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The El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce’s biannual Economic Outlook Luncheon is slated to begin today at 11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Conference Center.

The event provides civic leaders and the business community an opportunity to discuss the local economic picture. Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Randy Zook will serve as the luncheon’s guest speaker. Zook will discuss the recent legislative session and how the session will impact local businesses, according to the chamber.

Zook previously worked as the deputy director of administration and finance for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and as president and CEO of Atlantic Envelope Company, a $200-million company based in Atlanta.

“We’re looking forward to hearing Randy’s presentation,” said Bill Luther, president and CEO of the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce. “We are honored to be able to have him speak.”

Recently, several El Dorado-based companies or companies with Union County locations made economic news, both good and bad. Last month, Conifex announced it was closing an El Dorado sawmill due to low timber prices. Delek US, thanks to cash reserves it had built up buying “heavily discounted Midland crude for its refineries, according to S&P Global, recently decided to invest in midstream assets, including the Wink-to-Webster pipeline. And Murphy USA announced last week it was going to offer $500 million in senior unsecured notes and plans to use the debt, as well as cash on hand, to redeem previous 6% notes, according to arkansasbusiness.com.

An RSVP is required for this event, which can be made by calling the El Dorado-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 870-863-6113 or emailing jaren@goeldorado.com. The Chamber of Commerce is located at 111 W. Main Street in El Dorado.

Tickets for chamber members are $20 each, and $25 for nonmembers.

Sponsors for this event include Canfor Southern Pine and El Dorado & Wesson Railway Company.

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