Letter from Chairman of the Board
I choose Tyler
Why choose Tyler over any other community…
We live in an amazing community…home of the roses and home to the Tyler Rose himself, Earl Campbell. Honoring Earl Campbell, our Tyler Chamber of Commerce established the now nationally recognized Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award given each year to a top college athlete.
We are home to the world famous Texas Rose Festival where we attracted 23,000 visitors to our hometown as well as Azalea & Spring Flower Trail which brought us 32,000 visitors this past year.
There are so many wonderful attributes that are naturally native to our community. However, as I mentioned at our recent Tyler Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, it’s you that makes this community so attractive. Yes, there are many moving to Tyler making this community their home. This past year, 3200 moved to Tyler. The choices to make Tyler home vary and include the great park system, world class medical care, the variety of restaurants and entertainment such as Caldwell Zoo, and many more. But above all, it’s the people, it’s you that make our community so special.
Mark Twain is quoted, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” I believe there is no other community that is filled with so many that are so passionate for their hometown. It is here, it is this community, it is Tyler that rises above the rest, because of YOU.
It is an honor to be your chairman for our Tyler Chamber of Commerce for 2018-2019. We have had an amazing year under the past leadership of Howard Patterson. We are still celebrating our newest chamber members from our recent membership drive where we saw almost 700 join the ranks of our chamber. Yes, we have an incredible chamber staff working hard every day on your behalf, but these newest members join because of YOU.
We have some exciting events coming up that you will not want to miss:
• We are gearing up for East Texas Coalition Day at the Capitol. I hope you will join us February 24-26, along with members from the Longview and Kilgore chambers of commerce, to make the trek to our State Capitol to hear from state elected officials as well as deliver our personal message of what we expect from them during this next legislative session.
• The Chamber will again host the annual Economic Outlook with Ray Perryman on January 10th; • The B2B Expo is coming up fast (January 17) so make sure to get your booth! This past year we had 3,000 visitors at this event; • The Energy Summit (April 2) continues to become a significant event focusing on the impact of oil and gas across our great State.
Our Chamber provides so many exciting opportunities for members to participate and grow their business. Thank you for an extraordinary past year and I look forward to an even greater next year!
Skip Ogle | Chairman 2018-2019
BOARD OF DIRECTORS