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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

These Changing Times The Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce is on a journey toward proving our worth. That worth is measured every day by the value we deliver to you. We follow a few guidelines along the way. Value is only value if you see it as such and use it. The more we understand your business and what we can do to help your business succeed, the better we can create the sort of offerings for which you will be willing to pay.

THE YEAR YOU WERE BORN MARKS ONLY YOUR ENTRY INTO THE WORLD. OTHER YEARS WHERE YOU PROVE YOUR WORTH, THEY ARE THE ONES WORTH CELEBRATING. -JARED KINTZ

Chamber Leadership Chairman of the Board SONJA HAVENS First National Bank Sector Chair Communications TANEIKA DRIVERMOULTRIE City of Killeen

Some of our products must provide value out of town because many of you do business out of town.

GKCC President/CEO JOHN CRUTCHFIELD, III

We must provide products that can produce value virtually.

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Our products and services must be consistently reviewed. Just as your business is constantly changing, our products and service must continually change to meet your needs.

I am happy to tell you that the chamber is now in a position to help you build and launch targeted, multichannel marketing campaigns at a action of the cost of previously available solutions. Through our unique agreement with a world leader in consumer insight, we can help you with sales leads and mailing lists on demand, we can clean and enhance your customer files and we can even build and launch campaigns with the publisher of your choice, applying the target filters that you choose.

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These products are custom-built and are offered to Chamber members only. We are excited about this opportunity, and we hope that you will take the time to learn more about what we can do for your business. To learn more, please contact Rebekah Moon, Director of Investor Services, at (254) 526-955⒈ If you are not a member and would like to join our chamber to take advantage of these and the other products and services we provide, please contact Nichole Anderson, Business Development Manager, at (254)-526-955⒈ WE NEVER FORGET THAT WE CANNOT ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT. WE THANK YOU FOR IT.

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Contents SPECIAL FEATURES

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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RIBBON CUTTINGS

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KILLEEN CHAMBER EVENTS

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN These Changing Times

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THE ROAD TO AN INTERSTATE The creation of Interstate 14 was the result of collaboration between several communities and key individuals.

FORT HOOD GUIDE

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“The Great Place” at a glance.

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MINING FOR THE GOLDEN CUSTOMERS Using Data Services to find a business’ best customer.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: THE TAMUCT/TEES PARTNERSHIP

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTALL AMERICAN CHEVROLET Great selection, great deals and great people!

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MILITARY RELATIONS COUNCIL UPDATE The Military Relations Council works to promote the sustainability of Fort Hood.

MILITARY COMMUNITY STRONG IN MIDST OF PENDING REDUCTIONS As troop levels fluctuate, the local economy continues to see growth and development.

How TAMUCT is changing the economic landscape of the region.

FORT HOOD JOINT LAND USE STUDY How Fort Hood and the City of Killeen are working together to ensure the economic viability of the region.

WORKFORCE OUTLOOK Workforce Solutions of Central Texas assists thousands of job seekers each month and provides valuable labor market data.

FORT HOOD FACT SHEET

STATE OF THE CITY & REGION UPDATE What’s happening in Killeen and Bell County.

ON THE COVER Texas paratroopers jump over Fort Hood U.S. Army photo by Maj. Randall Stillinger

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THE ROAD TO AN

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JOHN CRUTCHFIELD President/CEO, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce

PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER CREATED THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM, PRIMARILY UNDER THE GUISE OF STRATEGIC DEFENSE, WHEN HE SIGNED THE FEDERAL AID HIGHWAY ACT OF 1956. Interstate highways reoriented the country. They changed the way Americans think about geography. They impacted our culture and our economy by stimulating community growth along their routes. Even-numbered interstate highways run east and west. Odd-numbered interstate highways run north and south.

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nterstate highways are highly desirable om an economic development standpoint because they enhance access and speed to market. They are also heavily regulated in terms of creation and operation. Recently, the creation of Interstate 14 was announced. How was this achieved? It has been my good fortune to being involved in the creation of two interstate highways. Both followed the same process.

FIRST, A STRATEGIC NATIONAL PURPOSE MUST BE ESTABLISHED. In the case of Interstate 69, which runs om three different ports of entry in South Texas to Port Huron, Mich, that purpose is commerce. Dubbed the NAFTA Superhighway, the route links the three countries that comprise the North American Free Trade Agreement — Mexico, the United States and Canada. In the case of Interstate 14, which will run om El Paso to the Atlantic coast in Georgia, the purpose is military connectivity. From Fort Bliss to the west to Fort Gordon to the east, the route has no less than eight Army installations and a number of Air Force installations that will be connected. Many of the Texas installations also will be connected to strategic military deployment ports at Beaumont and Corpus Christi. While secondary in justification, economic benefits will also occur. SECOND, A REGIONAL AND MULTISTATE COLLABORATION MUST OCCUR. The parent of Interstate 14 is the Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition. The Killeen Economic Development Corporation has been a dues-paying member since the coalition’s founding more than 15 years ago. A number of citizens om this community serve as board members. The coalition is populated and funded by communities and organizations all along the route. Because the route traverses a number of states, active collaborators must work together in those states.

THIRD, RESEARCH MUST DETERMINE THE MOST VIABLE ROUTE. That research must occur in every state along the route. Costs vary according to the terrain. Environmental impacts are a factor. The Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) did most of the research in Texas to determine the most viable route. That route tends to follow U.S. 190. FOURTH, NO INTERSTATE CORRIDOR IS CONSTRUCTED ALL AT ONCE. The analogy is very much like eating an elephant. You do it one bite at a time. The first bite for Interstate 14 is that segment of U.S. 190 om the western side of Copperas Cove to Interstate 35 at Belton. We are blessed with the presence of Fort

width of 10 feet for the outside shoulder and 4 feet for the inside shoulder. Other standards must be met for grade, pavement sloping, curbs, vertical clearance, horizontal clearance, bridge strength and tunnel clearance. Even aer you have demonstrated a strategic national purpose, organized a collaborative effort, researched a viable route and built a segment of the envisioned highway to interstate standards, success is not guaranteed. Only the U.S. Congress and the President can authorize an addition to the Interstate Highway System. In the meantime, you must engage with other entities and participate in other processes.

WE ARE FURTHER BLESSED TO HAVE COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS WITH THE PASSION AND VISION TO FIND THE FUNDS TO BUILD ADDITIONS TO U.S. 190 THE RIGHT WAY ...

Hood and growth. Both have created the demand for investments in transportation inastructure. We are further blessed to have community leaders and elected officials with the passion and vision to find the funds to build additions to U.S. 190 the right way — that is, to interstate standards. All of these blessings helped position us for success. Interstate construction standards are not inexpensive to achieve. Among them are controlled access onto and off the roadway with interchanges and grade separations (overpasses); minimum speed design of 70 miles per hour; minimum number of lanes (at least two in each direction); minimum median width of 36 feet; minimum lane width of 12 feet; and minimum shoulder

The state Department of Transportation has to undertake a detailed and expensive engineering and construction audit of the segment to prove it is constructed to interstate standards. In our case, the Texas Department of Transportation, led by Waco District Engineer Bobby Littlefield and TxDOT’s current Interim Executive Director Marc Williams, led the audit effort and sponsored our request to grant our segment interstate status. The request and the audit has to be accepted, reviewed and approved by two agencies — the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Once approved by these agencies, the segment

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chair to insert the amendment when the bill was being marked up in the House. Senator Cornyn did the same in the Senate version.

can be awarded a three-digit loop or spur designation — Spur 535, for example. AASHTO’s next meeting will occur in May 20⒗ That is the earliest date that our segment could receive a three-digit designation. Concurrently, we took other steps to expedite the process. As previously stated, to gain a two-digit designation, Interstate 14, requires an act of Congress. A number of years ago, a small group om this community met with Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Congressmen John Carter and Roger Williams in Washington. We provided them with amendment language and requested that language be inserted in appropriate legislation when the opportunity arose. That opportunity would be the next multi-year transportation bill. Congressman Williams played a pivotal role as a member of the House Transportation and Inastructure Committee where the legislation originated. He gained the approval of the committee

Time passed. Congressman Williams le the Transportation and Inastructure Committee. In his place, we recruited a new member of the committee, Congressman Brian Babin of Woodville. Congressman Babin represents a district along the route in East Texas, more evidence of the importance of building a regional coalition. A number of us traveled to Livingston to brief him. He eagerly agreed to take on the task of inserting the amendment and requested that we facilitate the hand off between the two Congressmen. That hand off was flawless. Both the Congressmen and their staffs stayed engaged. Communities all along the route lobbied for approval of the amendment. The Gulf Coast Strategic Highway Coalition’s Washington-based lobbyist, Larry Meyers, monitored the process to ensure that similar amendments were inserted in the House and Senate versions of the bill. The Conference Committee le the language

unchanged. Both the House and Senate passed the bill. And on Dec 4, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the first five-year transportation bill in a number of years. With the approval of that legislation, interstate status was effectively granted to our segment and the Interstate 14 Corridor was created. AASHTO and FHA must still certi that the highway segment om Copperas Cove to Belton is built to interstate standards. They have the audit and it is likely that certification will come at their next national meeting in May. Then, TxDOT will organize a sign unveiling ceremony. It is a long way to completion of the entire interstate om El Paso to Georgia’s east coast. In the meantime, it is important that this community continue to support others along the route as new segments are built and connected. We can get this done, one bite at a time. ●

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USING DATA SERVICES TO FIND A BUSINESS’ BEST CUSTOMER FIND NEW CUSTOMERS. GAIN SOLID LEADS. GROW THE BUSINESS. It’s a lot like digging for gold. A business knows the customers are out there, but are they “digging” in the right place? Thanks to a valuable new partnership with a leader in data services, the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce is now able to bring cost-effective, highly targeted direct marketing to every member in and around Central Texas.

What is direct marketing and why is it so powerful? Direct marketing takes a guided approach to finding new and better customers for any given business. No longer does a business have to “spray” an entire zip code with mailers and “pray” they will receive customers om their efforts. We are able to use various audience propensities, geographic boundaries, demographics, interests in purchasing and more to help find customers who will be a good fit for each business. If a business knows their best customer is a 30- to 40-year-old man who owns a home, has school-age children and is passionate about the outdoors, then a campaign can be created to market directly to customers like him. If an insurance business is looking for new customers, a campaign can be created to find families with more than one vehicle and a teenager in the home approaching driving age. A new business opens and wants to extend a special offer to all the new homeowners in the area. The possibilities are endless! This kind of direct information makes marketing in a selected environment very powerful and effective. What if a business does not know what their best customer looks like? No problem. The Chamber can identi these customers by mining the business’ customer database to get a sense of what these customers look like and the features, demographics and interests they have in common. Aer mining through the customer data, those characteristics are used to build a specific target audience who are ready to be golden customers. Once a business’ best customers are identified, how do we reach them? That’s the beautiful part — market where the customers are! Marketing campaigns can be targeted to direct mail and phone or through digital campaigns like e-mail, mobile campaigns and even various social media sites. Now businesses can reach the

NOW BUSINESSES CAN REACH THE SAME AUDIENCE THEY ALREADY TARGET WITH DIRECT MAIL, BUT REACH THEM MULTIPLE TIMES FOR A LOT LESS MONEY.

same audience they already target with direct mail, but reach them multiple times for a lot less money. Besides analyzing customer data and finding new prospects through a targeted approach, we can also help keep customer lists current by cleaning the lists and keeping customer lists ee of bad data. This will decrease wasted marketing spend and increase the return on your direct marketing investment. Data Clean-up services ensure mail is being sent to the correct address and that the audience hasn’t moved. The best mining tool for finding the golden customer? Thankfully, it’s not a pick ax, or even a lot of sweat and tears, but the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce’s Data Services program. This great new partnership is ready to help businesses reach across the city or across the country to find the gold that is waiting. ●

REBEKAH MOON Director of Investor Services, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce

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Economic Development and Emerging Technologies THE TAMUCT/TEES PARTNERSHIP

ONE OF THE CRITICAL TENETS TO PLACE DESIGN IS ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY. KNOWLEDGE WORKERS WILL NOT RESIDE IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT FLOURISH. One of the critical tenets to economic development in the future will be the incubation of emerging technologies. Emerging technologies will create the companies and jobs of the future where knowledge workers will earn their living. That is why the creation of Texas A&M University-Central Texas (TAMUCT), working in collaboration with its partners like Killeen Independent School District and Central Texas College, is so important to the future of this community and region.

When one thinks about the economic impact of educational institutions, it is natural to limit that thinking to the employment of staff and the construction and operation of educational facilities. A second economic impact can also occur, depending on the university’s mission. If a university’s mission includes research in and the development of emerging technologies, that research occurs in the university facilities. But then something beneficial oen happens. The process of producing products and services om that research moves out of the university and into the private sector. It is in the private sector

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TAMUCT and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) signed a formal affiliation agreement that will foster and strengthen research collaboration between the two institutions by establishing TAMUCT as one of TEES’ 19 regional divisions.

where new companies get organized and new jobs are created. It is in the private sector where taxes are paid to political subdivisions, salaries are paid to production workers and

where wealth is created. None of it would happen without the public university’s incubation of the technology in the first place.


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This development is critical to the future of this community because of a few simple facts. According to a recent New York Times article entitled The Changing Nature of Middle Class Jobs, nearly 300 out of every 1,000 middle class jobs were held by workers in the manufacturing industry in 1980. Today, the rate is half that. On the other hand, specialty occupations, especially those involving technology and innovation, account for the largest share of growth in middle class jobs. The same forces that caused the demise of blue-collar jobs are now fueling dramatic increases in jobs in the innovation sector. From where will that innovation come? One place is TAMUCT. Recently, TAMUCT and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) signed a formal affiliation agreement that will foster and strengthen research collaboration between the two institutions by establishing TAMUCT as one of TEES’ 19 regional divisions. Both institutions are committed to supporting groundbreaking collaborations among researchers at their institutions. Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas, deputy director of TEES, summarized the economic development impact of this agreement perfectly when he said, “Collaboration between universities not only advances innovation in the lab, but contributes to the state economy through

COLLABORATION BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES NOT ONLY ADVANCES INNOVATION IN THE LAB, BUT CONTRIBUTES TO THE STATE ECONOMY THROUGH COMMERCIALIZING THOSE DISCOVERIES AND PREPARING THE TECHNOLOGY WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE. commercializing those discoveries and preparing the technology workforce of the future.” So, where will the research be focused? Already, the two institutions are working with others on the National Science Foundation Solar Research Proposal. “Texas is well-positioned in the renewable energy sector as there is not only an abundance of sunshine, but also a strong technical workforce and an entrepreneurial spirit,” said Dr. Robert Balog, director of the Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Research Lab at Texas A&M. Other areas of mutual interest are computing and information systems and the enhancement of veterans’ employability. One cannot help but think that, given the nature of this region, health care and defense would be fertile fields as well.

The world is changing. If this community is to survive and prosper, it is important that it changes as well. At no time in our history has vision been so important because at no time in history has change occurred so rapidly. Those who saw the need to create an upper level university here that could collaborate with others were true visionaries. The ability to develop technologies of the future coupled with a locally trained and educated workforce will likely produce benefits that will stand as long-lasting testimonies to their vision. ●

JOHN CRUTCHFIELD President/CEO, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce

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ALL AMERICAN CHEVROLET ALL AMERICAN CHEVROLET OF KILLEEN IS NO LONGER THE NEW GUY IN TOWN. The dealership was purchased in 2012 from the Connell family, who experienced 57 years of successful operation and dedication to Greater Killeen.

All American Chevrolet is owned by Lithia, a publicly traded dealership group with more than 100 dealership auto stores representing 28 brands in 12 states. The strength of the ownership group gives the team a tremendous advantage in carrying on the Connell legacy of service to the community and taking it to the next level. Their goal has always been to serve the Greater Killeen area by making All American Chevrolet of Killeen the destination Chevrolet store. They offer the area’s best selection of new Chevrolets and a new Chevrolet for every purpose and budget. Their commitment to a transparent, fun buying experience is unrivaled. They strive to ensure customer satisfaction aer the sale by offering the best service and parts department to

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help maintain their investment and enhance their ownership experience. In the time the dealership has been in Killeen, it has grown to 57 employees and, with the community’s support, has become Central Texas’ largest Chevrolet dealership. That’s something they don’t take lightly, and they come to work every day striving to be better than the day before. All American Chevrolet is very active in the community and supports many worthy organizations, including the Association of the United States Army, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, youth sports at all levels through high school, Vive Les Arts, Military Child Education Coalition, 13th COSCOM Association, Veterans Helping Veterans, The Exchange Club, Fort Hood Officers Wives Club and the Men of Unity. Killeen is a thriving, vibrant community that fosters and rewards involvement. In 2015, All American Chevrolet was named Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce Large Business of the Year. Stop by anytime to say hello. They’d love to meet you and maybe sell you your next Chevrolet! ●

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Networking Power Hour hosted by Vista College

Networking Power Hour hosted by University of Incarnate Word

Networking Power Hour hosted by Sam’s Club

Chamber Closed for Independence Day

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“How to Supervise People and Lead a Team” Glenn Shepard Seminar

Young Professionals Monthly Social

Young Professionals Monthly Social

Networking Power Hour hosted by McAlister’s Deli

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7 THURSDAY Young Professionals Monthly Social

Third Thursday Mixer hosted by Killeen Rodeo

19 THURSDAY 21 THURSDAY Young Professionals Monthly Business Luncheon

28 THURSDAY Monthly Mixer hosted by First National Bank Texas

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Young Professionals Monthly Business Luncheon

Army Birthday Celebration Downtown Killeen

Young Professionals Monthly Social

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Third Thursday Mixer hosted by Central Texas College & Texas A&M University-Central Texas

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Third Thursday Mixer hosted by Texas Land & Cattle

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Young Professionals Industry Tour, The Vineyard at Florence

Young Professionals Monthly Business Luncheon

16 THURSDAY Young Professionals Monthly Business Luncheon

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Chamber Closed for Memorial Day

Young Professionals Morning AMbitions Program

23 THURSDAY Young Professionals Table for Ten

Young Professionals Morning AMbitions Program

30 SATURDAY Nonprofit Expo with KISD Wellness Fair, Killeen Community Center Athletic Fields

Stay tuned for upcoming events: PUBLIC EDUCATION, MILITARY RELATIONS & PUBLIC POLICY COUNCIL LUNCHEONS

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11. SEPTEMBER – Mixer hosted by Union State Bank 12-13. SEPTEMBER – Public Policy Luncheon 14. SEPTEMBER – Young Professionals Park Cleanup 15. SEPTEMBER – Power Hour hosted by Sam's Club 16. OCTOBER – Town Hall with Comptroller Glenn Hegar 17-18. OCTOBER – Nonprofit Expo

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19. OCTOBER – Nonprofit Expo 20. OCTOBER – Young Professionals Book Club 21-23. OCTOBER –Military Relations Council Garrison Command Update 24. OCTOBER – Young Professionals Social 25-26. OCTOBER – Mixer Hosted by Harper-Talasek Funeral Home 27. OCTOBER – Chamber staff dress up for Halloween 28. OCTOBER – Young Professionals Rock the Foundation Check Presentation

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WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS OF CENTRAL TEXAS IS KNOWN FOR ITS AWARD-WINNING STRATEGIES THAT CONNECT JOB SEEKERS WITH LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. The Workforce Center in Killeen assists thousands of job seekers every month. Their professional staff and latest technologies support a variety of services ranging from career planning and job search to child care subsidies and vocational training assistance.

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EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING, AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Although many job seekers, business owners and community members know about Workforce Solutions of Central Texas’ employment efforts, the Workforce Centers also provide some valuable but lesserknown services. The following examples represent resources that can be customized and individualized to better serve local job seekers and businesses. First, the Workforce Center in Killeen has special funding to serve civilian and military workers who are laid-off at Fort Hood. The funding supports reemployment efforts for civil service employees, contractor staff, early exiting military and other individuals who are laid-off because of funding cuts and contract changes. The special funding supports individualized employment assistance, including career planning; college

KILLEEN’S 2014 JOB OPENINGS & EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

SKILLS FOR SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM

tuition, books and fees; child care assistance; and individualized job search assistance. Finally, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas provides labor market information that is vital for individuals who are making career decisions and selecting training opportunities. For example, the data indicate that more than half of the job openings in Killeen require associate or higher degrees. Using local labor market data, the Workforce Centers in Central Texas support training in high-skill, high-wage jobs that are predicted to have a consistent or growing need for more employees. The High-Skill, High-Wage Jobs Chart lists local indemand jobs and prevailing wage ranges for training opportunities that are generally available through Central Texas College,

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Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees have access to free valuable workforce training through Continuing Education at Central Texas College using the Texas workforce Commission’s Skills for Small Business (SSB) program. For training that directly benefits business needs, SSB provides: • Tuition and fees up to $1,450 for new, full-time employees • Tuition and fees up to $725 for incumbent, full-time employees • Funding for a wide selection of courses at Central Texas College • An easy online application for employers For more information, contact Teresa Chavez at Teresa.chavez@ctcd.edu or 254-526-1991. To apply, visit the TWC website at ssb.texasworkforce.org, email skills@twc.state.tx.us or call toll-free 877-463-1777.

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JOBS IN CENTRAL TEXAS The high-skill, high-wage jobs chart lists local in-demand jobs and prevailing wage ranges for training opportunities that are generally available through Central Texas College, Temple College, Texas A&M University Central Texas or Texas State Technical College.

HIGH-SKILL, HIGH-WAGE JOBS IN CENTRAL TEXAS

SALARY RANGE

REQUIRED EDUCATION

LOW

HIGH

Aircraft Mechanics/Service Techs

$17.94

$33.13

Associate Degree or Certification

Auto Service Techs/Mechanics

$12.06

$21.56

Associate Degree or Certification

Bookkeeping/Accounting/Auditing/Clerks

$9.71

$17.70

Associate Degree or Certification

Computer Support Specialists

$14.06

$27.13

Associate Degree or Certification

Correctional Officers and Jailers

$14.25

$17.41

Associate Degree or Certification

Dental Assistants

$12.49

$17.63

Certification

Executive Secretaries/Administrative Assistants

$13.84

$20.97

Associate Degree or Certification

Fire Fighters

$14.15

$22.37

Certification

Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses

$16.09

$21.12

Associate Degree or Certification

Machinists

$11.99

$19.61

Certification

Maintenance and Repair Workers

$8.70

$17.10

Associate Degree or Certification

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

$11.83

$21.31

Certification

Middle School Teachers (Math & Science)

$19.85

$25.31

Bachelor Degree and License

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$20.18

$31.53

Associate Degree or Certification

Nursing Assistants (formerly Nursing Aides, Orderlies, Attendants)

$9.16

$12.75

Certification

Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers

$15.79

$23.63

Associate Degree or Certification

Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

$16.92

$25.45

Associate Degree or Certification

Registered Nurses

$23.93

$36.05

Associate Degree or Certification

Respiratory Therapists

$18.99

$25.12

Associate Degree or Certification

Secondary School Teachers (Math & Science)

$19.66

$26.90

Bachelor Degree and License

Social and Human Service Assistants

$12.96

$18.33

Associate Degree or Certification

Surgical Technologists

$13.41

$27.88

Associate Degree or Certification

Truck Drivers, Heavy/Tractor-Trailer

$12.24

$23.31

Certification

Tuck Drivers, Light or Delivery

$9.16

$18.95

Certification

Welders/Cutters/Solderers/Brazer

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Military community strong in midst of pending reductions

FORT HOOD’S PRESENCE IN THE KILLEEN-TEMPLE MSA (METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA) IS IRREFUTABLE. With a military population of nearly 40,000 and a supported population of more than 367,000, virtually every aspect of the community and surrounding region is impacted by the installation.

Known as the Great Place, Fort Hood, like military installations across the community, strives to be a good neighbor to the civilian community it calls home and vice versa. A Joint Land Use Study funded by the Department of Defense is underway to evaluate compatibility of development around Fort Hood with the post’s training missions and operations. The City of Killeen is sponsoring the study and coordinating with the DOD and local government partners. The study is designed to enhance regional collaboration among local governments and Fort Hood and provide insights for future development. As the largest single-site employer in the state, Fort Hood has an economic impact

of $4⒋49 billion on Texas, according to the office of Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar. In fact, Central Texas is a major force in the state’s economy, he told local leaders at a town hall meeting in October 2015 in Killeen. The area also boasts a median resident age of 29 years, one of the youngest in the state, compared to the state’s median age of 3⒋ This youthful workforce and a consistently strong sales tax revenue are excellent economic indicators, Hegar suggested. However, with planned military personnel cuts in the next two years, the region should expect more of these young people to be looking for employment in the local

economy. A more diversified economy will decrease Greater Killeen’s dependence on government jobs and poise the area for continued growth, Hegar added. This effort to seek more private investment goes hand-in-hand with the Killeen Economic Development Corporation’s work to attract and retain sustainable employers. Elizabeth Blackstone, president of the Killeen Economic Development Corporation, said Killeen is poised for future growth, and leaders are prepared to attract more private investment that will generate new jobs and economic stability for the region. “We know what Killeen has to offer and that is a stable, trained workforce, a prime location, excellent cost of living and a

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$148 billion

34 MILLION SQUARE FEET OF FIXED FACILITIES WORTH MORE THAN $

2.65 trillion

PAYROLL

$44.49 billion

TOTAL EMPLOYMENT

FORT HOOD’S ECONOMIC IMPACT TO STATE ECONOMY

283,286

Fort Hood Facts: $2.68 billion ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY $455.6 million CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES $514.3 million CONTRACTORS Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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WE KNOW WHAT KILLEEN HAS TO OFFER AND THAT IS A STABLE, TRAINED WORKFORCE, A PRIME LOCATION, EXCELLENT COST OF LIVING AND A PROGRESSIVE MINDSET ...

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In fact, high retail demand in the marketplace has driven the Retail Connection, La Cascata’s developers, to acquire an additional 30 acres to satis expected growth. The project is intended to have high visibility and easy access just north of Highway 190, soon to be renamed Interstate 14, and west of Stonetree Drive in Killeen. Interstate 14 opens the door for future investors who require close access to an interstate, said Phyllis Gogue, Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. “It will help us meet the requirements when a company is looking to relocate or expand,” she said. Texas paratroopers jump over Fort Hood (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Randall Stillinger)

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Killeen’s population has grown to more than 137,000 and is catching the attention of more private investment, said Michael Linnemann, President-Elect of the Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors and Board Member of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. “This level of unprecedented growth doesn’t just happen by accident. National anchises don’t invest millions of dollars on a guess,” he said. “Businesses like Gander Mountain don’t build new stores on state highways very oen. The presence of an interstate in your city brings about a whole new level of economic development.” The Wal-Mart Supercenter on Lowe’s Boulevard has been a mainstay in Killeen’s retail scene. Last April, a Wal-Mart Supercenter opened on W. Stan Schlueter Loop, with 300 employees hired for the store’s opening. A brand new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened on E. Stan Schlueter in January, and an additional WalMart Neighborhood Market is predicted to open this year on Clear Creek, evidence

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OUR MISSION AS A CHAMBER IS TO PROVIDE VISION AND LEADERSHIP TO CREATE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY ... of a thriving retail market. Each Wal-Mart Supercenter is slated to create about 360 new jobs while each Neighborhood Market will create about 100 new jobs. Plans are on the drawing board for another Supercenter in the commmunity. Also on the horizon is the spring opening of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, a $900 million facility on post. That level of growth is the result of the Killeen Economic Development Corporation and its partners, the City of Killeen, the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Increment Reinvestment Zone # 2, developing incentive packages that entice ongoing private investment in the community, said John Crutchfield III, president and CEO of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce. “Our mission as a Chamber is to provide

vision and leadership to create economic prosperity,” he said. “Many factors are working in our favor in this region with Killeen and Fort Hood at the epicenter. We are proud of our heritage and of being home to one of the largest active duty military post in the United States. We also see ourselves as an economic marketplace where we can grow and be a community where people want to live and work for generations to come. It’s our objective to be sure that happens.” ●

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State of the City Region Update THE PUBLIC POLICY COUNCIL HOSTED ITS SECOND ANNUAL STATE OF THE REGION UPDATE SEPT. 29 2015 IN ANDERSON HALL AT CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE, WITH MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE. Speakers for the event included City of Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper and Bell County Judge Jon Burrows.

CITY OF KILLEEN Killeen Mayor Cosper delivered a State of the City address concerning the topics of financial stability, transportation projects, water/ sewer projects, public safety, quality of life, revitalizing downtown, supporting Fort Hood, planning for the future and partnering for success. The City remains in excellent financial condition and continues to strengthen its relationship with Fort Hood leaders and federal, state and county elected officials.

Mayor Cosper reported the City had recently purchased four new ambulances and had 12 new police officers training in the academy. The Killeen Citizen’s Academy was currently in session with 20 participants, and Mickey’s Dog Park opened in April to expand the City’s quality of life.

A Killeen Daily Herald article quotes Mayor Cosper, “(Killeen) is doing very well and I believe we have never been positioned or postured for success better than we are today. It is a result of having many master plans that have been followed and executed in a good fiscal manner.” The City’s current transportation and water/sewer projects are progressing and nearing completion. According to national rating indicators, Killeen provides the highest level of fire protection possible due to excellent water distribution capabilities and fire department staff, equipment and facilities.

The building housing Killeen City Hall was nominated by the Texas Historical Commission and selected to be included in the National Register of Historic Places. City Hall is not the first local landmark to earn this distinction, as Historic Downtown Killeen was added to the register in Spring 20⒕ A Joint Land Use Study is in motion to assess compatibility and encroachment for Fort Hood and the region. The City has partnered with the Texas A&M University-Central Texas University Center for Applied Research & Engagement to update the strategic plan Vision 2030.

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Bell County Judge Jon Burrows reported on the State of the County regarding the topics of county award recognition; local economic indicators; operating funds & budget; tax rates; and completed, current and future county projects. County population continues to grow exponentially and further growth is predicted in the future. Many economic indicators surround Bell County, including: • Fort Hood and Texas A&M University-Central Texas (Killeen) • Seton Medical Center and Sam’s Club (Harker Heights) • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and CGI Belton (Belton) • Panda Energy and Scott & White Hospital (Temple)

BELL COUNTY

BELL COUNTY

Actual Population 1960

94,097

1990

1970

124,483

2000 237,974

191,073

1980

157,889

2014

329,140

2000-2010 Growth Rates 25

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Bell County Expo Center

The Standard & Poor’s Investment Rating Service credited Bell County with having an excellent financial condition based on being “strong due to conservative budgeting practices. We view the county’s management as very strong, with strong financial policies and practices.” The County’s bond rating by Standard & Poor’s is currently AA+. Following their presentations, Mayor Cosper and Judge Burrows concluded with an informative question and answer session. ●

Debt Service ⒓84%

Public Safety 3⒋90%

Indigent Health ⒊69%

Financial, HR & Technology Support ⒌93%

Extension Service .77% Countywide Road & Bridge ⒐48%

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General Administration ⒍26%

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2015-2016 Operating Budget

Jury .11% Left: Bell County Judge John Burrows; right: City of Killeen Mayor Scott Cosper

Texas

County Clerk & Tax Assessor ⒊86% Building Maintenance ⒋95% Judicial, Legal & District ⒖44%

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SECTION TITLE | ARTICLE Airborne Operations (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Javier Orona)

FORT HOOD GUIDE

Fort Hood “THE GREAT PLACE” AT A GLANCE

Numbers change daily at a dynamic post like Fort Hood. As of February 2016, here are the stats:

REAL PROPERTY SUMMARY

AIRFIELDS

TOTAL ACREAGE:

7 HANGARS-ROBERT GRAY ARMY

SOLDIER BARRACKS: 99 TOTAL WITH 15,352 BEDS; OCCUPANCY RATE 66%

218,823 ACRES (342 MI2/886KM2)

CANTONMENT: 22,026 ACRES

TRAINING LAND: MANEUVER AREA:

132,525 ACRES LIVE FIRE & RANGE AREA:

64,272 ACRES

261 TANKS

10 HANGARS-HOOD ARMY

422 BRADLEYS

AIRFIELD ON EAST SIDE OF MAIN CANTONMENT

BUILDINGS & STRUCTURES:

72 ADA PATRIOTS

6,298 ACRES

327 STRYKERS

FAMILY QUARTERS:

FULLY INTEGRATED LIVE/ VIRTUAL TRAINING CAPABILITY WITH JOINT CONNECTIVITY

5,849 ACRES IN 12 SEPARATE HOUSING AREAS

AIRFIELD AT WEST FORT HOOD (JOINT USE WITH KILLEEN-FORT HOOD REGIONAL AIRPORT)

LONGHORN AUXILIARY AIRSTRIP IN NORTH FORT HOOD SHORTHORN AUXILIARY AIRSTRIP IN NORTH FORT HOOD

RANGES & TRAINING 10 URBAN TRAINING AREAS

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Homecoming at Fort Hood (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Sharla Lewis)

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$44.49 BILLION (2012 TEXAS STATE COMPTROLLER’S OFFICE)

PERSONNEL WELL-BEING FITNESS

First IN THE

COMPREHENSIVE ARMY! SOLDIER FITNESS TRAINING FACILITY (CSFTF) 9 GYMS

EDUCATION 9 ON-POST SCHOOLS

CURRENT AUTHORIZED MILITARY STRENGTH: 37,883

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES (APF & NAF): 5,477 (+1247 AAFES & COMMISSARIES)

CURRENT ASSIGNED STRENGTH: 38,948 SOLDIERS & AIRMEN

CONTRACTORS/KISD/OTHERS: 14,497 CURRENT DEPLOYMENTS: 7,444 ●

FAMILY MEMBERS: 56,086 (75% OFF-POST)

838 TEACHERS (+ STAFF) 24,770 STUDENTS ON/ OFF POST

HOUSING

Largest IN THE ARMY!

97 BARRACKS (15,000 ROOMS)

6,730 FAMILY QUARTERS SHOPPING 2 LARGE DEPARTMENT STORES 2 LARGE GROCERY STORES 121 EXCHANGE FACILITIES

CARL R. DARNALL ARMY MEDICAL CENTER: 151 BEDS 947,000-SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY 13 CHAPELS

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Fort Hood Joint Land Use Study THE CITY OF KILLEEN RECENTLY AWARDED A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT TO BENCHMARK CMR, INC. TO CONDUCT THE FORT HOOD JOINT LAND USE STUDY (JLUS). This action was based on a request from Fort Hood to the Department of the Army in 2014 and subsequent approval by the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), Department of Defense in the spring of 2015. projects. An additional 70 are currently underway including the Fort Hood JLUS.

A JLUS is a strategic plan that results in specific recommendations intended to ensure civilian growth and development are compatible with operations, training, testing and power projection missions at military installations. The JLUS process promotes and enhances civilian and military communication and collaboration, serves as a catalyst to sustain the military mission, and promotes public health, safety, quality of life and economic viability of a region.

residents living or working near Fort Hood. • Preserving long-term land use compatibility between Fort Hood and the surrounding communities.

OEA manages the federal grants that allow communities to conduct a JLUS. OEA

Commercial Development

Population Encroachment

Maritime Needs

Light Pollution

Air Quality

Radio Frequency Needs

Mission Realignment & Consolidation

Radio Frequency

LAND USE COMPATIBILITY

MILITARY ABILITY Noise Generation TO TRAIN Munitions Constituents

Military Airspace Noise Generation & Abatement

Need for Water

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Endangered Species & Provision of Wildlife Habitat

& Abatement

Cultural Interests on Military Land

Historically, military installations were located in remote areas, due largely to the availability of land and for security purposes. Over time, installations drew both people and businesses closer to take advantage of civilian job opportunities offered by the installation and to provide the goods and services to support the installation’s operations. The increased number of people and businesses, in some cases, has impacted the military’s ability to effectively train and accomplish the military mission. As a result, the need for the JLUS program has greatly increased during the past decade, and to date, state or local jurisdictions have completed 93 JLUS

Dust & Smoke

Wilderness Designations

Alternative Energy sources Commercial Airspace

provides 90% of funding with the sponsor city, in this case the City of Killeen, providing the remaining 10% through either cash contribution, payment-in-kind, or a combination thereof. The Fort Hood JLUS began in November 2015 and will be completed by December 20⒗ The JLUS effort can directly benefit both the region and Fort Hood by: • Protecting the health and safety of

• Promoting comprehensive community planning for all communities around Fort Hood. • Integrating the local communities’ comprehensive plans with Fort Hood’s. Two key components of the JLUS are compatibility and encroachment and it is important to understand how each applies to a JLUS. Compatibility is defined by the DoD Instruction (DoDI) 3030.3, Joint Land


FORT HOOD GUIDE

TWO KEY COMPONENTS OF THE JLUS ARE COMPATIBILITY AND ENCROACHMENT AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW EACH APPLIES TO A JLUS. Use Study Program, as “land use and civilian development activity that adversely affects the utility or training and readiness missions of a military installation.” Examples include: • Air, land, space and noise restrictions • Property rights • Urban growth • Comprehensive plans • Zoning and overlay districts • Subdivisions and site plans • Electronic spectrum encroachment • Land acquisition/lease • Energy compatibility and availability • Endangered species/habitat • Air/water quality Encroachment is defined in DoDI 3200.15, Sustainment of Ranges and Operating

Areas, as “external influences threatening or constraining range and operating area activities required for force readiness and weapons research development testing and evaluation.” Examples of the impacts of encroachment are: • Reduces range access, realism or usage • Prohibits operational, training and testing events • Endangers animal species or critical habitat • Limits new technologies • Restricts flight altitudes • Inhibits new tactics development • Reduces live-fire proficiency • Complicates night and all weather operations and training • Increases costs, risks or personnel tempo • Unexploded ordnance

Benchmark CMR Inc., will capture the results of the Fort Hood JLUS in a written report. The report will outline recommendations intended to facilitate collaborative and compatible land development and planning activities between communities in central Texas and Fort Hood. Communities will also be encouraged to leverage the JLUS to facilitate regional partnership and to update strategic plans that promote and protect public health, safety and welfare. ●

KENDALL COX Heart of Texas Defense Alliance (HOTDA)

STUART MCLENNAN City of Killeen

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Military Relations Council Update THE GREATER KILLEEN AREA HAS A LONG TRADITION OF SUPPORTING THE MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES AND THEIR FAMILIES. The Military Relations Council’s (MRC) goals are to promote the sustainability of Fort Hood and to make the fence between the post and the surrounding community as invisible as possible.

This is accomplished by building strong relationships between Fort Hood, the U.S. Army and the community. The MRC does this by providing information, networking and access to Fort Hood and the community, locally and across the United States.

INFORMATION Fort Hood is a primary economic stimulator in the Central Texas region. Because of this, it is important to arm Chamber Investors, our strategic partners and the public with information to allow them to function as informed representatives in Killeen, Austin and Washington DC. Examples of MRC activities that helped accomplish this goal during the last year include: • Tours of the new Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and the new AAFES PX • Fort Hood Garrison Command update on their operations, current conditions and future plans • Assistance in planning and execution of the Chamber’s bi-annual Legislative Tour, a program that invites state legislative representatives and staff om Austin to tour Fort Hood and the Killeen community • An interactive tour of the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, Calif. • Senior Command Teams Welcome • Distribution of monthly electronic MRC Newsletters providing time sensitive information • MRC representation at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) &

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Association of Defense Communities (ADC) to build relationships with other military communities, armed forces representatives and legislatures

NETWORKING Throughout the year, the MRC participates in several events to build relationships with the Soldiers and Families of Fort Hood, such as Audie Murphy Inductions, NCO & Soldier of the Year Awards, Hails, Farewells, Retirements and AUSA events. During many of these events the MRC is able to participate in the awards presentations. In addition, the MRC organizes an annual social for General Officers and Command Sargent Majors, a Senior Command Team Welcome, and a National Training Center Observation Tour of Force on Force Activities. Our community does an exceptional job networking and building relationships with the General Officers and Command Sargent Majors. However, these individuals rarely return to serve at Fort Hood. In an effort to begin building relationships with soldiers who will return to Fort Hood, in fall of 2014 the MRC held their first Senior Command Team Welcome. This social is held in coordination with the New Command Team training and reaches out to those most likely to return to Fort Hood to serve in the future — Command Teams om Battalions and above. The MRC will continue to explore events that engage Soldiers and Families with the local communities. Most people living in the Killeen area are aware of what the U.S. Army does and have

heard the ‘sound of Freedom’ booming when the troops are in the field. The terms “deployment” and “redeployment” are common in local vocabulary. However, the weight of these actions may not fully register for those who have not ever been Active Duty. The U.S. Army is looking for ways to educate the population on what it does and the costs associated with its activities. The Chamber is helping with this by hosting the newly added Interactive National Training Center Rotation 16-1 Tour at Ft. Irwin, Calif. The tours, which started in 2015, follow 1st Brigade, 1st Calvary Division during their force on force activities. The tour has allowed the Army to strategically reach outside the Front Gate and spread its message by educating local leaders through first-hand exposure to military training.

ACCESS The MRC allows Chamber Investors and local leaders access to Fort Hood, the Soldiers stationed there, and at other installations. In turn, this allows these same individuals access to the local community. To build strong relationships with Fort Hood we must continue to build lasting relationships between Soldiers, Families and community members. Thank you to our Military Relations Council sponsors: • All American Chevrolet • Fort Hood National Bank • Management & Training Consultants, Inc. (MTCI) • Union State Bank • University of the Incarnate Word For more information about the MRC and how your company can get involved, contact Heather Nusbaum, heather@killeenchamber.com. ●

HEATHER NUSBAUM Vice President of Finance and Administration, Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce


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