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Abilene’s Three-Legged Stool

One of the unique characteristics of Abilene that is most-often mentioned when I encounter my peers across the state is the fact that our community’s economic development effort is grounded in a public-private partnership (P3). In my years of doing economic and community development across the country, I can tell you that P3s are easier

Abilene Industrial Foundation to Host Inaugural West Texas Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

April 14, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Doug Peters, President & CEO 325-677-7241 doug@abilenechamber.com Laurin Kocurek, Vice President Operations & Communications 325-677-7241 laurin@abilenechamber.com   Abilene Industrial Foundation to Host Inaugural West Texas Entrepreneurship Bootcamp The Abilene Industrial Foundation (AIF), the longstanding economic development arm of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, is pleased

HEB Quest for Texas Best

Your product could be on HEB shelves and you could win $25,000! Each year HEB goes on a quest, traveling across the Lone Star State in search of the best Texas-made products to be on their shelves. The submission window is Feb. 24 – April 7 at 5:00 pm. INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS March 2, 2021 –

National Texas Day - Why Abilene for business?

You have all heard the saying that “everything is bigger in Texas”, but what actually makes everything in Texas better? According to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives,Texas was ranked the number one state for business. Texas proves to be worthy, noting this is the eighth consecutive time to be named the best since

AIF Staff Completes Key Training

Your Industrial Foundation team continues to expand their learning for the benefit of the business community. Just last week Brent Schroeder completed training under the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Real Estate Development and Reuse. This is part of certified courses provided by IEDC. Brent Schroeder and Helen Usera also have also completed the Texas

ABILENE AT WORK: Tigé Boats, Peter Bosma is helping protect his coworkers — and his community.

At Tigé Boats, Peter Bosma is helping protect his coworkers — and his community. When COVID-19 caused an economic shutdown in Texas, Peter Bosma’s job changed. Suddenly, he and his team weren’t making boats — they were making people safer. “Charlie Pigeon, the owner of the company, called everybody into his office and said, ‘We’ve

An Enhanced Pathway Forward

Did you know that the Abilene Industrial Foundation (AIF), a key contributor to the Chamber’s mission, has served our community since 1956? That is 64 years and counting. Over the course of time, the effort of the AIF has been adjusted to meet the changing, competitive landscape of industry retention and attraction. Last week, I