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Local Chambers of Commerce announce county alliance


Several local chambers of commerce have united to form an alliance to try and bring jobs and businesses to our area.

Representative from Waco, Hewitt, Bellmead, Robinson, west, Lacy Lakeview, McGregor, Lorena and the Central Texas African - American and Hispanic Chambers announced the creation of the McLennan county chamber alliance.

The agreement is a one year collaboration experiment to improve common interests such as education, economic and workforce development.

The chamber alliance now represents nearly a quarter of a million people and more than 3,000 businesses.

Chamber representatives feel the alliance will give them more influence when they tackle public policy issues like backing the high speed rail and recruiting new industries to the area.

John Sneed, chairman of McGregor chamber of commerce and agriculture says the partnership will make the county a more attractive area for businesses.

"Now our biggest competitors are outlying counties. At one point our biggest competitors were other cities inside our county. We're on the same team now. Now we can compete against an Austin and Round Rock, Pflugerville," says Sneed. "We can compete against Hillsborough [and] people who are outside our area."

Many of these chambers worked together for past projects but creating the alliance takes will bring the collaboration to the next level. 

Sneed says when they work together to bring a new business to the county it's a win.

"We can wok as a team and accomplish a great deal more than anyone of us can accomplish by ourselves," says Sneed. 

Sneed says this is just the first step for the alliance. In the future they'd like to reach out to bell and other counties and form a regional alliance.

Click here for McLennan County Chamber Alliance release.

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