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2014 Par Busters Golf Tournament

The Longview Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Par Busters Golf Tournament, is set for September 8th at Oak Forest Golf Club. The field of 200 golfers is made up of some of the most influential members of the local business community, as well as dignitaries from the surrounding area.

Only nine teams are available for AM tee time!!!

Get your team today before it is too late.

Parbuster program artwork 2012

We are in need of volunteers and door prizes.

This is a great way to get your company name in front of this group of business leaders!!!

What kinds of Door Prizes do we need?  Be creative…think of what your company can offer…

Folding Chairs, Restaurant Gift Certificates, Golf Clubs, Golf Gloves, Shirts, Jackets, Golf Tees, Club Head Covers,  Luggage, Duffle Bags, Pens and Papers, Memorabilia, Game tickets, Retail Gift Certificates, Trips, Umbrellas….

Please contact Melissa Saunders or Diana Velazquez at 903.237.4000 for more information.


Kilgore and Longview Chambers of Commerce Team up for Elected Officials’ Forum

The Longview Chamber has hosted annual elected officials’ forums for a number of years. Due to the successful partnership with Kilgore Chamber on advocacy trips to Austin, it was decided to host joint events when it was in the best interest of the county. This is the FIRST joint elected officials’ forum hosted by the chambers.

This is a county-wide event and all candidates for Gregg County Commissioners Precincts 2 & 4 have been invited to participate. Scheduled for February 11th, the forum will be held at Maude Cobb Convention Center

The program will begin with introductions at 5:30 p.m. The forum will use a structure that has proven successful historically. Moderators will welcome the audience, recognize sponsors, explain ground rules, and briefly introduce candidates. Gregg County Precinct 2 candidates will speak beginning 5:45 and last for one hour until 6:45p.m. There will be a 15 minute break followed by Precinct 4 candidates from 7:00p.m. until 8:00p.m.

For more information, please click on the link below:


2013 Best-Performing Cities » small-cities Longview Ranks 7th

The Milken Institute’s annual index of Best-Performing Cities shows that technology and energy are the biggest forces behind America’s booming metros.

The Best-Performing Cities index shows where jobs are being created and sustained in metros across the U.S. The index includes measures of job, wage, and technology performance to rank the nation’s 200 large metropolitan areas and 179 smaller metros. Unlike other “best places” rankings, it does not use quality-of-life metrics, such as commute times or housing costs. In the Institute’s index, employment growth is weighted most heavily due to its critical importance to community vitality. Wage and salary growth measures the quality of jobs created and sustained.

Longview slid one spot to seventh, but a strong and diverse manufacturing base has contributed to solid job and wage growth. Despite the slowing development of dry gas in the Haynesville Shale, support activities for mining added 690 jobs in 2007-2012. Strong wage growth has supported consumer spending. Health care is also a source of investment and job creation.

 JOB GROWTH (2007-12) 10TH JOB GROWTH (2011-12) 21ST
WAGE GROWTH (2006-11) 8TH WAGE GROWTH (2010-11) 7TH
SHORT-TERM JOB GROWTH (7/2012-7/2013) 22ND

See Milken Institute’s interactive site for data rankings, social media highlights, interactive maps and highlights from the report:  2013 Best-Performing Cities » small-cities.



Longview Comprehensive Plan

If you could have your say in Longview’s future, how would you envision our community? Starting in November 2013, the City of Longview is seeking input from residents to help us create _MG_3794a long-term comprehensive plan that will help shape our community. We need you to tell us how you’d like to see Longview 10 to 20 years in the future. The Longview Comprehensive Plan will serve as our city’s roadmap to the future.

Please take a moment to complete an online survey on the Longview Comprehensive Plan website.

Also, please plan to attend a special event on Monday, February 10, 2014 at the LeTourneau University Belcher Center. The City of Longview will host a comprehensive planning community forum from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres. Meeting participants will then receive a free ticket to the East Texas Symphonic Band’s winter concert. Tickets will be for sale as well.

The City of Longview has contracted with consulting firm Freese & Nichols to assist with the Comprehensive Plan process.

For more information about the comprehensive plan go to for more information.

You can also discuss ideas on Or, you can host a discussion with your neighborhood, church, organization, or business.




Save Money on your Energy Bill

SWEPCO is pleased to offer the Small Business Direct Install Program to eligible commercial customers in its Texas service territory.  The Program offers services and incentives to help small businesses reduce energy usage and lower energy costs.

The Small Business Direct Install program us designed to promote energy efficiency in small businesses.  the primary focus of this program is to maximize the implementation of cost-effective  high-efficiency lighting measures, while also addressing refrigeration and customized technologies.  Customers may sign up to participate.  All projects must be installed by December 1, 2013 to be eligible to receive an incentive in 2013.  FUNDS ARE LIMITED AND AWARDED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

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Cheyenne Electric, Inc. is available to consult with you regarding energy saving solutions for your organization/commercial properties. We will do a full lighting analysis of any or all of your locations.
Cheyenne Electric, Inc. uses the latest available technology in the design and installation of your lighting systems. We can install or retrofit your existing lighting system to use up to 50 percent less electricity while providing a better illumination of light. We can even save you money in your warehouse by replacing “energy hog” hi-bay gas fixtures with hi-bay T5 and T8 fluorescent lighting systems. Bottom line: better illumination at a lower cost of energy!
Here are some more reasons to upgrade your facility to energy efficient lighting:

  • Longer life on lamps & ballasts – lower maintenance costs.
  • Multiple (4-6) lamps in hi-bay fluorescent fixtures vs. one lamp in hi-bay gas fixture – lower maintenance costs (warehouse)
  • Energy efficient electronic ballasts run cool 24/7 vs. magnetic or gas ballasts which are extremely hot – savings on cooling costs.
  • Labor & material payback usually in 18 to 24 months.
  • Worth mentioning again, better lighting with a savings up to 50%!

Here is a sample of the incredible savings we were able to offer customers using this program:

Big 5 Tire, All 3 Longview Locations

  • Retrofitted (261) 8′ T12 light fixtures to T8 light fixtures
  • Customer Payment for all three projects $130.74
  • Estimated Annual Energy Savings $8,309.69

Contact Information

Cheyenne Electric Inc.
702 McCann Road Longview, TX 75601
Phone: 903-757-7797 Fax: 903-757-5249  Email:
Business Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 24-Hour Emergency Service


Leveling the Health Care Benefits Gap Between Large and Small Employers

Today’s workforce is increasingly diverse with employees living in many different stages of life and having varied health benefit needs. Historically, small business owners who wanted to offer health benefits had limited options because of pricey administrative costs and challenges navigating multiple benefit

With a defined contribution benefit plan, small businesses in the Longview Chamber of Commerce can offer their employees more options without adding to the administrative burden. A defined contribution plan also gives business owners more control over managing health care costs.

UnitedHealthcare’s Multi-Choice® is a new product that combines multiple benefit design options; from comprehensive plans to lower cost essential plans; under one benefit package to meet the diverse health and financial needs of employees.

With Multi-Choice, small business employers with 2-99 employees can offer a benefit plan that delivers multiple health care benefit choices for an employees’ diverse health care coverage wants and needs. One plan does not fit all. By offering multiple plans, employees are more satisfied with their benefit package.

Packaged Savings®
Plans are bundled in packages; the employer selects one, two or up to five benefit designs to offer employees and chooses a set contribution amount. Employees then design their own customized benefit plan from health and specialty benefits including dental, vision, life, disability, accident, critical illness, long-term care and more, as well as health savings accounts and telemedicine services. Employees select benefit options that best suit their personal or family circumstances with the option to buy up or buy down additional coverage to fit the health needs of their family.

At renewal, the entire package is available. This gives the employer the opportunity to
contribute at the same level, a different level or offer the same plans or other plans to meet
current business and employee needs.

xrayStreamlined administration
UnitedHealthcare Multi-Choice simplifies the enrollment and renewal process with multiple benefit design options in one easy step, and makes changing the mix of benefit design options from year to year is simple. Small business employers can also save money and lighten their administrative responsibilities by taking advantage of pre-tax premium plans, COBRA administrative services and flexible spending accounts (FSA). And there’s the simplicity and convenience of just one team to administer benefits.

With Multi-Choice, UnitedHealthcare hopes to help small businesses preserve coverage for their employees – and in fact, increase their options – while still controlling costs. We recognize these businesses and their employees are faced with many challenges in today’s economic environment, and Multi-Choice gives them flexible, cost-effective health care options.

United Healthcare

Jeff Sherrod is UnitedHealthcare’s East Texas Account Executive for Small Business and Key Accounts based in Longview. He can be reached at






Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Initiated by Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Commissioner Tom Pauken and adopted by the Texas Legislature, Texas Back to Work (TBTW) is a statewide employment initiative that offers employers monetary incentives of up to $2,000 for hiring qualified out-of-work Texans. TBTW is funded by the Texas Legislature, promoted by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and administered by TWC.

Texas Back to Work is available to employers through Workforce Solutions offices, which also provide employers with workforce recruitment assistance, pre-screening of qualified applicants and training programs.

Program Details

Private sector employers with a valid TWC tax ID and who are current on all payroll taxes qualify for participation. There are local restrictions in some areas. Each of the 28 Texas Workforce Development Boards (Board) drives the project in its region.

  • The program provides a $2,000 incentive to employers for each qualified Texan hired and retained 120 days.
  • Employers must have the intent to retain the employee full time at the end of the contract period.
  • Employers train, develop and oversee the new employees with the intent of retaining the employee after the 120-day period.
  • Employers receive an incentive from the local Board in each of the four months employees are enrolled in the program.

For more information contact Business Service Unit at your Local workforce Development Board or

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