Our Affiliates

The Chamber’s Affiliates support our mission to make Abilene a great place live, work, play and do business. We engage constituencies and address specific areas of growth to help develop and promote the economy and quality of life. 

Storybook Capital of America

Once upon a time, there was a city called Abilene, Texas, that dedicated itself to showcasing the wonders of children’s literature. The city built a museum that was the first of its kind in the nation called the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL). Then came Storybook Sculptures of characters from children’s books populating downtown Abilene. Click to find out how you can become part of the story.

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Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

It is the purpose of the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council to promote, encourage, and support the arts for Abilene; to marshall and adapt the community’s resources to the needs of artists of the community; to work and advise with officials, organizations, schools, and committees in supporting activities; and it shall seek to encourage the establishment of new art forms, develop publicity and educational programs to encourage existing programs and organizations and promote tourism, and will carry out those other functions necessary to enhance the image of Abilene as a center for the Arts.

Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau

The basic mission of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is to increase the number of guests who play, stay and return to Abilene. The ACVB supports local businesses and venues by actively encouraging individuals, event planners, and groups to discover the benefits available to them from choosing Abilene as their host destination. Whether visiting Abilene for business or pleasure, convention or competition the ACVB goal is to create and promote enjoyable, quality experiences through uncompromising customer service for our guests.

Abilene Industrial Foundation

The Abilene Industrial Foundation is the Abilene Chamber of Commerce’s private sector representative in the community’s economic development partnership. Along with the City of Abilene and the Development Corporation of Abilene, the AIF works to cultivate the region’s economy through entrepreneurial support, business retention and expansion, downtown redevelopment and workforce development and retention.

Downtown Abilene Initiative

The primary goal of the Downtown Abilene Initiative is to build confidence in downtown Abilene as a destination to live, work, play and, most importantly, invest. Implementation includes promotions, economic/community development and instilling a design sensitivity that is only satisfied when the physical appearance of downtown matches the vision of downtown developed by the community.