Dear Members of the East End Chamber,
As the 2016 Board Chair of the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, I am excited and honored by the opportunity to serve alongside business leaders, community servants and leading educators to continue the work of those who have come before me to make Houston’s East End thrive. The East End is a place rich in history, diverse in population and symbolic for its industry. But it is so much more. There is a true spirit of community that emanates from the people who live, work and do business here – a spirit that tells me the best is still yet to come!
In 2015, the Chamber’s Program of Work was successful by the sheer number of those in attendance. More importantly, in its efforts to attract the interest and attention of those who see Houston’s future happening in the East End.
We launched 2015 with our Vision Luncheon, focused on “Houston First” and how the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee is preparing for Super Bowl LI in 2017 – the East End will be in the heart of it all! In March, we heard about “Building the East End” from a distinguished panel of elected officials and real estate developers. The Port of Houston Luncheon is always an event not to be missed and the East End Street Fest in October celebrates art, music and culture along the historic Navigation Boulevard. New in 2015 was a Taste of the East End at City Hall. It was a fantastic event where member restaurants and businesses took center stage before Houston’s City Council; and the businesses, people and the culture were celebrated at City Hall.
At the heart of the Chamber’s existence is to be the premier business and community support organization for promoting and sustaining business expansion, investment and economic development in the East End. I am energized by the commitment shared by my fellow board members and Chamber staff to ensure our focus is intentional, our partnerships are strategic and there is a strong return on investment for our members – all while accomplishing this mission.
We will work tirelessly to connect with new partners, and form alliance that help us fulfill the expectations of our members. Together, we will find new opportunities with partners both in and outside of the east end to grow our membership, intensify our impact and increase our reach to strengthen East End’s role in the greater Houston economy.
Lastly, I believe the foundation for economic growth and prosperity is rooted in education. Through the great work already being done by the Chamber’s Education Foundation to build a strong, qualified workforce – there is nothing we cannot achieve. Through collaboration and partnership with quality programs and renowned educational institutions in the East End, we can continue efforts to help businesses grow, while serving the needs of residents and students in the East End. Together, the industry we are creating can strengthen pipelines between schools; community and industry so that our students in the East End are well prepared for the job opportunities that exist right here, and for which there is great need.
Sara Cronin, Board Chair
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