SIKESTON - The director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development and a Missouri state senator with ties to Sikeston will be the featured guests at Saturday's Business Research Institute Annual Banquet. The banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, seeks to recognize the success of BRI in community revitalization.
Joseph L. Driskill was appointed to the position of director of the Department of Economic Development by the late Gov. Mel Carnahan. "He has built a strong local and regional involvement in his effort to stimulate new business growth, revitalize urban neighborhoods and rural communities, increase worker skills, promote more visitors to Missouri and make government more responsive to customer wishes," said Matt Marshall, one of the organizers of this year's banquet.
Marshall noted Sen. Maida Harrington-Coleman was born in Sikeston. Over the years she has been involved with many organizations including the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority and the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, serving as its commissioner. Last February she was elected to the senate from the Fifth District.
"We encourage the local businesses and community to show their support in our efforts to welcome our guests to the city of Sikeston," added Marshall.
Tickets for the event are $37.50 each with tables of eight available for $300 per table. For more information call the Business Research Institute at 471-5791.