The latest cold spell has left us thinking about warmer days ahead. Now is the time to spring ahead, practice your putting, polish your serve and sign up for the chamber’s annual golf and tennis outing, which will take place on Monday, June 8, at Greenacres Country Club. This outstanding event has been a sellout each year and has earned the reputation as one of the Princeton region’s premier events.

The chamber is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture, which will take place on Thursday, April 23, at Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. We welcome Alan Heeger, 2000 Nobel Laureate in chemistry and professor of physics at the University of California Santa Barbara as our distinguished speaker. Today Dr. Heeger’s research continues to focus on aspects of the science and technology of semiconducting and metallic polymers, with focus on the gate-induced insulator-to-metal transition in polymer field effect transistors and low cost “plastic” solar cells.

This high profile event is open to the public and allows us to memorialize one of the best-known residents of Princeton and to commemorate his contributions to science and scholarship.

On Thursday, March 5, Tony Terricciano, chairman of the board at Sallie Mae, will join us for the Monthly Membership Luncheon and speak about the banking crisis and the reasons why it happened, an issue which has greatly impacted Wall Street and our entire business community.

The 4th Annual Mercer County Economic Summit, presented by Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development & Sustainability on Thursday, March 12, at the Conference Center at Mercer County Community College will focus on ways businesses can better position themselves as a result of these difficult economic times. With session topics that include Hot Topics in Energy Management: Integrating Green Solutions; Economic Realities of 2009: Impacts and Opportunities and Thinking Outside the Box: Adapting Your Business in a New Economic Environment, this event should not be missed by those concerned about how current economic conditions affect business growth.

Under the guidance of chairman-elect Bob Hillier, the chamber’s leadership moves ahead with the strategic planning process to examine where we are going in the upcoming year and how we will get there. Undeniably, your chamber moves forward with the support of our dedicated Board of Directors, members, sponsors, volunteers and staff and will continue to be the platform for you to do business in central New Jersey.

Lawrence H. Krampf

Chairman of the Board Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Princeton Communications Group, Inc.

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