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    Jan 29, 2018

    39th Annual Community Awards Banquet Winners

    Rowlett, Texas – The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce recognized 13 award winners at its 39th Annual Community Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The banquet is Rowlett’s premier business event and highlighted the most accomplished companies and individuals as well as the Chamber’s past year accomplishments.

    Board of Directors Chair Whitney Laning, President of the Rowlett Citizen Corps Council, kicked off the event with a brief presentation highlighting the many accomplishments and new direction the Chamber took in 2017, including new staff and leadership, a new & improved website that is mobile friendly, 74 new members, increased communications and new processes & procedures.

    A video presentation highlighted the Chamber’s signature events in 2017 as well as significant membership milestones that included 10, 20, 25, 30 and 35 year members. The Chamber’s longest member, Schrade Plumbing Inc. was also recognized in the presentation.

    The 13 award winners were:

    • Police Officer of the Year                                       David Mayne
    • Firefighter of the Year                                            Tony Boroughs
    • Public Works Employee of the Year                      Luis Bustamante
    • Teacher of the Year                                                Tiffany Karns
    • Educator of the Year                                               Lakisha Culpepper
    • Ambassador of the Year                                         Edie Nelson
    • Leadership Alumni of the Year                              Judge Pamela Liston
    • Community Partner of the Year                             Keep Rowlett Beautiful
    • Business of the Year                                               91 Media
    • Corporate Business of the Year                             Walmart Neighborhood Market #7420
    • Vernon Schrade Heritage Hall of Fame                 Dretha Burris
    • Biff Bettencourt Outstanding Service Award        Tony Rorie
    • Big “R” Pacesetter                                                    Cindy Burkett

    The banquet featured Cathi Hight, a consultant with Hight Performance Group, who has helped the Chamber restructure the Chamber’s membership program. Cathi unveiled the new membership model that more clearly identifies the benefits and value that members receive. The highlight of Cathi’s presentation was her explanation of VOI, Value of Investment, as a better way to determine the importance of Chamber membership.

    Pictures and the video presentation can be seen on the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and on the website. A full list of nominees as well as winners will be posted on the Chamber website.


  • Rowlett and Amazon – a Prime Partnership
    January 22, 2018
    Michael Gallops, President/CEO

    Tech giant Amazon is currently hunting for a home for their second headquarters and many cities are pitching themselves as the perfect place. But the company needs look no further than Rowlett, Texas. Why? Because Rowlett has everything Amazon is looking for and is ready to deliver:

    • We’re located in the 4th fastest growing tech market in regards to tech workers in the country.
    •  Rowlett and the surrounding Metroplex have the tax base and environment that will be good for Amazon and enable it to thrive and grow.
    • Texas’s lack of a state income tax will be appealing to both the employer and the employees it will draw.
    • The possibility of economic incentives from the state add to the allure of Rowlett.

    The state of Texas has proven to be one of the best in the country for corporations to migrate to. That’s why top companies such as State Farm and Toyota recently moved their headquarters here. Nearby cities here in DFW are already home to some of the world’s top information and telecommunication technology companies.

    Rowlett not only offers easy access to top rated universities, such as the University of Texas – Dallas and Southern Methodist University only minutes away, but is a part of the Garland Independent School District, which is ranked in the top 10% of districts in Texas and in the US according to Niche.com. The district recently opened the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center which will produce graduates in a variety of technical expertises who will be ready to enter the workforce.  Other high schools in the district also have tech and work-force related curriculum and consistently graduate students with the skills needed to work at Amazon.

    The City of Rowlett has the necessary land available at reasonable cost. That land is easily accessible by major highways as well as mass transit. The leadership in Rowlett is forward-thinking, and with over a billion dollars in current development already happening, is prepared to handle the development needs of Amazon.

    For many years Rowlett has been ranked as one of the Safest Places in Texas and was ranked by Money Magazine as one of the Top 25 Places to Live. Rowlett was also ranked # 33 in the Top 50 Best Small Cities for Families and Best Small City to Move To.  The city is also ranked number 19 on the Top 100 Best Places to Start a Business. All of this adds up to the fact that Rowlett is business friendly, has the people and environment that Amazon is looking for and is located in one of the most stable business climates for growth in the country.

    Rowlett is close to two international airports and to some of the best entertainment venues, restaurants, outdoor recreation and cultural attractions in the world. Rowlett has the public transportation system that Amazon is looking for – both light rail and bus – that connect the city to the entire region – including  airports, entertainment venues, restaurants and cultural attractions. Rowlett has diverse housing options, a very high quality of life, and is one of the most up-and-coming communities in the region.  Rowlett is safe, friendly, forward-thinking and eager to embrace Amazon.

    Rowlett is a city on the move and Amazon is a company on the move. That makes Rowlett the prime location for Amazon.

    Dec 20, 2017

    Donation to Animal Shelter

    Rowlett, Texas –On September 28th, 2017 the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce held its 27th Annual Golf Classic. Last night, December 19th, the Chamber donated a portion of the proceeds to the City of Rowlett Animal Shelter.

    The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce partners with the City of Rowlett throughout the year in various events and was very excited to give a donation of $2,500.00 to the Rowlett Animal Shelter to help with the cost of housing the animals.

    Mitch Dobbyn, the 2016 Long Drive Champ, helped to raise the money by having teams make donations in exchange for him driving their ball on Hole 11. He raised $1500 with those donations from players. The Chamber added an additional $1000.

    The donation was presented by the Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors Whitney Laning and was received by Maria Martinez, Community Services Manager and Victoria Miles, Animal Control Officer.


    Dec 12, 2017

    Rowlett Sunset Santa 5K & Festival

    Rowlett, Texas –On Saturday, December 9th the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce held the 4th Annual Sunset Santa 5K & Festival. The festival portion of the event was new this year and added to the success and festivities.

    Each year the race has benefitted a local non-profit such as last year’s benefactor Life Message. This year Troy Ellison of Gencore Payment Services, the race title sponsor, presented a check for $1000 to Pastor Ann Dotson for The Reindeer Project, a program of First Christian Church of Rowlett. The Reindeer Project provides Christmas gifts to more than a thousand children each year.

    The festival began at 3:30 pm with vendors lining the streets of downtown Rowlett. Vendors ranged from food trucks to jewelry and craft sales to health supplements and aids. The race officially kicked off at 4:30 pm and gave many of the finishers a wonderful view of the setting sun as they crossed the finish line in front of Bankhead Brewery. After the race concluded medals were awarded to all of the age group winners as well as the overall winners, Morten Aasland and Anny Sivilay. The festival concluded at 7:00 pm.

    Other sponsors of the race included Rowlett’s Fit Body Boot Camp, Nutrition with Attitude, Datatronic Control Inc and Brady Ingle, Famers Insurance. The photo booth with Santa Claus was sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lake Pointe sponsored and 5-Star HVAC Contactors was the Santa Hat sponsor. DART was the official transportation provider and the Village of Rowlett is the race results page sponsor.

    Photos of the event and winners can be found on the Sunset Santa 5K & Festival Facebook page.


    Dec 1, 2017

    Rowlett Small Business Saturday Deemed a Huge Success

    Rowlett, Texas –On Saturday, November 25th the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with American Express, held its first Small Business Saturday. Twenty-seven Rowlett small businesses participated in the event which had shoppers collecting a “passport” at the Chamber office early Saturday morning while they had breakfast. Shoppers then visited businesses, got their passports stamped, made purchases and returned the passports to the Chamber to be entered into a drawing for door prizes.

    Dozens of shoppers showed up between 9:30 AM and 12 Noon to pick up their passports. Some were longtime Rowlett residents while others were brand new. Some were by themselves and others shopped as couples or with friends. All were excited about exploring Rowlett, finding new businesses, getting some Christmas shopping done and possibly winning a prize.

    Small Business Saturday is an initiative launched by American Express in 2010 in an effort to support local businesses that make our communities strong. It occurs on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — hoping to help bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. By 2016 businesses and neighborhood champions in all 50 states are participating and that year small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion dollars!

    Several shoppers in Rowlett stated that they discovered businesses they didn’t even know existed. Many said the day was “fun”, “cool” and “exciting”.

    Tricia Brewer, owner of Treasured Blossoms Flower Market had this to say, “My staff and I had a lot of fun being creative and getting ready for Small Business Saturday. It was great seeing new faces, taking pictures with shoppers and posting them on social media and building relationships with the community. We are definitely looking forward to doing this again next year.”

    As shoppers finished their trip around Rowlett they returned their passports to the Chamber office for an opportunity to win door prizes. Prizes included donations from Massage Envy, Jimmy John’s, ACG Medical Supply, Gloria Young Brody - Arbonne International, Your Flooring Solutions, Sandra Colvin – Mary Kay and Eva Hummel of Atmos Energy.

    Prize winners included Greg & Leisa Peebles, Jessica Hicks, Frank & Stephanie Shaw, Marc Deuble and Dorothy Fogarty.


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