The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Chamber Leadership Luncheon is a significant event for the local business community.
The luncheon provided an opportunity for members of the business community to come together. It served as a platform to reflect on the achievements and challenges of the past year while also looking ahead to the future goals of the community.
Liliana Elizondo, the Incoming Board Chairwoman, highlighted the importance of the event in honoring the chamber's board and bringing the community together. She emphasized the event's potential to convey the chamber's mission and provide valuable information to attendees.
Brownsville City Manager Helen Ramirez was the keynote speaker at the event. She discussed various projects that the City of Brownsville was involved in, including road improvements and the BTX Fiber Project. This project, a public-private partnership with BTX, aimed to provide affordable internet access throughout Brownsville, with a substantial investment of $90 million.
Ramirez stressed the importance of affordable fiber connectivity, especially for low-income families. She mentioned a federal program that could potentially provide free fiber connectivity to qualifying low-income households.
At the event, the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce presented Helen Ramirez with a plaque.
Attendees like Carmen Nordyke expressed their desire to learn more about the Chamber of Commerce's activities, projects, and the future direction of the Brownsville community. For them, attending the luncheon was a way to stay connected with the local community.
Heidi Kong, a chamber member attending the event for the first time, was interested in understanding the relationship between businesses and the chamber. She also wanted to learn about the challenges faced by the community and how they were collectively addressed as a community.