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The Midland Chamber of Commerce is in business … for business. Our vision is to “Create the Best Business Climate on the Planet!” To achieve this vision, we provide resources for our members and the community designed to foster and promote business growth. Additionally, the Chamber manages the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Midland Visitors Center, and Midland Center & Centennial Plaza. All four entities work together under one umbrella to improve the economy and quality of life for our community.

The Chamber is a catalyst for making and cultivating connections and offers members a number of network development opportunities. Through various events like the Annual Meeting and joint mixers with our sister Chambers — the Midland Hispanic Chamber and the Odessa Chamber of Commerce — members can enrich and strengthen relationships that will enhance their business.

Our largest event, the Star-Spangled Salute, enhances the quality of place for our community. It is truly a patriotic celebration of epic proportions, and it highlights exactly why Midland is such a great place to live, work and play! The Chamber partners with both the City of Midland and Midland County, along with numerous businesses, to provide this communitywide event.

Leadership Midland, a training program offered by the Midland Chamber of Commerce, brings together people from all areas of the city for sharing, learning and participating. The highly selective process includes participants selected from various segments of business, professional, educational and civic organizations. Graduates of Leadership Midland are committed to serving within the community, fulfilling key leadership roles.

In addition to growing our community, we are dedicated to the individual success of our members. More than simply providing benefits … we offer solutions! Our Midland Chamber Electric Coalition (in partnership with Simply Smart Solutions) is designed to save members time, hassle and money! Through Consult-A-Doctor powered by Teladoc, Chamber members can reduce employee absenteeism and improve productivity … all at a special member price. Additionally, businesses must stay abreast of today’s rapidly changing technology, industry fluctuations and economic trends. To meet this need, the Chamber provides business development seminars and informational luncheons like the State of the Economy and the State of Education, designed to inform and engage our membership. Members can also expand their business knowledge through the Midland Chamber Learning Lab, a Web-based training resource provided free of charge to members and their employees.

Under the Chamber’s umbrella, the CVB and the Midland Visitors Center serve as a hub for tourism commerce in our city. The mission of the CVB is to encourage economic growth by developing, promoting, enhancing and supporting Midland as a vibrant visitor destination … and as a site for conferences, festivals, sports events, reunions and much more. During the first three quarters of the last fiscal year, the CVB worked with 95 groups, bringing over 125,000 visitors who spent nearly $20 MILLION in Midland’s hotels, restaurants, retail stores and more! For every $1 the CVB receives in funding, $20 (October 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015) comes back to the city in direct visitor spending. The CVB also manages the Sports and Entertainment Association of Midland (SEAM), an event-granting program funded through hotel-motel tax dollars. The mission of SEAM is to promote and increase sports and entertainment in Midland by bringing in and supporting quality athletic and entertainment events for the purpose of enhancing the economic impact and quality of life in Midland. From October 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015, the return on investment is $74 for every dollar SEAM received from hotel-motel tax dollars — that is a return of 7,400 percent back to the Midland economy!

The Midland Center & Centennial Plaza site has been home to various facilities that have served as Midland’s meeting place since 1888! The current facility is tentatively scheduled for a complete demolition, with new construction beginning in 2016. The plans for the new building include a 60 percent increase in exhibit space. With the expansion, Midland Center will be able to attract national conventions that were too large for the previous space — dramatically increasing the economic impact for the community. In conjunction with other downtown development projects, Centennial Plaza is also slated for a complete remodel. This will allow events to make use of both indoor and outdoor space.

Get Involved

The Midland Chamber of Commerce provides a variety of committees and programs for community involvement. Committees marked with “*” require Chamber membership for eligibility.

Education Committee*
The Education Committee is dedicated to developing a better-educated workforce. The Education Committee focuses on all levels of education, from pre-kindergarten to college to workforce training, working with educators and administrators to identify key areas and specific needs with which the business community can assist our local classrooms and campuses. The committee also produces the Excellence in Teaching and Unsung Hero Awards, which recognize educators and non-teaching staff from each participating campus in Midland County.

Governmental Affairs Committee*
It’s essential that the Chamber and its members not only stay informed about current legislative issues, but that they also have an effective means to make their voices heard. The Governmental Affairs Committee alerts the business community on federal, state and local governmental issues affecting business. They also develop and maintain relationships with key elected officials.

Leadership Midland Committee*
(Program participation is open to non-members; committee service requires membership)

Leadership Midland is a program started by the Midland Chamber of Commerce to develop community leaders. With over 1,000 graduates, the footprints of this program can be seen throughout Midland. Committee members work year-round to plan and develop program content. Committee service requires prior graduation from the program.

The two-year program introduces participants to the places and faces that give Midland its unique personality. Additionally, the program includes a second year focusing on topical leadership training and development. Committee eligibility requires graduation from the program in addition to membership in the Midland Chamber of Commerce.

Midland Center Advisory Board
The Midland Center Advisory Board is comprised of community volunteers who offer guidance on event facility trends. They help set policies for the facility and suggest improvements pertaining to services and equipment. Midland Center is managed by the Midland Chamber of Commerce but is a city-owned facility. As such, appointees must complete the City of Midland’s Boards/Commissions application process. The form can be located on the City’s website at www.MidlandTexas.gov.

Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) Advisory Board
The Advisory Board of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau is comprised of business leaders who have a passion for the visitor industry in Midland. This board is not a governing body, but advises the management of the CVB on matters related to tourism development. Board members are elected and those who are interested in serving can contact the Vice President of the Midland Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information.

Midland Visitors Center
As a vital part of the Convention & Visitors Bureau’s work, the Midland Visitors Center often serves as the first impression for visitors. Volunteers act as community docents — greeting guests, providing information on restaurants, shopping, accommodations, attractions and much more … not to mention distributing FREE ice cream!

M-Squad Ambassadors*
The M-Squad is a long-standing committee that is also one of the most active and visible groups of volunteers within the Chamber. The Ambassadors role is to help Chamber Members celebrate key milestones through ribbon cuttings, grand openings, dedications and various other events.

Sports & Entertainment Association of Midland (SEAM)
Advisory Board

SEAM advisory board members assess and award grant funds that will increase sports and entertainment offerings in Midland. In order to receive any SEAM grant funds, an event must:

• Enhance community pride and a positive image
• Create positive media exposure and visibility
• Generate a positive economic impact by stimulating business and commercial activity, and
• Improve and promote the tourism, convention and hotel industry

Star-Spangled Salute Committee*
Planning with precision — and with patriotic fun in mind — this committee helps plan the annual 4th of July celebration produced by the Chamber, in partnership with the City of Midland, Midland County, Live Downtown Midland and numerous business partners.

Young Professionals of Midland
Young Professionals of Midland (YPM), a program of the Chamber, was formed in 2006. YPM is dedicated to providing career-minded individuals with opportunities to develop socially, professionally and civically in the Permian Basin. YPM, as an organization, helps individuals transition to the Midland area, builds new relationships between longtime Midlanders and others, and increases networking opportunities and friendships between all young persons across the Permian Basin.

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