Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce Program of Work 2015
Chairman - Trent Cunningham
Chair Elect - David Hames
Past Chair - Jamie Lockhart
Treasurer - Diana Martinez
Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 Program of Work
Quality of Life - Ola Hancock
Annual Chamber Awards & Gala – Scheduled for April 17th to celebrate the organization. For 2015 the chamber will recognize the following: Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Ag Person/Family of the year as well as continue our gift basket raffle and social Treasured business awards.
Wacky Outfit Open Golf Tournament – Scheduled for September 12th, to supplement income of the Dalhart Chamber of Commerce. Meant to fun and entertaining networking event for members.
New Neighbor Welcome Social – Typically held in the Spring and in the Fall to help welcome new residents to Dalhart. This event is sponsored by a local business and the guest of honor is new residents. No matter how long you have lived in Dalhart this is a great way to get acquainted with some new neighbors.
Community Development Events – These events are made possible through funds approved by the City of Dalhart Community Development fund so the chamber can plan and provide these events for the community. Downtown Block Party – Held annually in September to bring area residents into the downtown area. This event began as a celebration of the renovations done by the city in the downtown area. The chamber plans to continue building this event to make it bigger and better. Fiddler’s Contest – This event is held in conjunction with the Annual XIT Rodeo & Reunion and brings a taste of country swing to the annual event. July 4th Fireworks – With support from the City of Dalhart and our Pyrotechnic Crew there will be a community fireworks display at Rita Blanca Lake on July 4, 2014. Costume Contest held in conjunction with Downtown Trick or Treat Festival - This event is planned to give the kids in our community something fun for Halloween that is a safe alternative to trick or treating. The Chamber will host the Costume Contest in conjunction with this community event. Christmas Lighting – The chamber works in conjunction with the Dalhart Unit and the City of Dalhart to decorate our community for Christmas. The Chamber will host an open house and visits with Santa for the Christmas Season.
Development - Dee Brown
Shop Local Program – This is one area that is very important to any community and Dalhart is no exception. The Santa Cash Shopping Promotion/Dalhart Dollars programs are help keep money in Dalhart and working to make our local economy stronger. The Santa Cash promotion is held from November - January is designed to encourage shopping local during the Christmas Shopping Season, with Santa Cash Giveaways and Santa Cash Sales that make great gifts. The Dalhart Dollars works like local certificates and runs year round. The chamber plans to develop some additional events and programs that will help familiarize residents with the businesses of Dalhart and encourage them to shop Dalhart first. Need to find more secure way to distribute the certificates to prevent duplication and protect the integrity of the program.
Shop Local Campaign - Because shopping local is important to the growth and economic stability of the community the chamber would like to look at working with the City, Local Merchants, Dalhart EDC and others to organize and launch an educational marketing program geared at educating the residents of Dalhart the importance to supporting local businesses in Dalhart.
Merchant Committee – The chamber would like to work on building an external group of local businesses owners that would work together to develop programs, events, support other businesses, further develop the business community, encourage and support growth in the retail business area.
Employment and Educational programs – The chamber will continue to provide assistance to our members with employment needs through our website and our partnership with the Frank Phillips College Dalhart Center to help provide an educated workforce to our members and area businesses. We will also continue to distribute employment applications when necessary. We also want to focus on building a link between the developing workforce coming out of the local school district and connecting them with employment opportunities in the community. Possible plan some roundtable or forum opportunities to bring much needed information to local businesses.
Business/Entrepreneur Development – As part of the program for 2015 the chamber would like to develop some opportunities for businesses to network and grow with programs like a “Professionals Network” that would give business professionals in our community the opportunity connect. Also look into some networking breakfast events or after-hours events to provide networking opportunities for members.
Organizational Affairs - Ashley Thomas
Organizational Structure – Continue to review and update all chamber policies and bylaws to ensure we are operating under current laws and statutes. The Chamber will continue to support staff and board with professional development opportunities to continue making the organization stronger.
Ribbon Cuttings – Since the Red Coat Ambassadors program was dissolved in 2014, we aim to establish a system of accountability for board members to take turns attending all ribbon cuttings to serve as ambassadors of the organization.
Membership – Our chamber members continue to be the biggest asset to our organization. In 2015, we would like to maintain the 2014 goal of conducting membership luncheons to education our members about new benefits and other issues. We would also like to see the implementation of several non-dues revenue events to foster relationships and create an environment of collaboration for our members.
Governmental Affairs and Legislative Issues – The chamber feels that it is important to keep our members informed about issues, legislation and regulations that can affect our local businesses. The Chamber of Commerce will continue to stay abreast of these issues and keep our members informed and take action as necessary.
Communications - Jim Hockett
Website – Continue working to improve the existing website provide more opportunities for businesses and the chamber to promote our community and be compatible with mobile internet.
City Map – The chamber will produce a new Dalhart area map for 2015. Advertising sales will begin April 2015 with publication to be completed in August 2015
Area Guide Directory – The Dalhart chamber will contract for a new Dalhart Area Guide Book for 2016. .
Advertising – To promote tourism for the Dalhart Area, we will continue ads with Travel Host Magazine, TEXAS Outdoor Drama, Web Ad with PTMC and 2 existing billboards. In addition, the chamber plans work on some portable billboards to promote local events, advertise in the Texas Plains Trail Panhandle Travel Guide for 2015 and consider advertising in the Ritz Hospitality Magazine. The chamber will continue to be involved with the Panhandle Tourism Marketing Council, the Texas Plains Trail Region and other tourism related groups.
Organizational Communications – The chamber plans to continue the weekly “On the Calendar” that is e-mailed every Friday to our members. As our website develops there will be an opportunity for others to subscribe to the weekly e-mail. Any member or organization can submit information for the weekly newsletter. Continue developing other communications programs to better inform members, community and travelers about events, programs and projects.