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WACO, Texas – Area residents and businesses are beginning to receive the American Community Survey (ACS) from the U.S. Census Bureau and are encouraged to respond to ensure our metropolitan statistical area data is accurate.
 
The Census Bureau randomly selects approximately 3.5 million addresses each year to participate in the annual ACS. Response to the survey is required by law and critical to the development of the Greater Waco area.
 
Information collected through the survey determines how $400 billion of federal funding is spent on infrastructure and services. Additionally, responses play an important role in the economic development efforts for Greater Waco, providing valuable information used by business and community leaders in planning future developments.
 
The survey takes approximately 40 minutes to complete and all of the information provided to the Census Bureau is kept confidential.
 
Businesses and individuals receiving the ACS form are highly encouraged to participate. Responses are accepted online at respond.census.gov/acs.
 
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About U.S. Census Bureau and American Community Survey:
The U.S. Census Bureau and American Community Survey (ACS) collects information about population and housing characteristics for the nation, states, cities, counties, metropolitan areas, and communities on a continuous basis. Based on the ACS, the Census Bureau can provide up-to-date data about our rapidly changing country more often than once every 10 years when the census is conducted.
 
To learn more about the Census Bureau and the ACS, please visit www.census.gov/acs or call 1-800-354-7271.
 
About Greater Waco:
Greater Waco is located in McLennan County, Texas along the Interstate 35 corridor and is home to more than 14,000 companies, 234,906 people and a regional workforce of approximately 320,000. To prepare and market the Greater Waco region for the businesses and jobs of the future, Greater Waco is strategically positioned with centralized access to Dallas and Austin (90 miles) and Houston and San Antonio (185 miles).
 
Since 2006, Greater Waco has seen more than $1.3 billion in new capital investments and $596 million in riverfront and downtown development, making it an attractive place to live, work and play. Greater Waco is landscaped with top-rated higher educational institutions, including Baylor University, McLennan Community College and Texas State Technical College Waco.
 
The Greater Waco Chamber leads economic development efforts for the area, targeting five key industries for growth, including: Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defense, Health Care, Professional and Financial Services and Supply Chain Management. For more information, visit WacoChamber.com.
 

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WACO, Texas – The Tip Off Luncheon, presented by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, will be October 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baylor University Ferrell Center.
 
The guest speaker will be ESPN’s College Basketball Analyst Fran Fraschilla. Fraschilla joined ESPN as a college basketball game and studio analyst in 2003. He serves as an analyst primarily on Big 12 men’s basketball game.
 
In addition to men’s college basketball, Fraschilla previously worked as an analyst on ESPN’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship coverage from 2007-14. Fraschilla also provides commentary for the NBA Draft, the FIBA Basketball World Cup and has covered the NBA and high school basketball.
 
Fraschilla coached at the collegiate level for 23 years, posting an overall record of 175-100. When he joined ESPN, he ranked as the 34th winningest active coach in men’s college basketball. His teams made eight post-season appearances in nine years, including three NCAA Tournaments (1993, 1995 and 1998).
 
The Tip Off Luncheon will also include a preview of Baylor’s upcoming college basketball season from Lady Bears’ head coach Kim Mulkey and Baylor Bears’ head coach Scott Drew. McLennan Community College women’s head coach Ricky Rhodes and men’s head coach Kevin Gill will provide a preview to their upcoming seasons.
 
The Greater Waco Chamber will also be awarding the Frank Fallon Award and the Greater Waco Chamber Sport Luncheon Scholarship, presented by Raising Cane’s, to two outstanding student athletes from McLennan County.
 
Tickets are $450 for a table of 10 and individual tickets are available for $45. For more information about tickets, contact Amanda Haygood at (254) 757-5611.
 
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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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