In greater Arlington, we have a lot to celebrate. The Chamber is grateful to be a part of a community that dreams big and helps one another. This year, we wanted to do something special to celebrate our community’s strength and the 75th anniversary of the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce. On Friday, September 18, we held our first-ever virtual annual meeting, Some Greater News.
In the spirit of the viral sensation Some Good News, we decided to create Some Greater News to recap our year and share all of the fantastic things happening in greater Arlington! Our virtual event featured anchorman Clay Kelley and local correspondent Michael Jacobson with guest appearances from outgoing chair Don Duke, incoming chair Kellie Fischer and Mayor Jeff Williams.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WINS – Everyone who tuned in to Some Greater News knows greater Arlington’s future is bright! Together, we celebrated the recent monumental events that are driving economic development. 2019 and 2020 brought our community so much to look forward to.
In October 2019, we were honored to see Arlington named the National Medal of Honor Museum’s future home. One of the Museum’s core missions is educational outreach, and the building will feature an education center.
We welcomed tourists from all over the world when Esports Stadium Arlington hosted the 2019 International Esports Awards. 2019 also marked the first time this awards ceremony has ever been held in the US.
Last December gave us more to celebrate. Live! by Lowes announced the expansion of the Arlington Entertainment District. This transformative development project will soon bring us a new 888 room Lowes Hotel with 1,900 parking spaces, a convention center, corporate office headquarters, mixed-use residential building, small business coworking and incubator space, and more retail and dining options. The Arlington General Motors assembly plant also unveiled its brand new, completely redesigned Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe.
2020 brought the completion of much-anticipated community projects. Arlington completed the revitalization of Abrams street, one of the largest street rebuilding projects in the city of Arlington’s history. The Levitt Pavilion finished construction of the Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospitality Center and the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation Hospitality Suite. The new home of the Texas Rangers, Globe Life Field, was completed and will host the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and the World Series.
KINDNESS IN GREATER ARLINGTON – Whether they provide meals to frontline workers or support local nonprofits and restaurants, greater Arlington businesses are spreading kindness. Greater Arlington is stronger together, and the Chamber is proud to see businesses rallying behind the community and one another. The generosity within our community is one reason greater Arlington is a great place to live, work and do business.
First Rate is one of the many companies finding a creative way to give back. First Rate is giving employees $15 week to encourage them to support local businesses, many of which face challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Some Greater News for more heartwarming stories of people and businesses making a difference.
OUTSTANDING CHAMBER – This year brought us unprecedented challenges, but we persevered and innovated. We launched a new website and blog. We provided businesses with resources to navigate uncertainty and engaged them through our Facebook Live Series. We have so much to be proud of as a Chamber and community. The Chamber appreciates our dedicated members that continued to remain a member and support our mission to champion economic and community prosperity. Together, We Succeed.
You can watch Some Greater News below or on the Chamber Facebook page for more exciting segments and exclusive interviews with outgoing chair Don Duke, incoming chair Kellie Fischer and Mayor Jeff Williams.
We want to sincerely thank our sponsors for allowing us to bring laughter, good news and the latest Chamber updates to our members with Some Greater News.
Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital
Economic Development Segment
Outstanding Chamber Segment
Medical City Arlington
Texas Health Resources
Jim Ross Law Group
Peyco Southwest Realty
Sutton Frost Cary
Tarrant County College – Southeast Campus
Wade Family Funeral Home & Cremation
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