Bedford County, PA — The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural Government: It’s Your Business Reception Thursday, January 19th at the Bedford Elks Country Club.

The new event offered valuable opportunities for the business community and public to enjoy a meet-and-greet with elected officials from Federal, state and county offices.  The professional mixer, similar to the Chamber’s Business After Hours events featured informal networking time with legislators, including US Senator Bob Casey and US Congressman John Joyce, as well as PA Senator Pat Stefano and PA Representative Jesse Topper.  County officials included President Judge Travis Livengood, Judge Brandi Hershey, Commissioner Deb Baughman, Treasurer Melissa Cottle, Sheriff Wayne Emerick, Auditors Mary Rowzer and Carol Miller, Register/Recorder JR Winck, and Prothonotary/Clerk of Courts Sherry Lowery. With no formal speaking program planned, the event was designed to offer plenty of interaction between government leaders and those they represent.

“One of the primary functions of the Chamber is to be a convener of leaders and influencers,” said the organization’s President-CEO, Kellie Goodman Shaffer. “We are so pleased to kick off a year of government affairs events with this special networking opportunity, creating connections between business leaders and those who represent our interests in all levels of government.  We are incredibly grateful to our government officials for attending and for listening to the concerns and issues important to our business community.”

The Chamber especially thanks event sponsors, the Bedford County Farm Bureau, Keller Engineers, and Lehman Engineers. Guests of the reception will enjoyed a delicious, hearty appetizer selection, catered by Joey Del’s 2001 Catering.

The event is the first in a series of Government: It’s Your Business programs.  Watch Chamber communications for the next event in this speaker series.