What an amazing time it is to be in Baytown, Texas! Our community partners, including the city, the Chamber, the economic development foundation, the school district and the college, are all working together to ensure that Baytown is a quality place to live and to work. Commercial growth is thriving for yet another year.
Many man hours have been spent on making Baytown more eye-appealing with new landscaping in major thoroughfare medians around the community. Even though we experienced a major tropical storm in August 2017, and are still recovering, it has been another growth year for our community!
With an explosion of residential and business growth in our area, we face many challenges. It seems with extensive growth comes many more issues for the community. The city is aggressively addressing the transportation issues to keep up with the traffic volume. They are adding some new streets and regulating the traffic lights on major thoroughfares.
We have recently developed yet another major retail center with the opening of the new H-E-B store. We have seen the development of many new restaurants to include Mambos, Salt Grass Steakhouse, Hooters and more. With the continued growth in the housing market (more than 1,400 new homes), we are challenged to look at the capacity of our schools and face the need for additional campuses. All of these are great problems to have and, as always, our community will work to ensure that all are accomplished.
In any community, it is from the profitable operations of business that all other benefits are derived. Only by succeeding in this fundamental goal can we provide the jobs and produce the wealth to finance all the governmental, civic, educational, cultural and charitable needs that our community is faced with daily.
The Baytown Chamber of Commerce is the catalyst through which the enlightened self-interests of all business groups are welded together to work for the common interest of the total community.
Actually, there is only one basic reason for the Chamber of Commerce to exist! To do whatever is necessary to keep the economic conditions in the Baytown area such that people will be willing to risk their time, talent and money in the hope of making a profit here. We are lucky to have a business community that comes together and supports a strong Chamber of Commerce. The members of the Chamber are here for the right reasons — to make Baytown a better place to live, work and raise a family and to ensure a strong business climate.
So, welcome to our booming metropolis! We hope that if you are a Baytown citizen that you will be an ambassador for Baytown. Talk about the good things happening and what you like the most about living in Baytown. For those of you who are new to our community or are visiting, we say, “Welcome.” We hope you find Baytown to be as family friendly as we do. Please do not hesitate to call and/or visit the Chamber offices in the Amegy Bank Tower, 1300 Rollingbrook, Suite 400. We are always pleased to meet new people and inform them of the things to see and do in our community.
Tracey Wheeler, President/CEO
Baytown Chamber of Commerce