The ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn on Valley View was packed. Guests could hardly move as the Greater Irving-Las Colinas, Greater Dallas Asian American and Irving Hispanic Chamber’s-held a reception to introduce Mayor Beth Van Duyne to the business community.
The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber board chairman Robert Martinez welcomed guests and pointed out several elected officials, including Representatives Rodney Anderson and Linda Harper Brown, Dallas Commissioner Elba Garcia and Irving council members Rick Stopfer, Rose Cannaday, Mike Galloway and Joe Philipp.
Mayor Van Duyne praised the business climate in Irving and thanked the chambers for their work. She plans to create two advisory committees on enterprise and small business. She also plans to start monthly mayoral luncheons and use the media more to promote Irving. She garnered the biggest applause when she promised to keep her “State of the City” address to a mere 22 minutes.
Rudy Martinez of the Irving Chamber presented her with a framed copy of an article about her victory over Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price in a NASCAR race. And the event ended with a few words from Jo Ann Goin of Glory House Catering, who is the Irving chamber board Chairwoman-Elect.
Courtesy of Debbie Fleck, Dallas Morning News
Below are several pictures from the event: