The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will host its annual economic forecast breakfast on Friday, February 10, at The Elks at Bass Rocks, 101 Atlantic Road, Gloucester, beginning at 7:30 a.m. This year the Chamber welcomes Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki for a timely presentation titled ‘Developing a Collaborative Agenda for Job Creation in Massachusetts’. Secretary Bialecki is responsible for administering the Commonwealth’s housing and economic development programs and helping to achieve the Governor Patrick’s priorities in these areas. These priorities include strengthening and accelerating Massachusetts’ economic recovery by supporting job creation in every region of the state.

Before joining the Patrick-Murray Administration, Secretary Bialecki worked for twenty years as a real estate development and environmental lawyer at the law firms of Hill & Barlow and DLA Piper Rudnick, where his work focused on the major urban redevelopment projects in the Greater Boston area. Drawing upon this private sector experience, Secretary Bialecki’s agenda for the coming year is aimed at supporting and expanding the Commonwealth’s innovation economy, and on helping small businesses grow by improving their access to capital and by addressing their rising health care costs.

Secretary Bialecki will be introduced by Edward Moscovitch, President of Cape Ann Economics.

The Breakfast Club gathering will also feature such regular highlights as the introduction of new Chamber members, special salutes, and the chance to mix with business colleagues and elected officials. A full breakfast catered by Cape Ann Coffees is included and will be served promptly at 7:30 a.m. The program will conclude by 9:00 a.m. Tickets are $20 and may be reserved by emailing or calling the Chamber office 978-283-1601.

About the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce: The mission of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is to serve as the principal voice of business in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea, while working to enhance both the economic environment and the quality of life for the citizens of Cape Ann.