LONGMONT — Hundreds of people packed into the Plaza Conference Center on Thursday night for the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce's seventh annual Unity in the Community event.
Members of the business community, governments and area nonprofit agencies got the chance to mingle in a setting designed to be an informal public venue.
"This is our signature event," said chamber board Chairman Forrest Fleming.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a former Boulder County resident who was the top elected state official to attend this year's event, said one reason he showed up was because "I like Longmont a lot."
Gessler said the night also gave him the opportunity to tell people about the improvements the Colorado Department of State has made in services to Colorado businesses, and further improvements he plans to make in his office's Business Division.
Chamber president Kathy Weber-Harding said about 650 people registered for the event, the highest number in Unity in the Community's history. As the two-hour occasion drew to a conclusion, Weber-Harding estimated that as many as 750 people attended.
"It's an amazing turnout," Fleming said. "It's overwhelming."
The contingent of elected officials included several state lawmakers, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, St. Vrain Valley School District board members and a Regional Transportation District board member as well as county government officeholders from Boulder and Weld counties.
Members of city councils and town boards from Longmont, Erie, Dacono, Berthoud, Frederick, Firestone and Milliken also put in appearances.
And while no members of the area's congressional delegation were able to attend this year, U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner all sent staff members.
The Longmont chamber's event also drew visitors from neighboring chambers of commerce, including Boulder's, Berthoud's and Carbon Valley's.