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.

1946-04-04 16:26:55

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

1954-09-06 23:28:18

U.S. Highway 75 (North Central Expressway) was built through Richardson.

1958-01-01 00:00:00

The New Teachers Luncheon began. The Chamber also sold license plates to residents in order to better serve the community.

1959-10-01 00:00:00

A four-color brochure was developed marketing Richardson as the "Electronics Center of the Southwest"

1961-01-20 03:34:43

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

1963-01-20 00:00:00

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

1964-02-14 09:48:20

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

1965-02-14 09:48:20

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

1968-10-01 00:00:00

A 50% Business and 50% Resident Tax Base Goal was set to stimulate business and industry growth.

1969-08-24 08:37:28

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

1969-11-01 00:00:00

The Chamber endorsed a $99.9 million County Road Bond.

1972-02-19 08:19:26

The Chamber urged the City Council to call an election to levy a 1% city sales tax.

1973-10-01 00:00:00

The Chamber endorsed Loop 9 to be located along the city boundary lines between Richardson and Plano. The Board also urged City Council to rescind an ordinance limiting office buildings to a maximum of two stories.

1973-10-28 05:17:07

The Board of Directors urged City Council to re-zone property for a new hospital along Campbell Road. Chamber also supported Richardson to become a member of the North Texas Municipal Water District.

1976-10-01 00:00:00

1976

First woman, Frances Powell, to become President of Chamber.

1976-10-01 00:00:00

1976

The Chamber endorsed the construction of Cooper Lake.

1977-04-17 03:00:12

1977

The Chamber recommends that Plano Rd., Arapaho Rd., Spring Valley Rd., Beltline Rd., and Walnut Street be included in County Bond Improvement Programs

1977-10-01 00:00:00

1977

Richardson Square Mall, with 739,000 square feet, and Richardson General Hospital open.

1977-11-01 00:00:00

1977

The City of Richardson, with the Chamber's recommendation, establishes the Hotel/Motel Tax.

1978-10-01 00:00:00

1978

Rockwell breaks ground at the Renner Road site.

1978-10-16 06:59:36

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.

1979-10-01 00:00:00

1979

A ten-story Palisades Central Building broke ground, and Fleetwood Square Shopping Center at Campbell Road and Central Expressway began construction.

1980-10-01 00:00:00

1980

Ambassador George H. Bush spoke to 1,200 attending a campaign rally at a high school in Richardson, and just days later, California Governor Ronald Reagan spoke to 1,400 attending a campaign rally at Richardson Square Mall.

1981-10-01 00:00:00

1981

The existing Chamber building was designed and a ground breaking was held in October on the Belle Grove Drive site.

1982-10-16 06:59:36

1982

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

1983-10-01 00:00:00

1983

Fujitsu Network Transmission Systems announced a 50,000 sq. ft. facility in Richardson, and the Business & Industry Appreciation Luncheon and Economic Development Partnership Program began. The New Chamber building was dedicated.

1983-10-16 06:59:36

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.

1984-10-01 00:00:00

1984

The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) opened its business assistance service at the Chamber. SCORE continues its service today.

1985-10-01 00:00:00

1985

Leadership Richardson began its first year, and Enterprise City, a project that continues to teach children about free enterprise, opened its doors at Canyon Creek Elementary School.

1986-10-01 00:00:00

1986

UTD's plans for an engineering and computer school were approved.

1987-12-23 15:25:28

1987

Richardson was certified by the State of Texas as a TEXCEL city for its economic development program.

1988-10-01 00:00:00

1988

The Richardson Convention and Visitors Bureau was established.

1988-10-16 06:59:36

1988

The Chamber created the "Telecom Corridor" name.

1989-10-16 06:59:36

Texas Instruments, Inc. announced plans to purchase 130 acres along Renner Road at Custer, MCI announced a new 40,000 sq. ft. facility, and Northern Telecom/BNR announced plans for its 1,000,000 sq. ft. campus in Richardson. The Telecom Corridor® received national attention when Richardson was named as one of the "Boom Towns of the 1990's" by the Wall Street Journal.

1991-01-04 05:00:59

The Chamber formed a task force to work behind the scenes to aid the construction of SH-190.

1992-10-25 06:59:36

The SH-190 at Central Expressway Interchange was approved by the Texas Department of Transportation. The Chamber was granted copyright for the Telecom Corridor name, which received national media attention in Business Week, Site Selection Magazine and Washington Technology Newspaper. Southwestern Bell announced the location of their system wide Network Operations Center in Richardson.

1993-10-01 00:00:00

The "Teaming Business To Win Trade Show" was created and won the Grand Award from the Texas Chamber of Commerce.

1994-10-01 00:00:00

The Telecom Corridor Technology Business Council (TBC) was created as a new division of the Chamber.

1995-10-16 06:59:36

81 Charter Members joined the Telecom Corridor Technology Business Council (TBC). EarlyNet, an early morning networking program that continues today, was established.

1996-10-16 06:59:36

Employment by the North Texas Council of Governments ranked the Telecom Corridor as the fastest growing and the 2nd largest job center in DFW. Samsung located their US Wireless Headquarters in Richardson.

1997-10-01 00:00:00

StarTech Early Venture incubator opened. The Chamber and TBC pushed for and received approval from the state for a tax incentive to corporations working on new technology.

1998-10-16 06:59:36

First Friday Business Impact Luncheon, which is now Signature Luncheon, was started.

1999-10-16 06:59:36

Great year for economic development with over 1.5 million sq.ft. of space leased and 12 new high tech announced. The Chamber and RISD developed the Technical Career Day program to introduce 375 high school juniors to technology. Galatyn Park developed with cooperation from the land owner, corporations, a hotel, DART, the City and the Texas Department of Transportation.

2000-10-16 06:59:36

28 major expansions and relocations to Richardson created over 10,500 new jobs. Cisco Systems announced plans for a major new 71 acre campus in the Telecom Corridor. Chamber membership reached a new record with 1,700 members, and Telecom Corridor is recognized as a technology center visited by delegations from 12 different countries.

2001-10-01 00:00:00

Business Basics 101 began as a training program for Chamber members. Nearly 3,000 new jobs were created in the Richardson workforce.

2002-10-16 06:59:36

The Charles W. Eisemann Performance Center and Galatyn Park Urban Center development, which included a 336 room hotel, are completed. DART light rail stations opened in Richardson and High Five construction began. The UTD School of Engineering completed construction, which included 152,000 sq. ft.

2003-06-30 00:00:00

"Project Emmitt", the $3 billion Texas Instruments, Inc. chip factory, was announced that it would be built in Richardson. Blue Cross Blue Shield relocated and leased 135,000 sq. ft.. Bombardier relocated its US corporate headquarters to Telecom Corridor, hiring 450 employees and leasing 86,426 sq. ft. Samsung also leased an additional 137,000 sq. ft. of space.

2004-10-01 00:00:00

2004

Countrywide Home Loans opened corporate offices in Telecom Corridor. Current President and CEO, Bill Sproull, was hired, and Richardson was voted #13 on the "Hottest Towns to Live In" by Money Magazine.

2005-10-16 06:59:36

Richardson voted #12 on the "Hottest Towns to Live in" by Money Magazine. Richardson Economic Development Partnership awarded the Dallas Business Journal's "Deal of the Century" for the Countrywide Home Loans move in 2004. 2005 Annual Banquet has largest attendance ever to hear keynote speaker, Ed Whitacre, President & CEO of AT&T.

2006-06-06 20:27:24

The Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) was awarded International Economic Development Council's Promotional Award in recognition of the creation of the "Telecom Corridor, a Tech-Based Economy" and the Metroplex Technology Business Council. The REDP was also presented the top Technology Based Economic Development Award for the cities with 50,000 to 200,000 residents by the International Economic Development Council. The Dallas Morning News further named the Telecom Corridor as the leader of North Texas office leasing for 2005. The Chamber launched its still-running Women in Leadership, and went on record in support of expanding air service with a daily, non-stop flight from DFW International Airport to Beijing, China.

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