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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!

Who Doesn’t Love A Good Giveaway?!

We know, us too! We have put together two different incredible opportunities for you to win a free ticket with some added bonuses to our upcoming women’s conference! We can’t wait to draw the names on the 27th! Will it be you? Don’t forget you can always buy your ticket now and bring a friend when you’re the big winner! We won’t tell them if you keep the added bonuses for yourself, promise! Good luck y’all!

Win It All Y’all! Junk Gypsie Prize Package!
Win a chance to meet Dr. Arnold in the luxury lounge!

Satori School Ribbon Cutting

On WednesdayDSC_0219 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 from the first nail that went in the roof to the cake to celebrate the big unveiling. Every dollar the school spent on this refreshing new look was matched by Sherwin Williams and DSW Homes to help support one of our favorite gems here on the island. What’s next for Satori? Raising money to build a beautiful new state of the art playground for the children!

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

Dear Chamber Members,

DocumentThe 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 regulations could affect our businesses ability to do business now and in the future. Our members are not just business owners, but neighbors, employees, young professionals and individuals who have a vested interest in the future of property rights in Galveston. Many members of the City Council made a commitment to the business community to promote a pro-business environment and we are hopeful that they keep their promises. We encourage all businesses to attend the City Council meeting this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. to voice their support of the Chamber’s Resolution.

Here’s what you need to know about Thursday’s meeting:

  • http://www.cityofgalveston.org/159/Planning-Department – On this page is a running list of the edits being made to the originally proposed recommendations presented by the Planning Commission. These edits are Council recommendations.
  • At the meeting Thursday they will first make a motion to adopt the Planning Commission’s recommendations. Once carried they can then make a motion to make amendments to the document. Those amendments will likely be the edits you see on the website above and any new edits that Council brings forward in the meeting.
  • Once approved the new regulations, and the amendment’s recommended by Council that are approved, will immediately take the place of the currently adopted regulations that have been in place since 1991. This is why it is so important to make your voice heard at this meeting! If you cannot attend the meeting in person you can watch it online at http://www.cityofgalveston.org/420/G-TV.

See you Thursday,

Gina M. Spagnola, IOM
RESOLUTION BY THE GALVESTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE | REGARDING THE PROPOSED NEW LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF GALVESTON


At a special called meeting of the Board of Directors of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce on March 2, 2015 at 3 p.m. with special guests representing the Advocacy Committee and the C-Crew, those in attendance participated in a long a spirited discussion on the current status of the proposed Land Development Regulations for the City of Galveston.

It was the consensus of those in attendance that the process currently underway by the Galveston City Council to modify the LDR as originally presented by the Galveston Planning Commission last fall was clearly not in the best interest of the business community and would negatively impact individual property rights and values.

In keeping with the unanimous support of those in attendance the following resolution is presented for consideration by the full Board of directors of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce for presentation to the Galveston City Council.

RESOLUTION BY THE GALVESTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
REGARDING THE PROPOSED NEW LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF GALVESTON

The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is committed to its mission to Promote and Advocate for Business and Community Development. In keeping with this commitment The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce believes that the proposed Land Development Regulations will have a significant long term impact on both business development and community development in Galveston. In support of local business development, residential property rights, encouraging new investment and expanding the local tax base the following resolution is presented to the Galveston City Council.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That the Board of Directors of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce:

Strongly Recommends that the City of Galveston adopt the Land Development Regulations and Maps as originally proposed by the Planning Commission to City Council last fall

Further Recommends that the Galveston City Council maintain the Urban Neighborhood designation for those neighborhoods so identified in the originally recommended maps presented by the Planning Commission to the City Council. The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has determined that the designation of Urban Neighborhood for these areas is in the best interest of both the property owners and the taxiing entities for the maintenance and improvement of these properties, flexibility of use and to encourage expanded investment and redevelopment in these areas.

Further Recommends that the City of Galveston adopt appropriate procedures for any neighborhood desiring to restrict certain uses such as short term rentals with a new zoning designation subsequent to a 75% vote by parcel of the impacted property owners.

SIGNED THIS 3 day of March, 2015


 

Prior Resolutions Passed and Taken To Council:
October 21:Resolution on Short-Term Vacation Rental Registration
October 21: Resolution on City Council Committee and Board Appointments Policy
September 16: Resolution on Proposed New Land Regulation for the City of Galveston

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

World Renowned Kashmere Stage Band to Headline Annual Meeting

World Renowned Kashmere Stage Band to Headline Annual Meeting

Galveston Island, TX (January 8, 2015) – The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has a special guest on board the “Soul Train” this Friday, January 16! The Kashmere High School Stage Band, featured in the Jamie Foxx movie “Thunder Soul,” will be the headlining act at the Chamber’s 169th Annual Meeting and Gala. In the earlyContinue Reading

Galveston Chamber of Commerce launches new website

Today, the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, which has been promoting and advocating for business and community development on the island since 1845, launched it’s newly redesigned website at http://www.galvestonchamber.com. The site features a number of tools to keep members and the community at-large in touch with events and happenings on the island as well asContinue Reading

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