Gov. Pete Ricketts will be the featured speaker Thursday evening, Oct. 11 at the North Platte Area Chamber and Development annual banquet.

The banquet will be held at the Sandhills Convention Center. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the annual meeting is at 7 p.m.

In addition, the governor will present the first incentive checks to four housing developers that have houses under construction under phase 2 of the Nebraska Rural Workforce Shot in the Arm program, Chamber Director Gary Person said.

The presentations will go to:

• Wilk Builders LLC of North Platte, Daren Wilkinson, developer — 800 Dixie & Philip Ave.

• RCR Properties LLC of North Platte, Randy Richards, developer — West A & Buffalo.

• Keith Hinrichsen Construction of North Platte, Keith Hinrichsen, developer — 3302 Appaloosa Dr.

• Grizzly J’s Woodworks LLC of Brady, Brady Johnson, developer — 227 Wayne Ave.

New chamber board officers and directors will be named, outgoing board members recognized and business awards presented, along with the annual report. Comedian / magician Joe Cole will provide entertainment.

Tickets can be secured by calling the Chamber office at 532-4966 or by email

The Rural Workforce Shot in the Arm $1.2 million housing incentive program was a combined effort of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corporation, the city of North Platte, Great Plains Health and the Union Pacific “Community Ties Giving” program.

The North Platte area is expected to build about 100 new housing units through the program, Person said.