Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, city and community leaders are expected join together for the State of the City Address Part II Thursday, July 17th, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica.

A reception will be held prior to the luncheon, with a welcome from Santa Monica Mayor Herb Katz.

The event will include an in-depth discussion on the most pressing economic issues affecting the city this year and next.

Panelists include Katz,

Santa Monica city manager P. Lamont Ewell, Chamber of Commerce president/chief executive officer Laurel Rosen, Bayside District Corporation executive director Kathleen Rawson, Santa Monica Pier Restoration executive director Ben Franz-Knight, past Santa Monica Chamber chairman Tom Larmore and Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau president/chief executive officer Misti Kerns.

Ewell will also present a 2009 budget overview.

“Because State of the City Part I was so effective, most in attendance requested another forum for this year, hence Part II,” said Rosen. “This time we will be focusing on the economic state for 2009, giving residents and business owners a chance to ask questions of their community leaders.”

State of the City Part I was held in January and had a more formal setting where panelists discussed their goals for 2008, including the projected effects of the changing economy, new construction projects and general plan update on local businesses and residents, according to the chamber.

Part II is designed to create a conversational format where panelists will sit in club chairs. More than 200 business and community leaders, including chamber members, past chamber chairs and emerging business leaders plan to attend the event.

For State of the City II tickets or sponsorship information, (310) 393-9825, or www.smchamber .com/. Presale tickets for chamber members are $60, or $65 for non-members. At-the-door admission is $65 for chamber members or $70 for non-members.

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