LEWISTON – The man who orchestrated President Barack Obama’s inauguration and now choreographs his national and international travel appearances will be the keynote speaker at the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council’s 28th Annual Dinner & Business Forum, on Thursday, May 14, at the Ramada Conference Center.

Emmett Beliveau is the 32-year-old director of advance for Obama. He was also executive director and CEO of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee, an event that drew an estimated one million-plus people to the National Mall.

A graduate of Colby College with a degree in government, Beliveau has worked for the presidential campaigns of former Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John F. Kerry. He has also worked on campaigns for Congressman Mike Michaud and others, including his father, Severin Beliveau, who ran for governor when Emmett was a young man.

During the 2008 campaign, Beliveau oversaw most of candidate Obama’s events, including the announcement speech that drew 15,000 to Springfield, Ill., and the Election Night celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park that attracted well over 200,000 people.

As is tradition during this event, the cities of Lewiston and Auburn will present their annual economic achievement awards to companies that have made outstanding contributions to job creation, economic development, and/or community development.

The cost of attending is $45 per person, or a table of eight for $315, which includes a networking reception with cash bar, a plated dinner, and the entire evening’s program. The reception at the Ramada Conference Center in Lewiston begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the keynote address.

For information on registering, contact LAEGC at 784-0161, or visit www.economicgrowth.org.

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