Annual State of Our Communities event this Friday

Courtesy of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce is set to host its annual State of Our Communities event this Friday, April 26 at the Cullman Civic Center. Doors open at 7 a.m.

According to Communications Manager Rob Ketcham, “Major session topics include the State of Education, a Community Session and the State of Local Government. Representatives from agencies and organizations related to human and community services, utilities and the Chamber will be set up in breakout rooms and provide information/demonstrations to visitors until the event concludes at 1:30 p.m. Many of these breakout participants will have giveaways.”

He continued, “One breakout room will also be reserved for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Trade Show, allowing the Cullman area’s YEA! students to showcase the products and services they’ve been working hard on this academic year.”

The event is free to the public. Those who wish can buy an All-Access Pass for $50. The All-Access Pass includes priority seating, breakfast, lunch, hospitality room access and a swag bag. Breakfast and lunch can also be paid for separately, for $15 and $20, respectively.

Session Information: 

State of Education, 8 a.m.

“During this session, we’ll hear from Cullman City Schools Superintendent Susan Patterson, Cullman County Schools Superintendent Shane Barnette and Wallace State Community College President Vicki Karolewics. The Student of the Year and Career Technical Student of the Year will also be announced. The Teachers of the Year for the city and county school systems are also recognized.”

Community Session, 10 a.m.

“WBRC FOX6 Meteorologist Matt Daniel will speak on weather preparedness during this first-time session, which will include a weather radio giveaway.”

State of Local Government, 11:30 a.m.

“During this session, the Cullman County Commission and area mayors will provide general updates from their respective municipalities.”

For more information or to purchase an All-Access Pass, contact the Chamber at 256-734-0454 or

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Courtesy of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce

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