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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Methodist Richardson Medical Center (MRMC) is knee deep in its $85 million additions of a parking garage, 5-6 floors including a new operating room (their ninth). The project is 3 months into the 18-month project. This next phase was originally planned for 2024, but growth in the communities has moved the trajectory up by 6 years. The daily census says the hospital is 100% occupied every day. The ...read more
Categories: Community, Political, Education
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Here is a broad update about companies new  to Richardson, the Chamber's economic development activities, and some City of Richardson updates.Moving to RichardsonSteward Health Care, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital operator is moving its HQ and operations center from Boston to DFW. The HQ facility will be located downtown on Pearl Street adjacent to the Meyerson Symphony Center, but the ...read more
Categories: Economic
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
Fake news! Whodunnit?Find the real truth and solve the crime at this year’s Murder Mystery supporting the Richardson Adult Literacy Center.RALC is a local nonprofit providing free ESL instruction to adults in our community.Celebrity stars include Marta Gomez Frey, Richardson City Council; Jeannie Stone, RISD Superintendent; Kirk Wilson, Dean Air Conditioning & Heating and Edward Renteria, Blue ...read more
Monday, March 19, 2018
Interested in learning new skills and developing as a leader? Do you know someone who wants to take their leadership to the next level? Check out Leadership Richardson. Learn more about Leadership Richardson at a special informational session Thursday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m., at American Tap Room, 3000 Northside Blvd near UT Dallas. This nine-month program is a unique opportunity for participants ...read more
Categories: Education
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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 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
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, 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
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
iDream 2018 brought together Richardson 7th-graders with local employers to learn about future career choices.Not only did 7th-graders learn about different careers, they also learned that the road to success is not necessarily a straight one. “I liked how some people wanted to be something else but ended up being another thing and still succeeded,” said one student.The program was an initiative ...read more
Categories: Education
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Richardson has won the 2017 fDi strategy award recognizing City’s soft landing services for international businesses   fDi Magazine’s year-end fDi Strategy Awards recognize “best of the best” from year’s award submissions; Richardson has previously earned honors three times in magazine’s bi-annual “American Cities of the Future” Awards   On the heels of being honored earlier this year, for a ...read more
Categories: Economic
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Editor’s note: Amanda has worked in Richardson for the past 11 years. She is Vice President for Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Dallas. Amanda and her husband Jeff have two small girls whose hands-down favorite family activity each year is the Wildflower Festival.  I am thrilled to serve as chairman of the Chamber’s 2018 board of directors. During the last 11 years, I have ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum for Texas Senate District 8 in Collin and Dallas counties Feb. 27. Senator Van Taylor's departure to run for Congress has left an open seat in the Texas Senate. Hear from candidates for SD 8 and their plans for our region at a moderated candidate forum. Candidates Angela Paxton (R), Brian Chaput (D) and Mark Phariss (D) will ...read more
Categories: Political
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
As the chamber leadership began working on priorities for 2018, they looked at the progress the chamber made during 2017 and how we continue to improve the business ecosystem in Richardson. A more in-depth annual report will be produced next quarter, but here is a snapshot based on 2017 goals fed from the 5-year strategic priorities. 1.     Promote business success & lead technology growth – ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
The Chamber continues to focus on fostering local businesses and entrepreneurs, by introducing two new programs to connect local executives in tangible ways – the Peerspectives program, and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce (RCC) Executive Advisory Board program.  The PeerSpectives program was created by the Edward Lowe Foundation, and has been operating for more than 13 years across the U.S. It ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Officials with Methodist Richardson Medical Center (MRMC), members of the Richardson City Council and other local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking for an expansion at the MRMC Renner Road campus. The $85-million project will add close to 100,000 square feet to the hospital (two additional floors including 150 private patient rooms and a surgical operating room) and replace some surface ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Krishna Upadhyaya earned her blue Ambassador jacket for ambassador activities and was awarded in January. Krishna is the owner of the local PMI Star of Texas property management franchise. She has extensive experience in real estate in the Richardson area. She knows the schools for PISD & RISD and surrounding school districts. She has served on the PTA board for Otto Middle School and is ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
RagingWire’s new Dallas TX1 Data Center has received “Design Team of the Year in the Datacenter Dynamics Awards, the most prestigious global award in the data center industry. TX1 was named a finalist in two categories for the Datacenter Dynamics Awards – “World’s Most Beautiful Data Center” and “Best Design Team.” The “Design Team of the Year” award recognized the architects, engineers, and ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Primary voting is important, especially in Texas where party lines are strong. This year, early voting for the primaries will begin Tuesday, Feb. 20, and continue through Friday, March 2. Primary elections will be Tuesday, March 6. Voter information is available on the chamber website. http://richardsonchamber.com/pages/voting-info If you would like to have a voter registration drive at your ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Amazon has narrowed the field on potential cities for its headquarters, and Richardson is in a great position to capture that prize, said Richardson’s Mayor Paul Voelker. "We're one of few cities in the nation that have the right pieces in place to chase one of the world's largest mega-deals," Voelker said in a recent article from the Dallas Morning News. He recently presented his State of the ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
The chamber’s Health and Wellness Expo hosted 44 vendors at its annual fair focused on local companies on Friday, Jan. 12 at the Richardson Civic Center. The expo informs consumers about products and services available from our members, which encourage good health and fitness, increase mobility, address special needs care, and provide nutrition. More than 300 attendees attended the public and ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Learn from leading motivational speakers at Leadercast presented by First United Methodist Church and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Leadercast is the world's largest annual, one-day leadership event, with more than 100,000 attendees via simulcast at more than 700 locations across 20 countries. The program consists of inspirational speakers and their leadership-focused messages. It will ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker presented an impressive and in-depth State of the City at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 31. View the entire presentation or easy to read bullet points here. For a more business-targeted take on the presentation, read on. The City Council is working with DART on plans for a flyover for the Cotton Belt Line to go into CityLine. Originally there ...read more
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
What began as a one-man shop almost 70 years ago is now one of the largest award-winning engineering and architecture  companies in the Southwest. The Richardson-based, employee-owned firm has 15 offices across Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Chamber Silver member, Halff has been a member of the Richardson Chamber for about 40 years.   Through a smart, agile management strategy, ...read more
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Real Richardson.com highlights the ways in which a Richardson lifestyle is attractive to young professionals. Introduced in July 2016, the website is now more informative, interactive and mobile-friendly. It’s a valuable tool for young families, millennial workers and recent college grads, as it provides information on living, working and experiencing Richardson with job opportunities, housing ...read more
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
The Richardson Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that class XXXIII of Leadership Richardson has been selected. The 2017-18 program year will begin in September.   The 42 members of Leadership Richardson will meet once a month to learn about Richardson and what it takes to run a city, while also developing their own leadership skills and building a network of civic minded ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
Monday, June 26, 2017
During the most recent legislative session, the Richardson Chamber has been closely following and advocating for several pieces of legislation that benefit the local business community. Below are the highlights from the session:  The budget was signed by Governor Abbott, only line-item vetoes for $120 million in spending from $217 billion budget.     Several education and workforce development ...read more
Monday, June 26, 2017
The Richardson Chamber hosted its second annual bowling tournament at chamber member Plano Super Bowl on Friday, June 16. The tournament, sponsored by Sooner Management, brought in more than 110 participants from the Richardson area.  The bowling tournament was started to bring chamber members together for an event during the summer heat, and was hugely successful thanks to the cooperation of ...read more
Monday, June 19, 2017
Randy Ford, President and COO of National Write Your Congressman and member of the chamber’s Public Policy Committee, helped plan and facilitate the chamber’s inaugural Federal Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.   “It was great to have a delegation from Richardson in Washington DC,” says Ford. “It was important because Richardson is such a vibrant and diversified business community and our ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, Human Interest
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Congratulations to Mary G. Windsor, the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Month for June. Windsor joined the ambassadors program earlier this year.  “I truly enjoy getting to know the other members of the chamber,” says Windsor, “and I also like having a network of people and businesses that I can count on for myself and to refer to friends and clients.”  Windsor started her business, Grace by Design, ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community
Monday, June 12, 2017
Melinda Pepperl has worked with Fossil Group since January 2010 as an in-house corporate counsel, and specializes in handling transactional corporate, real estate, marketing and advertising legal matters.  Pepperl has made it her mission to connect small and large business in the Richardson area so that important leadership skills are shared throughout the community.  “Being in a leadership role ...read more
Monday, June 05, 2017
This article originally appeared in D CEO - Healthcare by Olivia Nguyen. Read more here. Methodist Richardson Medical Center has expedited plans and started construction on its $85 million expansion project. It will build its third cardiac catheterization lab at the center as well as a new parking garage. According to Methodist Richardson, it sped up construction plans due to “an increased ...read more
Friday, June 02, 2017
Applications are still being accepted for the 2018 Leadership Richardson graduating class. To learn more, click here. For more information, contact Kim Quirk.  This month Leadership Richardson graduated its Class XXXII of future community leaders. The program, which consists of monthly all-day classes about all facets of community leadership, has graduated over a thousand local participants since ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Richardson Chamber Member Roger Wakefield, owner of Texas Green Plumbing, won the American Standard Plumber Know How contest and will be their designated Plumber Expert, American Standard. Wakefield will be representing the Richardson community through social media posts in which he offers advice to the plumbing community nationwide.  “It is such an honor,” said Wakefield. “To be named the first ...read more
Categories: Community, General News Article
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The following article appeared in the Dallas Business Journal here.  Chamber President Bill Sproull shared with the Dallas Business Journal some of the benefits for companies in Richardson and what the Chamber is doing to help redevelop aging areas such as the East Arapaho Task force.What’s Richardson’s biggest asset in terms of economic development? Workforce is definitely No. 1. Access to top ...read more
Categories: Community, Chamber, General News Article
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sue Thornton is no stranger to creativity. She uses it in her business, and she uses it in her work with the Chamber. Sue is our Ambassador of Month, but that’s only part of her involvement with our organization. Sue also is a tri-chair for Early Net, the Chamber’s Wednesday morning breakfast networking event. Her job is to book the five-minute commercials. She has been a Chamber member four ...read more
Categories: General News Article, Chamber, Community, Human Interest