Celebrating 30 years: Greater Caldwell Hispanic Chamber honors businesses, community members
By Miles Smith
The Fountains of Lockhart was a packed house Saturday night as the Greater Caldwell County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual banquet, honoring local business leaders and celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Keynote speaker Joe Morin, a retired executive with the Texas Department of Economic Development, said the chamber’s biggest accomplishment was a deceptively difficult one.
“It has survived with flying colors,” Morin said, listing a number of businesses like Compaq and Enron, which, for various reasons, have not weathered the test of time. “It has supported events like Cinco de Mayo and Diez y Seis that bring us food, music and art, and its continued support of education is something we can all be proud of.
“The chamber has a home office now, which is a long way from its humble beginnings where it would move from house to house and the occasional garage.”
Morin said a growing Hispanic population contributed to a strengthening economy.
“If U.S. Hispanics were a country, we’d be the seventh largest economy in the world,” Morin said.
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