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19
Jan
12

Geocaching is catching on in Longview Texas….have you played yet?


The Longview Chamber of Commerce annual community magazine, Uniquely Longview has a new trick up its sleeve this year. In addition to all of the good information on community events, services and features of interest, this year’s focus has been on the popular activity, Geocache hunting or “Geocaching.” Tying the fun of hunting for hidden caches, some as small or smaller than a pill box, into the many treasures Longview has for visitors and residents, an official hunt has been planned that invites all comers far and near. Who will win the grand prize, a fabulous “Staycation.” Staycation is a term coined to described the activity of taking a break and doing vacation activities without leaving your home town or at least not going very far. Staycationers often leave their home and stay for a weekend in a local hotel, eat in restaurants and take in some of the many attractions that too often are overlooked in a regular daily routine. One Grand Prize for being first to solve all the designated hidden caches is a Stacation, with hotel stay at Longview’s Homewood Suites by Hilton plus tickets to local events and dinner for two at Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery. After the Grand Prize is claimed there remain 100 attractive and Official Commemorative Coins from the hunt. The collecting of coins is a very popular activity among the avid geocachers. The contest will continue until all coins have been claimed. To help get the work out, a QR code has been placed in Uniquely Longview and on a flyer that will help smart phone users connect to the website that also has the rules and information about the Uniquely Longview Geocache Hunt. The Longview Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau is managing the hunt and they hope to spread the work out far and wide to pull visitors into Longview.

07
Dec
11

Christmas Chronicles promotes Longview Chamber Members!


Christmas Chronicles

Promoting our members is one of the core competencies of the Longview Chamber of Commerce.  This year we are kicking off a new strategy called Christmas Chronicles to help promote Shop Longview and supporting our local retail base. 

Our first business feature is on “Redneck Rockstar Boutique” owned by April Myers.  We asked April what she believes is unique about her boutique.  We believe that everyone can add a little country bling to anything!! We like showing off our items from cowgirl country to our fabulous fashion clothing, bling flip flops, rhinestone belts, and funky chunky jewelry! Redneck Rockstar Boutique has from plain and simple to add just a little punch to big and gaudy for that in your face addition!”

Diana Northcutt asked April why did she join the chamber?

April explained, “I am always looking for opportunities to gain exposure for our business. The Chamber provides me the opportunity to get the scoop on all the events that are going on. It’s also a great way to network!  I have found by attending and participating in events like I can showcase our merchandise and build relationships with prospective customers.  We promote ourselves as a one stop shop by having a hair salon and clothing boutique.” 

Diana also asked April what tips would she give entrepreneurs who have opened a business?

April shared how developing her social media strategy has definitely helped her showcase the boutique.  The result has been SALES, SALES, SALES!  You can find Redneck Rockstar Boutique on Facebook.  Currently, Redneck Rockstar Boutique has over 5,000 likes.  Having this type of exposure is great for a small business.  If you don’t have time to stop by our boutique you can spend 2-3 minutes checking us out on Facebook.

Of course we do encourage you to visit the boutique in person!  Their location is on Gilmer Road in front of the Walmart.

Redneck Rockstar Boutique & Salon
2302 Gilmer Rd
Ste 200
Longview, TX 75604

(903) 720-2185

 

04
May
11

Bussey receives standing ovation at Chamber luncheon


Balloonist Bill Bussey Recognized as 2011 Tourism Partner

Bill Bussey received the 2011 Tourism Partner of the year award Tuesday, May 3rd at the Longview Chamber of Commerce luncheon.   In 2007, the Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau began a tradition of recognizing a Tourism Partner of the Year.  This recognition is awarded to a local business or person that has demonstrated a commitment to supporting tourism in Longview through service, sacrifice and individual involvement. 

This year’s recipient opened his dental practice in Longview, Texas in 1971. He continues his practice of general dentistry and placing implants today with no plans to retire from the profession he loves.

Our honoree is also a professional balloonist and has logged over 3,000 hours flying hot air balloons. His awards, honors and accomplishments are so numerous we are able to mention only a small fraction of them here today.

  • Ranked No. 1 pilot in the National Balloon Racing Association – 1988
  • Ranked No. 1 pilot in the Balloon Federation of America – 1989
  • Set 29 United States National Records for Distance and Duration in a balloon
  • Set 15 World Records for Distance and Duration in a balloon
  • Recipient of Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta “Spirit of Ballooning Award”
  • Shields-Trauger Award for Most significant flight in a hot air balloon
  • NAA Award for One of Ten Most Memorable Flights in Aviation
  • Only balloonist inducted into Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, 2007
  • Montgolfier Diploma, the Highest International Award in Ballooning

Thirty four years ago, this year’s recipient organized a hot air balloon event in Longview that became the largest event of its kind and class in Texas and second only to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in scope and importance.  Thirty years ago, he created the Balloon Glow which has been copied around the world and is a part of almost every hot air balloon event. 

This year the recognition goes to an individual that has worked selflessly for more than 34 years to help Longview attain elite status in the international world of hot air balloon racing.  It is because of his dedication to bringing excitement, prestige and recognition to Longview, Texas.   His resolve packaged with experience, knowledge, and reputation has helped Longview be selected to host the United States National Hot Air Balloon Championships in 2012, 2013, and 2014. 

For this commitment and passion for our city, Longview, Texas, we select Dr Bill Bussey for the 2011 Tourism Partner of the Year.

12
Apr
11

National Train Day Festivities Take Place in Longview on May 7th


The City of Longview is joining cities across the nation to host National Train Day festivities celebrating 142 years of transcontinental railroad travel and AMTRAK’s 40th anniversary.  This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from 4pm to 7pm at the Longview AMTRAK Passenger Rail Station, 905 Pacific Avenue.  The event coincides with the arrivals and departures of AMTRAK’s northbound Texas Eagle train and the connecting motorcoach services from Houston and Shreveport.

This free event will include music by the Lobo Jazz Band, a working model train display by Loblolly O-Gauge Model Railroad, Children’s Railroad Storytelling by the Longview Public Library, activities from the World of Wonder, equipment displays, Operation Lifesaver, an American Flag Display by the Rotary Club of Longview, and a variety of other activities. 

Additionally, AMTRAK and Longview Transit are partnering to provide a special opportunity for 54 persons to ride the northbound AMTRAK Texas Eagle from Longview to Marshall so they may experience train travel.  Passengers will detrain in Marshall and will be returned to Longview by Lone Star Coaches.  Sign up for this free activity will be first come / first served and registration will begin at 4:30 pm on Saturday, May 7 at the Longview Transit Office located at 903 Pacific Avenue, directly across the street from the depot.  Criteria include a limit of 4 tickets per family and children under16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

On-site parking will be restricted to permit holders and ticketed AMTRAK passengers.  To showcase the coordination of public transportation, National Train Day visitors are asked to park at the City owned parking lot at the corner of Cotton and Fredonia and ride the shuttle buses provided by Longview Transit and the East Texas Council of Government’s GO BUS to the site.  Shuttle service will begin at 3:45 pm and will continue throughout the event. 

Sponsors for the event include the City of Longview, Longview Transit, AMTRAK, the Mayor’s Task Force for Passenger Rail Facilities, the Union Pacific Railroad, the East Texas Council of Governments, and Sobol Welding Supplies.

For more information, visit www.NationalTrainDay.com,or www.CityofLongview.com or contact the Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization at 903-237-1008.

23
Jun
10

Wellness in the Workplace Makes a Difference!


The Longview Partnership joins forces with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Heart Association to promote Start! The Sart! Fit-Friendly Recognition Program was designed for employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthier lives though walking. The program encourages change in the workplace by implementing a worksite physical activity program and promoting a culture of activity.

By participating in the Start! Fit-Friendly Recognition Program you can have access to:

  •  Program resources, including the free Start! Walking Program and My Start! Online fitness tracker
  •  Materials that help promote company wellness programs to employees
  •  Newsletter templates for internal distribution to employees
  • Consultation on CPR/AE (automated external defibrillator) programs

How can your company get more information? Contact American Heart Association at (903) 323-8800 and ask for information on Start! Be sure and tell them the Longview Partnership encouraged you to call!

WORKSITE WELLNESS RESOURCES

The American Heart Association has joined with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups to form the first U.S. Workplace Wellness Alliance. This alliance is a broad based national organization of businesses, heath care advocates, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to the vision that a healthier workforce will result in a stronger and fiscally healthier economy. For more information about the U.S. Workplace Wellness Alliance, please visit uswwa.org.

The American Heart Association’s Start! initiative calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthy lives through walking. It offers resources for employers to implement a walking program in the workplace and track employees’ progress in the program. One of Start’s key components is the Longview Area Start! Heart Walk which aims to get Americans up and moving for 30 minutes.  This year’s Heart Walk is October 30,2010 .   To register, visit heartwalk.kintera.org/longviewtx.

STATISTICS

  • Health care costs in the United States doubled from 1990 to 2001 and are expected to double again by 2012.
  • Chronic illnesses affect more than a third of working-age Americans and the costs associated with chronic diseases account for approximately 75 percent of the nation’s annual health care costs.
  • Over 130 million Americans are employed across the United States and since a significant part of their day is spent at work, comprehensive, culturally sensitive health promotion within the workplace is essential to maintain and improve the nation’s health.
  • Nearly 60 percent of employers’ after-tax profits are spent on corporate health benefits. An estimated 25-30 percent of companies’ medical costs per year are spent on employees with excess health risk. That contrasts to three decades ago when only seven percent of corporate profits paid for health costs.
  • Addressing risk factors early can make a difference. For example, $5.6 billion in heart disease costs could be saved if one-tenth of Americans began a regular walking program.
  • Employer spending on health promotion and chronic disease prevention is a good business investment. Programs have achieved a rate of return on investment ranging from $3 to $15 for each dollar invested with savings realized within 12 to 18 months.

Take action today by calling the American Heart Association, (903) 323-8800.

14
Apr
10

Longview Partnership Posters Receive ADDY Award


The Longview Partnership is proud to announce that Forbes&Butler Visual Communications won 12 awards at the annual American Advertising Federation of Shreveport-Bossier Addy® Awards banquet held at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport, on February 20. The Shreveport-Bossier Advertising Federation ADDY® Awards competition is the first of a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The AAF’s ADDY® Awards honor creative excellence in advertising and cultivate the highest creative standards in the industry. 

The following ADDY winners were designed by Jason Butler, Holly Forbes, Jim Tilley, and Abbey Tyson. Forbes&Butler was recognized with the following awards — Gold Addys for Good Shepherd Medical Center Gold Rush 2009, Kilgore College Rangerettes Press Kit, and Corner Bakery Cafe Catering Sales Kit; Silver Addys for Texas Bank and Trust Ecommerce Campaign, RLM General Contractors Sales Kit, LMFA Etchings and Dreamscapes Invitation, LMFA Artists in East Texas Invitation, First United Methodist Church Stained Glass Book, Fish City Grill Table Tent Campaign, and Good Shepherd Medical Center A Fair of the Heart Logo; and Bronze Addys for Longview Amtrak Station Posters and Downtown Brochure, and Paciugo Spring Point of Purchase Campaign.  

Over 213 entries were submitted from Texas and Louisiana advertising agencies.  Gold ADDY winners will advance to  district and then national levels of the ADDY® Award competition. Forbes&Butler is a full service advertising and graphic design company specializing in the creation and production of marketing materials, located in Longview since 2001.

Addy Awards Won by Forbes & Butler

30
Mar
10

Cornyn Announces $71,250 Grant For Airport Improvements In Longview Texas


WASHINGTON—East Texas Regional Airport will receive a federal grant worth $71,250 for airport improvements, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Tuesday. The funding comes through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

“These funds will be used to address needed maintenance and safety improvements at East Texas Regional Airport,” Sen. Cornyn said. “In addition, quality transportation services are important for boosting local economic growth. I commend the area leaders who worked to secure this funding.”

This grant will provide funds to conduct a Wildlife Hazard Assessment and Plan at the East Texas Regional Airport, to identify the wildlife species observed and assess their numbers, locations, local movements, and daily/seasonal activities.

Sen. Cornyn serves on the Finance, Judiciary, Agriculture and Budget Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.