Richardson Chamber of Commerce History

With more than 900 member organizations, the Richardson Chamber of Commerce continues the goal of its founding fathers to serve as the cornerstone of economic and community development for the city of Richardson.

The official charter for the Richardson Chamber of Commerce was granted by the State of Texas on April 4, 1946.

Chamber leadership played a role in organizing the Richardson Symphony Orchestra.

The first Chamber building began construction on Main Street. Most of the materials were generously donated by Chamber members.

Ground breaking for the Graduate Research Center of the SW, later became UTD.

Chamber voted to support a propose Junior College Distrct for Dallas County.

Chamber officials traveled to Austin to support the creation of the University of Texas at Dallas.

1978

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas expands 320,000 square feet in Richardson. The Chamber also raises $40,000 to fund a Free Enterprise Curriculum for RISD.

1982

Chamber members appeared before the Highway Commission in Austin to support the expansion of the Central Expressway

1983

The Board of Directors voted to support DART and the one-cent sales tax to fund DART. In addition, a resolution was submitted before the Highway Commission to urge action on SH-190.

1988

The Chamber created the "Telecom Corridor" name.

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