March 2020 News & Updates - #2
Job Creation – When a small business opens its doors for business they create jobs many of which pay well. Well paying jobs create more disposable income for people to use within the community.
Creates local partnerships – By supporting our local businesses we create lasting partnerships in which businesses owners feel connected and committed to the community. Many times these local businesses donate to fundraisers, charity events, and so much more.
Better for the environment – Local businesses tend to have less negative impact on the environment because they are often located in central business districts or in other existing retail areas and therefore require relatively little infrastructure investment. Additionally small businesses often carry more locally produced goods or are producers of local goods. Locally sourced products are better for the environment because less fossil fuels are used compared to shipping from out of the region or country.
N-Stitches Embroidery is happy to be aiding the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce with this fundraiser. Our hope is to raise funds for various Chamber needs, along with bringing together a sense of community with the Shop Local design for our beloved community, Dickinson, Texas.
HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland Announces Grants To Aid In COVID-19 relief efforts
Texas City, TX April 15, 20f – HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, announces that the HCA Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HCA Healthcare, and a tax exempt trust affiliated with HCA Healthcare provided $10,000 in grants to the United Way Galveston Mainland to aid in COVID-19 relief efforts.

“Like our colleagues that are serving on the frontlines of this crisis by providing lifesaving care to patients, local organizations are also stepping up to address the needs of their communities in remarkable ways, including emergency response, addressing food shortages and providing childcare for healthcare workers and first responders,” said Sam Hazen, chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare. “HCA Healthcare is honored to provide funding that supports our communities during this unprecedented time of rapidly changing needs.”

The one-time grant of $10,000 provided to the United Way Galveston County Mainland that is focused on the COVID-19 emergency response. “We are going to have people ask for help that have never asked for help before,” said Chris Delesandri, United Way Galveston County Mainland executive director. “The United Way Galveston County Mainland has partnered with 29 agencies and accounts for every dollar that is provided to our community. The majority of people don’t realize the impact our non-profits have in the Galveston County area.”
“Our community is joining together to respond to the coronavirus pandemic in remarkable ways,” said Jim Russell, HCA Houston Healthcare chief executive officer. “We are proud to support United Way Galveston County Mainland who are working hard to address the needs of our community. As the community hospital since 1952, HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland is proud to support such a worthy organization that provides support to our community.”

In addition to providing the $10,000 donation to the United Way Galveston County Mainland for the COVID-10 Emergency Relief Fund, HCA Healthcare donated $10,000 to the United Way of the Coastal Bend for the COVID-19 Response and Relief, $20,000 to the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley for the Coronavirus Resource Readiness and Response Campaign and $110,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston for the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland
HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland, formerly Mainland Medical Center and a campus of HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake, has been an integral part of Galveston County for more than 67 years. Its offers heart and vascular services, including general cardiology, interventional cath lab, and chest pain evaluation and treatment; general and minimally invasive surgery, including appendectomy, hernia, and more; orthopedic surgery, including hip, knee and other joint replacement procedures; and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. As a level IV trauma center, an accredited chest pain center, and a primary stroke center with a newly expanded and renovated emergency room open 24 hours a day, HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland is also well equipped to provide emergency treatment to the Texas City community and surrounding areas. For more information, visit

HCA Houston Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare in the Houston area, where excellent trained physicians, nurses and allied health professionals treat almost a million patients. With an employee base of 15,000, HCA Houston Healthcare’s comprehensive network includes 13 hospitals, 10 outpatient surgery centers, 11 freestanding emergency centers and numerous freestanding diagnostic imaging facilities in the greater Houston area. It also includes a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of HCA Houston Healthcare facilities as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. As one of the region’s largest healthcare systems, HCA Houston Healthcare recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities we serve. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Houston Healthcare also is a major supporter of the University of Houston College of Nursing and the new University of Houston College of Medicine. For more information, visit .

HCA Houston Healthcare is part of HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division , a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas. Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 16 hospitals, 10 ambulatory care centers, 16 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides on-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. HCA Gulf Coast Division is part of HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 184 hospitals in the United States and England.

Debra Burbridge
Cornyn Calls for Financial Support for Main Street Advocates
WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today sent a letter to Senate leadership and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship asking that local trade and professional associations become eligible for assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in any future coronavirus bill. The letter requests support for 501(c)(6) associations, including regional Chambers of Commerce, nursing professional organizations, state certified public accountant societies, state restaurant associations, and tourism and hospitality leagues.
“At this exceptionally difficult time, [these associations] are providing critical guidance on resources to help small business weather the current economic downturn. Unfortunately, just like the small businesses they serve, many of these community leaders are now experiencing their own financial challenges. If these organizations are unable to survive, the path to recovery for our hard-hit Main Street economy will be even more difficult,” the Senators wrote.
Sen. Cornyn launched a series of statewide outreach calls with chambers of commerce, hospitals, healthcare workers, and other Texans on March 6. Sen. Cornyn’s website has additional resources for Texans during the coronavirus outbreak here .
Joining Sen. Cornyn on the letter were U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Doug Jones (D-AL), Steve Daines (R-MT), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Angus King (I-ME), Tim Scott (R-SC), Gary Peters (D-MI), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), John Boozman (R-AR), Jon Tester (D-MT), James Lankford (R-OK), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). 
You can read the full letter by click here , and text is below.
The Honorable Mitch McConnell                                          The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
Majority Leader                                                                            Minority Leader
United States Senate                                                                  United States Senate
The Honorable Marco Rubio                                                  The Honorable Ben Cardin
Chairman                                                                                         Ranking Member
Senate Committee on Small Business                                 Senate Committee on Small
and Entrepreneurship                                                               Business and Entrepreneurship
Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Chairman Rubio, and Ranking Member Cardin:
We appreciate your leadership in providing unprecedented resources for American small businesses through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law 116-136). Unfortunately, local trade and professional associations organized under § 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code are ineligible for assistance through the lending programs included in this legislation. Given the crucial role these organizations play in sustaining the Main Street economy, and the severe financial difficulties they are confronting, we strongly support their inclusion in the next round of federal aid for coronavirus relief.
Organizations structured under 501(c)(6) bring the community together to help negotiate shared challenges and promote local economic development. These entities include regional chambers of commerce, nursing professional organizations, state CPA societies, state restaurant associations, and tourism and hospitality leagues, among others. At this exceptionally difficult time, they are providing critical guidance and resources to help small businesses weather the current economic downturn. Unfortunately, just like the small businesses they serve, many of these community leaders are now experiencing their own financial challenges. If these organizations are unable to survive, the path to recovery for our hard- hit Main Street economy will be even more difficult.
To help local 501(c)(6)s meet their current obligations and continue assisting small businesses in our communities, we endorse expanding access to the Paycheck Protection Program in forthcoming legislation. These organizations require revenue beyond annual member dues to make ends meet. As conferences and education events are postponed or cancelled, and contributions become uncertain, finding funds to continue operations and maintain payroll is an increasingly dire issue.
Again, we believe the CARES Act will make a significant positive difference in our communities. However, to ensure that local chambers of commerce and other 501(c)(6) organizations can continue to support small businesses at this precarious moment for our country, they need our help. We look forward to working together with you to address this matter in future legislation.
We are grateful for your attention to this request and appreciate your diligent and committed work during this crisis.
The Mayor, City Council, Dickinson Economic Development Corporation & Dickinson Chamber of Commerce are hosting a contest to encourage everyone to continue supporting our local restaurants. This friendly competition is to keep your spirits up while motivating everyone to spend breakfast, lunch & dinner dollars locally.
Please join the Texas General Land Office’s Community Development and Revitalization team for an update on the GLO’s Hurricane Harvey and Mitigation update on MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020 @ 11:30 a.m.
When: Monday, May 4, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. Central 
Dial: 1-877-226-9790 
Conference ID: 3787126
Agenda Brief:
I. Welcome by Jonah Chen
II. GLO General Update from Heather Lagrone
III. CDR Programs Update
IV. Mitigation Update
V. General Questions
Thank you,
Texas General Land Office
Community Development and Revitalization (CDR)

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