On August 21, the Anna, Melissa, Van Alstyne and Howe Chambers of Commerce met for their quarterly Interurban Alley luncheon at Hurricane Creek Country Club. Members from the communities came together to share knowledge, laughs, business cards and advice.


Monte Walker, the Director of Economic Development and President of Howe Development Foundation, gave the welcoming message to a packed room.


Bill Jones, the Executive Director of the Melissa Chamber of Commerce, introduced himself and then began the “passing of the microphone” to allow for the community a quick introduction of who they are.


The community members and representative businesses varied, from Judy Kimzey from the Van Alstyne Library to Gary Thomas with Nietling Family Eye Care.


Economic development and growth was a topic of conversation at almost every table, as these areas are expanding. There were many community development and home market businesses in attendance.


The presenter for this quarterly luncheon was Frances Pelley, President of ProTemPro, LLC. She spoke to the community members about what it was like to go through town as a tourist. She reminded chambers and communities to consider their “Front Door.,” how they present their towns to people coming in.


“That’s the way that the visitor and tourist sees you,” Pelley said. “They don’t see those boundaries. They don’t see those county lines… They want to come back if you are curious if you are helpful. I see all of those things here.”


“I’m so impressed with your ability to come together in a regional effort,” Pelley concluded. The next Interurban Alley Luncheon will be November 13th. The Chambers will send out more information as the date nears.