Richardson Chamber 2020 accomplishments
Though often quarantined, volunteers and staff ‘pivoted’ to continue to provide opportunities to Lead, Learn and Grow businesses.
The chamber hosted Town Halls with Chair Stan Bradshaw and President Bill Sproull to connect members. Ambassadors and staff worked through the member directory, contacting companies about their status and looking for ways to help.
Thankfully, the Annual Meeting occurred prior to the shutdown. It was the largest and most profitable ever, featuring President George W. Bush.
Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) results included 18 projects that represent 2,765 new or retained jobs for Richardson. Of note, CBRE will expand its footprint in Richardson, leasing an additional 100,000 square feet.
Richardson IQ continues to gain recognition, with the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) staff contacting more than 50 companies about its opportunities. Watch the city’s video about the center.
Leadership Richardson finished up one class remotely, but Class 36 is meeting in person, full activity—with masks.
More than 80 adults shared their career experiences with 2000 RISD sixth-graders during iDream virtual ‘career day,’ 5X as many students as in person last year.
Human connection was at a premium, and the annual Golf Classic was a breath of fresh fair. Even after being rescheduled due to a cold snap, player spots were sold out. See video of photos Sponsor video
Quarterly Women In Leadership luncheons continued (including a thought-provoking diversity session), plus adding Women4Women Networking (including a highly informative SBA PPP briefing).
Richardson Young Professionals donated two full wheelbarrows of chocolate to the Richardson Methodist Cancer Center in December.
Richardson Business Network quickly moved to a virtual format, kept their weekly schedule and brought in weekly speakers.
Financially, chamber staff cut expenses and made smart decisions, finishing the year ahead of the planned budget.