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From the desk of Bill McCoy (December 2016)

2017 – wow, it doesn’t seem that long ago we were worried about Y2K. Entering the 21st century was supposed to wipe out computer programs and cause mass banking problems, but it didn’t.
The Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce will be entering its 117th year of working for the economic development of Port Arthur. In its long history, the Chamber has been the tool used by thousands of volunteers to attract industry, improve education and transportation, and raise the quality of life for our residents and the area.

From the desk of Regina Lindsey (December 2016)

In case you weren’t aware, there was an election recently, and regardless of whom you voted for at the top of the ticket, the down-ticket effects are historic.

Orange County EDC hosts Strategic Planning Focus Group

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation is interested in gathering input from the public on the future of Orange County Economic Development.
The Corporation will host focus group sessions on September 20th beginning at 9 a.m. and on September 22nd beginning at 2 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Room 102 of the Nursing and Classroom Building at Lamar State College Orange. Attendees are asked to respond to Jessica Hill at with confirmation of their attendance.

Winning’ an argument not always a good thing

Perhaps because educator John Callahan was my football coach at Beaumont High School in the 1960s, I became a firm believer in mastering the fundamentals of any practiced skill.

As corals face warming waters, increased bleaching globally, NOAA announces proposal to expand marine sanctuary in Gulf of Mexico

A new NOAA outlook shows that many coral reefs around the world will likely be exposed to higher-than-normal sea temperatures for an unprecedented third year in a row, leading to increased bleaching – and with no signs of stopping.

From the desk of Ida Schossow (June 2016)

The Chamber held its annual Honor Students Luncheon at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center on May 18. This year, we were privileged to have Inquoris “Inky” Johnson as the guest speaker. Inky’s story started Sept. 9, 2006. It was a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute. For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since.

From the desk of Bill McCoy (June 2016)

The Regional Economic Development Initiative Committee (REDI) was well represented at the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Regina Lindsey, president of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, welcomed everyone to the REDI sponsored Southeast Texas – Aberdeen Scotland breakfast. Paul Latiolais, director of Lamar University’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, was one of the panel participants. Latiolais gave a great presentation and responded to questions about opportunities to our area.

From the desk of Regina Lindsey (June 2016)

 If I alluded to a presidential election in which one of the final two candidates was a gun enthusiast who is anti-immigration with particular interest in limiting Muslim immigration, favors stricter border control, is highly critical of free trade agreements, and highly nationalistic in nature, you might think I was talking about American politics. But you’d be wrong. I am referring to the presidential election in Austria in May.

The importance of continuous learning

The sad and unfortunate truth is that the majority of Americans, once they finish their education (whatever level that is – high school, associate’s degree, bachelor’s, master’s, PhD.), never read another meaningful book. That’s right – never. As they go through each year then, they become more and more perfectly prepared … for a world that no longer exists!

Texas Spending

With about 27.5 million residents, more than 260,000 square miles, and a $1.5 trillion economy, substantial resources are required to maintain quality of life and public safety, provide for education and infrastructure, and serve as a safety net through social programs in the state of Texas, which will spend more than $140 billion this year.