April new Chamber members

From left. Anchor Family Services, North Texas Municipal Water District, Larry and Cathy Ostmeyer with Coldwell Banker Apex, Breathing EZ and DataWave Internet received their new membership plaques last week at the Royse City Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

The Royse City Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed new members the organization’s monthly luncheon at the Occasions at Stone River.

Representatives from five companies, Anchor Family Services, North Texas Municipal Water District, Coldwell Banker Apex, Breathing EZ and DataWave Internet, celebrated their membership with the Chamber.

Vanessa Stahl, the vice president of the Royse City Chamber, said the variety of new businesses coming to town is a healthy sign of local economy growth.

“We’re very excited for the new members, especially because of the broad spectrum of businesses who are coming to Royse City wanting to do business,” she said.

Larry Lott, president of the Community Development Corporation, which provides incentives to attract businesses to come to the city, said he is expecting the nearly-constructed Buc-ee’s at FM 2642 and Interstate 30 to be an anchor for commercial growth.

The Royse City Council also recently approved the expansion of its Main Street further west on State Highway 66 down to Pond Branch Creek.

“The purpose of it is to get more businesses that would fit into what our Main Street is along State Highway 66,” Royse City Manager Carl Alsabrook said in a previous interview.

In addition to projects related to business development, city officials have also announced that they are currently working to bring a YMCA facility to town.

Irene Johnson, a senior program director at the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, spoke to attendees of the Chamber luncheon, which included members from the Royse City Independent School District, city staff and elected officials, as well as representatives from local businesses.

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“Our goal is to really engage with … community leaders, business leaders and meet the school district to discover the needs of Royse City,” Johnson said at the luncheon.

One of the needs that have already been highlighted, Johnson said, was a community pool.

“I really look forward to building a partnership and relationship, and I look forward to building that relationship one at a time with each and every one of you,” she said.

Royse City Mayor Janet Nichol announced the potential partnership with the YMCA through a Facebook post earlier this month.

“We’re just in the early stages of the (partnership.) We’re going to sit down at the table and have time to talk about what the city wants, what the district wants and what our residents are looking at,” Nichol said shortly after she made the announcement.