Tracey S. Wheeler, IOM
President & CEO
The Baytown Chamber of Commerce and the City of Baytown are partnering to develop a “Buy Baytown” campaign. 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.
Buying locally means shopping at stores that are located in Baytown whether it is a national chain store or a locally-owned store. Shopping locally also helps to ensure the profitability of local business. Local businesses have a positive impact on our community. They can provide more jobs for area residents and can reinvest their profits into the community through charitable organizations such as Relay for Life, Project Graduation, United Way and many more community service organizations. Every time you shop in Baytown two cents of every dollar goes to keep our city government running including our fire and police departments.
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun is what makes our community home. We now have many goods and services available in Baytown: why not invest in your community by purchasing at home as often as possible.
Coming up at the Baytown Chamber is the State of the City scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th. This is the time that the Mayor gives us an update on the City’s activities and progress. It is always exciting to hear what he has to share and often he has a great new announcement. The event will be held at the Baytown Community Center from 11:30 to 1:00. Tickets are available in the Chamber office (281/422-8359).
We are in the planning stages for the Annual Chairman’s Gala which is our annual changing of the gavel. Some 250 Chamber members and guests will join us for socializing, dinner and entertainment in addition to recognizing the outstanding volunteer leaders who have made it possible to have a Chamber rated “outstanding” by most.
The Golf Tournament follows close behind the banquet and is already about 70% sold out. The tournament will be held at Eagle Point Golf Club. If you are interested in playing in this outstanding tournament, sign up early as it sells out quickly. This event gets more popular each and every year.
Chambers of Commerce have played an important role in the development of our nation and our state. Whether openly or with a silent hand chambers have guided policy and taken action to affect change. If you look closely, you will see that the chamber of commerce was present for many of the major decisions which have affected our community. We continue to work to ensure that our community is a great place to do business and to raise a family.