Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce
& Visitor Center
1901 S. Dumas Ave./P.O. Box 735
Dumas, TX 79029
806-935-2123
The-Chamber-News
February 2018 
Chamber Announces New Website 

The Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the addition of a new Chamber website which has just been completed and is now live!
 
Some of the features of the new site is the ability to find Chamber partners by either category or by name. Also, partners will be able  to post Hot Deals they are offering to their customers, as well as advertise Job Openings they have available, at no additional charge. Information about Dumas, Cactus and Sunray, as well as the County, is available, including historical and statistical information and economic data. The Calendar shows information about upcoming Chamber and Community Events, as well as monthly meetings being held by the Chamber and governmental agencies. Chamber partners who are holding events can also have them put on the calendar also. The Recreation and Arts section lets viewers see what is available to see and do in Moore County and in the region.  
 
We could go on and on, but we invite you to check out the website yourself at www.dumaschamber.com and let us know what you think!



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New Board Members 

 The new 2018  Chamber Board of Directors includes: Ashleigh Wiswell, Chair, Moore County Hospital District; Paresh Bhakta, Chair Elect, Days Inn & Suites; Ben Maples, Vice Chair, Valero Energy McKee Refinery; Jackie Belk, Treasurer, Pantera Energy; Danielle Arias, Immediate Past Chair, Amarillo College Moore County Campus; Paul Jenkins, Board Member, Sunshine Stables; Jayme Clark, Board Member, Ad Rem Land Company; Cesar Conde, Board Member, First National Bank, Jessica Waggoner, Board Member, Re Max Realtors; Shane Nelson, Board Member, YMCA; Jarrod West, Board Member, Walmart; Brynn Moreland, Board Member, Texas Northwestern Railway Co.; Kathie Fuston, Board Member, Moore County Hospital District and Paul Bhakta, Board Member, Super 8 Motel. Ex-Officio Directors include: Missy Turner, Dumas Lumber; Mike Running, Dumas Economic Development Corporation; Billie Fay Schumacher and Renee Vincent, Amarillo College Moore County Campus. We want to thank each one of them for being willing to serve  on the board and help guide the staff as we move into 2018. 

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2017 Accomplishments  
 
2017 was a year of accomplishment's that included:
  • Completion of the Quanah Parker Trail Monument
  • Updating the Display Area of the Visitors Center
  • Placing a new Brochure Rack on the outside of the Visitors Center
  • Completion of a new Chamber Website
  • Hosting State Senator Kel Seliger for a Town Hall meeting
  • Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce with a resolution of congratulations from the Texas House of Representatives, presented by State Representative Four Price to the Chamber Board
  • Hired new Executive Director, Carl Watson
  • Hosted Fourth of July World Championship Mud Volleyball Tournament, D' Town BBQ Cook-Off, Candy Cane Lane and sponsored Dumas Noon Lions Club Dogie Days Parade and Women's Division Backyards in Bloom
  • 2018 Program of Work approved by the Board of Directors
  • Welcomed 10 new Chamber Partners
 
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  Chamber Annual Banquet  
 
The Chamber Annual Banquet will take place on March 22nd, at the Moore County Community Building, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Dumas High School Jazz Band & Show Choir . Tickets are $25 per person or sponsor a table of 8 for $300. Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Citizen Award and Farmer/Rancher of the Year Award .
Return deadline is 5 p.m., February 23. Other awards are Small Business Award, Volunteer of the Year, Industry of the Year. For additional information contact the Chamber office at 806-935-2123.   
 
 
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Convention Center Study Group Update 
 
The Chamber Convention Study Group met with Tom Lavin Architects, the firm who presented the original set of proposed drawings for a convention center, to review the updated drawings which were produced after a feasibility study was done to evaluate what size facility would be best for the city. The new proposal includes a 45,000 sq. ft. arena, 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 41,250 sq. ft. of horse stalls and 38,000 sq ft. for a warm-up area. This new proposal is much more in line with what the feasibility study recommended and would be substantially less expensive than the original proposal. The estimated cost of the new proposal is approximately $24 million dollars this doesn't include the land. This would be turn key facility, completely self sustaining, without any hook-ups to city utilities. If the city agreed to connect utilities to the center, those figures would again drop substantially. Discussions with the owners of the land where the convention center would be located could also possibly produce a reduction in cost, but at this point that has not occurred and cannot be counted on. The study group is continuing to look at different options for financing of the facility that could make it financially feasible to build.   
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Congratulations!!!

 to Board of Director Jayme Clark
 and Husband Jared Clark
on their New Arrival

Baby Boy 
Luke Wiley Clark
Born Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: 12:08 a.m.
8 lbs. - 7 oz.
20 3 /4 inches long


 
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Upcoming Event
 
  March 22 - Annual Banquet, 6:30 p.m. at the Moore County Community Building  
 
  
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