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Governor Roy Cooper to Speak at the 2024 SAGE Awards & Annual Meeting of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce

The 2024 Board Chair of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce, Charles Ashe, Chief Compliance & Administrative Officer of Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, is excited to announce that Governor Roy Cooper will be giving the opening welcome at the  2024 SAGE (Statesville Area Growth and Excellence) Awards and Annual Meeting. The event, slated for February 15, 2024 at 6PM, is to highlight the Chamber’s activities in 2023 and present awards that acknowledge the excellence of and achievements of the local business community and organizations in and around Statesville.

Charles has been in discussion with Governor Cooper and his staff for the last several months and with the help of William Morgan was able to confirm his attendance. “We are thrilled that he has accepted our request to speak at our Annual Meeting and kick-off a newly developed award program, SAGE, Statesville Area Growth and Excellence Awards, to acknowledge and honor local businesses and leaders for outstanding excellence in our business community. Having Governor Cooper to attend this event is a real honor for our Chamber and attendees.”

Held at the Statesville Civic Center, this event, hosted by the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce, promises an unforgettable experience for attendees. New this year is networking while enjoying the delicious food stations provided by Café 220.



The SAGE Awards will honor excellence in various categories that underscore the exceptional achievements across Statesville and its surrounding areas. The awards include:

o    Citizen of the Year

o    Business of the Year (both large and small enterprises)

o    Ambassador of the Year

o    Community Impact (nonprofit) of the Year

o    Partners in Education Excellence

o    Innovator of the Year

o    Volunteer of the Year

o    Launch SAGE Award for New Businesses

o    Leader in Advocacy

This prestigious event is set to be an evening of celebration, recognition, and community spirit, generously sponsored by Denso, a global leader in advanced automotive technology, systems, and components. Denso’s sponsorship shows their dedication to supporting and fostering growth within the local community. The collaboration with Denso aligns with the Chamber’s mission to celebrate excellence, innovation, and community impact.

The mission of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce is to connect all sectors of the community, generating education and economic opportunities to improve the quality of life.

For more information about the SAGE Awards & Annual Meeting and the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce, contact the Chamber at 704-873-2892 and visit us at