Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 10, 2013

Large crowds expected due to community college graduation

By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Communications are a big part of what chambers of commerce do for local businesses, so the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce recently let local restaurants know that they may see a bigger than usual lunch business on Saturday.

Steve Wise, the dean of New River Community and Technical College, told the chamber that a maximum of 1,400 graduates and guests are expected Saturday at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, said Keith Circle of the Princeton-Mercer chamber. The graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 12:20 p.m.

“When we find out about something we think effects our members or local businesses, we try to let them know about it. That gets to the root of what a chamber of commerce does,” Circle said. “It’s not a big deal, but it might help restaurants prepare.”

City Clerk Ken Clay has been helping to inform local restaurants of the potential extra business Saturday, Circle said.

“We want to give a good impression to visitors,” he said.