As we leave March Madness and spring forward with thoughts of vacations and day trips, be sure to visit www.visitprinceton.org for an abundance of historical sites, shopping, dining, and activities throughout the Princeton region. The site has been updated and enhanced as part of funding received through the 2008 Destination Marketing Organization Grant Program provided by the state Division of Travel and Tourism. With support from organizations such as Princeton University, the Princeton Area Arts & Culture Consortium, and other important stakeholders, we are pleased to announce recent approval of additional funding for the PRCVB to enhance travel and tourism in the Princeton region.

In addition, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau has worked under the leadership of the Mercer County Sports and Entertainment Commission with various business, academic, and public sectors to bring the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Finals, also known as the “Sweet Sixteen” and “Elite Eight”, to Trenton on Sunday, March 29, and Tuesday, March 31, at the Sovereign Bank Arena.

One of the most important reasons the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce continues to be one of the premiere business organizations in central New Jersey is the quality of programs and events we offer to our Members and the community.

We are honored to welcome Alan J. Heeger, 2000 Nobel Laureate in chemistry and professor of physics at the University of California Santa Barbara, as our distinguished lecturer for the Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. at Dodds Auditorium. Heeger will speak about “Turning the Dream of Low Cost Plastic Solar Cells into a Reality,” a vitally important subject for us and the future of our environment. The Albert Einstein Memorial Lecture is free and open to the public and is the only lecture of its kind presented by a Chamber of Commerce.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our hard working Program Committee who are dedicated each month to select luncheon and breakfast speakers and topics of interest to our members such as Richard Bilotti, former president and publisher of the Times of Trenton, who will speak about the diminishing print newspaper and the communications revolution at the monthly membership luncheon meeting on Thursday, April 2.

Be sure to join us for the Wednesday, April 15 Business Before Business breakfast and in preparation for the chamber’s June 8 Golf and Tennis Outing, when Steve Scott, PGA head golf pro at the Ridge at Back Brook, will share his golfing tales and tips with us.

As an organization committed to promoting an environment conducive to economic growth, the Chamber partnered with Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability to present the 2009 Mercer County Economic Summit on March 12th. More than 250 people attended the event to network and hear timely and informative speakers, such as Herb Taylor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia speak about the “Outlook for the U.S. Economy.” The event ended with a cocktail reception where guests had the opportunity to relax, network, and reflect on highlights of the program.

Taylor’s presentation gave a realistic look at the current economic cycle. During this difficult time we invite you to join us at a Chamber event, where you will always find conversation, friendly faces, and plenty of opportunities to promote your business. You will leave renewed and revitalized with the realization that the Chamber and its Members are a vitally important support system for you and your business. Your Chamber is the platform for you to do business and I hope to see you at a Chamber event in the near future.

Sincerely,

Lawrence H. Krampf

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

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