VP Gore to speak at Smith chamber annual meeting

CARTHAGE – Former Vice President Albert Gore Jr. has been announced as this year’s speaker for the Smith County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and banquet June 9.

Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is also a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis.

Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States Jan. 20, 1993, and served eight years.

He is the author of bestsellers “Earth in the Balance,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Assault on Reason,” “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” and most recently, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.” He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Billy Woodard, executive director of the chamber, said they asked Gore to speak “because he renowned worldwide.” The former VP also has family roots right in Smith County as well as a current residence; the Smith County Heritage Museum lists both Gore and his father, Al Gore Sr., as its most famous residents. Gore resides in Nashville.

For more information about the banquet or the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, call (615) 735-2093 or visit www.experiencesmithcounty.com.

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