Pfluggerville Chamber of Commerce
Thirty Years of the Chamber...

The Chamber celebrated our 30th Anniversary in 2015!  Click here for a "Then and Now" presentation we had at our 30th Anniversary Gala.  The presenters were Past Chairs of our Board of Directors.  

The first twenty years of Chamber development (and fun) have been condensed into the timeline below.

Check out how far we've come, and take a lookat our networking and other events to see what we're up to now!

1985

Mike Grimes hosted first organizational meetings at the Park Place building owned by LW Parker

Filed for incorporation on October 2, 1985 and started with 36 Charter Members with much support from Buddy Priesmeyer

 

1986

Loren Kohl hired as full-time Executive Director and first Chamber Office opens up in donated space in the Priesmeyer building at 15300B FM 1825

Sponsored a Haunted House & Breakfast with Santa

 

1987

Chamber Office moved to 301 W Pecan Street (currently Pflugerville Country Gift Gallery)

Formed an Economic Development Committee with the City of Pflugerville & produced a Business Recruitment Video

Hosted Easter Egg Hunt in Pfluger Park

Published first Greater Pflugerville street index Map

Conducted a Membership Drive Telethon

Started “Get That Pflugerville Pfeeling” Marketing Campaign

 

1988

Angela Barnes hired part-time as Chamber Office Representative and moved into new offices at 100 E Main Street (currently City Hall)

ACC Trustee & County Commission Bruce Todd speak at Chamber Breakfast meetings

Conducted Market Study of Pflugerville market with Texas A&M

THE CHAMBER Logo Developed

Launches “Forward Pflugerville” campaign to promote current Pflugerville businesses and attract new industries

Started Street Dances on Main Street and continued through 1994

Started The Great Pumpkin Pflyer Bicycle Tour (turned over to COP Parks & Recreation in 1993 which continued until 1997)

Started Ambassador Program which continues today

Worked with Community to start a Pflugerville Historical Society (now called Heritage House Partners)

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for FM1825 Widening, Miller’s Hamburgers, Movies 12, Paperbacks Etc, Union Modern Mortgage & Wells Branch Children’s Center

Groundbreaking for Applegate Tool Company (which is now EVS Metal)

 

1989

Co-Sponsored Keep Pflugerville Campaign (Pflugerville Beautification Committee now sponsors)

Launched “Pfirst Pfriday in Pflugerville” Bingo in Pfluger Hall (Circle of Pfriends now sponsors)

Manager of Manor Downs spoke at Banquet

Sponsored  Business, Merchants & Health Pfair & Miss Pflugerville Teen USA pageant

Started “Citizen of the Year” Awards

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for Allstate Insurance, Beckstein’s Ceramics, Pfiesta’s Mexican Food, The Jewelry Place, Prime Cuts & Curls, Smitty’s Old Fashion Hamburgers, Stonewall Gallery & Ye Olde Pfashion Cafe 

 

1990

Ran ads in Austin Business Journal that read “You Haven’t Seen Austin Until You’ve Seen Pflugerville”

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for Fast Lube, Gaddy’s Hardware & Feed, Hanover’s Cash & Carry, Mama Jack’s, The Pflugerville Pharmacy, Three Points Auto, Windermere Center

Groundbreaking for Pflugerville Care Center

 

1991

Celebrated opening of new Parks System

Started Street Dances on Main Street

Produced a Business Discount Coupon Book

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for El Rincon, English Properties, Pecan Street Café, Pizza Hut, Subway, Texas Black Belt Karate & Wells Branch Vision Care

 

1992

US Congressman “Jake” Pickles spoke at Chamber Banquet

Sponsored booth at the Austin Home Products Expo

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for Duncan & Duncan Motors, Jim’s Food Mart, Norman Johnson’s Trading Post, Pflugerville Pest Control, Plantation Homes & Wilshire Homes

 

1993

Amy Durbin was hired as part-time Executive Director

Co-sponsored & hosted a Press Tour of “Pfacelift Pflugerville”

Started The Best Little Auction in Texas Fund Raiser with the support of Jack & Winnie Mae Murchison and Leonard Dearing & his BBQ Buddies

Started Member-To-Member Discount Program (now called Investor to Investor - I2I)

 

1994

Launched Christmas on Main Street (Knights of Columbus now sponsors)

Started Scholarship Program

Purchased the current Chamber Office building at 101 S Third Street in downtown Pflugerville (previously City Hall)

The City of Pflugerville contracts THE CHAMBER to provide promotional services for the Parks System.

 

1995

Patricia Gervan-Brown was hired as part-time Executive Director

Developed current Mission Statement

Started “C/CC’s”, Candidates Forum & Evening Unwinders

Sponsored Deutschen Pfest Friday Night Street Dance with Terry McBride & the Ride, Leadership Pfirst   & Main Street Market

Started Halloween on Main Street which continues today

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for The Old Prague Market, Purcell Tire & Rubber

 

1996

Executive Director position is upgraded to full-time

Completely renovated the interior & moved into the Chamber Office building at 101 S Third Street

Developed & posted the first Community Website:  www.the Chamber.pflugerville.tx.us

Served on the Heritage Park Development Committee

Started a Job Bank

The City of Pflugerville contracts THE CHAMBER to serve as their Economic Development Agent 

 

1997

Donkey Basketball – THE CHAMBER vs. PPD Association

Celebrated Charlie’s Steak House 25th Anniversary

Hosted a Welcome Reception for President of Samsung

Served on Travis County’s Citizens Bond Committee

Sponsored Jarrell Tornado Relief Effort

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for Bealls Department Store, Circle of Friends, Cook’s Sure Shot Gun

Range, Cook-Walden/Capital Parks, McDonald’s & Pflugerville Post Office

Groundbreakings for Austin Foam & Plastics, Heritage Park, Pecan Square Phase II & Pflugerville Orthodontics

 

1998

Co-Sponsored Holidays at Heritage Park with the Circle of Pfriends (COP Parks & Recreation now sponsors)

Launched Easter Festival (COP Parks & Recreation now sponsors)

Participated in Economic Development Marketing trip

Board change ED Title to President & CEO and President’s to Chair

Renovated Exterior of Chamber Office

Served on the Northeast Metro Park Stakeholders

Started New Member Orientations which continues today

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for Arcon Healthcare, James Burk Family Dentistry, Domino’s Pizza, First Texas Bank, Heatherwilde Assisted Living, Pflugerville Vision Care, The Plantation House, Taco Cabana & Wells Branch Family Dental

Groundbreakings for COP Recreation Center, Pflugerville Community Library, Quality Suites

 

1999

Ended “The Best Little Auction in Texas” is Coming Up Roses as a fundraiser for PHS Band’s trip to the Tournament of Roses Parade.  Presented Panther Band with a check for over $6K

Launched the Welcome to Pflugerville Program (PfCONA now sponsors)

Hosted Welcome Reception for new PISD Superintendent

Sponsored “Choices” Program in PISD

Started EXPO-Where Community Services, Merchants & Families Meet!

Co-Sponsored Pflugerville Community Library Grand Opening Gala

Supported the City of Pflugerville’s efforts to vote out of Capital Metro and vote in an Economic Development tax

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for Brenda Gentry DDS, Heatherwilde Boulevard, Quality Suites, Pflugerville Firestone, Pflugerville Post Office, Taco Bell,

Groundbreakings for HEB Pflugerville, Pflugerville Office Park & St Mary’s Baptist Church

 

2000

Participated in the Dessau Road Extension opening

Started “Chamber Chatter” which continues today

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for Boozer Construction, COP Recreation Center, Chase Bank, Dessau Middle School, HEB Pflugerville, Murchison Elementary School, Providence Presbyterian Church, Sam’s Club, Seton Pflugerville, Southwestern Bell, YMCA

Groundbreakings for 1825 Place & Pflugerville Justice Center 

 

2001

Encouraged addressing the critical infrastructure needs of the forthcoming growth with meetings with Utility Suppliers

Linda Bertram was hired as Executive Assistant

Participated in Pflugerville Middle School’s Career Day and Northeast Metro Park Opening

Co-Sponsored “Evenings in the Park” with COP Parks & Recreation Department

Served on Travis County’s Citizens Bond Committee

Started Holiday Season Shop Greater Pflugerville Campaign

Welcomed Round Rock Express to Region with THE CHAMBER Family Fun Night

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for 1825 Place, Affiliated Therapies, Blackhawk Golf Club, Justice Center, White Rock Veterinarian

Groundbreakings for Heatherwilde Park Retirement Apartments

 

2002

Community voted out cap metro, voted in an economic development sales tax and the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation was born.

Participated in Deutschen Pfest Booth & Parade

Started the Landowners’ Council, Third Thursdays Networking & Weekly Wire Programs which continue today

Planted Pecan Trees on property

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for Curves, Eagle Transmission, European Bistro, Heatherwilde Park Retirement Apartments, Pflugerville Orthodontics, Pflugerville Vision Care, Round Rock Donuts, Springhill Suites, Venice Café & Wells Point Soccer Complex

 

2003

Welcomed Austin’s Park & Pizza with THE CHAMBER Family Fun Night

Served as Mediator with 685 Issue

Joined “Opportunity Austin Regional Partners Alliance”

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for AAA Storage, DS Photography, Grand Avenue Retail Center,

Hakata Sushi, Pflugerville Animal Hospital, Rosemont Apartments, Shell Rapid Lube, Stor Self Storage, Toys “R” Us & Wal-Mart Supercenter

 

2004

Assisted the City of Pflugerville with promotion for the Nation Soccer Tournament at Northeast Metro Park

Developed current, contemporary THE CHAMBER logo

Participated in the Mayor’s Marketing Task Force, National Site Consultants Regional Showcase, Travis County Community Center Dedication & Williamson County Alliance Growth Summit

Former European TheaterCommander US Army Retired General Montgomery Meigs speaks at “Chamber Chatter”

Published a Greater Pflugerville “Visitors Guide”

Welcomed Mayor Callen with a Business Focus Group meeting

Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings for Accurate Disposal, County Line Equestrian Center, El Rincon Fruteria, Moore Embroidery, Office Depot, Palm Valley Executive Suites, Pflugerville Motor Company, Simply Hearing & Marc Smith, DDS

Groundbreakings for Boozer Construction, COP Reservoir Project, & COP Western Gateway Project

 

 

Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce - Established in 1985
101 S. Third Street ~ P.O. Box 483
Pflugerville, TX 78691-0483    p.(512) 251-7799
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