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Keene's sales tax revenue continues to climb
June 13, 2019

As summer temperatures climb, so, too, does Keene’s sales tax revenue.
The city received $73,534 in sales tax revenue for June, an increase of 5.74 percent more than the $69,540 it received in June of last year, according to figures released June 13 by State Comptroller Glenn Hagar.
The allocation is based on sales made in April by businesses that report tax monthly. The monies are collected in April, counted in May and distributed in June, according to Hagar’s report.
Keene’s sales tax is 2 percent. The city retains 1 percent and the other 1 percent is divided by the Keene Economic Development Corporation (Type A board) and the Keene Business Development Corporation (Type B board).
The June allocation continues a positive trend for Keene, which was up 3 percent in May on revenue of $87,978, compared to $85,090 in May of last year.
For the calendar year, Keene has received $457,363 in sales tax revenue, a 13 percent increase more than the $404,772 it received in the same time period in 2018, according to Hagar’s report.

Team of chamber members wins golf tourney
June 11, 2019

A foursome of members of the Keene Chamber of Commerce has a won a golf tournament that helps provides specialized wheelchairs for children with severe physical disabilities.

Playing as representatives of the Burleson Star newspaper, the team of Dan Mertz, Ken Shaw, Jonathan Wall and Paul Gnadt won the 7th annual Marine Corps League Longhorn Detachment 1069 Charity Golf Tournament June 7 at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Burleson. The foursome carded a 16-under-par 56 to win by one stroke. 

The event raised $5,500 for Wheelchairs 4 Kids, a Tarpon Springs, Florida,-based organization that provides wheelchairs and other mobile devices for handicapped children. 

Nineteen teams were registered for the four-person best-ball scramble. 

Mertz is owner of Mertz Family Dentistry in Keene, Shaw is president of Southwestern Adventist University, Wall is assistant professor of music at SWAU, and Gnadt is a reporter/columnist for the Burleson Star. All entities are member of the Keene Chamber of Commerce.

In the photo below, Wall, Shaw, Gnadt and Mertz receive their first place trophies from Bill Carver, past commandant of the Marine Corps League Longhorn Detachment. 

Keene has a new economic development director
June 11, 2019

A former professional soccer player has been hired by Keene to kick economic development to the next level.

Landis Adams is the city’s new economic development director, according to a media release from the city. Adams has been serving as the economic development chairman for the Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as CEO of Platinum Marketing, a nationwide advertising and marketing agency. 

He is currently the vice president of the Sweeny Chamber of Commerce, president of the Citizens Police Academy for the Freeport Police Department, vice president of the Freeport Host Lions Club, and sits on the board for the Education Foundation and Community Leadership Team for Brazosport ISD, and is a board member for the city of Jones Creek Planning and Zoning Commission. 

In 2017 Adams was presented the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow Humanitarian Service Award, and in 2013 he received the Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award.

A graduate of Brazosport High school and a veteran of the U.S. Army (where he served in the Gulf War in 1991), Adams also played professional soccer. He has been married to his wife, Gina, for the past 26 years and has two adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys officiating basketball, playing golf and spending time with his family.

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Keene, Texas 76059
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Welcome to Keene, Texas

Keene offers visitors and residents the charm and warm hospitality of small-town life at its best combined with easily available modern conveniences and amenities. Located 30 minutes south of Fort Worth, Keene has it all: a mild four-season climate, recreational opportunities, a large University, award-winning schools, myriad of cultural and social activities, affordable cost-of-living, and a thriving and prosperous business community.

The Keene Chamber of Commerce has been serving Keene since 1993. We strive to partner with local businesses, government and education to support a favorable economic environment. The Chamber represents business, organization, and individual members who depend on the Chamber for member services including networking events, community and business development, ribbon cuttings, growth opportunity reports, economic data gathering, business referrals, business seminars, relocation packets, and being an advocate with governmental and regulatory bodies. These are among the many services we provide to our members.

The Keene Chamber's objective is to provide a platform from which our members can enhance their business or organization through networking and programs designed to improve their bottom-line and to make available the tools necessary to excel as the economy improves. Our mandate is to pursue opportunities in the areas of retail development and education. We will work diligently to ensure that our local economy is strong and vibrant.

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