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Ready to Tee Off? Network at the Best Business Golf Tournament in the Region!

Ready to Tee Off? Network at the Best golftournament_logoBusiness Golf Tournament in the Region!

Galveston Regional Chamber Golf Tournament Scheduled for September 14 at Moody Gardens Golf Course

GALVESTON, TX July 14, 2015 – It is golf tournament time for the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and this is your chance to network at one of the best business tournaments in the region! Mark your calendars for Monday, September 14, 2015 at Moody Gardens Golf Course in Galveston, Texas and enjoy a day of golf, business networking, delicious food and drinks and exciting new details.

“We are proud to present the 26th annual Chamber Golf Tournament to the business community,” said Howie Bentley of Classic Auto Group Galveston, Chair of the Golf Tournament Committee. “There’s a reason that businesses come back to this tournament year after year. The quality of the networking, the fun times and the amazing courses make this a tournament you won’t want to miss.”

Sponsorship opportunities have been released with options for every business need and value. Businesses can choose from a variety of levels to include teams, tee box and hole ownership, signage, meal underwriting and more. To secure your sponsorship level today, email Elizabeth Rogers Alvarado, Director of Special Events, at ealvarado@galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326.

Moody Gardens Golf Course is a seaside course with a tropical feel. A premiere public golf course, Moody Garden Golf Course underwent a $16 million dollar renovation in 2008, by renowned course architects Jacobsen Hardy. The course still features the best historical aspects of the original layout, while significantly improving certain holes and overall course flow. The course offers 18 holes meandering through upland and lowland native areas, natural wetland habitats of beautiful Sydnor Bayou, and over 500 palm trees.

To secure sponsorships or for more information, click here. You can also email Elizabeth Rogers Alvarado, Director of Special Events, at ealvarado@galvestonchamber.com or call (409) 763-5326.


My Galveston Launches Website to Promote Island Living

My Galveston Launches Website to Promote Island Living

MyGalveston.com Showcases Island for Potential Residents and Employees

GALVESTON, TX July 6, 2015 –   MyGalveston.com is here. The site, developed by members of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe, a group of young professionals, aims to promote Galveston Island as a great place to live and work. The site will continue to grow to become the primary website for anyone potentially moving or working on the island. Information on MyGalveston.com will eventually include resources to housing, schools, nightlife, arts and culture, and more.

“We are extremely proud of the work our committee has accomplished in promoting Galveston as a premiere location to live,” said Johnston Farrow, co-chair of the My Galveston committee. “MyGalveston.com presents our city the way Galvestonians see it – a vibrant, safe, unique beach community filled with people that care about each other, great educational options, and plenty of jobs. We believe this site will help recruiters, realtors, and employers when attracting people to the island.”
The My Galveston campaign started in 2011 when members of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe recognized a major need to promote the city of Galveston and push positive perceptions to those who either commute to the island to work, those who visit, and those who live off the island. MyGalveston.com comes after countless hours of volunteer work by active young professionals who seek to showcase the island and move it in a positive direction. My Galveston won best committee at the 2015 Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce awards.

The My Galveston committee is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to build a long-range, sustainable campaign that will include presence at local events and a large-scale advertising campaign throughout the Texas and Louisiana region. The committee plans on raising public and private funds while bringing together Galveston’s major employers, civic organizations, and educational institutions to drive its singular message: Galveston Island is a wonderful place to call home.

For more information, please visit www.mygalveston.com or www.facebook.com/mygalveston.

Galveston Regional Chamber Cuts Ribbon at Galveston Community Sailing Center at Public Celebration on July 18

Galveston Regional Chamber Cuts Ribbon at Galveston Community Sailing Center at Public Celebration on July 18

Learn About Community Sailing – Enjoy Food, Refreshments, Boat Tours, Activities, Fireworks and More!

GALVESTON, TX June 15, 2015 –   The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will cut the official ribbon of the Galveston Community Sailing Center (GCSC) at a fun-filled, family day on Saturday, July 18 from 5 – 10 p.m. The Chamber will cut the ribbon at 5 p.m. and the public is invited to visit the center and learn more about the affordable sailing programs it has to offer. Participants can tours the boats and facilities, swim, enjoy hot dogs and refreshments and play games. The evening will conclude with firework viewing from the docks of the sailing center.

Galveston Community Sailing Center is a US Sailing-sanctioned Community Sailing center offering memberships for individuals and families. GCSC places special emphasis on teaching youth and disabled individuals the art of sailing. The adaptive sailing program provides instruction for sailors of all levels with a variety of disabilities, and is integrated with the Sea Scout Program for Disability Awareness training.

All instructors are US Sailing Certified licensed captains. Nautical skills are taught and practiced during weekly US Sailing classes, Open Sail Saturdays, and Schooner Sundays. GCYSC invites Galveston Island to enjoy a wonderful and affordable opportunity to share a love of the ocean across generations through true community sailing.

“There’s a place for everyone here from the novice with no experience to Bareboat Certifications,” remarked Capt. Mike Janota, Community Sailing Director. “GCSC is offering this Island something it has missed for a long time; true community sailing.”

GCSC is located at 7509 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77554 and can be reached by calling 409-572-2562 Ext. 1008 or emailing info@ssbgalveston.org. For more information, please visit www.ssbgalveston.org.


Sunshine Center Chosen as 2015 Celebrating Women Conference Recipients!

This year theLooking to Give Back_ Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit conference has chosen the Sunshine Center as it’s charity for the 2015 conference! We are asking for the items from their wish list to be brought to the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce office at 2228 Mechanic before the event (between April 1 – April 13) or by attendees to the event on April 17! Here’s what they are wishing for:

  • Paint (fabric & acrylic)
  • Markers & crayons
  • Plain & color pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Design cut scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Jewelry & bead kits
  • Craft kits
  • Soap making kits
  • Scrap booking supplies
  • Single hole punch
  • Computer software & games
  • Computer headsets & speakers
  • Wii Fit games
  • Yoga Mats
  • Or gift cards from Wal-Mart, Target, Office Depot, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Kroger, etc.

We hope you’ll help us grant some wishes for these deserving kiddos! Thanks for all you do ladies! ‪#‎giveback‬ ‪#‎payitforward‬ ‪#‎weloveourladies‬

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!

Satori School Ribbon Cutting

On Wednesday March 4th, Satori School cut a ribbon to celebrate a new look thanks to help from DSW Homes – Custom Homes of Exceptional Value in the Southern US and Sherwin Williams! Karmen Mataro, wife of Steve Mataro of DSW headed up and oversaw all aspects of the restoration project of the school fromContinue Reading

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

Galveston Invited to Participate in US-Japan Grassroots Exchange

Community Leaders to Participate in Three-Year Dialogue and Exchange Program (GALVESTON, TX) March 2, 2015 – Galveston leaders of local grassroots/nonprofit organizations, local government groups, and business groups involved in post-disaster community rebuilding have been invited to partake in a three-year dialogue and travel exchange project.  Five delegates from Galveston will participate in the programContinue Reading

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