The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2017 annual banquet on Monday, April 3 with Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin set as the keynote speaker at Hempstead Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Hope.

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2017 annual banquet on Monday, April 3 with Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin set as the keynote speaker at Hempstead Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Hope.
In a short statement to the Hope Star on Friday afternoon, Griffin said, “I am excited to be a part of this year’s Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Local business and community leaders are critical to making Arkansas competitive. I look forward to sharing ideas about how we can work together to reform state government and lower taxes on hardworking Arkansans so we can grow good paying jobs."
Griffin’s roots are not far from Hope. He grew up an hour away in Magnolia, and he is known as a fifth generation Arkansan. He also graduated from Magnolia High School, and later, he graduated from Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans.
The top GOP party official in the region, Fourth District Chair Sharon Wright, said “I’ve known Tim for years since he was a Congressman, and I’ve been privileged to introduce him at a number of events.  He is a very intelligent man, who is very knowledgable of issues both in Arkansas and Washington DC.”
Wright noted that Griffin had previously been to Hope in the past year, giving a speech to Hope Lions Club.
“He grew up in Magnolia, so this part of Arkansas is like home to him. Tim is a great guy, who is a charismatic, entertaining, and thoughtful speaker,” Wright said.
Prior to being elected as the Lt. Governor, Griffin had previously served as the United States Representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District from January 2011 to January 2015. The Second District comprises the state capital Little Rock, and most of its suburbs and surrounding areas.
While in the 112th Congress, Griffin served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Committee on Ethics and the House Committee on the Judiciary, and during the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, according to a copy of his official biography provided Friday afternoon by his communications director, Katie Grygar.
At Hempstead Hall, the doors for the Chamber banquet will open at 5:30 p.m. when bids for the Chamber’s silent auction. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program itself begins at 7 p.m. Current Chamber President Mitch Bobo is scheduled to preside over the ceremonies. Other highlights of the Chamber banquet will include the announcement of a Citizen of the Year and an Educator of the Year, and the Hope Star will be publishing its annual Chamber Banquet Special on April 1.
During an announcement at the Chamber’s Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, Bobo said, “Nominations are being accepted at the Chamber office.  They can be delivered to the Chamber office at 202 South Main during normal business hours, or mailed to P.O. Box 250, Hope, 71802, or emailed to hopemelonfest.com.  Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, March 30.”
Bobo also said that tickets for the banquet are now on sale at the Chamber office.  For tickets or more information, contact Chamber secretary Taylor Massey at the
Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce at 777-3640.