August 23th, 2021
New Partners
Help us welcome our newest additions to the Rockwall Chamber Family:
Business Level
Entrepreneur Level
Programming
The Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce is happy to bring to you, the business owners and leaders of the cities surrounding Rockwall an opportunity to hear from your city leadership on the continued growth of the area. The Area Growth Summit is an extended lunch program showcasing leaders of the cities surrounding Rockwall.

As the voice of business in Rockwall County, we believe it is important that our business community stays informed on the trajectory of the cities they live and work. Come hear how your leaders are working to grow our community.

Scheduled to speak are:
City of Fate
Mayor David Billings
City Manager Michael Kovacs

City of Heath
President,Economic Development Corporation/Municipal Benefits Corporation David Lane

City of McLendon-Chisholm
Councilwoman/Mayor Pro Tem Lorna Kipput

Royse City
City Manager Carl Alsabrook
Royse City Community Development Corporation Executive Director Charles Houk
Join us for the Iron Clay Shoot Friday, September 24th at Texas Gun Ranch beginning at 11:00am!

This event brings out sharpshooters from all types of businesses to see who has the best shot in Rockwall! Not only will you enjoy a day of shooting clays but, you'll also have the opportunity to network with fellow shooters during Cigars & Cards. We will also have terrific raffles up for grabs!

Teams are going fast so be sure to secure your spot today! Sponsorships are available as well.
Affiliates
All of our Affiliate Groups are back in action! If you've been looking for smaller, niche groups of business leaders to grow your personal and professional circle, check out one of our affiliate groups. Click a logo to learn more!
Join the Rockwall Senior Services Alliance as we host our inaugural luncheon on September 8th at the Ebby Halliday Rockwall-Heath office. Gather with others in the senior care and senior focused industries as we build a community and hear a great presentation. 

If you're like most businesses, not a week goes by that you don't hear a criticism or complaint from someone either on your team or a customer. How you handle those encounters can make or break your interpersonal relationships with these people. 

For the group in September, we have Past Chair for the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce Katy Miller along with Amanda Evans who will present on how to handle criticism in the workplace, both from inside your organization as well as customers.

This informative presentation will leave you with actionable ways you can improve or grow how you handle criticism at work. 

Tickets for this luncheon are $20 Rockwall Senior Service Alliance Members and $35 for prospective members. 

Presenting Sponsorship is available at $300 and includes two tickets and an opportunity to speak. Contact Shaun@RockwallChamber.org if interested. 
The Young Professionals of Rockwall meets the first Thursday of each month. Anyone between the ages of 21 and 40(ish) are welcome to attend.
Don't miss the 5th Annual Rockwall YP Conference "Go For The Goal" taking place on November 4th at Fate City Hall. This year's content will focus on you and your goals. 
Speakers for this year's conference include:

Olympic & MLS Goalie/Coach & Local Business Owner Jeff Cassar
Melaney Loar, M. Ed. In Sports Administration & 2020 Sterling College Hall of Fame Inductee
and more!

Tickets are limited - get yours today. 

Thank you our early committed sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor | Milestone Home Services
Bronze Sponsor | Zeus Restoration
The Rockwall Veterans Business Alliance meets on the third Wednesday of each month. This group focuses supporting and bringing awareness to Veteran owned and operated businesses. All Veterans and Patriots in business are welcome to attend.
The Professional Women's Alliance meets monthly to build a community of women owned and lead businesses in the Rockwall area. See the PWA events calendar and schedule time to attend a Ladies Lunch Mob before the end of the year.
Ribbon Cuttings
Thank you to everyone who came out to support Mel's Services at her ribbon cutting held here in the Chamber Innovation Room last Thursday.
Ribbon Cuttings are added to our calendar continuously. Click here to bookmark our Ribbon Cutting Calendar so you don't miss the next one!
Around The Area
We were happy to host a messaging planning meeting for the upcoming I-30 expansion.

One things for sure, this project is going to effect business in every city in Rockwall County one way or another and how residents go about their daily lives.

All the cities and Chamber’s within Rockwall County are committed to providing you with the most correct, consistent and up to date information as possible throughout this entire project. Stay tuned for more from this group!
Since 2017, the Rockwall Job Fair has brought together over 400 job seekers and an average of 18 employers each year to fill hundreds of open positions in Rockwall. While this event has traditionally been hosted in-person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event went virtual. In 2021, we are moving back to our traditional in-person format. 
 
Job seekers can expect to meet with multiple HR representatives from a host of companies located throughout Rockwall County, with a variety of jobs to fill. Jobs are available in a multitude of fields including but not limited to: manufacturing, production, metal fabrication, office/administration, education, healthcare, and more. While there are positions available in many fields, and at all levels of experience, this job fair focuses heavily on skilled and unskilled laborers for manufacturing, production, and logistics companies. 
Applications Being Accepted for Rockwall Youth Advisory Council

The City of Rockwall is accepting applications for students who wish to be considered for the 2021-2022 Rockwall Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The purpose of the Rockwall YAC is to provide participation by local youth in municipal government and to teach students more about how local government works. The Rockwall Youth Advisory Council provides opportunities for positive community impact through organized participation in various city-sponsored activities and events. YAC students may also become involved in initiatives that benefit local youth. The City Council will fill up to four vacancies on the YAC for this school year. Applicants should be freshmen through seniors and should preferably reside within the city limits of Rockwall.

For more information about the program and to submit an application online, please visit www.rockwall.com/youthcouncil.asp At least one letter of recommendation is required, and applications should be submitted no later than Friday, August 27. Letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to kcole@rockwall.com. Interviews will be scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, September 2 with appointment selections being made by the Rockwall City Council at its Tuesday, September 7 meeting. Students who apply are asked to make themselves available after school on Thursday, September 2 for a brief (10 min.) interview at Rockwall City Hall. It should be noted that regular, monthly meetings of the YAC occur every first Thursday at 5:30 p.m. So please be sure that the applicant’s schedule will permit him or her to regularly attend these monthly meetings. Questions about the program may be directed to Kristy Cole, City Secretary, either by e-mail or by calling (972) 772-6406.
The U.S. Census Bureau released 2020 Census results showing an increase in the population of Fate! In 2010 the population was 6,357, in 2020 we grew to 17,958. Fate has grown by more than 1,000 new residents each year. Check out the results here: https://www.census.gov/.../table/fatecitytexas,US/PST045219

These statistics, provide the first look at populations for small areas and include information on Hispanic origin, race, age 18 and over, housing occupancy, and group quarters. They represent where people were living as of April 1, 2020, and are available for the nation, states, and communities.
Have You Signed Up for NOTIFY ME?

As a resident of Heath, it's an easy way to keep up with your City, including what's coming up on City Council agendas. Take one minute, and do it now! Just go to the front page of HeathTX.com, and scroll down to the registration box. You will also find an archive of the Monthly City Hall Update newsletter here.
Have you gotten the chance to review the Concepts and Highlights of the draft MC Comprehensive Plan?

Please head to www.planmctx.com to view the video presentation and/or take a look at the PDF! They are up for public review and comment so please do share your feedback, positive or constructive, on the comment form there as we head into drafting our full Comprehensive Plan document. The website also has more info available on it as well if you are interested in exploring the process completed thus far. Comment period for this phase ends on Sunday! Spread the word! Next phase will include the full draft Plan posted for public review.
Help disabled Veterans and others with mobile disabilities improve their physical and emotional independence by attending and sponsoring the inaugural Paws & Stars.

This fun, fresh and experiential event, hosted by Patriot Paws will help support their mission - providing trained services dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled Veterans.

Tickets and sponsorships are available. Contact Sarah Mathers or Marissa Pittman at 972-772-3282 for details.
Want your business to participate in this program? Contact Jocelyn@RockwallChamber.org
Thank you to the below businesses for sticking with us!
Business Level
Entrepreneur Level
Platinum
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Kevin Hadawi
Thank you to the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for committing to help lead our organization through 2021.
Chamber President/CEO
Darby Burkey Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce | Chair Brandon Morris Southwest Kia Rockwall | Chair-Elect Eva HummelATMOS Energy Corporation | Past Chair Katy Miller | Treasurer Jason Linscott Texas Health Hospital - Rockwall | Secretary Brady Z. Hill Brady Z. Hill Agency Farmers Insurance

Board of Directors 
Rick Bernas Republic Services | Donas Cole Baylor Scott & White - Lake Pointe | Shane Hollas Maaco of Rockwall | Lee Horn Guaranty Bank & Trust | Lesli Johnson Rest Haven Funeral Home & Memorial Park | Lorne Liechty | Liechty & McGinnis, Attorneys and Counselors | Christopher Lynch Rockwall County Elections | Ashlei Neill | Rockwall ISD Education Foundation, Inc. | Jeremy Neill American National Bank of Texas | Ben Northcutt All Care Comfort Solutions | Todd Rodgers Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront | Dr. Devin Smith - VCA Ridge Road Animal Hospital Sylvia Sotelo-Kidd Ebby Halliday | David Sweet Rockwall County | Kim Timpa The Timpa Law Office | Dr. John Villarreal Rockwall Independent School District