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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    July 30, 2018

     

    Livability Rowlett, Texas 2018
    Now Available
    The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce
    Releases New Tools to Promote Community

    Rowlett, Texas – The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled Livability Rowlett, Texas, which is its primary quality-of-life marketing program for talent attraction.

    The program includes a digital magazine, print magazine and significant exposure on Livability.com, a national website with information about more than 15,000 of America’s best places to live and visit. All of the high-quality, easy-to-share content promotes the community’s favorable business climate, attractions and other enviable amenities to encourage business investment, talent recruitment and relocation. Targeted print and global digital distribution aims to reach entrepreneurs, site selectors, corporate executives and other talented individuals and families attracted to Rowlett’s quality of life.

    The program includes many tools for business people and residents to learn about and share with others the many success stories of the community:

    • Go to https://livability.com/tx/rowlett
    • Click through and share articles to read about business success stories, school programs, must-dos around the community and more. Each article includes share tools for quick posts to social media.
    • To read and share the digital version of the magazine, click on the magazine cover image.
      • You can flip through online or download the book in .pdf format. You can also use share tools to quickly send a link by email or post to social media.
    • To get a print magazine, contact the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce.

    Livability Media publishes Livability Rowlett, Texas, which has support from and targeted distribution through the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 23, 2018      
    Contact: Andrew Weller 202-463-5802

    Michael Gallops of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Completes Second Year at Institute for Organization Management
    A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Michael Gallops, President/CEO, of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed his second year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

    “Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

    Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

    Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

    institute.uschamber.com           @IOMeducates
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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 21, 2018        
    Contact: Andrew Weller 202-463-5802

    U.S. Chamber’s Institute Awards Michael Gallops of Texas the Regent Scholarship

    A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Michael Gallops, President/CEO, of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce, has been awarded a Regent Scholarship. Given to professionals across the country, the Regent Scholarships recognize each recipient for their involvement in industry professional organizations, community service, and professional background.

    “Regent scholarships offer executives the opportunity to attend Institute and learn about emerging industry trends, expand their organizations’ influence, and grow their peer network,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, vice president of Institute for Organization Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We are pleased to help these talented professionals advance their careers and organizations.”

    Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates.  Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

    Each of the Regent Scholarship recipients will attend one of Institute’s five sites in 2015. At the completion of the four-year curriculum, each of the recipients will receive the IOM graduate recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management and their commitment to the industry. In addition, all credit hours earned through Institute may be applied toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) industry certification.

    Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

    Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

    institute.uschamber.com            @IOMeducates         

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    May 1, 2018

    Job Fair Hosted by Rowlett Chamber of Commerce

    Rowlett, Texas – The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is hosting a Job Fair on May 5th, from 10:00 AM through 2:00 PM at the Rowlett Community Centre.

    The job fair is open to the public and will feature a variety of businesses from local restaurants and military recruiters and other companies such as those at the local mall and many local Rowlett businesses.

    Those seeking jobs are encouraged to bring their professional resumes, dress for success and come prepared to complete applications and talk to hiring recruiters. Anyone looking for a job is welcome to come including high school students, those seeking full-time employment and anyone looking for part-time or summer work.

    Space is still available for employers as well. There is no charge for a booth; simply contact Laura Keasling at the Chamber at 972-475-3200 to reserve your space.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    April 10 6, 2018

    MEMBERSHIP EVENT RESULTS ARE IN!
    100 NEW MEMBERS

    Volunteers of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Came Together to Tell the Chamber Story

    Rowlett, Texas –On March 27 & 28th the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce hosted a ‘Membership Event’ like none other. For two and a half days, over 100 volunteers worked against the clock and against each other to sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the Chamber of Commerce. The event was organized by Jimmy Cusano and a group called Your Chamber Connection. Their specialty is high energy membership campaigns that allow volunteers to conduct ‘out of the box’ membership fun while building the membership base.

    “It’s about business,” says event guru, Jimmy Cusano. “The Chamber of Commerce is the business community. This brings everyone together to build our Chamber. It’s a membership-based organization and most people don’t like ‘membership drives. With a Membership Event they come together in a competitive fun setting and tell the Chamber story. When others hear about everything the Chamber does, all of a sudden you have a great deal of enthusiasm for the Chamber, and a great deal of support.”

    Competitors (volunteers) included current Chamber members, new Chamber member and City staff and elected officials. “Winners” were recognized by Jimmy at the Celebration Event on Thursday, March 29th at 5:21 PM. Sheila Hair, of My Computer Guy, was recognized as the “Godmother” of the event; her group recruited 39 new members! “Goodfellas”, recognized for their dauntless spirit and enthusiasm, included Martha Brown, Pam Bell and Bari Woolley. Volunteers who recruited 4 or more new members included Tim Nichols, Tony Rorie, Mike Ross, Larry Parks, Renee Williams, Martha Brown, Sheila Hair and Mary Johnson. Martha Brown, chair of the Green Group, led the group in individual sales. The Red Group was honored as the Most Enthusiastic and the Orange Group as Most Competitive.

    The Rowlett Chamber Membership Event kicked off on March 27, 2018. At 3:27 PM on March 29th the numbers were tallied and there were 100 new members bringing the Rowlett Chamber’s membership to over 400! Carol Prano, Vice President, Membership Services, said, “This was a magnificent event. I’m looking forward to serving all of our new members!”

    For more information on how you can be involved, call the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce at (972) 475-3200.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 6, 2018

    IT’S LOUD, IT’S IN YOUR FACE AND YOU’LL BE
    BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS

    Volunteers of the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Race the Clock to Tell the Chamber Story

    Rowlett, Texas – While most Chambers of Commerce struggle through their annual membership drive, The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce will host a ‘Membership Event’ that is like none other. For two and a half days, over 100 volunteers will work against the clock and against each other to sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the Chamber of Commerce. The event is organized by Jimmy Cusano and a group called Your Chamber Connection. Their specialty is high energy membership campaigns that allow volunteers to conduct ‘out of the box’ membership fun while building the membership base.

    “It’s about business,” says event guru, Jimmy Cusano. “The Chamber of Commerce is the business community. This brings everyone together to build our Chamber. It’s a membership-based organization and most people don’t like ‘membership drives. With a Membership Event they come together in a competitive fun setting and tell the Chamber story. When others hear about everything the Chamber does, all of a sudden you have a great deal of enthusiasm for the Chamber, and a great deal of support.”

    The Rowlett Chamber Membership Event will kick off on March 27, 2018 and conclude March 29. For more information on how you can be involved, call the Rowlett Chamber of Commerce at (972) 475-3200.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Feb 27, 2018

    Interstate Highway 30 Project Funding

    Rowlett, Texas – The Rowlett Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met on February 26th in a special meeting called by the Chair, Whitney Laning. The intent and outcome of the meeting was to discuss and pass a resolution in support of continued funding for the IH-30 expansion project.

    A funding gap on the IH-635 East project has caused the Regional Transportation Committee (RTC) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to find alternatives to make up the shortfall. The gap is caused by the Texas Transportation Committee’s (TTC) lack of support for managed toll lanes which has resulted in a proposal to use the IH-30 project funds as collateral. This proposal is very concerning as it jeopardizes the IH-30 project.

    The IH-30 project is of extreme importance to the business community for several reasons that are detailed in the resolution. Some of those reasons include:

    • The IH-30 project will significantly improve public safety conditions along the IH-30 corridor between Garland and Rockwall.
    • Failure to complete the IH-30 project will be detrimental to the economic growth of the region including the $1.0 Billion Bayside development. The Bayside development will be instrumental in pouring millions of dollars into the region along with thousands of employment opportunities.
    • The mobility in the area is severely lacking and this project is critical to improving that.

    The Board of Directors passed the resolution unanimously. The resolution and an introductory letter were sent to Mayor Franke, Chair of the RTC, Michael Morris, Director of Transportation, NCTCOG and to J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Chairman, TTC.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    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.

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  • 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.

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