When the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce kicked off its new "power luncheon" series at the Elks at Bass Rocks on Wednesday, it did so by featuring one of Gov. Deval Patrick's key cabinet leaders.
Richard Davey, the state's Secretary of Transportation and the CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, told the gathering of more than 75 that he recognizes the state of the state's roads is not good, and said that while the state is investing in improvements, it is not at the level needed to address the state's needs.
Chamber CEO Robert Heidt also noted that Davey is looking ahead to a project that will allow MBTA and commuter rail riders to use their mobile phones or other such devices to directly pay fares.
The chamber has not yet scheduled its next power luncheon, Heidt said, but is set to salute Cape Ann's leading small business owners with its annual small business luncheon Monday, June 11, at the Bass Rocks Golf Club.
The guest speaker for that event will be Robert Nelson, director of the federal Small Business Administration's Massachusetts district office.