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Thursday, November 08, 2018
CEO David Clements announced today that the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) has reopened the international office after extensive renovation at its Richardson location. The association hosted an open house and reception Nov. 7 to celebrate the occasion and recognize many important contributors to the capital campaign that enabled the renovation.  IAEI moved to Richardson ...read more
Categories: Community
Thursday, October 25, 2018
For more than 35 years, the City of Richardson, Richardson Chamber of Commerce and Richardson Rotary Clubs have recognized highly deserving Richardson businesses, individuals and projects with the annual Economic Development, Growth and Expansion (EDGE) Awards program.This year’s EDGE Award recipients have achieved extraordinary success and/or made a significant investment in Richardson, and were ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release
Friday, October 19, 2018
From the City's Week in Review The City Council was updated on the ongoing study of the proposed Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District. A consultant team has been studying the area since February, touring land and buildings and conducting surveys, interviews, focus groups and open houses with stakeholders, area employees and residents. The emerging vision for the ...read more
Categories: Community
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Market research can help you create a business plan, launch a new product or service, optimize your existing products and services, beat out the competition, and expand into new markets, said David Slatter, president, ExperiPro, at a chamber brown bag session. He detailed examples of where to find low-cost data to answer your most important questions, including demographics and other business ...read more
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Developers look to rejuvenate south Richardson and Town Central From the Dallas Morning News   An aging office building at Central and Spring Valley is about to get an upgrade, and downtown is set for a rejuvenation as Town Central. Retail space, offices, parking and apartments are part of both plans. Town Central will be an urban village at the entrance of Richardson’s historic downtown. The ...read more
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Former board member, Citizen of the Year Howard Hern, dies Howard D. Hern of Richardson passed away Sept. 4, 2018. He was 89 years old. When Howard and Evelyn moved to Richardson in 1958, the population was around 16,000. His life was really defined by his volunteer work to lead the growth and development of Richardson and north Texas. From 1963 – 1969, he was a member of the City Planning ...read more
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Health & Wellness Expo shapes up Richardson communityMore than 300 Richardson residents learned healthy tips at the Richardson Chamber’s Health and Wellness Expo Friday, Oct. 12 at the Richardson Civic Center.See photos from the eventMore than 44 vendors participated to inform consumers about products and services that encourage good health and fitness, increase mobility, address special needs ...read more
Thursday, October 11, 2018
President’s Club profile: Covenant Realty   Richardson native Valerie Kirkpatrick has come home and moved her business with her.  Valerie is the president, managing broker and owner of Covenant Realty Corporation, and a member of the President’s Circle of the Richardson Chamber.“I graduated from Richardson High School,” said Valerie. “When I moved back to Richardson two and a half years ago, I ...read more
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Ambassadors keep the chamber running   Congratulations and a big thank you to our recent ambassadors of the month:Steve Rolandelli, senior consultant for IRI ConsultingMark Kobilka, Make Your Mark PrintingBill Schaid, Kiwanis Club of RichardsonErin Williams, Edward Jones   Ambassador Club members are liaisons who serve as the face of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Ambassadors represent, ...read more
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Want to learn about education and workforce issues? Building the workforce of the future is a major focus of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Members with special interest in enhancing both high school and higher education are encouraged to join the Education & Workforce Committee. The committee facilitates the business community’s sustainable impact on building an emerging workforce through ...read more
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Executive board profile: Camille Ussery Camille Ussery brings a strong numbers perspective to her role on the chamber’s executive committee. As senior vice president and executive officer at BTH Bank, she works primarily with commercial, industrial, professional and executive clients who appreciate a more boutique banking experience. She has more than three decades in banking, which brings many ...read more
Thursday, October 11, 2018
November early election is underway; your vote matters   The November election will determine your next federal, state and county officials plus the Richardson ISD Tax Ratification Election and Collin County traffic bond. Early voting begins Oct. 22 and ends Nov. 2 Please vote and encourage your employees to vote! Employees are 65 percent more likely to vote based on the information received ...read more
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Cost of education. Price matters to students more than ever. College tuition is going up, but students are poorer and responsible for more of the cost of higher education. North Texas institutions recognize these issues and are adapting to support the needs of students and local communities, two leading educators told members of the Richard Chamber of Commerce.Dr. Richard Benson, president, UT ...read more
Saturday, September 29, 2018
You know your business, and you know how to run your business. You also know that keeping a leg up on the competition needs a little more…marketing via web and mobile. Three small business owners in Richardson shared their knowledge recently at the Growth and Mobility luncheon. Joe Constantino, founder and CEO, Einstein's Eyes; Colin Hayes, senior enterprise account executive, Belo + Company; ...read more
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Steward Health Care, the largest private for-profit hospital operator in the US, is moving many of its top brass from Boston to Dallas. Outside of downtown Dallas, they’ll be taking up 135K sq ft of within four buildings at Galatyn Commons in a lease.The infrastructure consortium EdgeCore Internet Real Estate is planning to build a $1 billion data center in Richardson in a 900K sq ft building on ...read more
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
The city known for its outstanding schools is seeing a new population trend. Richardson residents are getting older.   According to an analysis in the Dallas Morning News: “The graying of Richardson becomes more apparent. In 1970, just barely 6 percent of the population was 55 and over. By 2010, that number gets close to 24 percent. By 2010, adults of age 55 and over surpass the number of ...read more
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Dice, cards and diapers Young Professionals support children at Warren Center Between dice throws and Texas Hold ‘Em, Richardson Young Professionals donated more than 30 packets of diapers for children at the Warren Center. More than 40 members attended Casino Night, which included donations from Idea Fountain, which donated casino tables and dealers, Even Stevens Sandwiches, which donated ...read more
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
by The Dallas Morning News, see full article here. After years of planning and months of debate, DART board members have approved the $1.1 billion Cotton Belt east-west commuter rail line. Richardson businesses already are populating Northside, a premiere train stop set to open in 2022. Northside represents a convergence of DART's, Richardson's and UT Dallas's interests. DART wants to expand ...read more
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
From marketing communications to Leadership Richardson, Susan Kassen, vice chairman for membership services for the Richardson Chamber, stays involved with Richardson, her home for 16 years.A realtor with Ebby Halliday, Susan grew up in Plano and attended Texas Tech University to pursue a degree in advertising and marketing. Upon graduation, she worked for an advertising agency in Dallas and then ...read more
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Video brings inclusive playground to life The new inclusive playground is quickly becoming reality. More than 90 percent of the required funds have been collected. A recent open house gave residents a birds-eye view of the planned play elements through an exciting conceptual video. The City of Richardson and Richardson East Rotary Club teamed up to make it happen by raising funds to build an ...read more
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
President’s Circle profile: Stephens & Associates, Inc.   A warm welcome to Stephens & Associates, Inc., our newest member of the President’s Club. Stephens is a high-quality, full-service contract research firm in Richardson and Phoenix. Stephens & Associates, Inc. is highly regarded by recurrent clients for quality, commitment to the ethical conduct of clinical studies and the continued ...read more
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
The Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program wrapped up its inaugural year with a celebratory luncheon for the 2018 interns and their supervisors at RISD’s Professional Development Center. Guest speakers included Mayor Paul Voelker and RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone. Twenty-five students participated in the program, which began in the spring with job skills workshops and interviews ...read more
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
by The Dallas Morning News (see full article) Texas Instruments may pick Richardson for a new manufacturing facility that it says could amount to $3.2 billion of investment and create as many as 625 jobs. The Dallas-based chipmaker detailed its potential plans for the Richardson site in an application for a ten-year tax incentive agreement worth tens of millions of dollars with Plano ISD, the ...read more
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Adult Literacy Center receives $16K grant from LegacyTexas and Federal Home Loan Bank  LegacyTexas Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB)presented the Richardson Adult Literacy Center with a $16,000 Partnership Grant Program (PGP) grant to support operational and administrative costs for the center’s “ESL for Adults” program. The program helps adult students improve their English to ...read more
Friday, July 27, 2018
Nominations are being accepted for the first ever Education & Workforce Hero Award. The award recognizes an organization or individual that has provided significant support for education initiatives and projects that advance the Richardson Chamber of Commerce's education and workforce goals. It will be presented at the Richardson Chamber of Commerce EDGE Awards in November 2018. This recognition ...read more
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Leadership Richardson announces Class XXXIV The Richardson Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that class XXXIV of Leadership Richardson has been selected. The 2018-19 program year will begin in September. Participants were chosen from the largest pool in the program's history. The admissions committee had hard decisions to make in their selections.    The 42 members of Leadership ...read more
Categories: Education
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Feed Children Everywhere effort coming on Sept. 9 Event hopes to yield 100,000 bagged meals The Richardson Interfaith Alliance, in partnership with the Richardson Chamber, is hoping to prepare 100,000 meals to distribute in the community. We need your help to make it happen. On Sunday, Sept. 9, a Feeding Children Everywhere meal bagging event will be from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richardson ...read more
Categories: Community
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
How to keep your company’s data safeCyber expert offers checklist to prevent security breaches  Equifax, Yahoo, Target, Adult Friend Finder. These corporations have suffered some of the largest data breaches in the 21st century. If it can happen to them, can it happen to your small company?Is your data safe? Are you equipped to face security incidents if they occur? As a service to chamber ...read more
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Applications are still being accepted for the 2019 Leadership Richardson graduating class. To learn more, click here. For more information, contact Kim Quirk.  This month Leadership Richardson graduated its Class XXXIII of future community leaders. The program, which consists of monthly all-day classes about all facets of community leadership, has graduated more than a thousand local participants ...read more
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Every year, the Richardson Chamber undergoes a financial audit to ensure the fiscal stability and financial responsibility of the organization. For the fourth year, Judd, Thomas, Smith & Company conducted the audit and issued an unmodified opinion. This indicates a clean audit in which financial statements are presented in accordance with applicable financial reporting framework. This was a good ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Member news:Painting with a Twist raised $2,500 for the Assist the Officer Foundation in Dallas during a recent fund-raising event. Each month, PWAT holds “Painting with a Purpose” to raise money for a local non-profit organization. Artist Trish Akin created a beautiful portrait of Officer David Sherrard for his family.In recognition of its 25th anniversary, Alliance Architects received a formal ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Twenty-five Richardson students will start their new job June 18 as inaugural participants in the new Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program.  The program is a cooperative effort of the City of Richardson, Richardson Chamber of Commerce and the Richardson Independent School District. It is modeled after the White House Fellows program.   Students will work from 20-40 hours a week for ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
UTD students help Japanese companies research local market   The Mayor’s Office of International Business and the Jindal School of Management's Global Development Initiative at the University of Texas at Dallas placed twenty student interns at five foreign companies this past semester to assist with market research aimed at establishing those companies initial operations in Richardson. Two of ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Schellman & Company, LLC is a leading provider of attestation and compliance services. The company is the only CPA firm in the world that also is a globally licensed PCI Qualified Security Assessor, an ISO Certification Body, HITRUST Assessor, and a FedRAMP 3PAO. Schellman is a trusted provider to the world’s leading companies, from the Fortune 1000 and publicly traded companies, to privately ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
‘The US economy is at full employment’ was one of the key take aways for the state of today’s economy during the May 17 Richardson Chamber Annual Meeting discussion with Robert S. Kaplan, president/CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, a sit down directed by the Chamber’s President/CEO Bill Sproull. “Texas is one of the bright spots in the country, where the workforce is growing and economy ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Helping build Richardson into a thriving, successful business community is more than a mission statement to Amy Taylor. “This is the city I grew up in and helped mold me into the person I am today,” she said. “I volunteer with the Chamber because I want to give back so that when my children grow up, they will be as proud to say they are from Richardson as I am.” Amy was named a recent Ambassador ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Ain’t no mountain high enough, literally, for Kory Aoyama, a member of the Chamber board. Faced with any challenge, including Mount Everest, he’s going to do his best to succeed. A current member of Leadership Richardson Class XXXIII, he traveled in 2017 to the base camp of Everest. “Ever since I was a little kid I had a fascination with Mount Everest. I think that’s true for a lot of people ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Gartner has placed UT Dallas as number one in Texas in number of graduates in computer and information sciences by 2X of number two, UT Austin. REDP is on target with its 2018 goal of seeing 1,000,000 SF of vacant office space leased. 477,403 SF of office space have been leased since January.  Jackson-Shaw has proposed a 4-building, 430,500 SF light industrial project for a 38-acre tract at ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
RCC board opens call for nominations for 2019 board of directorsNominations accepted through Friday, June 29The Richardson Chamber of Commerce Nominating Committee chaired by Ken Hutchenrider, 2016 chairman of the board, is accepting nominations to the board of directors for terms beginning January 1, 2019.  The RCC board of directors is responsible for setting the Chamber’s strategic direction, ...read more
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Researchers seek your input for East Collins/Arapaho Study The City of Richardson is working on a new vision for the 1,200-acres that creates the heart of the Telecom Corridor® (bordered by Campbell Road to the north, Plano Road to the east, Arapaho Road to the south and US 75 to the west) to reposition the area, possibly as an innovation district and transit-oriented development in proximity to ...read more
Monday, June 04, 2018
Richardson, the safe, quiet suburb, experienced a painful loss earlier this year. For our public safety community—always the stalwart guardians in our sense of security—gave the ultimate sacrifice on Feb. 7 with the loss of 14-year veteran Officer David Sherrard. As the first officer to die in the line of duty, the community has grieved with the Sherrard family, and the emotions are still raw. ...read more
Categories: Community
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Texas Instruments Foundation and Educate Texas bring enhanced STEM learning opportunities to 16 Schools in Richardson’s Lloyd V. Berkner High School Feeder Pattern The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation, Educate Texas and the Richardson Independent School District (RISD) announced today they will partner to create a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) feeder pattern within the Lloyd ...read more
Categories: Education, Community
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
When you’re counting on someone, count on Nancy Wilson. Family, numbers and Richardson – with accomplishments almost too numerous to list, uber-volunteer Nancy Wilson is this year’s Citizen of the Year. Since 1965 the Richardson Chamber has named an annual Citizen of the Year.  You can see the full presentation here. This year’s honoree moved to Richardson a few years before that and has ...read more
Monday, April 30, 2018
Leadership Richardson (LR) member Alicia Marshall has been a community volunteer for many organizations since she moved to the city in 1984, including the Citizen’s Police Academy and Citizen’s Fire Academy. A staff member at Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church, she joined LR’s Class XXXIII in the fall of 2017 to learn more about the city and participate in leadership skills training. She is a ...read more
Monday, April 30, 2018
Former Chamber Chair George R. McVay passed away April 18. He was 91. Mr. McVay was chairman in 1991 and Citizen of the Year in 2000. George was born in Evanston, Illinois on July 21, 1926. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he married Barbara Jeffreys in 1950. He served with the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War II and the Korean conflict as a ...read more
Monday, April 30, 2018
Congratulations to newest ambassadors for receiving their blue ambassador jackets. Much like the famous green jackets awarded to golfers who win the U.S. Masters Tournament, the blue ambassador jacket is earned by the best of the best in our Ambassadors Club. They symbolize an unparalleled level of commitment to promoting the chamber. Currently, only 30 chamber members have blue ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Applications due June 15, sponsorships availableLeadership Richardson is accepting applications for its next class, which will begin in September and go through May 2019.   The community leadership development program was created by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce in 1985, and its objectives are to:   •     Identify and motivate emerging community leaders •     Acquaint participants with a ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Chamber connects local schools and industry to build trade school program A trades training program, created through the combined energies of the chamber, RISD, local businesses and trade associations, has received initial funding. As a curriculum begins development, the chamber is canvassing member companies to identify the region’s most needed skills. The country has a job shortage in ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Volunteers are the life blood of this organization. Every year, every day, volunteers are out there sharing the story of the Richardson Chamber by promoting a successful business climate and supporting the local community.Volunteer of the Year – Manasseh Durkin of Durkin Properties – a tri-chair for Growth & Mobility, as well as a Growth & Mobility series sponsor; LR graduation sponsor; LRAA ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
For the second year, a delegation from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce attended the Federal Policy Conference and Tour in our nation’s capital.  The group had dinner with Rep. Pete Sessions, followed by a unique, three-hour tour of the Capitol. He showed unusual features and history of the Capitol. The group also went onto the floor in the House of Representatives, where the State of the ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Pampillonia Jewelers partners with Shelton School in jewelry design contest  For the eighth consecutive year, Pampillonia Jewelers partnered with Shelton School’s jewelry design internship contest coordinated by Shelton art instructor Mandy Dockweiler. Her upper-level Studio Art students participated in the contest to create a winning design that would ultimately be rendered into a piece of fine ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
The Richardson Environmental Action League (R.E.A.L.) has donated $20,000 to the city of Richardson for recycling programs.   REAL, a nonprofit founded in 1973, ran a recycling program for 15 years that was the precursor to Richardson’s blue bag program. Its donation will help fund a blue recycling bag vending machine for Fire Station 6, two future water fountains in the Spring Creek Nature ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Let us introduce you to a few members of the RCC staff who have joined within the past year.  Events Manager Mallory Crumb is a Dallas native and studied hotel and restaurant administration at Oklahoma State University. She has been working in the event industry for 10 years with Gleneagles Country Club, NYLO Hotels and Two Sisters Catering. Outside the office, she loves spending time with ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
A special welcome to our new President Club member: Ryan LLC. Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes.  With global headquarters in Dallas, the firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local and international tax services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
The Texas primaries were held March 6, and if you didn’t get a chance to see the results, the Texas Tribune has a full list. Three primary races important to the Richardson area are headed to a run off May 22. All three are run offs for the Democratic spot on the November ballot: Governor: Lupe Valdez and Andrew White Congressional District 3: Lorie Burch and Sam Johnson Congressional ...read more
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Board member profile: Kory Aoyama1st vice chairman, economic division for the chamber Sales director – large & national accounts for the North Texas regionBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) Ain’t no mountain high enough, literally, for Kory Aoyama, a member of the Chamber board. Faced with any challenge, including Mount Everest, he’s going to do his best to succeed.A current member ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
A study of Richardson’s East Arapaho Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and Innovation District will determine the economic/competitive position and identify opportunities that could one day attract leading-edge anchor institutions and business clusters and revitalize the corridor. The study will look at work, life and transportation patterns; existing commercial real estate; desired ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
The new RCC website went live last week, and businesses can still maintain an online presence that includes their contact information, hours, website, and a profile about their services. You can still log in using the same username and password as the old site. One of the greatest benefits is the ability to make more information about your company visible to other members. Businesses can update ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
Culture, community, fun, hospitality, technology....the hottest new night spot?No. It’s the new workplace. And what does all of this add up to? Money. More cash flow for the entrepreneur and a great market for property owners.Coworking is more than a trend. It’s one of the hottest growth markets in real estate. And it is not just a bland desk with outlets or a simple conference room.Many are ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
Personal attention and business support are keys to business recruitment. And that’s how Mike Skelton, director of the Mayor’s office of international business, describes his success recruiting the latest foreign company now calling Richardson home. “Axionent is the latest foreign company to establish their U.S. presence in Richardson,” said Mike. “I met with the CEO of this Sri Lanka-based ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
A 17-member delegation from the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce & Industry recently visited Richardson. The group was invited during a visit to Tokyo by Chamber President Bill Sproull and Mike Skelton of the Mayor’s Office of International Business in July 2017. The group met with Bill, Mike and Mayor Paul Voelker when they visited Feb. 26 to experience the dynamic economic growth of DFW. Mike ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
Chamber Ambassador Kathy Rogers celebrates community and relationships. As owner/operator of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Richardson, “I love that I get to interact with the community every day as they celebrate special occasions and enjoy daily treats.” As a volunteer with the Richardson Chamber, “I love being an ambassador and getting to know the members of the chamber, especially through ribbon ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
The 2018 Richardson Chamber of Commerce annual report is on its way to you. We want to give you a sneak peek. This year, Board Chairman Bryan Marsh offers a summary of chamber goals and successes. “I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and the Chamber staff who commit their time, talent and treasure to the goals of our organization. Because of them, our Chamber is truly driving business ...read more
Categories: Chamber
Monday, March 19, 2018
Chamber membership and participation is imprinted on Steve Rolandelli’s DNA. His grandfather was involved in his hometown chamber in the San Francisco Bay area. His father was president. Even his father-in-law was president of a similar organization. And the Richardson Chamber is a natural fit. “Like where I grew up, it’s small enough where you can get to know people,” Steve said. “In ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
The Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) is producing educational workshops as part of this year’s goal to concentrate on leasing at least 1 million square feet of Richardson’s 2.3 million of large blocks of Class A&B office space. Targeted workshops have thus been held for key tenant rep brokers and property owners, a major Dallas area brokerage firm, in addition to a landlords' ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
Richland College receives TWC grant to train IT employeesThe Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Richland College a $523,089 Skills Development Fund grant to train 197 IT employees.Training under the grant includes business technical, general technical and non-technical training in subjects ranging from specific software applications to accounting to customer service and more. In addition to ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
We send our loving condolences to the family of Martha and Ron Ritter. Martha was chairman of the Chamber in 2002 and our Citizen of the Year in 1995. She was mayor of Richardson from 1983-1987. The former Richardson Mayor Martha passed away on Feb. 5, and Ron passed away Feb. 21. Ron and Martha Ritter's viewing will be from 3-6 p.m. March 25 at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., ...read more
Monday, February 26, 2018
Mayor Paul Voelker, RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone and Richardson Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bill Sproull gathered at City Hall to officially kick off the new Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program. The program, a collaboration between the City, RISD and the Chamber, will enable 50 incoming high school seniors to receive eight weeks of paid employment this summer at a ...read more
Categories: Community