONNECT Conference 2018

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Name: CONNECT Conference 2018
Date: August 2, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM EDT
Event Description:
Join 200 local and regional business leaders, Chamber members, elected officials and economic development professionals for discussion, news and predictions about Garner's economic prospects.

The CONNECT Conference, is a half-day economic development conference presented by the Garner Chamber of Commerce with the Town of Garner.

Thursday, August 2, from Noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Marquise Ballroom for lunch, conference sessions and dinner.

Bonus Bus Tour:  Meet at 10:00 am at the Grand Marquise Ballroom.

$10 discount for all who register by July 20.

Register by July 26.  Please make all necessary edits and cancellations to registration prior to July 26. We are unable to provide refunds after July 27.

The Changing Face of Business
Ever since cabinetmaker and former slave Henry Fort started Garner's first known business, we've been a community where start-up enterprises could find a home and thrive. Learn more about Garner's latest wave of entrepreneurs.
The Changing Face of the Workforce
The needs of employers and the next generation of workers continue to evolve rapidly. An innovative partnership involving the local business community, the Garner Chamber of Commerce, Town of Garner staff and Garner Magnet High is addressing that challenge by making students better prepared to enter the workforce. Hear about the successes of this impressive program.
The Changing Face of the Community
Over 3,000 residential units have been approved or been under construction in Garner since 2015. Meanwhile, the well-respected Bankrate.com recently named Garner one of the five best places in the U.S. for millennial homebuyers. Find out why people are choosing to make Garner home.
Street Smarts: What You Need to Know about Upcoming Roadwork
There's a growing number of transportation projects slated for the coming years around town. We'll help you navigate the future of road improvements in Garner with a fast-paced roundup of upcoming projects.

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Event Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

  • Town of Garner

Venue sponsor

  • The Grand Marquise Ballroom

Audio Visual Sponsor

  • Capital Production Group

Community Partner

  • AT&T - Raleigh
  • Duke Energy
  • North State Bank
  • WakeMed Health & Hospitals
  • S&A Communications

Lunch Sponsor

  • Chick-fil-A at Garner Towne Square

Reception Sponsor

  • All Star Waste Services

Dinner Sponsor

  • Strategic Behavioral Center - Garner

Break Sponsor

  • John D. Adams and Company, CPAs

Water Sponsor

  • Community of Hope Ministries

Conference Sponsor

  • PSNC Energy
  • Accentuate Staffing
  • Partners Commercial Realty
  • Square 1 Bank

Tour Bus Sponsor

  • RushHour Karting
  • Highland Baptist Church

Coffee Sponsor

  • Lorraine's Coffee House and Music

NextGen Sponsor

  • Coats Auto Body
  • Garner Council Member Ken Marshburn
  • Garner Magnet High School
  • Garner Magnet High School


  • The Alternative Mailing & Shipping Solutions
  • Economy Exterminators
  • The Villages at McCullers Walk Apartments
  • VR Business Brokers of the Triangle
  • Autobell Car Wash, Inc.
  • Planet Fitness
  • Dr. C. Ashley Mann & Associates
  • Fonville Morisey Realty
  • Turner Farms Self Storage
  • relyMD
  • Tutor Doctor Raleigh-Garner
  • Johnston Health
  • Wake Technical Community College
Grand Marquise Ballroom
225 New Fidelity Court
Garner, NC  27529
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Prior registration required.
Bonus Bus Tour:  10:00 am registration and coffee
CONNECT sessions:  Noon - 6:30 p.m.
(includes lunch and dinner)
Early Bird registration through July 20:
$89 includes bus tour, lunch, sessions, dinner
$79  lunch, sessions, dinner

After July 20:
$99 includes bus tour, lunch, sessions, dinner
$89  lunch, sessions, dinner
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