Entries by Colin Killian

1 Million Cups community celebrates first year

Brazos Valley entrepreneurs are spending one morning a week exchanging ideas as part of a national program designed to improve business ecosystems. On February 20, 2019, the College Station “community”of 1 Million Cups celebrated its first year of gatherings. Each Wednesday at 8:15AM, Startup Aggieland’s offices in Texas A&M University’s Research Park play host to a presentation, […]

College Station rated among nation’s 10 healthiest cities

College Station is among four college towns ranked among the nation’s 10 healthiest cities by The 500 Cities Project, a joint effort of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The other college towns in the top 10 are Boulder, Colorado; Provo, Utah; and Irvine, California. 500 Cities […]

College Station’s average rent fell by 1.7 percent in last year, the fifth biggest drop in the U.S.

RENTCafe‘s Apartment Market Report for January shows that the average rent in College Station declined by 1.7 percent since January 2018, the fifth largest drop in the country. The number was the second biggest decline among small cities. Nationally, the average rent rose by 3.3 percent in the last year. Read the story: The National […]

Milken names B-CS best-performing small metro in Texas

The Milken Institute, a non-profit think tank located in California, has rated the College Station-Bryan as the best performing small metro in Texas for 2018. The B-CS area ranked No. 22 nationally. The only other small Texas metros in the top 100 are Sherman-Denison (47), Tyler (65), Midland (67) and Amarillo (95). The Milken Institute’s Best-Performing […]

Growth focus of Chamber’s annual economic outlook conference

“Cautious optimism” was the overall forecast for the local economy given Wednesday during the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Conference. Leaders in education, local government, economic development and tourism touted the new jobs, schools, businesses, housing and other markers of growth the area has seen in response to the climbing population, thanks […]

Monthly Metrics show B-CS economy continues to perform well

The Bryan-College Station area’s economy continues to hum along, according to an index that measures a number of economic factors and metrics. The metro area’s unemployment rate, at 2.9 percent, is tied for the lowest rate of the century in the rapidly growing region. Employment has neared an all-time high of about 120,000 jobs The […]

Booming Eagle Ford is helping some Texas oil workers skip a 450-mile trek to Permian Basin

CALDWELL, Texas (AP) — Three years ago, Allen Startz found himself in an unwanted kinship with thousands of other oilfield workers in South Texas’ Eagle Ford shale — laid off with few prospects nearby. The Houston Chronicle reports he left his home in Bryan to work in the Permian Basin in West Texas, making plenty of money, but growing […]

College Station is nation’s sixth-fastest growing city

To determine where the most rapid local economic growth occurred over a period of seven years, WalletHub compared 515 U.S. cities across 15 key metrics. The dataset ranges from population growth to college-educated population growth to unemployment rate decrease. In addition, they produced a separate ranking by city size. College Station ranks 6th overall and […]