Annual Inside BCS event offers crash course on local topics

The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Inside BCS all-day event Wednesday gave community members and local business leaders a chance to learn more about K-12 education, higher education, local and county government, economic development, health care, communication and criminal justice in the area.

Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Matt Prochaska noted during the economic development discussion that a Belgium company called the triangle “magic.”

With a $22.6 billion gross market value in 2017 — and the 2018 numbers still to come — and a historic low unemployment rate of 2.8%, he said, the area is being included in benchmarks with Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio like never before, attracting national and international attention.

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Annual Inside BCS event offers crash course on local topics

 

College Station No. 3 U.S. city for career opportunities

SmartAsset has ranked College Station No. 3 city in its fifth annual study of the best cities in the United States for career opportunities. College Station is the only Texas city in the top 15.  Read more

College Station ranked as 18th most affordable U.S. city to live and work

BusinessStudent.com, wanted to see which areas of the country, and which specific cities in those areas, give business professionals the biggest bang for the buck. They compared the highest quoted salaries from over 100 business-related jobs on Indeed.com to average rent for a two-bedroom apartment across America from Rentjungle.com and came up with the top 25 most affordable cities to live and work.

Before you start your new job search, be sure to consult this list of the 25 most affordable cities to live and work in the U.S., but you also remember to take into account things like income tax (two of the states on our list, Texas and Nevada, have no personal state income tax), transportation and insurance costs.

Here’s the list, in ascending order, of the 25 cities that provide the highest salary after deducting rent:

Top 25 Most Affordable Cities to Live and Work in 2019

College Station’s public schools ranked No. 12 in nation

Niche.com has ranked College Station’s public school as the 12th-best in the nation and the third-best in Texas.

Cities with the Best Public Schools in America

Niche also ranks College Station No. 23 on its list of best cities to raise a family and No. 29 among the best cities to live.

 

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, Q&A, networking and coffee.

1 Million Cups community celebrates first year (Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation)

 

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 provides a close-up view of the health of 100 million Americans living in 27,000 neighborhoods in all 50 states. It assessed each neighborhood’s health by measuring unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, conditions like high blood pressure and preventive services like annual checkups.

The cities were ranked by counting the number of times they appeared among the healthiest or unhealthiest 25 cities for five unhealthy behaviors and 13 health outcomes. College Station appeared 13 of a possible 18 times on the list of most healthy cities.

CDC’s 500 Cities Project: College Station (CDC)

Health Depends on Where You Live (NBC New York)

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.

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The National Average Rent Stagnated in January

 

 

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 Cities index provides an objective benchmark for examining underlying factors for and identifying unique characteristics of economic growth in prosperous regions. The index uses an outcomes-based set of metrics such as job creation, wage gains, and technological developments to evaluate the relative growth of metropolitan areas.

2018 Best Performing Cities: Where America’s Jobs are Created and Sustained

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 in no small part to enrollment numbers at Texas A&M University. Keynote speaker Jim Gaines, chief economist for the Texas Real Estate Research Center at A&M, told the crowd at the College Station Hilton that he expects 2018’s growth pattern will continue into 2019.

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