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Annual E.C. chamber dinner slated June 27

June 14, 2001

El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau president Cliff Caldwell has announced the chamber annual meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. June 27 at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort near Holtville.

Caldwell said the featured speaker will be Charles Nathanson, Ph.D., executive director of San Diego Dialogue. Nathanson and colleague William J. McGill founded San Diego Dialogue in 1991.

San Diego Dialogue is a self-funded membership organization out of the University of California, San Diego. The goal of the organization is to improve the quality of life of the cross-border region by researching and addressing regional governance, growth and related transportation, housing and environmental issues and K-12 education.

The economic relationship between San Diego/Baja California is of particular interest to the Dialogue. It has an ongoing program of research and public education on the cross-border economy. It has sponsored the forum "Fronterizo" luncheon series, which gathers several hundred of the area's elected officials, business leaders and educators for programs of cross-border interest. It also publishes a monthly newsletter, San Diego Dialogue Report, which contains economic indicators.

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"I am delighted to have Dr. Nathanson as our guest speaker because of his interest in binational development and regional economic development," said Caldwell. "Our chamber has been actively involved in developing a partnership with the business and civic leaders in San Diego county, and having Chuck address our community about economic development, is exciting."

In addition to his position with the Dialogue, Nathanson serves on the boards of the Naval Training Center Foundation and the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. He also serves on the port chairman's advisory committee for the Port of San Diego and is a member of the strategic framework citizens committee for the city of San Diego.

All chamber members and interested community members are invited to attend the chamber's annual meeting. The cost for dinner is $35 per person. To make reservations for the dinner, call the chamber by June 22 at 352-3681 or send a check payable to the El Centro Chamber of Commerce to P.O. Box 3006, El Centro, CA 92244.

A credit card will be required to hold reservations taken over the telephone.

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