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June 26, 2016
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Ribbon Cutting Schedule
Able Center
Wednesday, June 29
1:30 p.m.
4803 Plaza Blvd., Suite 401

DaVita Vivify Dialysis
Thursday, July 14
11:00 a.m.
800 N. Texas.

Do you want 1,200+ people to know about your product, services, or next event?
Let the Chamber do it! Put your flyer in the next monthly mailer for maximum business exposure.

To reserve your space, contact 432-333-7854 or  email

 Reneé Henderson Earls to Replace Long-time Chamber CEO
Following the retirement of Mike George, CEO/President for the Odessa Chamber of Commerce for the past 23 years, the Chamber is proud to announce and welcome his successor, Reneé Henderson Earls. 

"The search committee made an excellent choice in naming Mrs. Earls as the Odessa Chamber of Commerce president and CEO," said Craig Van Amburgh, the 2015-2016 Chairman for the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. "There were several excellent candidates from which to choose, and Reneé's love for Odessa, her involvement in many civic organizations, and her experience in managing people were important in the committee's decision. She will do an excellent job continuing the objectives started during Mr. George's tenure. I and the entire Chamber of Commerce staff look forward to making Odessa an even better place to live under her leadership."

Prior to accepting this position, Earls worked as the publisher/president for the Odessan Magazine. Mike George, who will retire June 30, was pleased with the search committee's decision to select Earls for the position. 

"Reneé has Odessa's best interest in her heart," said George. "Plus, she has the proven people skills and management expertise to take the Chamber to the next level."

Earls graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. Since then, she has been highly involved within the Odessa community. 

"As a native Odessan, I have long admired and appreciated the hard work of Mike George and the Chamber Team," said Earls. "I am excited and honored to have been given the opportunity to continue in that mission of promoting Odessa and all that this community has to offer."
ECISD New Teacher Welcome Breakfast
Join us for the 3rd annual ECISD New Teacher Welcome Breakfast on Wednesday, August 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Ector County Coliseum!

Help the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and the education committee welcome new ECISD teachers to the area, all while showcasing your company to 300 new potential customers. Chamber members are invited to participate in the community gallery walk, and an expo featuring chamber member businesses, services and organizations.

Vendors are required to bring 300 promotional items to handout to all new teachers. The deadline to register is June 29.

Sponsorship opportunities:
$1,000 Breakfast Sponsor - includes two 8' tables with four chairs, prime location near entrance and food stations, recognition on signage at event and on all advertising.

$500 Co-Sponsor - Includes two 8' tables with four chairs, outside location and recognition on all advertising.

$150 Table Sponsor- Includes two 8' tables with four chairs

$100 Table Sponsor- Includes an 8' table with two chairs.

Tables are selling fast, contact Lynn Van Amburgh at 432-333-7862 or email to secure your sponsorship table today!
Chevron Focuses on Road Safety

Local representatives from oil and gas companies met earlier this month to develop plans of action for better transportation safety practices. The goal is to reduce arguably the leading cause of death in the industry, vehicle accidents.

When looking at the numbers, work deaths within the oil and gas industry surpass the national average in all industries. During 2011 to 2014, almost half of the recorded deaths in the oil and gas industry were due to fatal transportation crashes. These numbers only account for workers killed, however, and not other people killed in car accidents or those workers killed in crashes on their way to work. This implicates that the actual number of individuals who die as a result of a car crash is significantly higher.

Last week, transportation officials met in Midland to propose a program that would spend an estimated $1.8 billion dollars on road improvements in energy production areas such as the Permian Basin over a five year period. Another projected $1.25 billion would be spend to lower priority projects over a period of approximately 8 years. To cut down on major crashes, TxDOT lowered the speed limit from about 75 mph to 65 mph on a 38-mile stretch of the highway, which includes Midland and Odessa.

The Texas Transportation Commission is expected to vote on the
program at the end of August. If granted, the Permian Basin's share would be about $676 million for road upkeep in addition to projects such as passing lanes.

Now Enrolling Emerging Leaders

Recruitment for the 2016-2017 Leadership Odessa class has officially begun. Will you be one of them?

Leadership Odessa equips future leaders by showing them the resources they have in each other and the Odessa community. Participants dedicate just one Thursday a month (Sept. - May) to day-long adventures throughout the city. Must be a Chamber member in good standing to apply.

To find out more call Lynn Van Amburgh, 432.333.7862. Leadership Odessa is a program of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce.
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OC Offering Cyber Security Class
Chris Kyle Memorial Unveiling Set for July 28 
Welcome New Members
Elwood Staffing
3205 West Cuthbert, Suite A-7

Excel ER
6131 E Hwy 191

Mainstay Suites
1801 S US Hwy 885

This Realty
8180 Lakeview Center

Watermill Express
3303 Illinois
Gold Member Anniversaries 
Bridges Equipment LTD., 1996

Cable One, 1968

Cisco Equipment, 1992

Ditch Witch Southwest, 2010

First Baptist Church, 1960

Hubbard- Kelly Funeral Home, 1961

InSource Insurance Group, LLC, 1992

Light Tower Rentals, 1998

The Lost Cajun, 2015

MarQuette's, 2013

McAlister's Deli, 2005

MCM Elegante Hotel, 1992

Moxie Insurance Agency, 201 3

Pro -Tech Undercar Care 
Inc., 1998

Sims & Guess Realtors, 1985

State Farm- Heather Buske, 

Turner Ferguson Cowan Shelton & Sager, P.C., 1989

United Rentals, 

Wells Fargo Bank, 1997

WWL Industries, Inc.,1998

Yellowhouse Machinery Co., 2002 

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