Letter from Chairman of the Board
As we approach the season that East Texas’ natural beauty really begins to impress, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce is well into its 2016-2017 fiscal year and our committees have been very busy working on initiatives that will continue to enhance the Tyler business community.
On January 12th, at the sold-out 33rd Annual Perryman Economic Outlook Conference, Dr. Perryman stated that he is projecting the growth rate for the Tyler metropolitan area to be much higher than the national rate and higher than the state average as well. This is due to several reasons, not the least of which is how diversified our economy has become in recent years.
So that the business climate will remain favorable for our area, on February 26 – 28, 80 TACC members joined in with chamber members from the Tyler Metro Chamber, Longview, and Kilgore in attending the East Texas Coalition Day in Austin during which meetings were held with appointed and elected officials to discuss issues and legislation that will be in play during the current state legislative session.
Other events that have been held or are upcoming include the successful B2B Expo that was held on January 19th, with 2,000 attendees. Those attending the luncheon were entertained and motivated by our dynamic speaker, Christine Cashen, whose topic was “Get What You Want With What You Have; Stop Global Whining”.
SPORTyler hosted the 4th annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award banquet on January 11th for a sold out crowd in which D’Onta Foreman, running back at the University of Texas, was honored as this year’s recipient. The event received state and national media coverage
On March 27th, the TACC Energy Committee will host the 2017 Energy Summit which will be titled “ A New Day in the Oil Patch” and feature an impressive lineup of speakers. This is always well attended and provides timely information on such an important topic for our region. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through the Chamber office.
Claude E. Henry | Chairman 2016-2017
BOARD OF DIRECTORS