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Fortenberry receives TSUS Staff Excellence Award

Susie Fortenberry received the Texas State University System Staff Excellence Award at the TSUS quarterly meeting in late February.

Fortenberry is executive assistant to Dr. Paul J. Szuch, Lamar Institute of Technology president.

Don't let fear of success hold you back

Legend has it that one day a man was walking in the desert when he met Fear and Plague. They said they were on the way to a city to kill 10,000 people. The man asked Plague if he was going to do all the work.
Plague smiled and said, “No, I’ll take care of only a few hundred. I’ll let my friend Fear do the rest.”

Mark your calendars!

May is a very busy month for members of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce! See the events below and be sure to mark your calendars! For more information on any of the events listed, go to

Extending Economics

Some of the most interesting and enlightening discoveries come where disciplines converge.  Experts in one field who can see applications in other areas often give us new understanding of complex issues.  The work of Dr. Gary S. Becker broke new ground in applying economic tools to other social sciences, generating theories and ideas on topics ranging from family dynamics to discrimination to criminal behavior.  I was saddened to learn of his recent death at the age of 83.  Our paths only crossed a few times, but I always found him fascinating.

Local unemployment numbers down from 2013

Data released monthly by the Texas Workforce Commission, shows a decrease in unemployment for the Golden Triangle from 2013 – 2014.

The data from the LMCI’s Economic Profiles, give a brief fact filled one-page snapshot of an area economy on a monthly basis. The profile covers Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), Texas as a whole, and by industry.

Beaumont decreased from an unemployment percentage of 9.4 in February of 2013 to 8.1 in February 2014. Unemployment in Beaumont decreased 1.3% between 2013-2014, according to the TWC data.

Baker Hughes releases weekly rig count

Baker Hughes Inc., oilfield services company out of Houston, released their weekly rig report showing the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by 7 last week, bringing the count down to 1854.

In the weekly rig report released Friday, May 2nd, the firm said of those 1,854 rigs, 1,527 are exploring for oil, 323 for gas, and 4 were listed as miscellaneous.

The same time last year, the U.S. rig count was 1,764, a yearly increase of 90 rigs.

Local design firm invests $1 MM in Calder Avenue

Come Spring 2015, Calder Avenue will have a new event center by K & K Designs. This is a major investment in the seemingly vacant east end of Calder Avenue.

Located at 1315 Calder, the vintage plantation style event center, will be just under 6,000 square feet. The building will feature a traditional parlor, dining rooms, enclosed courtyard, and a ballroom that will accommodate events of up to 200 – 220 people, with modern amenities throughout.  Clients will have the option of an outdoors event, with the landscaped gardens and grounds K & K Designs has planned.

From the desk of Chamber President Jim Rich

We have scheduled our mid-year review of our programs of work for May 21 at the Broussard’s Center under the direction of our Long Range Planning Division chaired by Tim Sudela. As an organization, we proudly take a moment mid way through the year to ask our divisions to report on progress and to illustrate what has been accomplished. The chamber has many moving parts utilizing volunteers and staff to accomplish a variety of tasks so it is prudent to take a moment and gauge how the moving parts are working and if the efforts continue to be relevant to our mission.

Celebrate The Travel Effect with the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau will lead local Texas travel workers in a travel Rally Day on Tuesday, May 6, as part of the 31st annual National Travel & Tourism Week. The event – replicated in countless cities nationwide – represents the travel community’s collective call to showcase the importance and impact of travel on jobs and economic growth in Beaumont, Texas.  

New addition for OCI Beaumont

OCI Partners LP, a Delaware limited partnership ("the Partnership"), announced today that it has implemented a state-of-the-art methanol truck loading facility on-site at its wholly owned subsidiary OCI Beaumont LLC ("OCI-B").

At present, the Partnership sells methanol via barge and via pipeline to neighboring customers in Beaumont, Texas. The new methanol truck loading facility will help the Partnership diversify its customer base and generate higher netback prices for a portion of its methanol sales volume.