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Chamber News for September 2019
Monthly Business Luncheon
Wednesday, September 18 @ Liberty Center (Liberty City Hall)
1829 Sam Houston Street
Noon - 1 p.m. (serving begins @ 11:45 a.m.)

Guest speakers:
Representatives from the
Trinity Valley Exposition Board of Directors
Catered by Chicken Express - Dayton
( Facebook )
Chicken tenders with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, cookies and water.

Cost: $12
Registrations are required by 12 noon - September 17, 2019.
You can register for the luncheon in one of three ways:
  • Via e-mail to chamberadmin@imsday (specify the number of persons in your group).
  • Via telephone at 936.336.5736.
  • Online using the Events Calendar (look for the green "Register Now" button next to the event).
These fifteen lucky people were the winners at our annual '500 Auction & Steak Dinner fundraiser on August 9th. They are listed along with the prize donors, in order of ticket drawn:
  1. Tarver Abstract Company - $400.00 VISA Gift Card donated by Allegiance Bank – Dayton & Liberty.
  2. Ken Defoor - pendant with diamonds and chain donated by Coats Jewelers.
  3. Aline Parker - $400.00 VISA Gift Card donated by Community Resource Credit Union – Mont Belvieu.
  4. Farm Bureau Insurance - $400.00 VISA Gift Card donated by Magnolia Place Health Care – Liberty.
  5. Wendy Devillier - $400.00 VISA Gift Card donated by Mobiloil Credit Union – Beaumont ( and soon Dayton).
  6. Linda Poole Spacek - $400.00 VISA Gift Card donated by Prosperity Bank – Liberty.
  7. Lisa Fleetwood - Kenmore 6 Burner Stainless Steel Grill donated by Sears Hometown Store – Liberty.
  8. Mike Brown - $400.00 VISA Gift Card donated by Texas First Bank – Hull & Liberty.
  9. Johnny Flowers - $400.00 Thrif-Tee Food Center Gift Card donated by Thrif-Tee Food Center – Dayton.
  10. Darlene Snyder - Phillips 5604 Series 55” TV donated by Walmart - Liberty.
  11. Smart Materials - $500.00 VISA Gift Card donated by Liberty County Teachers Federal Credit Union, Liberty.
  12. Bruce Karbowski - $500.00 VISA Gift Card donated by First Liberty National Bank – Dayton, Hardin, Huffman, Liberty (soon China, Tx.).
  13. W. Earle Connevey & Jody Connevey - $750.00 VISA Gift Card donated by PLC Construction, Inc., Liberty.
  14. Cathy Thibodeaux - $1000.00 Travel Voucher, or $2,000.00 off any vehicle in stock at your Truckville Auto Dealers / Sour Lake Motors / Sour Lake Ford. Donated by Truckville / Sour Lake Motors.
  15. Jay Kapadia - KUBOTA RTV 500 4x4 with plastic canopy plus 40 qt. Icebin cooler and straps. OR Kubota Z421KWT-60”, Zero Turn Mower. Donated in part by Landsdowne-Moody Splendora, Tx.
Our thanks again go to all who made this event a great success, including donors, volunteers, first responders and everyone who purchased a ticket.
Submitted by Chris Jarmon, CPM
Assistant City Manager
Economic & Community Development,
City of Liberty

On May 28, 2019, the Liberty City Council passed a resolution to incentivize the development of single-family homes within the City of Liberty.

The resolution, which establishes the Homebuilder Incentive Program, only applies to new owner-occupied single-family homes that are (1) built on a slab, (2) are at least 1,400 square feet of livable space, and (3) have the majority of the façade as brick, masonry, or stone. New homes located anywhere within the Liberty city limits are eligible to participate in this program, as long as they meet the minimum construction requirements.
The amount of incentives that a homebuilder can receive depends on the number of lots that are expected to be developed. However, incentives can include (1) waiver of tap fees, (2) waiver of permit fees, (3) reduced platting fees, (4) infrastructure assistance, or (5) any other incentive negotiated between the City and the homebuilder.

Please call the Assistant City Manager at 936-334-7118 to request a copy of the Homebuilder Incentive Program resolution. To learn more about other economic development programs offered by the City of Liberty, visit them online at cityofliberty.org.
Submitted by Lee Waldrop
Vocational Teacher,
Southeast Texas Cooperative for Special Services

The Southeast Texas Cooperative for Special Services provides on-the-job skills training for students who qualify for special education. Students in the program receive on-the-job training experience from participating businesses and can earn credits toward high school graduation. Students learn responsibilities such as following workplace rules, exhibiting social skills behaviors appropriate for the work environment, demonstrating the ability to take ownership in the job search process, and demonstrating acceptable performance on the job and in the classroom.

Businesses who hire students receive community recognition for their participation and can receive tax exemptions for student employees (see your accountant for details). Some of the goals of the cooperative employment experience include:
  • Ensuring student growth and development by identifying and developing job opportunities and related academic skills;
  • Promoting high quality instruction in the areas of vocational employability and independent living skills, increase student and family awareness of services available from community and educational agencies after graduation and to promote positive public relations by networking with local businesses and community leaders.

The program also provides a coordinated support system for employers and school staff.

Area school districts who are members of Southeast Texas Cooperative for Special Services include: Devers, Hardin, Hull-Daisetta, Liberty and Tarkington. For more information on the program, call Lee Waldrop, Vocational Teacher, at 936.336.8701, Ext. 7045. The office’s physical address is 1600 Grand Avenue, Liberty, TX 77575.
The next bus trip to Coushatta Resort & Casino in Kinder, Louisiana is scheduled for Thursday, September 19. The cost is $15. For reservations contact Eliza Guidry at 936.402.0340. More information on the bus trip can be found at the Chamber website.
Listen to our monthly Chamber radio show on the Partyline program at KSHN.COM, highlighting the latest news and information from the Chamber. Use the Tunein app available for your smartphone, or visit their website ( kshn.com) for schedules and more information.
Announcing the Grand Opening of the LES STEM Center and the Liberty ISD/Health Center of Southeast Texas School Based Health Clinic at Liberty Elementary School.

What: Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies.
When: 5:30 PM on Monday, September 9, 2019.
Where: Liberty Elementary School, 1002 Bowie St., Liberty TX.

Ribbon cutting #1 will be held at 5:30 at the clinic (located near the front office). Enter through the front of the building, using the door closest to the flagpole. Afterward, ribbon cutting #2 will be held at the new STEM center nearby.
U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Forum

September 14th, 2019
Time: 3:00—5:00PM CT
Location: Hardin-Jefferson High School Cafeteria
Address: 3155 Highway 326 S, Sour Lake, TX

Congressman Brian Babin and Randy Weber invite all interested 8-12th grade students, parents and educators to attend the upcoming Service Academy and ROTC Forum. Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will present information about the academy application process, attending a service academy and the role of an officer. The U.S. Service Academies are collegiate institutions which offer leadership programs dedicated to the academies, athleticism, military, and moral character. The Academies are some of the top colleges in the nation and prepare students for professional military careers.

• Full College Scholarship for four of the Five Service Academies
• Over 25 Academic Majors
• Top Public Schools in the Nation*
• Top 5 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs*
• Division I Varsity Sports
• Exciting Careers Post-Graduation
* as ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Representatives from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC will share information about their outstanding programs. The students will also have the opportunity to visit with staff from Congressman Babin’s and Congressman Weber’s office about the nominations process.
For more information:
Rachel Iglesias
Office of Congressman Brian Babin
409-331-8066 or Rachel.iglesias@mail.house.gov
A fond farewell to Stuart...
A retirement party for Trinity River Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus will be held on Saturday, October 26, 6 p.m. at Liberty Center, 1829 Sam Houston St., Liberty. Stuart is looking forward to seeing everyone! Please RSVP by Monday, October 14th to 936.336.9786.
 Thank you for your membership and support of the Chamber!

Rayburn's Roofing
Joe Rayburn (President)
794 County Road 308 | Cleveland
713.865.6014 (office) | 832.339.5922 (cell)

El Burrito Mexican Restaurant
Wendy Medina (General Manager)
2400 N. Main St. | Liberty

River Ranch Holdings, LLC
Eddie V. Gray (Manager)
707 Memorial Drive | Baytown
Real estate development company.
Chicken Express - Dayton has a "Back to School" special going on for $12.99 that includes 8PC dark (4 legs / 4 thighs), 6 rolls or biscuits and 1 family side. Dayton location only. 300 East Hwy. 90 - 936.391.5166.
9 - Monday
  • Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening - LES STEM Center and the Liberty ISD/Health Center of Southeast Texas School Based Health Clinic., 5:30 p.m. @ Liberty Elementary School, 1002 Bowie Street.
10 - Tuesday
  • Groundbreaking for River Ranch Development, 11a.m., 8327 Hwy. 146 South, 4.5 miles south of Dayton.
14 - Saturday
  • Harvest Market at Harvest Event Center, 9775 Hwy. 146 N., Liberty. See flyer below for details.
19 - Thursday
  • Coushatta Bus Trip to Kinder, Louisiana. For reservations contact Eliza Guidry at 936.402.0340.

(Events listed above are those occurring after the newsletter distribution date. Please visit our   online calendar   at libertydaytonchamber.com for additional events and updates added throughout the month).
  • First Liberty National Bank Customer Appreciation Day, 11 a.m - 1 p.m., October 5 at 1900 Sam Houston in Liberty.
  • Moth Night Out, 7:30 p.m., October 5 at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 601 FM 1011, Liberty.
  • Retirement party for Trinity River Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus - Saturday, October 26, 6 p.m. at Liberty Center, 1829 Sam Houston St., Liberty. Please RSVP by Monday, October 14th to 936.336.9786.
  • Trinity Valley Exposition Fair & Rodeo. See the schedule of all activities at tvefair.com.
  • Liberty Faux Real Trade Days, 321 FM 563 in Liberty. 936.391.8600. Many vendors on hand with crafts, clothing, food, antiques and much more. Held on the weekend following the third Monday each month (except October and December).
  • Liberty Street Rally (Cars, Coffee & More) on the square in Downtown Liberty. Meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month (weather permitting), 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. See classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and more.
  • Coffee with the Mayor. Held the third Thursday of each month (except for holidays or conflicting events). Citizens of Liberty are invited to have coffee with Mayor Carl Pickett and City Manager Tom Warner in the council chambers of City Hall. This is an opportunity to discuss ideas or projects or to voice any concerns citizens may wish to express. 936.336.3684.
Past issues of Chamber News can be accessed  here  on the Chamber website. Copies are kept online for a period of one year.

Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
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