The Miami Area Chamber Business Connection Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, June 24 at the Paul Thomas Family Center, located at 1527 N. Main Street, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The luncheon topic is “Sales Tax Means New Streets” and will feature Mayor Brent Brassfield. Also joining Brassfield at the podium will be Rickey Hayes, Retail Attractions, LLC., who will present an City of Miami economic development effort to attract new retail industry to the Miami area. The Chamber will also be officially presenting the newest Leadership Miami Class XIV graduates to the community.

“Mayor Brassfield will discuss the need for new streets and why a sales tax initiative is the best way to fund the new street initiative,” said Cindy Morris, Chamber President. “Brassfield will also provide a question and answer time for those who have specific questions related to the sales tax initiative and the efforts of the City of Miami to build a more attractive community to attract new businesses and also to provide better roads for the residents of Miami.”

The City of Miami recently contracted with an Oklahoma based company, Retail Attractions LLC to develop economic development strategies for Miami to attract new retail industry. Rickey Hayes, President of Retail Attractions, LLC will explain the process his company follows in developing these strategies and attraction of new business for communities.

“Next Thursday’s program will be very informative and position the City of Miami as a progressive-thinking community,” state Morris. “Please join us and become informed on important efforts in taking Miami to a new level of business opportunities.”

Early-bird reservation for the luncheon is $9 per member/$12 non-chamber members if made by Tuesday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. Cost after June 22 is $12 per member/$15 non-chamber member.

To make reservations, contact the Chamber office at 542-4481 or via email to Call soon as seating is limited.