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Where people live has a profound influence on their lives, but cities rarely tap that emotional connection to improve their communities, according to author Peter Kageyama.

He will be the keynote speaker at the 104th annual meeting of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. today at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike.

“If cities begin thinking of themselves as engaged in a relationship with their citizens, and if we as citizens begin to consider our emotional connections with our places, we open up new possibilities in community, social and economic development by including the most powerful of motivators — the human heart — in our toolkit of city-making,” according to Kageyama’s website.

Tim Cooney, interim president of the chamber, said Kageyama’s book deals with what makes people want to stay in their city and engage in their community.

“It has a lot of resonance with our community,” Cooney said via email. “It will be very appropriate for the annual meeting.”

A presentation by Cooney will focus on a video the chamber produced in which chamber members talk about how membership has helped them.

Also at the annual meeting, the chamber will bestow some of its most prestigious awards, including the Business of the Year, Project of the Year and Community Service awards.

If you go

What: Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce 104th annual meeting.

When: 11:30 a.m. today.

Where: Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike.

Agenda includes: Presentation by Interim President Tim Cooney, bestowing of awards, keynote address by author Peter Kageyama.

Information on Kageyama:

Information about the chamber: 379-4457,

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