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DAYTONA BEACH - The Young Professionals Group will host its fourth annual Local Government Fair on July 31, at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach.
The purpose of the fair is to show Young Professionals Group members and the community how they can become involved in local government, and the impact they can have on their area.
"The Local Government Fair has grown over the years," said Tim Stockman, 2012 Young Professionals Group president, "We have always had a strong turnout by Young Professionals Group members, and now we are seeing other community members, young and old, who come to the fair to learn about our area's local governments."
Daytona State College is sponsoring the event.
Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey is no stranger to the Young Professionals Group or the local government fair. He is a former panelist and speaker. This year, Jacob Stuart, president of the Central Florida Partnership, will follow Mayor Ritchey.
The Fair will begin at 5 p.m. with an opportunity for guests to meet representatives from the cities of Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Port Orange, DeLand and other local governments. With this being an election year, many commissioners, council members and candidates have confirmed their attendance, as well. The program will begin with Mayor Ritchey's remarks at 5:30 p.m., followed by Mr. Stuart.
"This is an opportunity to meet the people who work in your government and to get involved," Mr. Stockman said, "If you have ever wanted to run for office, serve on an advisory board, or just learn more about local government, the Young Professionals Group has created an opportunity for the community."
More than a dozen Young Professionals Group members have been appointed to city and county boards since the Young Professionals Group began its local government committee. Three Young Professionals Group members are currently serving as city commissioners in Daytona Beach, DeLand and Ormond Beach.
The public is invited to attend.