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The end of a Rich era: Beaumont Chamber president talks accomplishments, disappointments, retirement

Jim Rich

Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce president Jim Rich, who announced his plans to retire in August 2014, will be doing so in June after 15-plus years of service to the Beaumont Chamber. Rich has been instrumental in bringing together not only the Golden Triangle cities of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange to form a regional mind set, but has worked tirelessly to encourage all Southeast Texas communities to combine forces, impacting the economic development of not just Beaumont but the whole region.

Southeast Texas energy companies gassing up to drive global LNG market

The longtime fear among Baltic nations has been that Russia will use energy as a political weapon, cutting their natural gas supply. But in the future, that may no longer be leverage the superpower can use against the post-Soviet states, with a shale boom that has made the United States a major player in the LNG export market.

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