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Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture

Our Mission

The mission of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture is to promote and advance the interests of the Bay City business and agricultural communities. These goals are accomplished by encouraging growth of existing businesses and industries, providing assistance to new firms or individuals seeking to locate in Bay City, and advocating legislative and political actions beneficial to the business or general community. The Chamber also supports and encourages those cultural and civic activities that improve or expand the quality of life in Bay City.


Why Should You Join the Bay City Chamber?

  • Exposure for your business.
  • Two free Email Blasts to membership within your first year of membership.
  • Involvement opportunities including various active committees.
  • Promotion for your business through the Chamberís Business Directory, website, newsletter and direct referrals.
  • Networking with other members at Chamber functions such as Monthly Mixers, committee meetings, and community and special events.
  • Participation in seminars and workshops.
  • Opportunities to purchase mailing lists or labels for your company mailings.
  • Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies for your new businesses or relocations.
  • Opportunities to display your promotional materials in the Chamber lobby.
  • Opportunities to participate in business-related projects such as the Industrial Trade Show and Purchasing Agents Seminar.
  • Membership plaque identifying you as a recommended business.
  • Email updates from the Chamber on the latest breaking news concerning the county, and upcoming networking and workshop opportunities.
  • When dealing with the public, Chamber members are ALWAYS recommended FIRST.


2022 Executive Board

Chairman of the Board
Amanda Sitka
STP Nuclear Operating Company

Chairman Elect
Mark Bookmyer

Danyel Biggerstaff
First State Bank

Immediate Past Chair
Jim Coleman
Jackson Electric Cooperative

2022 Board of Directors

Sydney Armatta
Capital Farm Credit

Thomas Davis
Matagorda Area Chamber of Commerce

Christie Dement
Van Vleck Independent School District

John Dickerson
Edward Jones

Chrystal Folse
Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille

Matthew Gullett
Tenaris Bay City

Shea Krauskopf
Wadler, Perches, Hundl & Kerlick

Alice Lowery
Lowery Real Estate

Scott Lowry
United Rentals

Tyler Montgomery

Warren Robicheaux
Matagorda Regional Medical Center

Vee Strauss, CEM
AEP Texas

Lindsey Vance
Angels Care Hospice

Ed Weddle
Texas Farm Bureau

Eric Wright
OQ Chemicals Corporation

Ex-Officio Members

Nate McDonald, Judge
Matagorda County

Robert Nelson, Mayor
City of Bay City

Scott Hardwick, Executive Director
Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation

Jessica Russell, Executive Director
Bay City Community Development Corporation

James Scardami, President
Bay City Independent School District Board of Directors

Chamber Staff

President & CEO
Mitch Thames, IOM

Vice President
Irene Bishop, IOM



  • Agriculture and Aquaculture
  • Ambassadors
  • Educational Activities 
  • Hispanic 
  • Special Events 
  • Healthcare
  • Legislative



Special Events

  • Annual Banquet
  • Golf Tournament
  • Lighted Christmas Parade
  • Live Oak Tree Sale 
  • Member Annual Crawfish Boil
  • Summer & Christmas Market Day
  • Matagorda County Day in Austin
  • New Teacher Luncheon

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