Congressman-elect Rooney to address Chamber of Southwest Florida


Francis Rooney, a construction industry executive who was recently elected as a Republican to represent Florida’s 19th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Southwest Florida’s luncheon meeting Dec. 15 at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center.

Rooney, CEO of Manhattan Construction since 2008 and chairman of Rooney Holdings Inc. for 30 years, has also served for three years as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

The chamber meeting will not only provide a venue for government leaders to speak with the area’s business community, it will also provide an open forum for the public to pose questions of the community’s leaders.

“As business owners, it is our responsibility to be a voice in our communities,” Chamber of Southwest Florida Chairman Joe Padgett said. “We need to maintain an open dialogue with our city and county government in order to tell them what we need to continue to grow and improve our economy.”

Other guests will include Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais, Bonita Springs City Manager Carl Schwing, Fort Myers City Manager Saeed Kazemi and Cape Coral City Manager John Szerlag.

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