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Longview Chamber of Commerce Staff Kelly Hall President/CEO 903.237.4004 khall@longviewtx.com

Leska Parker Director of Development 903.918.1546 lparker@longviewtx.com

Suzanne Brown Senior Vice President 903.237.4003 sbrown@longviewtx.com

David Jochum Business & Leadership Development Director 903.237.4023 djochum@longviewtx.com

Misty Amaya Education & Workforce Manager 903.237.4041 mamaya@longviewtx.com Stephanie Raudales Special Project & Event Coordinator 903.237.4013 sraudales@longviewtx.com

Bianca Adams Information Services Coordinator 903.237.4000 chamber@longviewtx.com

What’s Inside? Creating THE VIEW for our Children’s Children....................... 4 Business Solutions Summit.................................................. 6 Advocacy............................................................................ 8 Education........................................................................... 9 Leadership Longview.......................................................... 10 Speakers Bureau............................................................... 11 New Members................................................................... 12 Ribbon Cuttings................................................................ 13 InterCity Trip: Little Rock, Arkansas..................................... 14 Inserts.............................................................................. 14

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2019 YEAR OF CHAMBER EVENTS MAY 1...................................... Business Solutions Summit & Luncheon 15-17................................................ InterCity Trip: Little Rock, AR 21.......................................................................... BAH: VeraBank 23............................................................................ Chamber 101 27.................................................... Memorial Day – Office Closed

Chuck King Chairman of the Board Chick-fil-A

Richard Manley Past Chairman of the Board R. Manley Enterprises Dana Parr Chairman Elect Advanta Insurance Partners

Vice Chairs

Kevin Hood Chairman of Finance Texas Bank and Trust

JUNE 12........................................................... BBH: CHRISTUS - GSMC 18................................................ BAH: Elected Officials Reception JULY

NOVEMBER

4....................................July 4th – Office Closed

6................................................State of the City

24...................................................BAH: DATCS

12................................................ Chamber 101 15...............................BBH: Heart’sWay Hospice

AUGUST

19..................................... BAH: Prosperity Bank

14................................... BBH: Heartis Longview

28-29.....................Thanksgiving – Office Closed

27............................................BAH: Holiday Inn 28......................ED: Partners In Education Conf.

DECEMBER

29................................................ Chamber 101

11..........................................Holiday Reception

2................................ Labor Day – Office Closed

TBD............... Chamber Classic Golf Tournament 14-18....................Chamber of Commerce Week

Ron Hutchison Vice Chairman Conterra Networks Casey Robertson Vice Chairman Longview Regional Medical Center Wade Johnson Vice Chairman Johnson & Pace Incorporated

Directors

Jim Green Eastman Chemical Company Texas Operations David Hayes Hayes RV Center

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Cheryl Jaskiewicz Pinnacle Senior Care

24.................................... BAH: Southside Bank OCTOBER

Jessica LaRue Vice Chairman Harbour Smith Harris & Merritt PC

24-25............. Christmas Holiday – Office Closed SEPTEMBER

BAH: Business After Hours / 4:45–6:30 p.m. BBH: Business Before Hours / 7:45–9 a.m. BA: Business Advocacy LL: Leadership Longview ED: Education

23........................ BAH: Jim Bartlett Fine Jewelry CLICK HERE

2019 Officers

Dr. Roger Johnson Texas Office Leasing Sam Neale Napps Technology Corporation Rodney Overman Henry & Peters, P.C.

for the most current Chamber Calendar of Events. All dates are subject to change.

Mark Robinson AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company

Appointed Directors

2019 Strategic Plan | CLICK HERE TO READ |

2018 Annual Report | CLICK HERE TO READ |

Todd Hancock CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System Councilwoman Kristen Ishihara City of Longview Natalie Lynch Longview Economic Development Corporation Judge Bill Stoudt County of Gregg Meredith Todd R. Lacy Services, LTD

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When visiting with investors—YOU, our customer—I often ask what would you like our community to look like in 50 years? A common answer is, “to create a community where my children’s children can have the same opportunities I did.” Now I realize a subsequent question needs to be—will you help us fix the biggest problem and needs facing our community?

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Did you know one of the greatest challenges employers will be facing in the next 10-20 years is health and wellbeing in the workplace? Why? For the first time in U.S. history, we are raising a generation of children who may live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation. Therefore, it is becoming more and more imperative for communities to create powerful partnerships to drive tough discussions, and change to give future generations the opportunity to thrive! What is the role of the Chamber as we prepare for the future? It is to serve as a 3C Chamber: Champion. Convener. Catalyst. We are to be the champion for building a thriving community, a catalyst for business growth and a convener of influencers to get things done. Your Chamber chooses to make an intentional impact and find solutions to meet the challenges of change in workforce needs Source: www.communitycommons.org and working environments. Plus, we are addressing the technology and global competition within a world of increasing unrest and political fragmentation through strategic and intentional planning. What is YOUR Chamber doing to encourage transformational change? We have not shied away from taking on the biggest problems and what needs to be done to create a great place to live. The path began to solidify in 2011 as the board demonstrated their willingness to think BIG and BOLD. The shift in our organization’s culture began as a direct result of leading the Chamber’s inaugural InterCity Trip to Chattanooga. Over the past eight (8) years, visits have encouraged community influencers to take steps to address the problems and challenges. Correlations can be drawn of a cultural shift within our community!

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Children’s Children There are many results which can be reflected: • The passage and implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. • Passage of the $104+ million bond election. • Keep Longview Beautiful’s work and opening of The Green. • Mainstreet’s continued focus on building a vibrant downtown. • Focus on completing the 10 miles of CONNECTED trails. • The task force that has led the work to see the new Arboretum is coming to fruition. The intentional work of the Chamber intensified in 2015 when we embarked on a collective impact initiative around Education/Workforce Development. A strategic and deliberate approach that brought people and organizations together to effectively address cradle–to-career solutions was birthed. Numerous outcomes have resulted in a short period of time, including:

What can we do to build a healthy community?

Longview leaders must continue to DREAM, VISION, and ACT to create a community for future generations. We must tackle the tough problems and find solutions. That is why your Chamber is embarking on a new partnership with Buckner International as part of our HealthyVIEW work to address the health and wellbeing of the current and future workforce. Together we intend to conduct an environmental scan. The scan will include a thorough analysis of demographic reports and existing community assessments. We will survey three specific segments: existing employees, social agencies and organizations, and individuals. Focus groups will help us understand key findings of the scan in our five (5) priority areas; • Physical Health • Emotional & Spiritual Health • Financial Health • Career & Workplace Health • Community Health

• Produce the annual resource magazine Every Child Has Access. The publication is a tool for students, parents, teachers, and counselors. • Meet bi-annually with area Superintendents on a wide variety of topics. Recently the education task force met with the senior policy team of the Governor’s office. Superintendents and key influencers reviewed and provided input on the recommendations.

The findings of the work will be released at the January 28, 2020, Annual Chamber Banquet. Dr. Albert Reyes, CEO of Buckner International, will present key findings and discuss potential pathways of continuing the transformational work to “LeadingPeople.LeadingProsperity.”

The BIG question for you is, will you help us keep Longview moving? What will we do to build a community of health?

• Produce Partners in Education Conference (P.I.E.). Outcomes have included the release of a new video targeting parents; showcased internship programs and job shadowing with employers. Slated to bring Lonnie Moore with the Leader in Me Leadership Model on August 28, 2019. • Served as a champion to open the East Texas Advanced Manufacturing Academy on August 28, 2018.

Kelly Hall President/CEO

• Working in concert with LISD administration and the Ware East Texas Montessori Academy. Together with other bold organizations, we are changing lives in a positive way. A few examples of the work include parent workshops, community garden, reading camps, career fairs and expos, and much more!

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Wednesday, May 1 .............................. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. .............................. Holiday Inn Infinity Event Center .............................. For more information or to make reservations Call 903.237.4000 by April 26

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2019 Small Business Awards Recipients Join us in congratulating the following businesses. SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

MINORITY/FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

POWER NETWORKING 10 a.m.

This session provides an opportunity to make dozens of contacts in a one-hour time frame. Bring your business cards and your best elevator pitch!

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DATA SECURITY 10 a.m.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cybersecurity threats are a multi-billion dollar industry and an exponentially-growing global crisis. Learn how this industry targets your data and what you can do to prevent it.

Join our keynote speaker for a two hour deep dive. Learn how to go beyond social media and implement digital marketing to sell your products and services.

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Frank Kenny is a successful entrepreneur, chamber board of directors Frank is the founder of: chair, and chamber President/CEO. He now coaches chamber professionals, consults with chambers, trains staff and members, and speaks professionally. He helps Chambers and Chamber Professionals reach their goals. He has worked with hundreds of chambers over the past 10 years on their staff and member training, strategic planning, board retreats and orientations, social media, digital marketing, technology, and most other areas of chamber work. As a chamber professional, his team was one of the first to embrace social media and digital marketing. Within 18 months of launching their campaigns, the membership of that 45-year-old chamber had doubled. While with his chamber, Frank was appointed to the executive committee of his state’s chamber of commerce (AWB) and the board of his state’s chamber professionals association (WCCE). He is a graduate of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) Academy program. He has a degree in finance and an MBA. Frank serves on the faculty of the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) and W.A.C.E’s Academy program.

• Chamber Focus Show • Chamber Professionals Community (7,000 members) • Chamber Professionals Online Conference (CPOC) • Chamber Professionals Education (CPEd) • Chamber Professionals Content Marketing Bundle Program (CMB)

Frank J. Kenny will be the Keynote Speaker at the Business Solutions Summit.

Presenting Sponsor:

Workshops Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors:

Ken Martin Audiology

KLTV-Channel 7 Austin Bank Conterra Networks

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Advocacy Briefing

Strengthening Longview by Advocating for Local Business Advocacy: Advocate for legislation that promotes business and industry, economic development, job creation and community quality of life at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Get Informed! Create Change! Your advocacy team doesn’t rest! The chamber is on the move to address issues impacting this business trade area, increasing visibility and awareness with State and Federal legislators, and continuing the collaboration amongst influencers towards shaping the future vision of Longview through our InterCity trip to Little Rock! 2019 is an election year! Keep watch on the Chamber’s calendar, e-newsletters, R.E.A.C.H., and social media for upcoming forums for local elected officials. Make sure your voice is heard! ..........................................................................................

JUNE 18, 2019

#YourVoteMatters – 2019 Elections

This spring and later in the fall, the primary and general elections are at the forefront of many citizens’ thoughts and political discussions.

––––– HERE IS WHAT IS SLATED FOR 2019 ––––– May 6, 2019 The next regularly scheduled City of Longview General Election for City Council District 6. May 4, 2019 Gregg County Emergency Services District 3 November 5, 2019 Texas General Election

SAVE THE DATE! Join your chamber in honoring those elected officials serving on behalf of our community at the local, state and federal levels! Establish and strengthen those relationships with our officials and continue working toward building the Longview trade area as a rural economic force.

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–––––––––––––––– RESOURCES –––––––––––––––– More information on city elections: www.longviewtexas.gov/2153/City-Elections

Voter Registration - Texas requirements for Voter ID: www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id.html Gregg County voter information: www.greggcountyvotes.com

Presenting Sponsors:

Check information on registering to vote, if you are registered, new countywide polling places, and up-to-date information on what is required for voter i.d.

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Gold Sponsors: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP NCIC Inmate Communications Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation ..........................................................................................

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Check on offices up for election, voter i.d., and registration status. www.votetexas.gov www.sos.state.tx.us

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• Get your employees, peers, family, and friends registered to vote. • Disseminate critical and new information regarding polling locations and the requirements for voter i.d.


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Championing Raising Highly Capable Kids Program Expands to Equip More Parents in Longview Raising Highly Capable Kids™, a parenting program brought to Longview in the Fall of 2017 by the Longview Chamber of Commerce, is expanding! Pine Tree ISD received an 18-month community grant, which includes free curriculum supplies for facilitators and participants as well as formal training from the non-profit organization, Rezilient Kidz™. The Chamber initiated the program at Ware East Texas Montessori Academy as part of its Career Ready Plus Campus Certification to address parent engagement in education. The Chamber also received a community grant in 2017, which expired in February 2019. In its fourth semester, the program is going strong with 22 parents currently enrolled, and 39 who have already graduated. To graduate, participants must complete at least 10 out of 13 classes. The curriculum, offered in both Spanish and English, focuses on The Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, which are positive, researchbased qualities that influence a child’s development and help them become caring, responsible, and productive. The program is FREE to participants. It is set up to utilize community partners for volunteer facilitators, childcare help, and dinner for participants, volunteers, and their children.

Miranda Chism, Parent Liaison for Pine Tree ISD, says she applied for the grant “For the opportunity to bring a positive resource to families in the community. If there are programs and resources out there to help increase healthy skills in parents, then I believe it’s important to seek those programs and offer it to our parents.” Chism learned about Raising Highly Capable Kids™ from the Chamber’s Partners in Education Conference in August 2018. She volunteered last fall as a facilitator for the program at Ware, though in a different school district, in order to observe the program to ensure its fit for Pine Tree. Pine Tree’s grant is a wonderful resource for the community, as it entitles any organization in our community who would like to host the program to get free curriculum materials beginning in August 2019 through February 2021. There is no limit to the amount available. Anyone interested must order through Ms. Chism by email at mchism@ptsd.org. Additionally, Ms. Chism is seeking community partners to fill the roles of facilitators, childcare help, or provide dinners throughout the semester.

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For more information please contact Misty Amaya, Education and Workforce Manager mamaya@longviewtx.com

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Holiday Inn Infinity Event Center For more information or to make reservations Call 903.237.4000 by August 21

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Champion for Education Sponsors: Corner Bakery Copeland Insurance Agency Eastman Chemical Company Texas Operations Joyce Crane Kelly Services

Longview ISD Longview Regional Medical Center Nucor Steel STEMCO Products, Inc. Sherman and Briscoe Orthodontics

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Educators ........................................FREE Member.............................................. $30 Non-member ..................................... $50 Member display table ....................... $250 Table sponsor................................... $500 Non-member display table ............... $500 No refunds after August 21 R.E.A.C.H. REPORT 2019

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Through participation in Leadership Longview, graduates become part of a new community resource capable of directing important activities in the community. Are you ready? Or do you have someone in your company who is ready? Applications for the 2019-2020 class year are available online now.

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• To identify potential leaders in Longview and prepare them for positions of public and private decision-making. • To maintain and strengthen communication by creating opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with each other and community leaders. • To provide community education.

Applications for the Leadership Longview Class of 2020 Being Accepted Now! | APPLICATION LINK |

• To increase awareness of problems, opportunities and issues affecting the Longview community.

The deadline to apply is June 28, 2019

Leadership Longview Project Provides Shelter to Longview Community Ministries Clients The 2019 Leadership Longview Class selected Longview Community Ministries (LCM) as their project. LCM was in need of a shelter or pavilion for their clients. This will allow people to have seating and protection from the sun and rain while waiting in line for services. In addition to the pavilion, the class built shelving inside for additional storage. The project was unveiled on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm, with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. The Leadership Longview Class of 2019 put in countless hours in preparation, planning, and executing on this important and much appreciated project.

“Would your non-profit like to be considered for a project by the class of 2020?” Follow this link for the application: | PROJECT REQUEST FORM | Applications are due by Friday, August 16, 2019

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Speakers Bureau

Championing Speakers Bureau Benefits Chamber Members The Speakers Bureau offers Chamber members and community groups the expertise and insight on a variety of topics of interest to business professionals. These speakers can provide stimulating presentations, representing a wide range of professional specialties. Speaker formats include keynotes, lectures, panels and hands-on training. How do I find a speaker? Speakers are listed according to the topic of their presentations and alphabetically by last name. Requests for customized presentations will be assigned to a category and forwarded to all speakers listed within the category of the particular request. If a match is available, you will be contacted by the speaker within 7-10 business days.

How can I be listed as a speaker? As a member benefit, all members of the Longview Chamber of Commerce are eligible to be listed as a speaker at no charge. You must be a member in good standing to apply for participation. There is a maximum listing of two categories per speaker and/or company. Please allow at least two weeks for a written response. Unless otherwise agreed, presentations should not incorporate marketing of any specific company or service offerings. The non-member application fee is $300 per year.

Want to Know More About Our Speakers Bureau?

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Applying for jobs and hiring employees can be difficult and time consuming. But, with Express Employment Professionals, finding the right job or filling the right position is easy. Call, come in, or go online today to see what Express can do for you. (903) 663-3559 101 West Hawkins Parkway, Suite 4 Longview, TX 75605 ExpressProsLongview.com

3700 Gilmer Road 202 Hollybrook Drive

903-759-0751 www.springhillbank.com

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CLICK ON business names to link to Chamber membership directory information or link directly to their business website. Edgewood Place 617 Clinic Dr Longview, TX 75604 903-663-3119 www.edgewoodplaceapts.com

Malone Agency 206 Hwy 80 East, Suite A White Oak, TX 75693 903-295-0096 www.allstate.com/grantmalone

ABC Insurance Agencies 2010 Gilmer Road, Suite 110 Longview, TX 75604 337-305-2596 www.abcautoinsurance.com

Exit Theory Escape Room 1905 W Loop 281, Suite 63 Longview, TX 75604 903-686-9054 www.exittheory.com

MaxVelocity Wireless, LLC 3400 W. Marshall Ave., Suite 428 Longview, TX 75604 903-752-9434 www.maxvelocitywireless.net

Barksdale Federal Credit Union - Skyline 213 Skyline Longview, TX 75605 903-759-2565 www.bfcu.org/home/home

Farmers Insurance - Mallori Pace 411 Gilmer Rd Longview, TX 75604 903-757-2500 agents.farmers.com/tx/longview/mallori-pace

Pink Crown Farms 5781 FM 2879 Longview, TX 75605 903-663-3015 www.pinkcrownfarms.com

Cartridge World of Longview 2161 Gilmer Rd Longview, TX 75604 903-759-4657 www.cartridgeworldusa.com

Graystone Haunted Manor 13481 FM 968 W Longview, TX 75602-7325 903-918-3889 www.graystonehauntedmanor.com

Saltgrass Steak House 411 E Loop 281 Longview, TX 75605 903-232-1513 www.saltgrass.com

Christian Job Corps of Gregg County P.O. Box 9067 Longview, TX 75608 903-806-2187 www.wmm-gba.org East Texas Connection P O Box 962 Longview, TX 75606 903-371-1574 www.easttxconnection.com

It’s a Secret MedSpa 1000 Pegues Place Longview, TX 75601 430-625-7220 www.secretmedspa.com

Starfish Ad Age LLC 1121 Judson Road, Suite 121 Longview, TX 75601 903-508-2576 www.starfishadage.com

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Gregg County Title 4001 Technology Center, Suite 203 Longview, TX 75605 903-653-4188 www.GreggCountyTitle.com

Kindle Dental 1499 E Marshall Ave Longview, TX 75601 903-747-3919 www.kindledental.com

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MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES MARCH/APRIL 2019 5 Years

30 Years

Reliable Real Estate Treviso Transitional Care Colony Cabinets, Inc

Carmela Davis CPA Martin Marietta

10 Years

Edward Jones -Logan Skinner Coldwell Banker Lenhart Properties Pliler International/Idealease

Texas Bank

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35 Years

40 Years

East Texas Symphonic Band Eltife Properties, Ltd ArtsView Children’s Theatre Spring Hill State Bank - Hollybrook Branch

Longview Regional Medical Center Longview Area Association of Realtors

20 Years

Sobol Welders Supply Co Inc

25 Years

AutoBody Express

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Flanders Electric LTD

All-Service Window & Door Co

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RIBBON CUTTINGS

Thank you to Austin Bank for sponsoring the Chamber’s 2019 Ribbon Cuttings!

Barksdale Federal Credit Union – Skyline (903) 759-2565 213 Skyline, Longview, TX 75605 www.bfcu.org/home/home

Hope Road Counseling (903) 252-4673 3032 N. Eastman Road, Suite 102 Longview, TX 75605 www.hoperoadcounseling.org

Studio Grace Pilates & Barre (903) 918-8782 1201 NW Loop 281, Ste 301 Longview, TX 75604 www.facebook.com/Studio-Grace-Pilates-Barre

Expectant Heart Pregnancy Resource Center (903) 931-3124 3 Rockwell Dr, Longview, TX 75604 www.expectantheart.org

Pink Crown Farms (903) 663-3015 5781 FM 2879, Longview, TX 75605 www.pinkcrownfarms.com

Texas Tires (430) 625-7340 100 W Marshall Ave, Longview, TX 75601 www.facebook.com/TEXASTIRESLONGVIEW

For the complete Membership Directory Gregg County Title (903) 653-4188 4001 Technology Center, Suite 203 Longview, TX 75605 www.GreggCountyTitle.com

Saltgrass Steak House (903) 232-1513 411 E Loop 281, Longview, TX 75605 www.saltgrass.com

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Work with other stakeholders in Longview and use the City’s Comprehensive Plan to aid in the transformation of underutilized areas of our community.

Seek new and innovative ideas that improve access to basic and advanced educational opportunities with the cradleto-career collective impact to help our citizens reach their potential and become skilled contributors to our highlyeducated workforce.

Advocate for legislation that promotes business and industry, economic development, job creation, and community quality of life at the local, state, and federal levels of government.

Seek to play an increasing role in bringing stakeholders to the table and continue to build a network that fosters an environment where our agencies, government, and employers work in concert to build a thriving community for future generations.

Through the power of the collective impact of our member businesses, HealthyVIEW aims to advocate for real, tangible solutions to create a culture of health for our community.

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Little Rock Here We Come

May 15-17, 2019

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who is our break room sponsor for 2019! Thank you for the great coffee and supplies! ................................................................................................

| REGISTER ONLINE | For more information on the 2019 InterCity Visit, contact Kelly Hall at 903.237.4004, khall@longviewtx.com

Presenting Sponsor:

Alpine Target Golf Center, The Challenge @ Oak Forest, The Cherokee Golf Club, Tempest Golf Course and Oaklawn

Spring, Summer and Fall Session $85.00 --Why Choose The First Tee of The Piney Woods--

--Top 3 Reasons Young People Like Being in -The First Tee of The First Tee of The Piney Woods

Misty Amaya Education & Workforce Manager

R.E.A.C.H. Inserts Are you a new member?

During your first year of new membership, you can place an insert in R.E.A.C.H. for free! For more information contact Suzanne Brown at sbrown@longviewtx.com.

www.thefirstteepineywoods.org For more information, call: (903) 753-1416 or email: sfennell@thefirstteepineywoods.org

Little Rock Here We Come May 15-17, 2019

Planning has begun to develop an itinerary for the upcoming InterCity Trip that will provide our community leaders an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities our region is facing. The visit will provide an opportunity for interaction among city leaders and facilitates an exchange of best practices and lessons learned. Why an InterCity Visit? The visit is designed to acquire new ideas. It will provide an opportunity to introduce our delegation to innovative programs and impactful projects that may be adapted and implemented in our community. Candid speakers will alert our delegation to the challenges and pitfalls with which they are currently struggling. Little Rock, AR was chosen because of their commitment to making the Little Rock region a great place to live, work, and play. The Little Rock Chamber is committed to leading delegations to participate in learning experiences that will help them build a community for the future. Their dreaming, leading, and taking ACTION has recently resulted in:  An exploratory study into Ford Next Generation Learning (NGL); comprised of 4 ISDs, the Chamber and business leaders.  Purchasing 300 acres, including a 130-acre tract that port officials say would in turn free up nearly 1,000 acres of port property to establish a large site for heavy manufacturing.  The development of a VC FinTech Accelerator Program.  Learning how to tell the Little Rock story and receiving recognition by the 2018 Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation for its “Love, Little Rock” campaign by the Public Relations Society of America. Like Longview, Little Rock also had a good foundation to build from as a result of a strong community and business leadership. They have done an excellent job on focusing on amenities, housing, education, healthcare, social and civic capital, transportation, and redevelopment of their downtown! Little Rock knows how to tell their story! They focus on how far the dollar can go, great commute times, excellent weather, and picturesque outdoors (hmm…sound familiar!). Their success is recognized by entities such as www.livibility.com and Forbes.com Best Places for Businesses and Careers, Forbes.com Best Employers List, as well as ‘Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List. As a participant you will be able to focus on best practices and experience true peer-to-peer learning. The networking and relationship building through shared experiences will help us move forward on building a common foundation of understanding. Activities begin on Wednesday, May 15th at 1PM and will conclude on Friday, May 17th at 1PM. Each participant is responsible for securing their own travel and hotel accommodations. To take advantage of the early bird registration fee please complete the attached form and return with payment; $300 by April 5th or register online. All registrations received after April 6th the fee will be $375. We recommend participants make hotel arrangements with the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Little Rock as soon as possible. For more information on the 2019 InterCity Visit, contact Kelly Hall at 903.237.4004, khall@longviewtx.com. PRESENTING SPONSOR:

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R.E.A.C.H. - May/June 2019 Issue  

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R.E.A.C.H. - May/June 2019 Issue  

R.E.A.C.H. - May/June 2019 Issue. The Longview Progress Report is now R.E.A.C.H.! an interactive digital newsletter for our Longview Chamber...