Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins will speak at the Model Congress Awards Banquet at American International College. The event will be held in the AIC Dining Commons, Saturday, Jan. 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Stebbins, a native of Western Massachusetts, most recently served as Business Development Administrator for the city of Springfield. He also served two terms on the Springfield City Council from 2006 through the end of 2009. Prior to joining the city Economic Development office, Stebbins served as Senior Regional Manager for the National Association of Manufacturers in the New England region from 1999 through 2010.

Earlier in his career, Stebbins served in the administrations of Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci eventually being promoted to head the Massachusetts Office of Business Development after serving as deputy director and regional director. His government experience included working in the Office of Political Affairs at the White House for President George H.W. Bush.

His commitment to his community has also included serving on the elected school committee in East Longmeadow for seven years and chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of Springfield Technical Community College, as well as other non-profit community organizations. Stebbins is a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Following Stebbins address, more than $200,000 in AIC scholarships will be awarded to Model Congress delegates. The delegates are judged by AIC faculty members based on their oratorical and parliamentary procedure skills.

The three-day event is designed to give high school students the opportunity to engage in the legislative process firsthand and stimulate an interest in the process of government. Model Congress participants write, amend, debate and vote on a variety of bills during the three day competition, many of which closely resemble bills currently before the U.S. Congress.

For more information, contact the AIC Office of Public Relations at (413) 205-3231.