What’s New in Baytown

Tracey S. Wheeler, IOM

President & CEO

“Buy Baytown” campaign is being re-activated by the City and the Chamber. With all of the new retail and restaurant establishments, we hope to keep more of the buying in our community. When shopping, dining out or otherwise spending dollars locally, you are helping to increase the sales tax revenue for city services and to assist in keeping property taxes down. More to come.

We finally got the Taco Cabana opened on Garth Rd and the reaction was great. The manager said that it was an outstanding opening.

If you don’t already know, the new building going up on Rollingbrook at Rollingwood is a corporate office building for Community Resource Credit Union. The official groundbreaking was held on May 8th. We will soon be cutting a ribbon for the re-branding of Carino’s restaurant. Seems like we are cutting ribbons constantly these days. Lots more to come.

The school district is in the process of putting together a Strategic Planning Committee. If you have an interest, you can sign up to participate. It is important that we work with the district to ensure that our students are guaranteed a quality learning environment. On Tuesday, May 22nd, the Chamber will celebrate another successful year of Business and School Partnerships. There are approximately 38 partnerships between local businesses and schools. These partners provide thousands of hours of tutoring and mentoring in our schools in addition to hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are proud of each of these companies for their dedication to our students. This year’s Partner of the Year is Chevron Phillips and Crockett Elementary and they are also 30 year partners. As always, it was a close race between Chevron Phillips and Crocket and ExxonMobil BTEC and Robert E. Lee High School. Both are outstanding partners and both have been named Partner of the Year several times. We also gave $12,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors who are going to Lee College. The Baytown Chamber of Commerce is committed to our school district and our students.

Summertime came on with a bang. We went to 90+ degrees with little or no warning. With the heat comes summer activities. School will be out when you get this and we will be wondering what to do with these kids all summer. Remember that Max Bowl has lots for kids to do and Pirates Bay will be open all summer. Watch for activities with Parks and Recreation, the Nature Center and the Wetlands Center.

Have a great summer everyone!