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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:


Business Beat: Small business center’s impact in the millions – Longview News-Journal: Business

The Kilgore College Small Business Development Center helped close to 2,000 people during the 2012-13 budget year, through business counseling…

via Business Beat: Small business center’s impact in the millions – Longview News-Journal: Business.

To get more information about the SBDC, you can contact them at:

Kilgore College SBDC
911 NW Loop 281, Ste. 209
Longview, TX 75604
(Austin Bank Building)
(903) 757-5857
Toll Free: (800) 338-7232
Fax: (903) 753-7920



Social Media 2013

If you are still debating whether your company should have a social media presence,

check out these statistics.


Social Media Facts 2013

Infographic source: Visually

Fountainview Estates is featured on Longview’s business chronicles


The Pierre
Approximately 475 square feet

This weeks feature is on Fountainview Estates.  Fountainview Estates is an elegant assisted living facility with memory care. Fountainview Estates’ memory care unit is 22 apartments, all private studios.   Amenities include transportation available to any physician appointments or other scheduled visits; and most of their assisted living apartments are lakefront, with a lovely view of the beautiful pond. They welcome all home health providers to provide care within their community.

Fountainview Estates joined the Longview Chamber to be a partner with the City of Longview and to have a strong networking base to work with.  Fountainview Estates felt the contacts they could make through this partnership are invaluable to their business and their residents and families.  Learning more about the City and how Fountainview Estates can make Longview a better place for their Residents to move there is important to them.

Julie Ruck, Marketing Manager states, “The benefits we can receive are numerous.  What we know about the City and the Chamber will help us better serve our families.  The networking and exposure opportunities available to us are invaluable to our Community.  The various educations offered are a great tool for our growth both personally and professionally. ”

What makes Fountainview Estates Assisted Living unique:

  • 24 hour on-site nursing (no one in Texas is offering this in Assisted Living)
  • Certified Memory Care Program working in all areas of dementia with residents and their families
  • All staff are dementia certified through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
  • Our lifestyle programs and activities.
  • Waterfront Fine Dining
  • Majestic Theater
  • Our values of putting dignity and respect first and foremost for all our Residents and Families
  • Transportation to medical and personal appointments


Within each care level, Fountainview Estates customize care to help each resident maintain his or her highest level of independence and ability.

Fountainview Estates is located on:pet-friendly-final

1408 Lago Trail

Longview, Texas 75604

Phone:  903-291-0020



A look back at 2013

open signLongview was open for new businesses in 2013.

There were plenty of new businesses that opened throughout Longview in 2013.  From mortgage companies in Spring Hill, Pollo Cachuchon in Pine Tree, Denny’s in South Longview, to Five Guys Burgers and Fries in North Longview,  every part of Longview experienced growth.12

The interstate (I-20) became home to a state of the art CNG (compressed natural gas) fueling station.  In March, the Chamber of Commerce held a CNG Summit in Longview that drew about 50 East Texas fleet managers and transportation directors to learn about the fuel source.

Not only were new businesses emerging, existing shopping centers and businesses updated their store fronts and buildings.  Murray’s Center and Preston Town Center updated their store fronts, Pine Tree Shopping Center updated an end cap to add a new Little Cesar’s Pizza. Post Haste Shopping Center add two new stores with more pending open for 2014.

Take a look at the some of the new businesses and renovations that took place in 2013.

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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.



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