Tuesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, The President and CEO of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Eddie McBride joined Dave and Matt to talk about his upcoming retirement, what the Lubbock Chamber is up to, businesses returning to normal, the Texas legislative session, and more.

McBride started the discussion by talking about his upcoming retirement. Eddie has announced that at the end of January 2022, he will be retiring, and that he has given a lot of lead-in to make sure that the Chamber is able to have a replacement ready. Eddie said that he is looking forward to chasing grandkids, doing some house cleaning, and enjoying a relaxed schedule, but that he still has some time left at the Chamber before that.

When asked what is going on at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, McBride said that they are having their big annual meeting today. The meeting was supposed to take place in December, but was delayed because they wanted to do it in person. Despite this, they are going to have to do it virtually anyway. The meeting will have Ted Mitchell, the Chancellor or Texas Tech, coming in to talk about what the Health Sciences Center and the University are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this, the Chamber will also be giving out several awards, including Ambassador of the year: Tracy Polk, Volunteer of the year: Robert Wood, Entrepreneur of small business of the year: Mickey Rogers and Daniel Stanton, Business person of the year: Shara Konechney, and Businesses of the year: Covenant and UMC and their frontline healthcare workers.

Another topic of discussion was the decreased hospitalization rate and how it will affect businesses such as bars and restaurants being able to open back up. McBride said that its been mostly positive, but some businesses are still having trouble getting back up to full capacity. Still, he said it is a big relief for a lot in the community to have the hospitals doing well and businesses back open. Eddie went on to say that they have recently gotten the new stimulus packages out, and he thinks that it has been a good opportunity to help people, and hopes that will continue to do so in the long term. When asked how he feels about many in the US wanting a $1.9 trillion unemployment stimulus bill for the country, Eddie said he is not a fan of the government giving out money, but he still thinks it will benefit individuals, and that it will be good for those struggling or who cannot find jobs.

 

Learn more at lubbockchamber.com and watch the full interview with Eddie McBride in the video above.

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