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History

As growth exploded on the West bank of the Colorado River, businesses in West Lake Hills and Rollingwood needed an organization to address the issues and challenges facing their communities.

On June 29, 1995, over lunch at the Time Out for Burgers restaurant, members of the Eanes Business and Professional Association decided to form a new organization. Those 20 members voted to form the Westlake Chamber of Commerce, to be a platform where businesses could address issues of safety, crime, and economic growth, and most importantly to foster a sense of community and camaraderie.

On July 5, the first meeting of the then 50 volunteers was held to adopt by-laws and select the first set of officers. By the time the new chamber held its first fundraiser in October, its membership had grown to 110. Attended by local politicians and celebrities, this first Gala established the Westlake Chamber, not just as the voice of area businesses, but as the voice of the Westbank community.

The Chamber quickly addressed topics like: The construction of The Village at Westlake Shopping Center, the widening of Bee Cave Road and many other issues of the time. Ribbon cuttings and Businesses of the Month Awards promoted Westbank commerce, while monthly luncheons featured local police and fire chiefs, the school superintendent and government leaders as speakers.

Now, 20 years later, the Chamber continues to foster community and camaraderie, still holding monthly luncheons, an annual awards gala and community forums, but now also hosting monthly business builder lunches and breakfasts, ribbon cuttings, networking happy hours, a leadership academy, quarterly humanitarian efforts, annual golf tournaments, 4th of July parades and the Westlake Wonderfest.

All the while, still being the voice of concerned community members and businesses on the West bank of the Colorado River. Ready to lead the residents of West Lake Hills, Rollingwood and West Travis County, WE are proud members of The Westlake Chamber of Commerce.

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