March 7, 2017

Backstage at the Egyptian: Interview with Matt Duffy

Interview conducted by: Kevin Ray – Egyptian Theatre Intern

Matt Duffy is the Executive Director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. I had a chance to interview him about the upcoming Candidates Night they are hosting at the Egyptian Theatre.

The spring 2017 Candidates Night will be held Wednesday, March 8 for the City of DeKalb Mayor and Alderman candidates and Thursday, March 9 for the DeKalb School Board and DeKalb Park District candidates.  Meet and greet in the lobby with candidates starts at 5:30 PM each night with the forum starting in the theatre at 6:30 PM.  The event is open and free to the public.

Kevin: Why is it important to have this event at the Egyptian Theatre?

Matt: It’s a great venue to provide for a meet and greet, on-stage forum and broadcast it on the radio.

Kevin: Why is the partnership between the Egyptian Theatre and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce so important?

Matt: The DeKalb Chamber has worked with the Egyptian Theatre on a variety of events and programs over the years to provide valuable information for the community. Utilizing this local gem while providing a benefit to the community is a win-win for everyone.

Kevin:  Why does the chamber host the candidates night?

Matt: The DeKalb Chamber wants to educate the voters of the community on the decisions made in our elections.

Kevin: How does the Egyptian Theatre provide value to chamber members?

Matt: The value to our members is seen in a variety of ways. The increased traffic of people coming to events while also dining and shopping and having DeKalb as a destination, is a tremendous asset to the Chamber and the community.