QUINCY -- For the first time, 20 Under 40 recipients will be recognized with a banquet Tuesday, Sept. 18.
The ceremony will be an opportunity to showcase the winners while spotlighting those who have positively impacted communities on either side of the Mississippi River. Mercantile Bank is the presenting sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include Mark Twain Casino, Blessing Health System, Titan International and Quincy Medical Group. Partnering on event organization this year are the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce and Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, The Herald-Whig and WGEM, Quincy Young Professionals.
"These are all individuals who have not only had professional success but have made a positive impact on this area and their local communities," said Eric Wait, Herald-Whig marketing manager. "We're excited about this partnership and to be able to highlight the recipients."
While not unprecedented, the event marks a major partnership between the Quincy and Hannibal chambers of commerce.
"When people feel appreciated, connected, and supported, they are more likely to stay in Quincy and Hannibal," said Latonya Brock, executive director of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce. "It is the chamber's role to lead in looking for ways to enhance our communities. With both chambers coming together, my desire is that it sends a cohesive message."
The special event will become an annual tradition to celebrate the 20 Under 40 awards.
"This shows everyone in the region that we're better if we work together," said McKenzie Disselhorst, Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce executive director. "It brings all of our up and coming community leaders together, to recognize those people and to make connections."
The reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at quincychamber.org.
"I hope this event can become a strong retention and workforce development tool for this area," Brock said. "I think it is a great way to invest in our economy."