The announcement of a new industry for Commerce, the KLZ Stone Group, will be a great economic boost to the area, Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says. The company will build a 57,000-square foot facility in the city's industrial park on State Hwy. 11 east of town, and will eventually employ about 50 people.
Commerce Community Cares is well into its 2016 campaign. Dick Latson, one of the leaders of the organization, says more than $20,000 has been raised toward the goal of $27,500. One of the 14 organizations that receive funding from Commerce Community Cares is the CHAOS Kids, a summer program organized by the Commerce Police Department for teenagers. Dick Latson and Commerce Police officers Jason Rector and Alex Suarez are the guests on the Blacklands Cafe.
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says new members have joined the Chamber Board of Directors, and Velvete Womack has been elected the new chamber president. Paul says the Chamber's website received 20,000 hits over the holidays, many from businesses around the country looking to relocate to Northeast Texas. The website now features 174 photos from last fall's Bois D'Arc Bash, and photos from future events will also be made available. The chamber's annual banquet is set for Thursday, March 3.
Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says, after many delays, the chamber is ready to install three LED message signs at strategic locations around the city. The chamber raised more than $80,000 for the signs, which Voss says will help to keep citizens of Commerce much better informed about emergencies and regular events taking place in the city.