‘It will take all of us to further Rockdale’s success’

We had our Economic Summit last week and I was very encouraged with the turnout. We had entities represented from all over Rockdale and there was some good information provided by city manager Kelvin Knauf about the different responsibilities and impact that all of the groups have on promoting Rockdale. Seeing all of the information laid out only proved again that it will take us all to further Rockdale’s success.

Several suggestions came out of the meeting but some that we can start working on right now. First of all, this is a great place to live and we have to tell people that when they ask. I know there are improvements to be made but we have a great town. Let’s say it.

Second, we have to start some “Rockdale Pride” and start sprucing up our businesses, homes and our streets. Cleanliness is something that visitors notice first and we have to be aware of cleaning up. So let’s get busy—we all care about our town, let’s start acting like it.

We have our annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Patterson Center. Chamber members are invited to attend for a lunch of stew and cornbread and a look into the State of the Chamber.

This week Shelly and I have been out of the office for training for our new website. The website is not only beautiful but it will be very user friendly and have a lot of good information about Rockdale. The City of Rockdale website will also be on line shortly and that too, will help get out the word of what a good town we have.

Good things are coming and the web will help us get that word out. We’ll be announcing soon when it will be going online. I can’t wait.

Apache Pass has two big events coming up in April and I am excited. The first one is Silver Spurs Spring Jam on April 15-16. The Silver Spurs is a spirit organization established in 1937 with the purpose of taking care of and transporting the UT Longhorn mascot, better known as Bevo.

It is an event featuring live music all day and a BBQ cookoff and all of the proceeds from the event go towards the Neighborhood Longhorn Foundation. Bevo, himself, will be making an appearance. This will be a great event and open to the public. There will be vendor spaces available so if you’re interested in that call the Chamber.

The second event that Apache Pass is bringing back is the Nocturnalfest. The date on that is April 29 and it should be bigger and better than ever. When it came last year it brought many people to town and we are ready to open Milam County’s doors again to welcome the visitors.

We have great venues in the Rockdale area. This is one way to promote business and to promote our venues.

Until next time I leave you with this...Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.

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