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Shop Small Saturday is November 30, 2019. It's a day when people that love to shop hit the stores more than any other day of the year. Shop Small is a movement that asks consumers to support small businesses, rather than huge corporations that don't need the money nearly as much.

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Holli (Conley) Fourniquet, Vice President of Marketing for Visit Tyler, was elected Board President of the Texas Forest Trail Region at the board meeting held earlier this month. Fourniquet will lead the board in helping East Texas heritage tourism and economic development partners attract a…

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Brenda Buck and Cheryl Estes hosted the September gathering of North East Texas Tourism Council (NETTC) members in downtown Winnsboro. Also in attendance were Mallori James/Marshall, Lisa Thompson/Texarkana, Niecy Baum/Pittsburg, Suzanne Cross/Henderson, Susan Travis/Tyler, Marsha Valdetero …

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The Longview Chamber of Commerce has been named Chamber of the Year by ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. ACCE is an Alexandria, Virginia-based membership association that represents over 9,000 professionals who work for and with more than 1,300 chambers of commerce aro…

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Planning and implementing events is a passion of mine that started as a child. My little brother and the other kids in my neighborhood were often the "crowd" for my productions of backyard carnivals, theatrical performances, bug clubs, and sing-a-longs. Early in my adult years I started my o…

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To solve regional talent gap issues, ways must be found to educate and upskill local adults. To this end, the Longview Chamber of Commerce has been selected to participate in The Graduate! Network's "Bridging The Talent Gap," an employer and employee engagement initiative supported with fund…

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The Board of Directors of the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) has named Daniel J. Decker as the Association’s new President & CEO and Executive Director of the Texas Commercial Airports Association. In his new roles, Dan will focus on advocacy, elevating education and networking…

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This month, Visit Tyler and Downtown Tyler joined efforts to launch two new websites that will

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The Tyler Innovation Pipeline recently received a statewide award for Best Public Improvement in the 2017 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) President’s Awards Program. Winners were announced during the Presidents Awards Gala in November, held in conjunction with the 2017 Texas Downtown Conference.

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To help the region’s nonprofits achieve their important work, the East Texas Center for Nonprofits offers the following training events.

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I've noticed lately that several of our tourism entities, venues, performers, and others are trying to use their Facebook pages (or other social media) to relay information to the media and general public and letting their websites become obsolete or not have one at all. While there is value…

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After 25 years of service, J. Bryan Lake, 62, is retiring from the organization that he founded, the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association (PWFAA). The organization has evolved and adapted to a unique environment behind the "Pine Curtain."  There are many things they can point to proudly that ha…

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A recently signed joint resolution between the policy boards of the Ark-Tex, East Texas and Deep East Texas Rural Planning Organizations represents the first formal cooperative action of the 35-county East Texas Coalition.

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One of the challenges communities face in promoting tourism is empty buildings. When people come to town and see those it leaves a negative image in their minds. I recently read a few articles by Becky McCray at smallbizsurvival.com that got me excited about the possibilities of how a commun…

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The City of Tyler partners with local historic preservation organizations to provide educational opportunities related to historic preservation during this three-day event March 26-28. Thursday events include presentations by Diane E. Williams on historic resource surveys and Beverly Abell o…