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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Today's update includes information from the Texas Association of Business regarding Phase I of Opening Texas, as well as an upcoming free webinar for managing stress and wellness. You will also find some agriculture related news from Texas AgriLife and a push for the Census Awareness Weekend coming up May 1-3.

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and are adding new information and resources to our COVID Resource Page on our website daily.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Staff and the Amarillo business community we want to thank you for your continued support of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce over the past year. We look forward to serving you now and in the future, and please let us know what we can do to help your business.

Gary Molberg
President & CEO
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce
806.373.7800
806.342.2001 direct
On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott unveiled Phase I of his reopening plan, giving the green light for several business sectors to open their doors. Friday, May 1st will be the official start of the plan, allowing movie theaters, restaurants, malls, retailers, libraries, and museums to operate at 25% capacity.

Under this order, businesses must operate within new health guidelines to minimize exposure and spread of the coronavirus. These precautionary measures were set in place with recommendations from health officials, including the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  
TXBIZ has compiled these health guidelines for our members for easy access and distribution. Let's work together to reopen Texas safely! 
Managing Stress Wellness in Uncertain Times Webinar
Friday, May 1st, 12pm


Stress management is what we often call it, but is that what we are really doing? Is “managing” even the right word? Management or managing gives the idea that we have some sort of control over what is going on in our lives at this moment in time, but control feels like one of our biggest losses during COVID while uncertainty seems to be one of our biggest, unwanted gains. How do we care for and walk ourselves through this season of a world pandemic?  

The Webinar Will Cover:

  • Intentional self-care versus stress management
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Socio-emotional health
  • Mindfulness for stress reduction
  • Information on how the brain and body works in stressful situations
  • Practical ideas for self-soothing
Your Takeaways:

  1. Understand differences between self-care & stress management
  2. How the brain & body respond to stress and how to use this info
  3. Ways to self-soothe & stay healthy
  4. Ways to improve sleep quality
  5. Utilize mindfulness based stress reduction exercises
Texas A&M AgriLife recently shared an email with several helpful resources relating to the agriculture industry as it pertains to the Covid-19 pandemic. Included in the email is information on:

  • A series of free online trainings to help local officials understand, acquire and administer federal assistance available to the state of Texas and local municipalities to help recover from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • A closer look at agriculture market interruptions
  • Federal relief for farmers and ranchers
  • and more

Click here to view the email in its entirety and resource links.
Census Awareness Weekend May 1-3, 2020
As you know, COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in the top 26 counties of Texas. However, we can use this setback as a setup for the next 10 years.

This coming weekend is focused on "Census Awareness". You are invited to participate by posting on social media and/or forwarding information to encourage EVERYONE to complete the 2020 Census.

Some key facts about the Census:

The basics  
  • The census counts every person living in the United States, regardless of age or citizenship status, every 10 years in years ending in 0.
  • It’s in the Constitution.

It’s important  
  • It’s about money, power, and data.
  • Every 10 years we help decide how taxpayer dollars come back to our communities. The 2020 Census will help to distribute billions of dollars in federal resources to your community.
  • Our community gets resources based on census population counts, that help pay for hospitals, emergency services, schools, roads, and more. 
  • An accurate and complete census helps businesses, community leaders and elected officials make informed decisions every day. 

It’s easy
  • For the first time, people can respond online and by phone, in addition to the mail-in option. Your response impacts funding for your community for critical services for the next 10 years.
  • The next decennial census happens in 2030. 

It’s safe and confidential 
  • Your data is protected and it’s confidential. Federal law protects your responses, which cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration agencies, or housing authorities. 

COVID-19 & the 2020 Census 
  • The 2020 Census is underway and the most important and safe thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail. It has never been easier to respond to the 2020 Census.
  • Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up with households.  

Click here to download the 2020 Census Resource Guide for information and badges to share in email campaigns or on your social media and help spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census.
The Chamber has compiled a list of links to helpful resources on our Chamber website. From our homepage , simply click the Learn More button under the COVID-19 Resources section or go directly to the page at https://www.amarillo-chamber.org/covid-19-info--resources.html .

Not only is this site updated daily with the City of Amarillo's daily report card, but we are regularly adding new links from local, state and national sources.
Click here to see a list of restaurants providing curbside takeaway, delivery, and drive thru options in Amarillo. This page has multiple sources for restaurant lists from Facebook groups, the Panhandle Restaurant Association, other websites, and the Convention & Visitor Council's list that our office maintains.

If you have a food service business that offers delivery, curbside or carryout options, please email Braley@visitamarillo.com if you are not already on the list and would like to be included for free.
Chamber & Convention & Visitor Council Staff
President/CEO
 
 Executive VP Governmental Affairs
 
VP of Membership & Business Development
 
Senior Director of Communications
 
Membership Director

Database Administrator
 
Business Development Coordinator
 
Director of First Impressions
CVC Deputy Director
 
CVC Executive Assistant
 
CVC Director of Convention Services
 
CVC Director of Brand Management
 
CVC Tourism Coordinator
 
CVC Sales Manager

See our Staff Directory with photos, direct phone numbers and more on our Contact Us page of the website.
2019-20 Chamber Board of Directors
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Dusty Doyle - Chair
Casey Carpet One Floor & Home

Chris Reed - Chair-Elect
Reed Beverage

John Luciano - Finance Chair
Street Volkswagen

Michelle Reichert - Past Chair
CNS Pantex

Gary Molberg - President & CEO
Amarillo Chamber of Commerce

Brandy Sanchez - Membership Chair
KAMR/KCIT/KCPN-TV

Wes Wright - Business Chair
Wright Law TX, PLLC
 
Bob Murray - Governmental Affairs Chair
AimBank

Leon Church - Agriculture Chair
Potter County Commission

Stephanie Price - Quality of Life Chair
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Angela Knapp Eggers - CVC Chair
Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health

Ginger Nelson - Mayor
City of Amarillo
DIRECTORS

Tyler Andrews, Andrews & Associates / cat.man.du
Blaine Baker, Denton & Baker Agency
David Bishop, Amarillo ISD
Lew Bradshaw, Pat Davis Properties
Lloyd Brown, Amarillo EDC
Kevin Carter, Amarillo EDC
Ryan Chandler, Northwest Texas Healthcare
Richard Constancio, Shiver-Megert & Associates
Joe Graham, Graham Brothers Jewelers
Jason Henderson, Bell
Mark Hodges, FirstCapital Bank of Texas
Julie Imke, WTAMU Amarillo Center
Charles Leard, M&R Liquor
Trent Morris, Workforce Solutions Panhandle
Ed Nichols, Brown, Graham & Company, P.C.
Joseph Peterson, Edward Jones
Aaron Sage, Sage Oil Vac
Doug Street, Affiliated Foods
Wendi Swope, Double U Marketing
Ronnie Walker, Xcel Energy
Peter Warrick, Atmos Energy
Mikel Williamson, Happy State Bank
Lance Wolff, Insurica DFB


Learn more about our Board of Directors
on our website

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