50 years of History and Involvement

The Launch Pad to a Brighter Future for Our Community

By Mike Furin

As we reflect on the past 50 years of the Clear Lake Area there are so many great memories and accomplishments to be thankful for. Many of which have shaped our community, the Bay Area region where we all live and work.

Our history is an important part of who we are, like the beginning of the Johnson Space Center or the NASA Bypass to the regional development of the Bay Area Houston with all its diverse cities and unique destinations. We have so much right here in our own backyards. We have the best schools, some of the best healthcare, great hotels, restaurants, shopping, fantastic outdoor sports, water and leisure activities and so much more.

And thanks to so many great individuals and organizations who dedicated their time, talents and vision over the years, we will continue to enjoy a vibrant community into the future.

Like some of you, I didn’t grow up here or attend school in the Clear Creek Independent School District, but I got here as quick as I could, thus my family and I have called the Clear Lake Area our home for more than 20 years. One of the first things I did after settling into my position at Buddy & Wanda’s/My Flooring America was to get involved in the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

This was one of the best decisions of my life. Since then I have participated in so many facets of the chamber and our community. I have been blessed to get to know so many the 50 Faces being honored during our 50th Anniversary year, not to mention so many more fantastic citizens of our community that have helped shape all that we are today. History is very important but vision is imperative and with the best of both the 100th Anniversary will be incredible.

The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is central to the foundation of so much within our community. Our organization continues to hold itself accountable to the mission of “business growth, educational excellence and community connections” to enhance the quality of life in the Clear Lake Bay Area Houston. We continue to evolve and become the total resource hub for businesses and individuals in our community. With more than 1,000 members, growing the goal is always for the chamber to have a regional impact, with top of mind awareness, as the place to get connected.

Whether it is within the chamber with one of its many faceted divisions/committees or for the chamber to point you in the right direction to one of the various other great organizations/affiliations within our community, many of which got their start at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

As we embark on the next 50 years, will you be one of the many faces that help shape our community and our future or will you be one of the faces in the crowd? We have the foundation of success. We just need to be involved in building the future.

As Americans, as Texans and as citizens of the Clear Lake Bay Area Houston, we have an obligation to future generations to leave a legacy greater than we already have. Will you join with me and with the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to be involved in some way and make a commitment to participate in building a brighter future?

My chamber, my community, our future, this is a real value and you are the key.  Stay in touch and let’s all shape the future together. For more information go to www.clearlakearea.com

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