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My Galveston is…

In early 2013, members of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe, a young professionals group with over 160 members, began to have a conversation about their city. All had similar experiences of hearing things about Galveston that weren’t necessarily true or simply wrong. Sometimes these thoughts came from those who commuted to the island to work, sometimes they came from local citizens.

That talk gave birth to the idea of the My Galveston campaign. Meeting after work and on weekends for the last two years in a volunteer capacity, C-Crewe members came together to create a public relations campaign and marketing strategy with the mission to promote the island as a great place to live, raise a family and work. Its vision: increase the number of families living on the island and promote positive perceptions about island living.

Members of the My Galveston committee are diverse. They are employed by a wide variety of island businesses, including The University of Texas Medical Branch, the Mills Shirley law firm, Galveston ISD, the Galveston Educational Foundation, Landry’s, Moody National Bank, HomeTown Bank, University Federal Credit Union, Stewart Title, and Yaga’s Entertainment Group. A few run their own businesses such as Ryson Realty and Crossfit Tidal Wave.

Some come from generations of “born on the island” and some are “islander by choice.” Several are parents to small children who chose to build their families here; some are new homeowners, and some are renters. Despite all these different backgrounds, the one thing that unifies the committee is its love of Galveston and the fulfilling lifestyle it provides in a beautiful, unique, and historic coastal community.

Ultimately, the My Galveston campaign seeks to increase the number of people who call the island home by partnering with public and private businesses, civic organizations, foundations and educational institutions. It encourages all groups to promote Galveston Island by sharing the positive reality of island life and presenting facts so people can make an informed decision when actively looking at Galveston as a place to live and work. The idea is to have everyone deliver the same clear message that will have a powerful impact on people considering Galveston as their home.

The My Galveston committee seeks to oversee the strategic plan, provide information and resources and work with others to promote the island as a great place to live. The committee is currently seeking donors and investors. It is building partnerships with community stakeholders and major employers to fund the campaign.

This plan is sustainable, utilizing free tools such social media, the newly built MyGalveston.com website, face-to-face interactions at events that draw large crowds to Galveston, and through traditional means, such as a regional advertising campaign that reaches as far as north Texas and into Louisiana. It will monitor success through company surveys, school enrollment and real estate data.

This non-profit campaign has no other agenda than to see the city grow in a positive direction by sharing true facts about Galveston lifestyle, safety, schools and housing. It has been designed to be an initiative the entire community can get behind. We truly believe My Galveston will have a huge impact on all who call the island home today and those who will make it their home in the future, building an even better city for everyone.

Visit www.MyGalveston.com for more information!

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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.