Since 1845, the mission of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has remained steadfast to promote and advocate for business and community development. The 2017 legislative agenda of the chamber’s legislative affairs and advocacy committees closely monitored the current legislative session for the betterment of our business community.

Issues that were of the most importance and concern to the committees included legislative discussions and decisions regarding Texas beaches, education, storm surge protection, Port of Galveston, windstorm (TWIA) and flood insurance and property taxes; all of which impact our community at large. Working on these committees and the chamber legislative agenda are representatives from all sectors including the University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas A&M Galveston, Galveston College, city of Galveston, Port of Galveston, Galveston Park Board of Trustees, Galveston Independent School District, Galveston County, Galveston Association of Realtors, Galveston Hotel and Lodging Association, banking, charter schools, private schools and the arts. It is truly a strong force of motion working for the good of the economic health of the community at large.

We are proud of the open dialogue and positive working relationship that we have with Sen. Larry Taylor, State Rep. Wayne Faircloth, congressman Randy Weber, Rep. Greg Bonnen and Sen. Brandon Creighton that has developed into a lasting friendship. These gentlemen have kept us informed, listened to our concerns and represented our voices at all government levels.

The chamber will host a legislative luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Floral Ballroom at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston. The legislative session will be addressed and Weber, Taylor, Faircloth, Bonnen, and Creighton will be the guest speakers. If you are interested in the outcome of the last session and how it impacts this region, you are encouraged to attend.

Tickets are $50 for chamber members, $60 for future members, and may be purchased online at www.galvestonchamber.com, or by calling 409-763-5326. Reservations are required.

We hope to see you there. If you would like to talk about the many benefits of membership in the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, please contact me at gspagnola@galvestonchamber.com.

Gina Spagnola is CEO and president of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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