“What does the Chamber of Commerce really do?”
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce was
established in May of 1926 to be the leader for the improvement of the economy
of Amarillo. Our aim in supplying this leadership is to improve all segments of
the area economy by stimulating not only economic expansion, but also growth and
improvement in cultural, social, educational, environmental, and governmental
services in the region. Our emphasis will be on action by our voluntary
business members to accomplish specific results. Programs will be designed to
implement short term as well as long term plans and actions. Our philosophy is
to produce results in the improvement of the area economy and the quality of
life by providing a platform for volunteer leadership to carry out specific
programs and projects to build a better Amarillo.
Some people think
we gather statistics; others believe we print brochures. Many of you know
we assist with business retention and expansion. People involved in tourism
know that we answer inquiries and advertise our city. All of these beliefs
are right to an extent, but even saying that the Chamber does all those
things reflects only a portion of the work of the Chamber. Consequently, we
welcome the question. We want you to understand the mission of the Amarillo
Chamber of Commerce.
operations of business allow all other benefits to occur. Only by
succeeding in this goal can we provide employment opportunities and produce
the wealth to finance government, civic, educational, cultural, and
charitable concerns that our community needs every day. Through the
profitable operations of business, other business people are influenced to
contribute their hard-earned money and invest in business here in Amarillo.
So you are
probably asking yourself, “who does all this?” The Chamber has a very small
staff and the correct response is that we serve as a facilitator to help
“you do it.” You, the Chamber members, and the business and professional
individuals who care enough about Amarillo to support the Chamber with a
membership, are the ones who “do it.”
You are the
Chamber of Commerce. You provide the ideas; you provide the drive and the
goals. Without you, we wouldn’t have the funds and the voluntary resources
that keep the Chamber successfully serving as a catalyst to make things
happen for the good of the community. Without you and your membership, who
would do all the things the Chamber does?
We wish that
every citizen had the confidence that they could make a difference in our
city; that every individual believed they could speak and be heard regarding
the laws we pass, the quality of our education, and the extent of our city’s
services. We like to think the Chamber members do have that confidence.
Perhaps the members have never testified before the Legislature, or attended
a school board meeting or conferred with a mayor…but through their
membership and their communications with the Chamber, they do. We listen to
our membership and we work as a catalyst to meet our members’ needs.