Local chamber awarded coveted 5-Star rating

first_imgBy Ken [email protected] U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation, honoring it as one of the top 1 percent chambers nationwide. “The result of our hard work is evidenced by this impressive rating. But in truth, we should all be extraordinarily proud of this milestone achievement. It was a true team effort,” he said.Chamber Chairman Jeff Hayes said the Greater Port Arthur Chamber’s accreditation rise has been meteoric. Local chambers are rated accredited, 3-Star, 4-Star or 5-Star. An accrediting board of the national chamber makes final determination. The local chamber earned 4-star status just last year.The process to become a 5-star chamber has been continuing for more than two years, with extensive organizational work. Hayes credited former chairwomen Barbara Phillips and Marian Ruiz for organizing and encouraging the successful effort.“We reviewed polices and procedures that would help use become a better chamber,” Phillips said Friday. “Committees worked diligently for a couple of years.” Chamber President Bill McCoy made the announcement in an issued statement late Friday.“This program makes you self-evaluate every aspect of the chamber. In the past year this effort has led to the creation of the Hispanic Business Council, the Contractors Business Development Group as well as a membership committee that is growing the chamber through new sales and retention,” McCoy said. “The process has taught our staff and volunteers how to research, plan and execute an aggressive and valuable chamber program.”McCoy said chamber staff, board members and volunteers spent “countless hours” completing the accreditation process, demonstrating competency in nine core areas ranging from finance to facilities.center_img Most important, she suggested, was not only the review of policies and procedures and production of documents but the actual achievements of forming groups that made effective changes to serve more Greater Port Arthur people, such as the Hispanic Council and Business Development Council.“Both came out of this process,” she said.“We hope we can continue to get such recognition and do some great things for the local economy,” Hayes said.McCoy, Hayes and Phillips all praised chamber staff members for effective work.last_img read more

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Norbert Leo Butz, Laura Osnes, Ethan Slater, Kelli Barrett & More Join FX Series Fosse/Verdon

first_imgA slew of Broadway alums have been cast in Fosse/Verdon, the highly anticipated eight-episode limited series set to appear on FX in 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The previously announced series will be co-produced by Tony-winning Hamilton collaborators Lin-Manuel Miranda and Andy Blankenbuehler, with the pilot episode directed by Thomas Kail and written by Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Steven Levenson, who will serve as showrunner.New to the cast is two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (My Fair Lady) as Paddy Chayefsky, two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Bandstand) as Shirley MacLaine, Tony nominee Ethan Slater (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Joel Grey, Kelli Barrett (Gettin’ the Band Back Together) as Liza Minnelli and Bianca Marroquin (Chicago) as Chita Rivera.Also newly announced is Margaret Qually (The Leftovers) as Ann Reinking, Aya Cash (Kings) as Joan Simon, Nate Corddry (The Circle) as Neil Simon, Susan Misner (Dream) as Joan McCracken, Evan Handler (I Hate Hamlet) as Hal Prince, Rick Holmes (Junk) as Fred Weaver, Byron Jennings (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) as George Abbott and Emmy nominee Paul Reiser (Mad About You) as Cy Feuer.They join the previously announced Oscar winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as Bob Fosse and Tony nominee Michelle Williams (Blackbird) as Gwen Verdon.Based on Sam Wasson’s biography Fosse, the series will follow the romantic and creative partnership between Fosse and Verdon and the collaborators they meet along the way. Production on Fosse/Verdon is currently underway, with a 2019 premiere date to be announced. View Commentslast_img read more

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Kristin Chenoweth Delights Broadway Audiences in New Concert Engagement For the Girls

first_imgIllustration by Justin “Squigs” Robertson for Broadway.com View Comments Kristin Chenoweth Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 17, 2019 Related Shows Kristin Chenoweth: For the Girls Star Files Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth returned to Broadway on November 8 with a star-packed concert engagement titled For the Girls. The production will continue for a limited engagement through November 17 at the Nederlander Theatre.Based on her new album, For the Girls acts as Chenoweth’s personal tribute to music’s most passionate women, who have influenced her into becoming the accomplished Broadway star she is today. Chenoweth is expected to wow audiences with songs such as “The Way We Were,” “When I Fall in Love” and “The Man That Got Away” from the beloved artists Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton and Judy Garland.In celebration of Chenoweth’s return to the Great White Way, Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched a portrait featuring the Wicked original singing out, giving her all to a crowd of adoring fans. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.last_img read more

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