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My Galveston – College Town Galveston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2017
Contact: M.J. Naschke, (409) 771-4373

My Galveston – College Town Galveston

GALVESTON, TX – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce recently launched College Town Galveston, a campaign spun from the C-Crewes successful My Galveston program.

My Galveston, a program developed by C-Crewe to encourage residency on Galveston Island, was begun in 2015. A Chamber committee for members 40 years and under, C-Crewe has been acting as ambassadors for the island by connecting with young professionals and promoting the island lifestyle and Galveston Island as a great place to work and live.

Taking the campaign to the next level, collaboration was formed between the Chamber and institutions of higher learning, and as a result a grassroots program has been born and aptly named College Town Galveston. The mission of College Town Galveston is to promote and support the efforts of UTMB. Texas A&M Galveston and Galveston College by providing resources to prospective students and their families.

Galveston’s student population is growing steadily. UTMB is one of the largest and fastest growing academic health centers in the United States with more than 3,500 students. Texas A&M Galveston, with more than 2500 students, is anticipating a large student body increase, and Galveston College, ranked number one among community colleges in Texas, had more than 2000 students enrolled in 2016. Our three outstanding learning institutions on Galveston Island are growing at breakneck speed. The Galveston Chamber’s College Town Galveston initiative is here at the right time.

The website www.collegetowngalveston, now in development, will feature housing options, entertainment venues, cultural opportunities, grocery stores, retail shopping, outdoor activities, volunteer opportunities, sports, parks, and worship communities.

Galveston Chamber President and CEO, Gina Spagnola, stated, “We are so fortunate to have UTMB, Galveston College and Texas A&M Galveston here. Galveston’s student population is growing and we want to offer students the opportunity to be a part of our community by informing them of what resources are available to them. We know they will find the Island accommodating, easy to navigate, and friendly. We are proud that College Town Galveston was born from our C-Crewe’s My Galveston initiative to promote Galveston as a great place to live. We welcome and encourage new residents and hope that by making their student experience a positive one, they will remain here.”

The website, currently under construction, may be previewed at www.galvestonchamber.com. The community is invited to provide information regarding resources for college students for the website.

The Chamber is encouraging locals to observe ‘College Town Fridays’ by wearing the colors of UTMB, Galveston College and Texas A & M and flying their school banners each week. Companies who are interested in providing their resource information for the website are asked to contact the Chamber at ltouchy@galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326.

U.S. Chamber Awards Local Chamber with Accreditation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – 10:30am Contact: M.J. Naschke, (409) 762-3930 U.S. Chamber Awards Local Chamber with Accreditation WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, at its board meeting today, awarded accreditation to the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities. “AccreditationContinue Reading

Galveston County Legislature Day at the Texas Capitol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 3, 2017 By Lora-Marie Bernard with photos by Ruth Ann Ruiz Galveston County Legislature Day at the Texas Capitol About 200 chamber of commerce and government representatives participated Wednesday in the first Galveston County Legislature Day at the Texas Capitol. The collaborative event featured a day of photo opportunities and meetings withContinue Reading

Actress Marilu Henner Keynote Speaker at 10th Annual Women’s Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 29, 2016 CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 771-4373 Actress Marilu Henner Keynote Speaker at 10th Annual Women’s Conference GALVESTON, TX – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has confirmed that Marilu Henner, actress and author, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Conference Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit, Thursday, April 6,Continue Reading

George & Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway Dedication

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2016 CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 771-4373 George & Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway Dedication GALVESTON, TX – The I-45 Causeway linking Galveston Island to the mainland will officially be named the George and Cynthia Mitchell Memorial Causeway on Tuesday, October 25. State Senator Larry Taylor, State Representative Wayne Faircloth, former Senator A.R.Continue Reading

Governor’s Office Of Small Business Assistance Awards Funding To 10 Small Business Service Providers

For Immediate Distribution | August 18, 2016 | (512) 463-1826 Governor’s Office Of Small Business Assistance Awards Funding To 10 Small Business Service Providers AUSTIN — The Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) announced today that it has awarded approximately $100,000 in grant funding to ten nonprofit organizations from across the state for projects promotingContinue Reading

3rd Annual DOOLIN MARITIME CAREERS CAMP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31 – August 6, 2016 CONTACT: Gina Spagnola; gspagnola@galvestonchamber.com or (409) 763-5326 3rd Annual DOOLIN MARITIME CAREERS CAMP GALVESTON, TX The Doolin Maritime Careers Camp, a weeklong residential camp, July 31 thru August 6, 2016, is now accepting applications for students that are rising 8th to 10th grades. The camp is free ofContinue Reading

Galveston Regional Chamber to Honor Young Entrepreneurs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2016 CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 762-3930 Galveston Regional Chamber to Honor Young Entrepreneurs GALVESTON, TX – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor the recipients of the First Annual George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year at an awards celebration, Friday, June 10, 7 – 10 pm, atContinue Reading

UTMB President Speaks to C-Crewe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2016 CONTACT: M.J. Naschke (409) 762-3930 UTMB President Speaks to C-Crewe GALVESTON, TX – Dr. David Callender, President, UTMB Health, was the invited speaker at the quarterly informative luncheon hosted by C-Crewe, a membership division of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. The C-Crewe invites regional business professionals to participateContinue 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.