The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met Tuesday, Oct. 16 and the following are items currently in motion at your Chamber of Commerce:
Top 5 Highlights of the Month were:
Seafair and its impact on local organizations and the economy
Nation’s Capitol visit with other Chambers in the Coastal Bend
Corpus Christi Ad Campaign is in full motion. Monitoring closely to maximize results.
Met with Workforce Executives on agreement for temporary office.
Working with the Travel & Tourism Division for tour of information center counselors the first week of November.
Seafair – This 33-member strong committee has successfully completed the 44th annual Seafair. They each did an outstanding job. Additional tent was needed for overflow of vendors. Reached 120 vendors, 3 boutique vendors, 4 food trucks, and 10 food booths.
– Huge crowd Saturday from approximately 5:30 p.m. and beyond.
– Successful fundraiser for RFHS Choir, RFHS Emeralds, and RFHS Project Graduation raising a grand total of nearly $5,000.00.
– Zip code reports tell us a large percentage of people were from out of town. Waiting for final totals.
– All committee chairs agreed to remain in their positions for next year – the 45th anniversary Oct. 10-13, 2019.
– Will debrief on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend this session.
Coastal Bend to DC Trip – Great reception at the Cheniere offices upon arrival. Met with lead governmental affairs personnel. Break briefing with the US Chamber of Commerce on Trade Policy, Immigration and Energy. Photo on the Capitol Steps and Speaker’s Balcony with Congressman Cloud followed by a briefing on Transportation & Infrastructure, FEMA, Homeland Security, Texas Governor’s DC office, Housing, and Military Affairs. Reception followed at restaurant across from the Nation’s Capitol with Congressman Cloud’s staff. Visits also with Senator Cornyn and Senator Cruz. Interesting to interact with industry officials and how that all fits into the Coastal Bend Region.
Corpus Christi 50-mile radius Ad Campaign – Coordinated the creative work for this campaign creating digital ads and tv commercial. Press releases are forthcoming. Will also do presentations in front of groups to encourage people to come over for dinner, etc.
Workforce – Met with Workforce executives on the idea of locating a workforce employee inside Chambers of Commerce in the Coastal Bend Region. Del Mar College is working with our Chamber on a Rebuild Texas Fund grant for skills training for carpenters in the region. Working also on providing another Rural Small Business Developer employee for our Chamber through the Disaster Recovery Grant.
Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) – Working with TTIA Davis Phillips to create a dynamic tour through our area of information center managers, media and state personnel. This is a great group to have come through our area so they can give the correct information on how we look after the hurricane as they run the 12 information centers throughout Texas. We also attended the Texas Travel Industry Association Travel Summit in Galveston this past month. Galveston officials were exceptional as they treated us to lunch and gave pointers on what worked for them through the Hurricane Ike Recovery.
Small Business Saturday – Committee is currently working through the details to make this Saturday (Thanksgiving Weekend) a great sales day.
Small Business Grants – Working with Coastal Bend United Chambers to start third and last round of funding. Collectively, if all goes as planned, will have raised $1 million for small businesses after Hurricane Harvey. There have been no administrative costs taken out of these funds.
EDC and ED Plan – Continue to pursue the formation of an Economic Development Corporation. Next meeting is Monday, Nov. 5 at 12 noon at the Chamber.
RF Chamber Foundation – Coordinated with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the State Comptroller to carry out beverage sales license permit for Seafair. This will provide a much needed revenue stream for the General Operating Fund. Worked with local attorney Brent Klender to create Seafair Agreement between the Chamber and the Foundation.
Bay Blazers Membership Team – Membership renewals are steady but have to be monitored closely. Harvey We Won Ribbon Cuttings are going well and continue to keep everyone busy. Will be working on bringing in 10 new members each month. Business After Hours continues to be a popular event. This month it will be at Juicy’s Airstream Retreat Oct. 25 from 5 pm. to 6:30 p.m.
Building Repairs – Flooring will commence after Seafair then paint outside and portions of the inside.
Leadership Aransas County – Class has formed. First session on “Community Planning” went well. They learned about master planning, zoning and the comprehensive plan. The next session is the ropes course Oct. 27 at Camp Aranzazu.
Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Breakfast – Attended breakfast. Gave Report on activity. Let them know we are progressing. Trying to stay in the forefront so we are not forgotten.
Executive Workgroup – Department heads continue to meet on Long Term Recovery.
Hotel & Lodging Council –We have a little more than 1,000 rooms open now. This group has gone to quarterly meetings. Each hotel and rental property companies have been asked to provide zip codes per month for monitoring advertising results.
RV Park Council – One of our larger group meetings. Facebook group page going well. They meet the last Wednesday at the Chamber at 12 Noon. They were sponsored a lunch meal last month by South Texas Bone & Joint.
Tourism Development Council – Next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Charmers, volunteer greeters at the Visitor Center, continue to do great work and love their monthly tours and training.
Business Builders (Small Business Council) – Business of the Month for this month was Moore Than Feed. Looking at how to promote the Member2Member ID Card Program. Working on Small Business Saturday set for Thanksgiving Weekend. Business Breakfast for September went well with speakers on insurance and tax credits. Waiting on Chamber Academy item with Small Business Toolkit.
Youth Leadership Aransas County – This program is going really well. Chair Dawn Walker had a great session with them on the ropes course at Camp Aranzazu. Their next session is Oct. 20 with history on the boat ride with Capt. Tommy Moore followed by a session at the Fulton Mansion. They were able to secure enough sponsors to give T-Shirts to each student. They also received a grant this month from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation for $2,000.00.
Leadership Alumni Association – Have set up the next Candidates Panel & Issues Forum for Oct. 22 for ACND Navigation District Election set for Nov. 6. They have brochures ready for the Candidates & Issues School. LAC Attack will be held the first Saturday in June.
HummerBird Celebration – This event did as well as we received the rain insurance claim for Friday at $10,000 and Business Continuity Income for the cancellation of last year’s event. Will review year end totals and proceed forward to reviewing surveys and making the event better for next year. Dates are: Sept. 19-22, 2019.
Governmental Affairs Council – Reviewing items on the Federal, State and Local levels. Reviewing the Corpus Christi Chamber’s legislative agenda. Next meeting was Thursday, Oct. 18. Aransas County Day planning under way. Date is set for Feb. 27-28, 2019.
Christmas Luncheon Committee – Luncheon is set for Dec. 4. Will have a total of three meetings. Need to decide on location. Silent and raffle items.
Attractions Committee – Continues to meet monthly to review and collaborate on upcoming events. This is a committee of all local attraction staff.
Please join in at Network Wednesdays every Wednesday of the week at the Chamber at 10 a.m.
These are the main points of discussion at the Board of Directors meeting reviewing the current activities and programs of the Chamber. Other reports were given from governmental representatives present. The Board consists of 23 businesses owners, representatives of non-profit organizations and individuals.