With so much of Denton's improved property exempt from ad valorem taxes, the revenue from local sales tax collections is vital to providing essential municipal services.
I've never understood why some folks would rather help fund police and fire protection, pave the streets and maintain soccer fields for nearby cities, which is what we do when we don't shop in Denton. The sales tax assessment in area cities may or not be the same amount, and could be helping fund efforts to promote competing economic development initiatives.
As we approach the traditional holiday shopping season, I urge Denton citizens to support local merchants. Avoid traffic congestion and the resulting air pollution. Most important, pay the salaries of our own ambulance technicians.
What's coming up for the chamber
Jeff Moseley, former Denton County judge and head of the Governor's Office of Economic Development & Tourism, will be the featured speaker during the Denton Chamber of Commerce's membership luncheon Friday, Dec. 8 at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denton.
Moseley is now the chief executive officer of the Texas Association of Business, which is based in Austin. TAB is structurally similar to a local chamber but primarily functions as an advocate of state-level business issues.
He has headed the Greater Houston Partnership, a combined chamber of commerce and economic development organization, and served on the Texas Department of Transportation Commission.
Medical City Denton will serve as the sponsor. Members will receive a brief update on current and future chamber initiatives, economic development projects and progress on the convention center.
Preparing for the future of the chamber
A Leadership Denton graduation project from 2010 noted that the average age in Denton tends to be much younger, primarily as a result of its two universities. Conducting business transactions also has expanded beyond traditional brick-and-mortar establishments.
Innovative production and purchasing procedures, combined with the continued specialization of area creative groups, have resulted in competition in the form of increased trade associations.
Subsequently, a major goal in our five-year strategic plan is to identify needs and issues of the next generation of potential chamber members. One of the main focuses of the next six months will be to determine how to keep the Denton chamber relevant to its existing members while developing a structure that is attractive to and viable for future professionals.
CHUCK CARPENTER is president of the Denton Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at email@example.com.