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Thursday, February 28, 2019
Through the hard-working efforts of the board, committees and countless volunteers, the chamber made a significant impact on our community this past year. Click here to view a PDF of the annual report. For instance, the chamber set a goal this year to accelerate the leasing of at least one million square feet of office space in Richardson. That goal was exceeded by leasing 1.3. million square ...read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
City breaks ground on new inclusive playground The Richardson East Rotary Club and the City of Richardson have broken ground on the new Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground. The playground at Cottonwood Park will feature elements such as ramps, specialized surfaces and inclusive play amenities to ensure people of all ages and abilities can play. The park will also get improvements to accessible ...read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Annual meetingGov. Abbott focuses on education and property taxes In one of the most successful and high profile annual meetings in recent memory, Gov. Greg Abbott addressed upcoming legislative and economic issues before more than 400 attendees at the Feb. 11 event. Watch the governor's speech.  “An honor to be here in mighty Richardson, Texas, which is truly the epicenter of the most dynamic ...read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Richardson projects are finalists of Dallas Business Journal's Best Real Estate Deals ​from the Dallas Business Journal Four Richardson projects, promoted by the Richardson Economic Development Partnership, are finalists in the annual competition. ​The four finalists are: Industrial Developer Parc Northeast Lease Renewal Fossil Group HQ Community or Neighborhood Impact ​City of Richardson ...read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Member profile: David Ebenezer, The Drawing Board Calling Starbucks your office away from home is so 2000. Now, when you want to truly have an office and get real work done, you need a coworking space, such as The Drawing Board. David Ebenezer is the property manager for the coworking and event space and is the chamber's 2018 Rookie of the Year. “The Drawing Board started with the idea that we ...read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
​Member news: PLAN Clubhouse @ 1121 Rockfrom WFAAA place for purpose: Acceptance is hard to find with mental illness – but not here PLAN Clubhouse focuses on wellness rather than illness by creating structure, reinforcing routine and teaching people how to advocate for themselves. The Richardson Chamber member focuses not on therapy, but teaching individuals how to prepare healthy meals, find ...read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
As the chamber leadership began working on priorities for 2019, they looked at the progress the chamber made during 2018 and how we continue to improve the business ecosystem in Richardson.“I am confident that we will continue working towards completion of those goals started in previous years - like the East Arapaho Development Innovation District – while achieving exciting new goals that will ...read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Cotton Belt update DART board approves dual-track design, city funds adjacent trail From Community Impact Newspaper and the City of Richardson Pre-design work has begun on the Cotton Belt rail line through Richardson. That design now includes two tracks. The dual track design was approved by Dallas Area Rapid Transit and will allow two-way traffic and enable trains to run more efficiently ...read more
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
2018 Citizen of the Year Bob Macy  Those who’ve got it, don’t necessarily flaunt it. That’s certainly true of Bob Macy, Richardson’s 2018 Citizen of the Year. “Our Citizen of the Year, to my mind, is the epitome of a public servant,” said Bill Keffler, former Richardson city manager, who announced the award of this year’s Annual Meeting. “He provides quality commitment to everything he is ...read more
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
“Richardson’s Value Proposition” Richardson is strong and successful: 2019 State of the City At his annual State of the City Address, Mayor Paul Voelker focused on the City’s most significant achievements in 2018, wrapped in a theme of “Richardson’s Value Proposition.” Videos featuring the Mayor and City Council members enhanced the address, and special guests/community leaders who have helped in ...read more
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker kicks off Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program and recruits businesses to provide internships Calling it an educational initiative “to help build our future workforce,” Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker kicked off the Richardson Mayor’s Summer Internship Program, which provides eight-week, paid internships to high school students who attend Richardson ISD or live ...read more
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Legislative updates Texas legislators have settled in for the 86th Texas legislative session, where they will be making serious decisions on issues impacting local businesses, public schools and the community at large. Let us keep you up-to-date so you know what decisions are on the table and can contact your legislators before it's too late. Register your e-mail address on our public policy ...read more
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Volunteers of the year The volunteer efforts of our members both past and present have made the Richardson Chamber of Commerce one of the largest and most active chambers of commerce in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. When business professionals lend their time and expertise to lead the Chamber, it enables us to offer enhanced programs and more opportunities for you to grow ...read more
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Richardson in the news  Richardson theater program uses art to build bridge between cultures and people  Food and music combined with henna and calligraphy. Add a little Puttin’ on the Ritz with fashion representing different cultures. Bridges Multicultural Festival, presented by the Repertory Company Theatre, includes cultural fashion, dancers, artists, musicians and food. The March 23 ...read more
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Year 2 of the iDream program was a clear success for Richardson 7th-graders and local professional mentors. More than 300 students from Forest Meadow, Lake Highlands, Apollo and Liberty schools attended iDream 2019 at Richland College to learn about careers and the different paths to success. The program is an initiative between the Richardson Chamber’s Education and Workforce Committee and the ...read more
Categories: Education
Thursday, January 17, 2019
from Olivia Lueckemeyer at Community ImpactRichardson is often perceived as a tech-powered machine. But behind the city’s digital facade is a bustling cultural arts community advancing the city’s knack for innovation.In 2017 national nonprofit Americans for the Arts released a study that quantified the economic impact of creative industries across 341 communities and regions.The report found that ...read more
Categories: Community
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
News around Richardson in January   Save the date: State of the City is Jan. 30Join Mayor Paul Voelker and the Richardson City Council at the annual State of the City Address at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Eisemann Center. The event and parking are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so be sure to arrive early. The address will focus on the past year’s highlights, ...read more
Categories: Community
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
School funding and property taxes top the list of priorities for ‘19 Texas Legislature. The 86th Legislature is off to an exciting start. More than 1,000 bills have been filed since November of last year. Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick and the newly-elected Speaker Dennis Bonnen committed to collaborate on key issues during the upcoming session. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced an ...read more
Categories: Political
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
All eyes are on Congress at the start of 2019. The Richardson area has welcomed back area incumbents, and said hello to a few new ones. One particular North Texas freshman has drawn the attention of GQ magazine to document his transition. Colin Allred is one of those people whose résumé prompts parents everywhere to remind their children—no matter their children's actual ages—that they really ...read more
Categories: Political
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Repertory Company Theatre​: Bridges, a new cultural outreach program Repertory Company Theatre, through a special grant from Ann and Charles Eisemann Arts Innovation Initiative, will host a new multicultural outreach program, BRIDGES, designed to bring cultural groups, arts organizations, artists and communities together through the arts. The two-part event is scheduled for February and March at ...read more
Categories: Community
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The City of Richardson has broken ground for the new Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground at Cottonwood Park. The Richardson East Rotary Club led the fund-raising campaign that raised $500,000, including $125,000 from Ann and Charles Eisemann. The park will be called the Ann Eisemann Inclusive Playground. Other donors included the BB Owen Trust and the Rees-Jones Foundation. The first of its kind in ...read more
Categories: Community
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Member profile: Ben Isaac, owner Home Care Assistance of Richardson His doting grandma set Ben Isaac on a path of helping those in need. As a small child in Liberia, Isaac lived with his grandmother, who, he admits, spoiled and pampered him. When her health began to decline, he watched, and helped, his mother as she took on the care caregiving role. Today, Isaac and his wife own the local ...read more
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Richardson Chamber's Public Policy Committee develops the Chamber’s legislative agenda for each legislative session. Watch  Committee Chair Debbi Richards, Richland College, talk through the chamber's priorities in a short video here.For 2019, the committee has set goals for multiple areas: Economic developmentWorkforce developmentHigher educationPublic educationTransportationLocal ...read more
Categories: Political
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Love your job? Share it with the next generation! iDream 2019 is a one-day program for these students to hear from local experts and ask questions with a goal of introducing new work possibilities that can impact future career choices. RISD and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce host a forum for 7th grade students to learn more about career opportunities available to them after high school. As ...read more
Categories: Education
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Methodist Richardson earns Gold Seal of Approvalfrom Community Impact newspaper Methodist Richardson Medical Center has been awarded the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval for pancreatic, liver and bile duct cancer care from the Joint Commission. It is the first hospital in the nation to receive the award. Experts from the commission performed an on-site review in October that evaluated the ...read more
Thursday, December 13, 2018
from Community Impact Newspaper A team of consultants presented their final list of strategies to revitalize a 1,200-acre area east of US 75 to council members at a work session Dec. 3. The goal of the Collins-Arapaho Innovation District—roughly contained by Campbell Road, Plano Road and Apollo Drive—is to become a premier tech hub in North Texas, where businesses across industries and in ...read more
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
by Celina Cardenas FleitesManager of Public Affairs, Atmos Energy CorporationVice Chair, Community Division (Public Policy and Education & Workforce Committees), Richardson Chamber of Commerce The logic is sound: if our community is better educated, it's better for everyone. Although it makes sense, the national tide of funding is actually flowing away from education in favor of other things. ...read more
Categories: Community, Education
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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