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A Strong, Thriving Economy

Galveston Island is a national model for resiliency and determination. Since September 13, 2008 this community has confronted a natural disaster (Hurricane Ike), a weakening of the regional and national markets, and the impacts of a national recession. Galveston today is embarking on a community renaissance reminiscent of those efforts that led to the successful rebuilding of this coastal island community following the devastating impacts caused by the 1900 Storm. Galveston is a city where the business community stood determined in the face of adversity and immediately went back to work focusing on recovery and rebuilding.

Galveston today is embarking on a community renaissance reminiscent of those efforts that led to the successful rebuilding of this coastal island community following the devastating impacts caused by the 1900 storm. Galveston is a city where the business community stood determined in the face of adversity and immediately went back to work focusing on recovery and rebuilding.
Galveston’s Economic Climate

Unlike any time in Galveston’s recent history, currently there are close to $2 billion of local, state and national resources dedicated to making Galveston a better place. Efforts have been led by the Galveston Chamber and the Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP) to facilitate a successful economic recovery strategy for the business community of Galveston Island.

Partnering with the City of Galveston, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston County, and many other public partners – the Chamber and GEDP have worked tirelessly to enhance the opportunity of engaging local and regional businesses in the recovery process of Galveston Island.

The primary pillars of Galveston’s economic base include the Port of Galveston and maritime businesses, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, higher education technology research and tourism. In addition to these forces, Galveston also boasts strong governmental, financial, commercial and historical components throughout the community.

Galveston established the foundation for an infusion of capital into facilities, housing, infrastructure and economic development unlike any period in our history. These capital injections will be maximized through the leveraging of public dollars with private sector developments and opportunities for true in-fill redevelopment throughout the neighborhoods of our great community.

City of Galveston

Galveston Island is a dramatically different city than it was prior to Hurricane Ike. However, the spirit and resiliency of Galveston’s business community has never been more apparent or strong.

As the city continues along its path of recovery and reconstruction, the rebuilding and diversification of the Island’s tax base remains a priority. Efforts underway to guide the future development include revisions to the Island’s Comprehensive Plan, implementation of the prioritized projects developed by the city’s Long Term Recovery Committee, and a host of other strategic planning efforts currently in process. These plans seek to optimize future opportunities for tax base expansion, job creation opportunities, infrastructure improvements, and an overall enhancement to the Island’s quality of life for residents and businesses alike.
Galveston is a historic city with new economic opportunities for its businesses and residents. For more information about the Galveston economy or to discover the potential for your business growth, contact the Galveston Economic Development Partnership at (409) 770-0216 and the Galveston Chamber at (409) 763-5326.

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2228 Mechanic, Suite 101

Galveston Island, Texas 77550

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Advocacy. The Business Advocacy Committee shall be charged with the primary responsibility to promote a positive and pro-active business environment in the Galveston area through the following activities:

  1. Developing and supporting local governmental action which promotes a strong business climate and job growth opportunities.
  2. Opposing local governmental action which inhibits a strong business climate and diminishes job growth opportunities.
  3. Establishing productive relationships between business interests and public officials.
  4. Providing forums to inform public officials and candidates for public office on issues impacting the business community.
  5. Providing forums to educate the membership on issues impacting the business community.
  6. Communicating official Chamber positions to the appropriate public officials prior to their action on the issue.
  7. Identifying and supporting individuals to serve on public Commissions and Boards.
  8. Endeavoring to hold public officials accountable for their actions and the resulting impact on the business community. This may be accomplished by the circulation of public official voting records to the Chamber membership on any issue on which the Chamber has communicated an official position.

Advocacy Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, in conjunction with Legislative Affairs, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Comite de Negocios (Spanish Businesses Committee). This committee's mission is to advocate and act as a liaison for the hispanic owned business community within the region.

The Comite de Negocios meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

C-Crewe. The C-Crewe’s objective is to engage professionals under forty in the Galveston business community, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

C-Crewe meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 10:00 am, at various locations.

Doolin Maritime Career Pathways. As a committee of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, the Doolin Maritime Pathways Crew is a coalition of educators, organizations, and businesses that promote local workforce development for the maritime industry.

The Doolin Maritime Career Pathways Committee meets the 3rd Friday of every month, 7:30 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Education. The mission of this committee is to enhance the quality, accessibility, choice, and usefulness of education for all students, and to support the economic, social, and political viability of Galveston Island.

Education Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 7:30am, various locations.

Executive Committee. This committee meets the 2nd Friday of every month, 8:00 am, Chamber offices.

Golf Tournament. The Golf Tournament is a fundraiser for the Chamber.

This committee meets monthly beginning in May, with the exact scheduled to be determined at that time.

Legislative Affairs. The mission for this committee is to advocate through the Legislature for member businesses, providing a voice to not only the State, but at a National level as well.

This committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 8:00 am, in the Chamber Board Room.

Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day Galveston County, which is an initiative of the Galveston Regional Chamber’s Education Committee, empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Youth of all ages – from pre-K through high school, across Galveston County can register.

Lemonade Day Committee meets the 1st Friday of every month, 10:00 am, Chamber Board Room.

Membership Development. This committee is tasked with growing and retaining the membership base, through continual review of membership levels and benefits, and listening to the members, their requests, and requirements.

This committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 2:00 pm, Chamber offices.

Pelican Island and Galveston Channel Advocacy. This committees mission is promoting and advocating for existing and future land owners and businesses on Pelican Island and the Port of Galveston and its tenants.

This committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month, 11:30 am, at various member locations.

Women’s Conference. The mission of this committee is to give women in the region an opportunity to come together, share and learn from each other.

Women’s Conference Committee meets the 1st Thursday of every month, 3:00 pm in the Chamber Board Room.

Work Force Development. The mission of this committee is to identify skill sets that match employment opportunities in the Galveston Region.

Work Force Development Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 9:00 am in the Chamber Board Room.