The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce began in 1899 as the Waco Business Men’s Club. In 1916 the charter name was officially changed to The Waco Chamber of Commerce. On June 6, 2008, the Greater Waco Chamber opened the first green Chamber building in America. The organization’s record of service since its inception reflects the unselfish leadership of many distinguished Wacoans and the efforts of hundreds of its members.
The Greater Waco Chamber and Foundation is a well-respected, high-profile economic and community development organization advancing a progressive and visionary agenda for economic growth and quality of life.
- Service Area: Greater Waco, Texas
- Location: Midway between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin on I-35 in the Texas Triangle mega region
- Budget: $3.75 million
- Members: 1,600 dues-paying businesses and non-profit organizations
- Board of Directors: 30 elected and 10 appointed directors
- Executive Committee: 6 members
- Staff: 20 full-time; 1 part-time; 1+ interns at various times during the year
- Facility: $4.3 million “first green chamber building in America” (LEED-Gold) opened in 2008
The Greater Waco Chamber Mission:
To prepare and market the Greater Waco region for the businesses and jobs of the future and an outstanding quality of life.
- We will be the most livable and economically vibrant mid-market region in Texas.
- We will educate, attract and retain the workforce businesses and institutions need to succeed.
- We will develop creative and results-oriented public-private partnerships to be competitive.
- We will market Greater Waco to attract talent, growing companies and investment.
- We will be a model for sustainability—economy, ecology and equity.
Growing the Economy:
The chamber’s economic development department recruits companies interested in relocation, provides information and assistance to companies preparing to expand in our area and works with a wide array of partners to help existing Greater Waco-area businesses overcome challenges that prevent them from growing, thriving and maintaining operations in our area. For most area businesses, these economic development activities boil down to new jobs and new capital investment that strengthen the flow of dollars in our economy. It can also mean new customers for your business. Finally, you can take advantage of the host of market data and information made available to companies looking at relocation to our city.