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When I drew up a list of monthly articles for the year this past January, the November article topic I wanted to write about was the Chamber’s role through the years on commemorative events, such as the 175th Celebration of our founding as a community.  I figured that most of the 175th event…

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Our foundation was pleased to present the “State of the City” Oct. 20 at the civic convention center. This was the eighth year that our city manager, Robert Camareno, spoke on everything city government. For me it provided a clear window as to why we will come through the pandemic stronger t…

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The New Braunfels Jaycees, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung are proud to announce the 20 winners of the 2020 Rising Stars of New Braunfels Award. These outstanding young leaders are being recognized for making significant contributions to the commun…

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Where has the year gone? It is hard to imagine that we have already made it to November, in the most unprecedented year ever. As with everything, things have not gone as planned for the Chamber of Commerce in 2020. However, the chamber quickly pivoted to virtual meetings and networking like …

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The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce announced the launching of a new holiday website, www.ClickNBFirst.com, in a joint effort with the Downtown Association and Gruene Historic District. The website features a directory of local retail stores to provide holiday shoppers a place to s…

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My monthly newspaper articles this year are from the perspective of a Chamber staff member. When I drew up a list of topics for the year this past January, the October article topic I wanted to talk about was volunteer Chamber committees and their leaders. Fall is the time each year we focus…

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Every year the Native Plant Society of Texas recognizes organizations and individuals that support its mission and further its charge — and while we will not have an in-person annual meeting in this year of COVID, we continue to honor their work in our virtual, on-line 2020 symposium which w…

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My monthly newspaper articles this year are from the perspective of a chamber staff member. When I drew up a list of topics for the year this past January, the September article topic was economic development. September is the month we think about as the beginning of a new season; new opport…

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Six months into the pandemic and there is no place I would rather be. New Braunfels has been our home for over 25 years, and we love this community. Tina and I raised our kids here while I have worked at a local dealership. It is such a blessing to be in a town that cherishes faith, family, …

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My monthly newspaper articles this year are from the perspective of a chamber staff member. When I drew up a list of topics for the year this past January, it was easy to pick education as the late August article. From perfect attendance initiatives, higher education creation and formation o…

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Now five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that the weaker the global economy is, the more important local actions become. Our economic development foundation is proud of the many efforts and initiatives underway by the public and private sectors to helping keep businesses going…

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Things are a little different this year, but your chamber of commerce is here to serve. Our purpose is to promote the civic and commercial progress of the area. We all know the impact of COVID on travel and tourism has been significant. New Braunfels is a destination city, but with current r…

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New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation has the charge to create primary jobs for New Braunfels. This is one of those challenges that one must understand what a primary job or primary employer is — or understand the difference between a primary employer and a secondary employer. Prima…

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The chamber’s monthly newspaper articles this year are from the perspective being a staff member. When I drew up a list of topics for the year this past January, I wanted to include one on the research done in 2018 in advance of the chamber’s centennial year in 2019 regarding former CEOs. Th…

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As chair of the chamber board this year, I was looking forward to the in-person ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses as they introduce and launch their organizations into our community. The chamber Blue Coats do a fabulous job of surrounding the nervous new proprietors with the suppo…

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The chamber monthly newspaper articles this year are from the perspective being a staff member. Local experiences and knowledge are certainly critical for staff success. However, those successes have been and will continue to be aided by our many affiliations with state and national trade as…

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Summer has arrived! It is our time to shine as tourism increases with more families deciding to travel by car and stay closer to home. Our rivers and attractions are the perfect place for regionalized staycations this summer and area businesses are grateful for the increased revenue. Our com…

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The chamber monthly newspaper articles this year are from the perspective being a staff member. When I drew up a list of topics for the year this past January, our efforts on behalf of small businesses was reserved for the May edition. I likely chose May due to the Small Business Person Awar…

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The last time I wrote (February) my quarterly article for the Herald-Zeitung was in a different world from where we find ourselves in today, a health crisis that spawned an economic crisis. Hard to believe that was only three months ago!

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As hospital administrators, we often agree on many subjects. For instance, we both agree on our commitment to the community, to creating an environment that staff, physicians and other providers want to work in, and patients want to come to for their care. 

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With tourism being such an integral part of the New Braunfels way of life and economy, it is little wonder that the chamber has played a key role in its maintenance and growth through the years. My monthly articles this year are from the perspective of the chamber staff in regard to our many…

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