Mary Stanley Receives Excellence in Tourism Award

ExellenceinTourism2014 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce presented their annual "Excellence in Tourism" award this week to Mary Stanley of the Turtle Restaurant for her efforts in enhancing and promoting the travel and tourism industry in Brown County.  

"Mary and her business draws a large base of customers from outside of the Brown County area which positively impacts the community and other area businesses," said Sunni Modawell, Director of Tourism for the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce gives their "Excellence in Tourism" award each year during National Travel and Tourism Week to an individual or business that impacts the local tourism industry. This year National Travel and Tourism Week is May 3 through 11.

Tourism has a large impact on Brown County by supporting over 600 local jobs.   Modawell said that visitors spend over $50 million in each year in Brown County which generates over $1 million in sales tax revenue.

Across Texas, travel employs a diverse workforce, from hotel employees, to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, as well as supports employees in other industry sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance.

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Hideout Golf Club Holds Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Hideout450The Hideout Golf Club at Lake Brownwood held a grand opening event and ribbon cutting on Thursday, May 1st to show off their new facility.

The Hideout Golf Club is located on Lake Brownwood in the Heart of Texas and is situated on rolling terrain, dotted with numerous lakes and ponds. The 18 hole golf course has many well placed bunkers and water features to provide a challenging yet relaxing round of golf.

The open house also highlighted the Hideout's new clubhouse. It features a beautiful deck overlooking the golf course, a large swimming pool and several rooms for overnight stays.   A picturesque setting to relax or to hold a special event.

Visit their new facility at Lake Brownwood located at 6680 FM 2632 or call (325) 784-4653 for more information.

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Entries Now Being Accepted for the 51st Annual Brown County Rodeo Parade

rodeoparadestockThe 51st annual Brown County Rodeo is fast approaching and organizers are getting set for a great lineup of events and activities including the rodeo parade.

As a major component to the rodeo each year, the Brown County Rodeo Parade will travel through Downtown Brownwood and feature a wide assortment of entries. Entry forms are now being accepted for the parade which will take place Saturday, June 14th at 10 AM.

Participants in the parade should begin lining up at 8:30 AM for award judging at the Brownwood Coliseum. Awards will be presented for best in-town float, best out of town float, riding club awards, best decorated vehicles, best antique vehicles, best horse drawn vehicles, and best bikes/unicycle. Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes will also select one entry for the Mayor’s Choice Award.

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Brownwood Chamber to Present Excellence in Tourism Award May 7th During National Travel & Tourism Week

Travelandtourismweek2014The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will present their annual "Excellence in Tourism" award on Wednesday, May 7th during a reception event commemorating National Travel and Tourism Week.  The event will take place at noon at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office, 600 E. Depot Street in Brownwood.

The gathering amplifies the U.S. Travel Association’s multiyear campaign—known as Travel Effect—to prove the huge impact that travel and tourism has on communities, businesses and local, state and national economies.

“The numbers tell the story: Travel supports 14.9 million jobs across the nation, including many right here in Brown County,” said Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Sunni Modawell. “Not only do the rally and National Travel and Tourism Week celebrate the benefits of travel in our community, but the monumental week also allows us to inform elected officials and local citizens about the industry’s true widespread effect in Texas and across America.”

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Ray Tipton Named Brownwood Chamber Executive Director

RayTipton2014 200The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors unanimously approved naming Ray Tipton as Executive Director on Monday.

"Ray has been a great asset to the Chamber as marketing manager for the last several years," said Chamber Board Chairman Aaron Diaz. "He has proven himself as a leader and has made great strides helping the chamber grow while focusing on local businesses."

Tipton has been interim executive director since February after being the Brownwood Chamber's director of business development and marketing for almost 5 years.

Before joining the chamber staff, he was a licensed real estate agent. He has also owned several local businesses over the last two decades.

"Being a business owner helps me to understand the struggles that they go through," Tipton said. "I have a passion for our community and want to take my past experiences in small business to help current businesses thrive."

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Brownwood Chamber to Host Document Shred Day During County-Wide Clean-up Saturday

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and Condor Document  Services will hold a document shredding event during the Keep Brownwood Beautiful County-Wide clean-up day on Saturday, May 3rd from 8 AM - 2 PM. The event will take place underneath the Austin Avenue Overpass next to the Brownwood Intermediate School.

A mobile shredding truck will destroy all documents on site.  Drive up and drop off up to 3 file boxes of documents.  For each box of documents, please bring 2 non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food bank. 

In addition to the document shredding, Keep Brownwood Beautiful and the City of Brownwood will be holding their county-wide clean-up.

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Brownwood and Early Chambers Hold Ribbon Cutting for Fitness Evolution

FitnessEvolution450The Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting on Wednesday, April 16th during the grand re-opening celebration for Fitness Evolution.

Now located in Heartland Mall, Fitness Evolution is a professional gym that helps with nutritional advice, building strength, gaining flexibility, improving performance and more.

The gym outlined and demonstrated several of their fitness programs during the event.

For more information contact Fitness Evolution at 325-513-6040 or visit their website at

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