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  • 27 Jul 2012 8:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In September Texas Monthly will be hosting their 3rd Annual BBQ Festival. Participating this year will be our City Meat Market!

    The City Meat Market owned by Gerald Birkelbach, is listed among Texas Monthly's top 50.

    DATE/TIME

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

    12 p.m. – 5 p.m.: VIP admission
    1 p.m. – 5 p.m.: General admission

     

    PLACE

    The City Terrace at the Long Center

    Overlooking beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin. 701 W. Riverside Drive (at the corner of S. 1st Street) Austin, Texas


  • 27 Jul 2012 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Continued activity in the oil and gas industry made the state’s mining and logging industry first in job creation in June, according to the Real Estate Center's Monthly Review of the Texas Economy.

    The leisure and hospitality industry and the other services industry ranked second and third.

    Odessa ranked first in job creation followed by Laredo, Texarkana, Corpus Christi and San Angelo.

    The Texas economy gained 231,000 nonagricultural jobs from June 2011 to June 2012, an annual growth rate of 2.2 percent compared with 1.3 percent for the United States. The state’s private sector added 281,800 jobs, an annual growth rate of 3.2 percent compared with 1.8 percent for the nation’s private sector.

    Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 7 percent from 8.1 percent. The nation’s rate decreased from 9.1 to 8.2 percent.

    All Texas industries except the information industry had more jobs, but the state’s government sector continues to lose jobs.

    All Texas metro areas except College Station-Bryan, Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Abilene and Wichita Falls had more jobs.

    The complete economic review, written by Dr. Ali Anari and Dr. Mark Dotzour, is available on the Center's website.

  • 13 Jul 2012 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rural Capital Area’s Top Three Fastest Growing Counties of 2011 Were Lee, Caldwell, and Williamson

    Data was recently released for the full year of 2011, giving us our first look at year-over-year growth rate comparisons.  Lee County grew the fastest of all counties in the Rural Capital Area, 11.8%.  Growth was driven by over 400 new jobs at local civil engineering firms, likely in shale development.  Caldwell County grew 7.4% in 2011, led by a strong rebound in its manufacturing sector.  Williamson County grew 6.6% undefined third place – but created the vast majority of new jobs in the region, nearly 8,000.


    The Top 3 Fastest Growing Major Industries of 2011 in the Rural Capital Area May Surprise You: Manufacturing, Health Care & Private Education, and Leisure & Hospitality

    Manufacturing employment grew 11% in 2011, led by growth in computer equipment, electronic instruments, fabricated metals, stone products, machine shops, and wood products. Health Care & Private Education grew nearly 8% in 2011, led by a large increase in doctors offices (not hospitals), home health care, and nursing care.  Private educational schools (K-12 charter and technical schools) grew a surprising 25%.  Leisure and Hospitality grew quickly – nearly 7%, primarily due to the expansion of restaurants.

    The Wholesale Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry also posted large gains – a 12% increase, but upon further analysis, we discovered that 5,000 new jobs were posted in computer wholesaling in Williamson County that were accompanied by a similar decline in Travis County.  This is most likely due to a reclassification (transfer) of workers at Dell from one office in Austin to the Round Rock office – not an actual increase in employment (a rare statistical aberration).

    It was also interesting to see that Government employment shrunk 2% in the Rural Capital Area, a rate similar to the US decline despite the region growing faster than the US.

  • 03 Jul 2012 3:22 PM | Deleted user

    Thank you to our sponsors and friends that have agreed to come out on Sunday afternoon to help! July 8th, at 5pm on the Depot Dock we will serve 100 students and faculty of Institute at Festival Hill.

    Sponsors –
    City Meat Market – BBQ & sauce
    Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative - Water

    Friends –
    Carol Bennett - banana pudding
    Gina Reat - potato salad
    Lauren Cook - onions
    Kelita Alberts – pickles
    Denice Harlan – tea
    Joyce Bise – peach cobblers
    Pratik Bhakta - cups, plates, napkins
    JD Fain - ice
    Joe Franks - beans

    Still need some noodles, bread, desserts

    Hope you will consider coming out to meet the students and founder James Dick, of Festival Hill.

  • 28 Jun 2012 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Local Chambers from across the state of Texas convened Monday night June 25, 2012 for the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) Annual Excellence Awards. Our Giddings Chamber came away with three awards that night.

    Giddings took third place in each of the following categories:

    Outstanding Chamber Brochure
    Outstanding Directory or Magazine
    Excellence in Social Media Marketing


    The overall competition had more than 200 entries from which the best were judged by panels of experts. We are honored and thrilled to have been recognized at this event!
  • 28 Jun 2012 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Greetings,

    The great quote was from one of the awesome speakers we met at our annual Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Conference this week.  We were so excited and re-energized by the whole event that we wanted to share the love with you, our members!

    Kelita and I met Chamber execs from all over the great State of Texas.  One of the things that really struck me is that all these people are HAPPY!  Chamber people are happy people. They love their jobs, their communities and how their lives impact those of the members.  Over and over the message we heard was that “Impossible is Nothing”, and in the Chamber business that is usually done on a daily basis.  We love to help our members find solutions to their problems.  We try to know everything and stay abreast of the latest news, but we need your help.  Send us your event listings, let us know about your events and remind us about your events.  We want to spread the word every chance we get. 

    We hope you have a great week.  Just a few reminders about the upcoming events that are happening in the area.  We hope you to see you in the neighborhood!

     

    “Any time you exceed a customer’s expectations, you both win.”

    ~ Glenn Shepard

    Friday & Saturday, June 29-30 – Keeping America in Stitches Quilt Show from 9am to 5pm for $5 for a two days. It will be held at the Giddings High School Cafetorium. Free Parking available.  Lots of vendors with cool stuff!

     

    Saturday,  June 30, 2012

    St. John Lutheran Church

    Will sell Beef, Pork, and Chicken by the pound

    Ready at 9 AM at Walch Store

    Also available Potato Salad, Beans, Sauce And Bake Sale

    All proceeds to benefit the School Assistance Fund

     

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    GVFD Celebration at Firemen’s Park – New Auction Time at 4PM!  See the attached flyer for all the details.

  • 08 Jun 2012 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings,

    We are pleased to bring you information about the upcoming parade.

    Join the Lee County Juneteenth Association as they celebrate Juneteenth next Saturday with at Parade around Veteran’s Park. Get your float, trucks & trailers ready!

    June 16th at 10am.  Judging is at 9am. We have attached the applications, route and letter for your benefit.  Please share with all your staff and employees. 

  • 08 Jun 2012 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings,

    We want to cheer on the Relay for Life Teams that will take the field on Friday for the fight against cancer!  We are so proud of our community and their never ending efforts to stop cancer in its tracks!  Join the teams at 7PM for the Survivor Walk.  You will be touched.

    On another note we have a couple of really exciting things coming up!  The AAU Track meet is coming into town next Friday and Saturday! BE PREPARED to be BUSY!  You will have a lot of customers sometime during the day.  Traffic will increase substantially also. So be patient.  Smile and let everyone see our HOMETOWN HOSPITALITY!

    This weekend there is going to be a lot of traffic coming through Giddings because of the ROT Rally in Austin.  Be patient. 

    This weekend is also Auction weekend at Mayer Auctioneering!  Check out all the cool stuff.

    MAYER AUCTIONEERING

    FARM, RANCH AND CONSTRUCTION AUCTION

    SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH 2012 AT 10:00 AM 

     

    THIS IS JUST A PRELIMINARY REMINDER FOR OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED AUCTION FOR THIS SATURDAY JUNE 9TH. OUR REGULAR NEWSLETTER WILL BE E-MAILED LATER TODAY WITH MORE DETAILS FOR THIS AUCTION.

     

    WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS THROUGH FRIDAY UNTIL 6:00 PM FOR THE AUCTION.

     

    WE WILL BE FEATURING ITEMS FROM THE CITY OF BASTROP, THE COLO VISTA GOLF COURSE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, AND 2 ESTATES.

     

    ITEMS FROM THE GOLF COURSE AND THE ESTATES WILL BE SELLING ABSOLUTE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.  

     

    FOR A PARTIAL LIST OF ITEMS AND PICTURES ALREADY CONSIGNED PLEASE GO TO www.mayerauction.com  AND FOR ITEMS THUS FAR RECEIVED TO BE OFFERED FOR LIVE INTERNET BIDDING, PLEASE GO TO www.proxibid.com/mayer

     

    SHOULD YOU HAVE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS AUCTION PLEASE CALL RUDY AT 979-716-3148 OR DEB AT 979-212-1515.

     

    ONCE AGAIN PLEASE LOOK FOR OUR FINAL NEWSLETTER SOMETIME LATER TODAY.

     

     

    SINCERELY, 

    RUDY AND DEB MAYER

    MAYER AUCTIONEERING

    RUDY A MAYER, AUCTIONEER TXS12271

     

     

     


    Friday and Saturday the Giddings Food Pantry will be open to serve our community.  Check in is at 8AM at 191 North Harris. 

    And, registration is still open at Lee County Youth Center, 1010 E. Industry.  Students 4-8grade are welcome to come from 1-5PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to enjoy fun, fellowship and activities that will enrich the mind, body and spirit.  Call the Center for more information – 542-4200.  The fee is $10 per child for the Summer Program!

    The Giddings Independent School District is also serving lunch daily at the Giddings Elementary from 11:30 to 12:30 each day. All School Age Children are welcome!

    We hope you have a great weekend. 

  • 08 Jun 2012 8:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You hear a lot that Texas is the economic leader.  So how do we really compare?  Here are the latest numbers, and they are impressive, especially the fact that Texas accounts for almost nine percent of the nation's economy. 

    Bill Hammond
    President & CEO
    Texas Association of Business

    Texas Is the Future

    By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

    Some interesting tidbits about the economic health of the 50 states, from the government’s annual estimate of growth by state, released Tuesday:

    Six state economies shrank last year.

    While the nation’s gross domestic product grew by 1.7 percent in 2011, economic output shrank in five states: Wyoming, down 1.2 percent; Alabama, down 0.8 percent; Mississippi, also down 0.8 percent; Maine, down 0.4 percent; New Jersey, down 0.5 percent; and Hawaii, down 0.2 percent.

    Only one of those states, Wyoming, also declined in 2010.

    Manufacturing is the past future.

    Increased production of durable goods was the largest contributor to growth in 26 states. Oregon benefited most. The state’s economy expanded by 4.7 percent last year undefined and more than 80 percent of the growth came from manufacturing.

    In Michigan, manufacturing accounted for half of the 2.3 percent expansion.

    Resource extraction is the future.

    Excepting Oregon, fuel states posted the strongest growth. North Dakota’s economy expanded by 7.6 percent; West Virginia’s, 4.5 percent; Alaska’s, 2.5 percent.

    Or maybe Texas is the future.

    The Texas economy grew 3.3 percent in 2011, and the growth was broad-based. Not just oil, not just manufacturing. Texas now accounts for 8.7 percent of the nation’s economy, up from 7.4 percent a decade ago.
  • 05 Jun 2012 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings,

    We want see you out in the neighborhood this week so check out the calendar of events that is full to the brim with exciting activities for you to see and do!

    • •·       Monday – June 4th, the Lee County Youth Center will cut the Ribbon and host a Grand Opening for their Summer Youth Program.  It starts on Tuesday, June 5th and will be held on Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday each week until Aug 2nd.  This program is for all 4-8th grade(completed) and is only $10.  Registration tonight at the Ribbon Cutting! Call the center today for information.
    • •·       Monday – June 4th is also Country Music Monday-Lone Star Opry night at the Giddings High School Cafetorium at 7:30pm. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Giddings. Tickets are $5, assisted parking and food available. Two new guest performers Briana Adams, a music major and voice teacher and Jake Kellen from Lee County now based in Austin. He has more than 500 shows to his records and great acclaim as a Country Music Artist. Added to these are Ken Brothers and the regular Country Music Band.
    • •·       Wednesday – June 6th, Giddings New Horizons Club meets at noon at Giddings Downtown Restaurant.
    • •·       Thursday – June 7th, Rotary Club of Giddings meets at Los Patrones Mexican Grill at noon
    • •·       Friday – June 8th, Relay for Life of Lee County will be held at Buffalo Stadium.  The Survivor Walk starts at 6PM and there will be festivities throughout the evening and night.  Ends at 8AM on Saturday, June 9th.

    •o   June 9 @7:30 pm Opening Orchestra Concert (Festival Concert Hall) Claude Debussy “Nocturnes” (Nuages & Fêtes) Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43 Claude Debussy “Images” (Gigues, Iberia, Rondes de Printemps) Texas Festival Orchestra Pascal Verrot, conductor James Dick, piano

    • •·       Monday – June 11th, Giddings Economic Development Corporation meets at the Giddings Municipal Building at noon in the Council Chambers.
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    • •·       Tuesday – June 12th, Constant Contact Workshop at the Giddings Public Library Community Room from 9:30AM to 2:30PM. The workshop is free, but call to reserve lunch for $8.  We will have Reba’s Catering.  Everything you ever wanted to know about Constant Contact!  Using Constant Contact to connect to customers. Register for the workshop at this address - http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5yyfoob7e1047d3&llr=dbevbseab  

    •·        The Power of Email Marketing for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Professionals: Learn how to build relationships that are the key to success of your business with easy, inexpensive and highly effective email marketing. We will explore the basics of what email marketing is, why it works so well, how easily integrates with social networking sites, and how to use it in your business planning and marketing strategy to achieve special goals. 

    •·        Social Media Marketing Made Simple: Learn how to turn social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter into powerful business tools. In this introductory session, we cover strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities.

    •·        Getting Started with Constant Contact: Learn how to start using this easy and user friendly application and get started with your first email marketing campaign. In this session you will have the opportunity to learn how to open an account, how to start growing up your contact list and how to build your first newsletter or email.

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    • •·       Thurs. Fri. Sat., June 14-16th: Lee County Express Track Club will play host to the 2012 Summer AAU Track Meet at Buffalo Stadium. 2500 tracksters, coaches, parents and extended families will be here all weekend to compete in these games. Contact Tony Francis for more info.

     

    And remember, the Texas 10 Pin Tournament is still going on all month at Leesure Lanes in Giddings.

    Lots of great information for you to share!  Let us know if you have something to tell our community about today!


Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce                               Phone: (979) 542-3455
Mailing address: PO Box 52, Giddings TX 78942      

Temporary physical location: H&R Block office, 761 E. Austin (Hwy 290), Giddings TX 78942

Chamber email:  chambergiddings@gmail.com            Tourism email:   giddingschamber@gmail.com

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