Patrick Rose HeadshotWelcome to the Winter Issue of the quarterly EDF e-newsletter. As we all work toward a rebounding and recovering economy, your Foundation is poised to add value to your business in 2021, and continue our purposeful work in this community we love.

It is an honor to begin my service as Chair of the EDF Board. Because of my respect for each of you as valued Members, I take this responsibility very seriously. We already held an in-person annual meeting February 9, elected a new slate of directors and officers, passed a budget, and honored those that “brought us to the table” -- retiring Founding Director Mike Norris and Chamber President Michael Meek.

You will find this issue to contain great insight into Comal ISD’s future plans, grants for worker training, a new labor study, the new Board Members, and the ever-popular project updates.

I am looking forward to working with all of you this year. As Board Chair, I commit to always remain accessible to you, to seek your input, and to support the tremendous Professional Staff at the Chamber engaged in the critical work of the Foundation. In that vein, please never hesitate to reach out to me directly by email at

New Braunfels is poised to rebound and expand greatly as the vaccine distribution spreads to more of the population – here’s to the year ahead!

Patrick Rose
Chairman 2021