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Chamber Restates Position On Committee, Commission, and Board Appointment Policy

On March 13th the Chamber sent the following letter to Mayor & Council Members for the City of Galveston restating our position the recently passed Galveston City Council Committee, Commission and Board Appointment Policy.

Mayor Yarbrough and Council Members,

Please find attached a copy of the resolution from the Board of Directors of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce previously sent to the Galveston City Council stating our position and recommendations regarding Resolutions No. 14-038 and No. 14-041.

On October 21, 2014, the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously approved the unanimous recommendation of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee and passed the resolution to take the following position regarding the recently passed Galveston City Council Committee, Commission and Board Appointment Policy:

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has concerns about the new appointment policy of City Council.  We are most concerned because we believe certain committees and boards that require technical expertise or have major economic impact on Galveston and its businesses should be selected after competitive interviews by the entire Council rather than be left solely to individual Council member recommendations and rubber stamped by rule by all other members of council;

We believe that because of the demanding nature of these committees, they should require vetting of specific candidates to provide the best chance that the most qualified people can be appointed by Council.  The Boards and Committees which we believe need to be selected by vote of the entire Council after competitive interviews include the Galveston Wharves Board, Park Board of Trustees, Finance and Fiscal Affairs Committee, Zoning Board of Adjustments, Planning Commission, and Building Standards Commission; and

We will be glad to come and discuss this with Council, but are very concerned that with the present system, Council has given up its right to test those appointed to critical Boards and Committees.

This position statement was developed after extensive discussion by the business community, including the Galveston Hotel & Lodging Association (GH&LA) approved by our Advocacy Committee and Board of Directors, and we believe it expresses the majority opinion of the Galveston business community.   We believe that this position statement represents the best interest of the entire city.  We stand ready to meet and discuss this position with you and the City Council at your convenience.

We would like to understand the reason for your decision to change the vetting and interviewing process.    We request your assistance in clarifying the position and rationale for this decision by City Council.

Our goal at the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is in keeping with your vision to make our community strong and prosperous.  We appreciate your leadership and service to this end.  Please let us know when your schedule might permit an opportunity to discuss your decision for further clarification for our Board of Directors and membership.

We stand ready to meet and discuss this position with you and the City Council at your convenience.

To view the previously passed resolution by the Chamber click here!

Chamber Advocates For Pro-Business Environment Regarding New Land Development Regulations

Dear Chamber Members, The Chamber’s LDR Committee has worked tirelessly reviewing and communicating updates to our membership and city staff for well over two and half years now. The Chamber’s Mission since 1845 is to Promote and Advocate for Business and Community Development…it’s the reason we were established and we take that seriously. These regulationsContinue Reading

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.

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