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Greetings from the Chair

To Our Members and Future Members:

I am honored to be the new Board Chairman of the East End Chamber of Commerce.  I am drawn to this community by its history, it diversity, its industry, its economic vitality, and the passionate commitment of its people.  Throughout the East End, residents, educators and business leaders are working to make this a better and more prosperous place. With your involvement, the Chamber has had a great 2013.  Our luncheons and networking events achieved record turnouts.  The Education Symposium in May received extraordinary praise from all who attended.  The East End Street Fest in October was a huge success, benefitting from perfect weather and a fantastic new venue at the newly opened Navigation esplanade.  Our Annual Awards Celebration in September honored our growing businesses and dedicated community members and raised money for the Chamber’s education initiatives. We hope you all participated and benefited.

But, we are not going to stand still.We are planning and expecting extraordinary things in 2014. We will continue our established programs with a renewed focus on economic development and strategic partnerships. We will work to bring in new members and connect with community members and organizations to achieve ambitious goals on your behalf.


The East End is a major player in one of the most vital economies in the Country.  Our ‘neighborhood’ includes the Port of Houston, one of the Nation’s largest ports.  We border the booming Central Business District with its 150,000+ jobs and a rapidly growing residential population.The East End has the University of Houston, the City’s premier public institution of higher education. We are also the home of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League. Hobby Airport (Houston’s 2nd largest) serves 10 million passengers / year and provides over 50,000 jobs in the East End.  The East End is at the Center of Houston’s vital economy.  In 2014, we will work tirelessly to connect with new partners. Together, we will envision strategic initiatives and develop transformative projects that strengthen the East End’s role in the greater Houston economy.


I believe the work we do today shapes our world tomorrow.  I also believe in the power of numbers. We can accomplish more working as a team with focused objectives than we can ever accomplish as a single organization.  The East End Chamber has always emphasized partnerships, especially with local businesses and institutions.  However, I believe there are new opportunities to partner with other organizations inside and outside the East End to achieve much more for our community and members.  Throughout 2014, we will be reaching out to more organizations to identify common objectives and to establish strategic alliances.

These alliances will be much more than good intentions. We will identify specific projects to work on with our partners' projects that can enhance the visibility and vitality of the East End while providing new opportunities for our members. 

I invite you to join us.  Come to our bi-monthly luncheons or the monthly breakfast exchanges.  Join us for this year’s Education Symposium, the East End Street Fest and the Annual Awards Celebration. Bring us your ideas. Become a member. Get involved! We cannot do this alone!


Doug Childers, Board Chair, 2013-2015


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