Letter from Chairman of the Board
Every new year provides opportunities to build on the momentum that has been created in prior years and based on the successes our community has enjoyed in 2016, the year 2017 holds a lot of promise. If we think back on what has occurred in 2016, some of the larger developments have been 1) the construction of the new 80,000 sf Fresenius Medical building on the east loop and Earl Campbell Parkway that, when fully occupied, will have over 500 employees, 2) the groundbreaking of the 140,000 sf UT Tyler School of College and Technology Building that will be completed by the fall of 2018(confirm that’s right), and 3) most recently, the announcement of a major partnership between UT Health Northeast and MD Anderson, the leading cancer care provider in the U.S., that will further distinguish Tyler’s reputation as the medical destination for East Texas. Additionally, within the past 12 months, the amount of construction of new office buildings, restaurants, and retail centers tells you that Tyler is attracting attention from a widening pool of investors and businesses.
It is my honor to serve as the current chairman of our chamber which boasts over 2,000 members, and represents the 4th largest chamber in the State of Texas. We are a grass-roots organization and our membership works together to enhance the business environment, economic well-being, and quality of life for the Tyler area. We enthusiastically invite our members to consider serving on one or more of our committees so that your voices can be heard and our organization can benefit from the skills you may offer.
The Chamber Committees for 2016-2017 are: Aviation, Surface Transportation, Veterans, Governmental Affairs, Energy, Education/Human Resources, Senior Resources, Medical and Technology. Every committee deals with issues that are very important to our community.
In addition to the opportunity to serve on committees that might interest you, we hope that you will attend one of the many after-hours events that are hosted by our member businesses throughout the year. These are a lot of fun and provide great networking opportunities. We also host quarterly small business breakfasts that are especially popular for our newer business owners.
There is a full slate of Chamber-related activities during the 1st quarter of 2017 including of particular note, Dr. Ray Perryman’s Economic Forecast Luncheon to be held on January 12 at the Green Acres Cross Walk Conference Center, the Business Workshop scheduled for January 19th at the Rose Garden, the East Texas Coalition Days in Austin on February 26 – 27, 2017, and the 2017 Energy Summit to be held March 28, 2017 at the Crosswalk Conference Center. We hope that you can attend on or all of these events. Information about all of these events can be obtained from the Chamber office.
Thank you for your membership and support of the Chamber. I wish you a prosperous 2017 and hope that you enjoy participating in the many available chamber activities this year.
Claude E. Henry | Chairman 2016-2017
BOARD OF DIRECTORS