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WACO, Texas – The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce will host a State of the Nation Luncheon featuring the Honorable Ted Cruz (R-TX), the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas, at noon on October 12 at the Baylor Club. Senator Cruz will be joined in a panel discussion with U.S. Representative Bill Flores (TX-17) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Rob Engstrom.
 
The State of the Nation luncheon will give attendees the opportunity to engage federally elected leaders on matters pertinent to central Texas.
 
In the Senate, Cruz serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; the Committee on Armed Services; the Committee on the Judiciary; the Joint Economic Committee; and the Committee on Rules and Administration.
 
“I appreciate all the work the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce has done to create jobs and opportunities throughout Central Texas. Our nation needs to return to the commonsense values that have built Waco and cities like it all across our state. This is why job creation continues to be one of my top priorities while serving Texans in the Senate,” said Senator Cruz. “As you all know, when Washington and its regulatory burdens get out of the way, American ingenuity and businesses are able to do what they do best, create good-paying jobs for hardworking Americans. I’m looking forward to working with all of you to ensure Waco continues to lead Texas and our nation in job creation.”
 
Additionally, Congressman Flores, of the 17th Congressional District of Texas, will join the conversation to discuss economic development activity in the central Texas region and his work in the House of Representatives to help build a business-friendly climate.
 
“The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce works hard to promote community and economic growth. They have played an integral role in the economic success we have seen in Central Texas. I look forward to the State of the Nation luncheon and discussing the importance of developing ‘Main Street’ solutions to further improve economic opportunities in Texas and around the country,” said Congressman Flores.
 
Baylor University alumnus Rob Engstrom serves as the U.S. Chamber’s national political director and he will be providing insight on the state of current political affairs as it relates to the business community.
 
“We are so happy to have the opportunity to bring our officials from both chambers of Congress to address the business community of Waco,” said Jessica Attas, director of public policy at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. “Having the event structured as a panel will provide a wonderful opportunity not only to hear from our three guests, but also for the business community to share with them our positions and areas of priorities as they head back to Washington.”
 
The Greater Waco Chamber is focused on policies conducive to the economic growth and development of the central Texas region. Engaging elected officials at all levels through its public policy committee, issuance of policy position statements and hosting legislative programming, such as the State of the State and State of the Nation luncheons, are part of efforts to positively impact issues related to economic development, education, healthcare, tax and regulatory reform, transportation, and water and natural resources.
 
The State of the Nation Luncheon presenting sponsor is Texas First State Bank. The gold sponsors are Texas State Technical College – Waco, Oldcastle Materials, Brazos Masonry and Kissing Tree Vineyards.
 
Individual tickets are available for $50 and tables of 10 are $500. Reservations can be made online through October 6 at WacoChamber.com.
 
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About Greater Waco Chamber:
The Greater Waco Chamber is a business leadership organization that advances a visionary agenda for economic growth and quality of life. The Chamber prepares and markets Greater Waco for the businesses and jobs of the future and enhances the quality of life of the community by promoting strategic development. For more information, visit WacoChamber.com.
 

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PrintGeorge’s Big O’ Cup Tournament will cater to hackers and golf enthusiasts alike at its second annual event on Friday, September 30 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. The tournament follows a four-person Florida Scramble format with larger-than-life cups that are 15 inches in diameter.
 
This unique tournament features prizes on every hole, drinks and games throughout, complimentary breakfast and lunch by George’s Restaurant, Bar and Catering, and unique player gifts.
 
“George’s Big O’ Cup is the first golf tournament of its kind in the state of Texas,” said Amanda Haygood, director of sports and special events at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. “Unlike the typical golf game, where players are aiming at a cup that is 4.25 inches in diameter, this ‘hackers’ tournament features holes that are 15 inches in diameter. It’s designed for the everyday player who may only get to play a round of golf once or twice a year. We’re so grateful to Cottonwood Creek Golf Course for being willing to punch these larger-than-life holes on their greens to bring this new golf trend to Waco.”
 
The tournament is divided into morning and afternoon rounds with a shotgun start for both rounds. The rounds begin at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. There are a total 72 teams scheduled to play.
 
Each participant will receive a tournament polo shirt, wireless Bluetooth speaker, Big O Schooner with the tournament logo etched into it, golf towel, sleeve of golf balls and swag bag.
 
Anyone in the community not playing in the tournament can purchase a Party Band for $50 per person, which provides access to food, beverages and the George’s party zone at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.
 
The presenting sponsor is George’s Restaurant, Bar and Catering. The entrance sponsor is Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Specials thanks to Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, iHeart Radio, Brazos Media Technologies, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest, Fair Field Inn & Suites, Regent Care Center, Texas Golf Karts, Integ Printing, Contractor Environmental Services, Mitchell Construction Company, Dermatology Associates of Central Texas, 254 Storage, Glazer’s, Ben E. Keith Beverages, KWTX News 10, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dr Pepper, Allen Samuels Alfa Romeo Fiat, AMA Nystrom and Waco Towing.
 
For more information, visit WacoChamber.com or call Amanda Haygood at 254-757-5611.
 
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About Greater Waco Chamber:
The Greater Waco Chamber is a business leadership organization that advances a progressive and visionary agenda for economic growth and quality of life. The Chamber prepares and markets Greater Waco for the businesses and jobs of the future and enhances the quality of life of the community by promoting strategic development. For more information, visit WacoChamber.com.
 

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2015-GovernorAbbott-_cropWACO, Texas – The Greater Waco Chamber will host a State of the State Luncheon featuring Governor of Texas Greg Abbott at noon September 15 at the Baylor Club.
 
Greg Abbott was elected governor of Texas in 2014 and is focused on areas of economic opportunity, education excellence and limited government.
 
“I look forward to meeting with members of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce to share my thoughts on how we can continue to work together to build upon Texas’ economic success. Waco is quickly becoming an industry hotspot for start-ups as well as corporate relocations and expansions, and I fully expect the local Chamber of Commerce to play a key role in further advancing Texas’ standing as a global economic powerhouse,” said Governor Abbott.
 
During his term as the governor of Texas, Abbott helped drive a successful 84th Legislative Session that included accomplishments such as: cutting billions in taxes to stimulate job growth; improving Texas roads; and focusing on quality education.
 
“We are thrilled to be a part of bringing Governor Abbott to Waco to address our business and community leaders on the issues of greatest importance to our area. We are interested in seeing policies that continue to support a livable and economically vibrant mid-market region such as Waco,” said Jessica Attas, director of public policy at the Greater Waco Chamber. “Governor Abbott shares that vision for a better future for Texas and we look forward to sharing with him our positions and our continued work together towards the goal we share for a prosperous Texas.”
 
The Greater Waco Chamber is focused on policies conducive to the economic growth and development of the central Texas region. Engaging elected officials at all levels through its public policy committee, issuance of policy position statements and hosting legislative programming, such as the State of the State luncheon, are part of efforts to positively impact issues related to economic development, education, healthcare, tax and regulatory reform, transportation, and water and natural resources.
 
The State of the State Luncheon presenting sponsors are Texas First State Bank and Texas State Technical College – Waco. The gold sponsors are Baylor University and Oldcastle Materials.
 
Individual tickets are available for $50 for Greater Waco Chamber members and $100 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at WacoChamber.com.
 
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About the Greater Waco Chamber:
The Greater Waco Chamber is a business leadership organization that advances a progressive and visionary agenda for economic growth and quality of life. The Chamber prepares and markets Greater Waco for the businesses and jobs of the future and enhances the quality of life of the community by promoting strategic development. For more information, visit WacoChamber.com.
 

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The Greater Waco Chamber Biz 2 Biz Business Expo & After Hours event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 31 at the Waco Convention Center’s Chisholm Hall.
 
This free business expo and mega Business After Hours event is the area’s premier networking event and business trade show. The only one day event of its kind in Central Texas, Biz 2 Biz provides companies of all sizes with unparalleled opportunities to grow their businesses.
 
Guests will learn about the newest products, services and technologies in a variety of industries and exchange ideas to build important relationships and increase future growth. While this event is free to the public, a business card is needed to enter the business expo.
 
The Biz 2 Biz presenting sponsor is Texas Document Solutions and After Hours sponsor is Allen Samuels Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.
 
For more information, visit WacoChamber.com or contact Linda Beasley at (254) 757-5601.
 

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The Greater Waco Chamber Kickoff Sports Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. August 17 at the Baylor University Ferrell Center with special guest Gary Baxter.
 
Gary Baxter is a former American football cornerback and Baylor football player. He was drafted out of Baylor University by the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, where he had one of the longest consecutive starting streaks with the Ravens. Baxter later signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2005 and retired from the NFL in 2008. While in the NFL, Baxter received the Ed Block Courage Award for “Leadership On and Off the Field” while with the Browns.
 
The Kickoff Luncheon, with presenting sponsor First National Bank of Central Texas, will also include a preview of Baylor’s upcoming college football season from Baylor Interim Football Coach Jim Grobe, a viewing of the KWTX News 10 High School Football Season preview, presentation of the Dave Campbell Award, as well as two Sport Luncheon Scholarships, presented by First National Bank of Central Texas, that will be awarded to two outstanding student athletes from McLennan County.
 
Reserved tables of 10 are available for $400. Tickets may be purchased for $40. For questions regarding tickets, contact Amanda Haygood at ahaygood@wacochamber.com. The three-sport luncheon series is also still available for $1,100; this includes a table of 10 at each luncheon. An individual table at each luncheon separately is $450, and purchasing the three-sport series will save attendees a total of $250.
 
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TSTC-Coke-GrantAUSTIN, Texas – Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. has partnered with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Waco to provide job training using a $681,114 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas area.
 
“These grants are wonderful opportunities for industry leaders and local community colleges to work together to bring high-demand job skills to the local workforce, benefiting job seekers, employers and our community,” said state Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson.
 
This grant will be used to provide customized training to 277 new and incumbent hires in electrical theory and drawings, advanced programmable logic controller, laser safety and mechanical drives. Trainees will include inventory control clerks, production operators, maintenance mechanics, instrumentation technicians, quality assurance technicians, forklift operators, packers, palletizers and labelers. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $21.36.
 
“This partnership with Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. and TSTC will focus on advanced technical training to support employee efficiency, retention and safety,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We are pleased to present this grant which will create new employment opportunities for the Waco area.”
 
The Skills Development Fund grant program is celebrating 20 years of success as the state’s premier training program in 2015-16. The fund was initiated by the Legislature in September of 1995 and first began awarding contracts in 1996. During that time the Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 329,333 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 4,141 employers with their customized training needs.
 
The Legislature allocated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2016-17 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at www.texasworkforce.org/skills.
 
TSTC contact: Creative Services Division Manager Brad White, 254-867-3035 or Bradley.white@tstc.edu.
 
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The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards, call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org. To receive notifications about TWC programs and services subscribe to our email updates.
 

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WACO, TexasTriWaco, a triathlon Olympic and Sprint distance event in the Heart of Texas, will begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 24 in Indian Springs Park. Up to 900 participants are expected for this event.
 
The Olympic triathlon starts with a 1500-meter open water swim in the Brazos River (no wetsuits) followed by a mostly flat and fast 25-mile bike ride on country roads north and west of Waco. Finishing out the race is a hilly 10-kilometer run along the Brazos River that leads to the oldest suspension bridge in the United States.
 
The sprint distance event includes a 400-meter open water swim in the Brazos River, a 12-mile bike ride along the same country roads and a 3.5-mile run finishing on the suspension bridge.
 
The Eighth Annual TriWaco Triathlon will again feature an Olympic and Sprint relay option, race producer Tri-Now and pre-race open water swim practices hosted by the Waco Tri Club.
 
“TriWaco is a great event for both novice and competitive racers,” said Douglas Galler, director of sports and special events at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. “Whether attempting a triathlon for the first time with our relay options or trying to qualify for additional races, the Brazos River, Cameron Park and paths along the river offer the perfect landscape for these athletes. The historic suspension bridge, food trucks and activity zones will also be excellent ways for spectators to cheer on the athletes and enjoy the riverfront area.”
 
Registration is open through Saturday, July 23. The entry fees are $100 for the sprint distance and $125 for the Olympic distance triathlons. Each participant will receive a Greenlayer shirt, non-woven sports bag with race logo, Oasis 28 ounce bike water bottle, multi-function buff and custom finisher medal. Online registration is available at TriWaco.org.
 
The presenting sponsor is Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Hillcrest. The diamond sponsor is Spenco Medical and gold sponsors are Coca-Cola and Bicycle World. The silver sponsor is Southwest Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, and bronze sponsors are Hilton Waco, Capstone Mechanical and Marriott Courtyard Waco. The Race Producer is Tri-Now and the Children’s area sponsor is H-E-B. Friends of TriWaco are Oak Farms Dairy, Kashi and the Waco Triathlon Club.
 
For more information, visit TriWaco.org or call Amanda Haygood, sports and special events coordinator at the Greater Waco Chamber, at 254-757-5611.
 
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About Greater Waco Chamber:
The Greater Waco Chamber is a business leadership organization that advances a progressive and visionary agenda for economic growth and quality of life. The Chamber prepares and markets Greater Waco for the businesses and jobs of the future and enhances the quality of life of the community by promoting strategic development. For more information, visit WacoChamber.com.
 

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WACO, Texas – The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce has launched two community videos to showcase quality of life in the Greater Waco area.
 
The videos highlight the Greater Waco region’s attributes and feature landmarks, attractions and events.
 
“The Greater Waco Chamber is focused on promoting the Greater Waco community as a community of choice,” said Julina Macy, director of communications at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. “These videos provide a snapshot of the community’s quality of life while serving as a tool for economic development, as well as workforce and talent recruitment efforts by our members.”
 
The Greater Waco Chamber was approached by human resource professionals throughout the business community to create videos that could be used to attract talent to the Greater Waco community. The videos are also available to Greater Waco Chamber members for their use.
 
“The Greater Waco area is receiving positive national attention, so whether attracting young professionals to the community, promoting a pro-business climate or working with our economic development team, the Greater Waco area is continuing to move forward as a center of excellence,” said Macy. “We hope these videos capture the energy we see every day and showcase the Greater Waco community as a wonderful place to live, work, play and conduct business.”
 
The quality of life videos can be viewed at YouTube.com/GreaterWacoChamber or Facebook.com/GreaterWacoChamber.
 
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About Greater Waco Chamber:
The Greater Waco Chamber is a business leadership organization that advances a progressive and visionary agenda for economic growth and quality of life. The Chamber prepares and markets Greater Waco for the businesses and jobs of the future and enhances the quality of life of the community by promoting strategic development. For more information, visit WacoChamber.com.

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Bellmead GrantBELLMEAD, Texas – The city of Bellmead today announced that they were awarded a $1.9 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to aid in the $2.8 million replacement and expansion of Tirey Road in Bellmead, Texas. The project is anticipated to promote economic development for the region, reduce traffic congestion on adjacent residential roadways and improve stormwater management for the surrounding area.
 
The project involved other partners including local businesses, the city of Waco, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Waco Industrial Foundation, Heart of Texas Council of Governments and Texas State Technical College.
 
“Congratulations to the city of Bellmead for securing a significant Economic Development Administration grant. Our Congressional team was pleased to play a role in helping to secure this grant, which will enable additional growth and create opportunity for this great Central Texas community,” said Representative Bill Flores, U.S. House of Representatives, District 17. “I applaud the cooperative efforts from multiple entities, both public and private, which are committed to the economic development of the city of Bellmead, McLennan County and Central Texas.”
 
The Economic Development Administration (EDA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that leads their federal economic development agenda, was impressed by the community’s collaborative efforts with the county and surrounding communities. This is one of the largest grants awarded to a community in recent history by the EDA.
 
“The Economic Development Administration (EDA) appreciates the opportunity to be able to partner with the city of Bellmead in expanding economic opportunity through the Tirey Road project,” said Jorge Ayala, regional director with the Economic Development Administration. “This investment is a direct reflection of the impressive local leadership that assembled the needed collaboration and cooperation of a wide range of entities to make this happen. The community is to be commended for its commitment and dedication in making Bellmead a great place to live and do business now and in the future.”
 
The EDA added that the road expansion will provide increased commerce capacity for existing business such as the new Sherwin Williams facility, L-3 Platform Integration, Sanderson Farms, and other local operations by connecting directly to Highway 84.
 
“This grant is an outstanding example of relationship building and group collaboration,” said Bo Thomas, city manager for the city of Bellmead. “The city of Bellmead is very appreciative to be the recipient of this grant and humbled by the amount of support from the developed partnerships.”
 
Construction is scheduled to begin late fall or early winter 2016 with an estimated completion date of nine to 12 months later. The road will be widened from 20 feet to 40 feet, include drainage and safety improvements, and improve the quality to accommodate commercial transportation.
 
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About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.
 

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WACO, Texas – The 18th Annual Starburst Junior Golf Classic, one of the largest junior golf tournaments in the world, returns to the Greater Waco area June 13-15, 2016. Managed by the Greater Waco Chamber, the Starburst Junior Golf Classic will host up to 700 players from ages of 7 to 18, across eight area courses.
 
Over the span of three days, girls ages 7-10 and boys ages 7-9 will play nine holes and girls 11-Championship and boys 10-Championship will play 18 holes.
 
“The Starburst Junior Golf Classic is a premier junior golf tournament. We are proud to host participants from throughout the U.S. in the tournament each year,” said Douglas Galler, director of sports and special events for the Greater Waco Chamber. “We are constantly looking to improve our professional standards even further and offer junior players an opportunity that will challenge and build their golf tournament experiences.”
 
Each day of the Starburst Junior Golf Classic will include activities and vendors at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Classic. Registration begins June 12, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. As players pick up their player swag bag, program, tournament pairings and all caddie apparel, there will be hot dogs from Fuddruckers and product tents for Adidas, Oakley and Puma with special tournament pricing.
 
The tournament begins on June 13. Cottonwood Creek Golf Course will host the Par 3 shootout by Titleist and Cottonwood from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cottonwood will also host the Long Drive Contest sponsored by Adidas, Taylormade and Cottonwood from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A complimentary dinner from Rosati’s will be served at 5:30 p.m. The Titleist Demo and Skills Challenge will take place at 6 p.m.
 
On June 14, a complimentary dinner will be provided by Fuddruckers for all players, family members and caddies at 5:30 p.m., before the anticipated Helicopter Golf Ball Drop of $1,000 at 8 p.m. The tournament will also host its first College Coach Q&A session with the junior golfers, which will feature three-time national champion coach Mike McGraw, the Texas Junior Golf Tour Director of Operations Ty Spinella and the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame Coach Vince Clark.
 
Courses for the 18th Starburst Junior Golf Classic:

  • Cottonwood Creek Golf Club
  • Lake Waco Golf Club
  • Sammons Golf Links
  • Squaw Valley Golf Course
  • Stonetree Golf Club
  • Twin Rivers Golf Club
  • White Bluff Golf Club
  • Wildflower Country Club

Complete tournament information can be found at StarburstGolf.com or contact Amanda Haygood at (254) 757-5611.
 
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About the Greater Waco Chamber:
The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce is a business leadership organization that advances a progressive and visionary agenda for economic growth and quality of life. The Chamber prepares and markets Greater Waco for the businesses and jobs of the future and enhances the quality of life of the community by promoting strategic development. For more information, visit WacoChamber.com.
 

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