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Advocate editorial board opinion: Business organization aims to become pro-active

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 17, 2011 at 6:17 a.m.


The Victoria Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon held Dec. 7 featured a motivating speech by incoming chairman Milton Chapman.

Chapman, a Victoria lawyer with the law firm of Anderson, Smith, Null & Stofer, painted a vibrant and exciting future for Victoria.

And he promised that the Chamber would do more strategically to enhance business in the community.

He reflected on the growth of Victoria during the past 25 years since he moved here for the "not too big, not too small" community. At that time, the price of a barrel of oil was $10. And the economy was depressed.

Of course, since that time, several fortunate events have occurred. And Chapman pointed these out: Eagle Ford Shale, Victoria was ranked the No. 1 per capita in job creation in Texas, expanded Port of Victoria, Caterpillar Inc., four-year university, beautiful downtown, renewed emphasis on tourism, new high schools, new fine arts center, new apartment complexes, new hotels and more.

"And, hopefully, I pray, soon, a new convention center," Chapman said.

We hope for a convention center, too, that would draw bigger events to Victoria and serve our Crossroads more efficiently.

"And if John Sharp is correct about the effect that the upcoming completed expansion of the Panama Canal could have on bringing further industry and business to our area, there will be much more to come," Chapman said.

Chapman urged those at the luncheon to develop a commitment to economic development and a business friendly attitude.

We think that means we should be open to new ideas and welcome new businesses to the community.

Chapman urged people to respond to a survey that will be sent out in January.

He said he is looking for ideas to promote the Chamber while improving its strategic planning, which will be honed to better benefit the community.

We praise Chapman for his intentions to be an active chamber president.

"We need to realize that we really have a winning combination that we can really build on, and we need to work passionately and as a team to continue to improve the quality of life for our families and for our children's families to come back to."

We wholeheartedly agree.

As a team, we can top the good things already beginning to happen to Victoria.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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