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Podcast: How the At Home deal was sealed

On this edition of Is This A Thing?, College Station's Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and Oldham Goodwin Group EVP Clint Oldham talk about how the At Home deal came about, how fragile this deal – and all eco-devo deals, to be honest – really was, and how retail attitudes are no longer cowering from The Amazon Effect. 

Our Clients

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Developers

The city offers those interested in developing in College Station the opportunity to attend a pre-application conference. PACs are typically held on Wednesday afternoons and, while not required, can be a helpful way to get development-related questions answered by City staff. If the PAC is for a preliminary site plan, please see the preliminary site plan checklist. Please note that any required plans must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the meeting in order for staff to perform research on the property and your proposal.

To schedule a PAC, please email or call 979-764-3570.

The building and development guide is a resource for developers that includes development review procedures, submission requirements and general development information.

The unified development ordinance contains all development regulations in one document and includes regulations pertaining to zoning and use, platting, site plan development, and building permits. The UDO also includes an overview of the development review bodies, review procedures, zoning districts, use regulations, development standards, and non-conformities.

Interested developers should also review the city’s site design standards, which are used to guide the design and construction of all commercial and multi-family private improvements in College Station.

Existing Business

Whether that is addressing workforce needs, exploring available State programs, or facilitating new opportunities College Station is always interested in maintaining a direct dialogue with existing businesses. to promote continue and expand their presence within the community.

The Brazos Valley Small Business Development Center consultants help business owners develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve productivity and profitability, all at no cost. Their consultants have extensive, practical experience in varied fields, including marketing, finance, retail and management.

Site Selectors

Recognizing the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) data standards as the industry standard for the site selection process, the City of College Station has prepared these data standards for convenience. Whether looking for information on College Station’s demographics, labor force, transportation corridors, taxation, utilities, available buildings & properties, or would like to research top industries, you will find the information here. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Entrepreneurs/Small Business

The Brazos Valley Small Business Development Center (BV SBDC) is part of a national SBDC program that provides free business consulting and affordable training seminars to small and medium-sized business owners and managers. BV SBDC consultants help entrepreneurs assess their business idea and work through general start-up questions as well as basic management, marketing, financial and operational business issues. The Brazos Valley SBDC can also assist you in preparing the necessary documents to apply for either a Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loan or a conventional loan. Their consultants help existing business owners develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve productivity and profitability, all at no cost. The BV SBDC has extensive, practical experience in varied fields, including marketing, finance, retail and management. The Brazos Valley SBDC also offers affordable training seminars on business topics for start-up and preventure entrepreneurs.

The Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC) is a science and technology incubator/accelerator formed by The Research Valley Partnership to help early-stage ventures transition into successful businesses. The RVIC will grow early-stage companies through advisory services, a service provider network and physical “incubator”/”accelerator” space.

Seed Sumo, located in Bryan/College Station, TX is a mentorship-driven accelerator that will assist young entrepreneurs with turning their early-stage startups into successful businesses. Seed Sumo runs a three month long program in Bryan/College Station, TX once each year, where selected companies get $20,000 – $50,000 in seed funding, in exchange for 6-10% equity. Seed Sumo founders also get great perks such as free hosting, world-class branding services, finance/legal counseling , an amazing place to work, 100 days of intensive top-notch mentorship, and a massive network of connections.

Startup Aggieland is a resource for all students enrolled at Texas A&M University in College Station. Any major. They offer free walk-in assistance during office hours or after-hours by appointment. Startup Aggieland does not take equity stakes in student startups. Students retain control of their intellectual property. Strategic legal partners provide free trademark protection and preparation of provisional patents for patentable IP. They offer a student-managed seed capital fund for our startups.

Retailers

College Station is in an envious position – the presence of more than 50,000 students provides an affordable labor force for retail businesses and also brings outside money into the local economy. This population represents a large young population with significant discretionary dollars to spend has helped bring retailers and restaurants to the College Station not otherwise supported by the local market, thereby keeping more retail expenditures in the community. The City of College aims to continue to recognize the significance of retail expenditures to the local economy, will ensure that locations are ready to accommodate the development of such opportunities, and that the City remains responsive to an ever changing market.

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Initiatives

The city’s economic development team is seeking new and innovative projects to benefit our community. Below you’ll see a few initiatives already under way in College Station.

One Health Plus Biocorridor

Biocorridor

In 2011 the cities of Bryan and College Station adopted an inter-local agreement to jointly assist in the development of The Research Valley Biocorridor to serve as the epicenter of Texas’ emerging biotech industry. Located just west of Bryan-College Station, Texas, the 3,500-acre biocorridor is an international destination for education, research, development, commercialization and production of innovative technologies to improve global health.

The development will build on existing resources that already call the biocorridor home, including the Texas A&M Health Science Center, National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing, Caliber Biotherapeutics, G-Con, Woodbolt International, and the future home of the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM). In June 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Texas A&M System a contract to development CIADM. The $285.6 million public-private partnership is intended to enhance the nation’s bio-security preparedness and create significant opportunity for associated job growth.

College Station Medical District

Medical District

College Station is poised to capitalize on one of the most significant economic development opportunities in its history—the creation of a medical district that will become a regional destination as well as an economic catalyst for the City. This effort is supported by that fact that, nationally, healthcare is among the most promising industries for job growth and real estate development in the coming decades. Demand for healthcare services, jobs and development is driven by a number of factors, particularly the tremendous growth of Americans over the age of 65 who require the most medical services.

Recognizing these healthcare industry trends and their potential for significant economic impact to College Station, City Council established a goal of creating a special district focusing on medical care, and a health and wellness lifestyle. In 2012 the City Council adopted the College Station Medical District Master Plan for a high quality, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly district that will complement and enhance the emerging concentration of medical and health care uses in the vicinity of State Highway 6 (SH 6) and Rock Prairie Road. With a vision of community-wide health and wellness, the master plan integrates health-consciousness and lifestyle into all aspects of development. It focuses on creating a distinct “place” rather than a random collection of businesses and neighborhoods by providing a mixed-use collaboration of medical, commercial and residential uses; an emphasis on walkability; an extensive greenway and trail system; and high-quality, sustainable site development.

Business Center at CS-Spring Creek

College Station is always looking to further diversify the local economy, offering quality employment opportunities not directly tied to Texas A&M University, while still capitalizing on its world-class offerings. The community is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the workforce attracted to the area because of the higher education offerings, as well as the abundance of graduates each year.

Opened in 1996, the Business Center at College Station is a 200-acre, Class “A” business park less than 10 miles from Texas A&M University, making it an ideal location for businesses seeking to expand their opportunities. It includes fully developed infrastructure, beautiful landscaping, and zoning for further technology and office development. Current tenants include the Texas A&M University System, StataCorp, Cognizant, Heat Transfer Research, Reynolds & Reynolds, Rentsys Recovery Services, and Suddenlink Media.

The Spring Creek Corporate Campus will serve as the second phase of the Business Center at College Station.

Sports, Entertainment & Hospitality

College Station has a long, proud sports tradition closely linked with the University, most recently broadened with A&M’s entry into the Southeastern Conference. Collegiate sports, and increasingly amateur sports, bring thousands of visitors to our community annually, adding millions of dollars to our local economy. These visitors stay in hotel rooms, dine in restaurants, and shop in stores. In addition to sports, other events such as conferences and cultural offerings add vitality to our local quality of life. Areas such as the Northgate Entertainment District and Wolf Pen Creek have long attracted local residents and visitors to celebrate the unique character of College Station and to participate in the many events hosted in our community.

General Commercial & Retail Development

College Station is in an envious position – the presence of more than 50,000 students provides an affordable labor force for retail businesses and also brings outside money into the local economy. This population represents a large young population with significant discretionary dollars to spend has helped bring retailers and restaurants to the College Station not otherwise supported by the local market, thereby keeping more retail expenditures in the community. The City of College aims to continue to recognize the significance of retail expenditures to the local economy, will ensure that locations are ready to accommodate the development of such opportunities, and that the City remains responsive to an ever changing market.

View the Economic Development Master Plan for College Station, Texas.

Economic Development Master Plan

Economic Development Master Plan

The city’s master plan for economic development describes key demographic and socioeconomic conditions in College Station and offers recommendations for strategic direction and sustainable growth.

Approved in multiple phases, the master plan document is organized into three sections – (1) current economic incentives, districts and redevelopment areas; (2) an analysis of local business surveys; and (3) a list recommended initiatives, goals, and action plans.


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About CS

SMALL-TOWN FEEL, BIG-CITY FEATURES

Ranked No. 1 on CardRates’s U.S. Cities Primed for Economic Growth in 2018, College Station has also been widely recognized as one of the nation’s best places for jobs, families, and retirees. In addition, the city has been named America’s No. 1 college town and was a finalist for the nation’s friendliest. With a population closing in on 118,000, it is the largest city in the metropolitan area and boasts one of the 10 lowest property tax rates in the state.

College Station is home to Texas A&M University, one of the country’s largest public universities. The Aggies are members of the powerful Southeastern Conference, which makes college sports a major attraction. A&M’s international influence supplies a healthy diversity of race, culture, and nationality that reflects much of the vibrancy, tradition, and spirit that make the community a special and unique place.

College Station is located in the heart of central Texas within a three-hour drive of five of the nation’s 20 largest cities. A network of well-maintained highways and a regional airport served by major airlines provide convenient access from just about anywhere. College Station is the only city in the country with nationally accredited departments in parks, public works, water, fire, police and public safety telecommunications. In 2016, it was ranked as the No. 2 best-performing small metro in the U.S.

QUALITY RESOURCES FOR QUALITY LIVING

Education is a major focus of the College Station community. The College Station Independent School District has received many state and national awards, including more than 100 national merit semifinalists in the last decade. Niche.com ranks our public schools among the top 20 in the country.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions with more than 125,000 annual visitors. For many years, former President George H. W. Bush and first lady Barbara made College Station their second home. Barbara was recently buried at the library site.

College Station’s 58 public parks cover almost 1,400 acres, with many providing amenities such as tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, splash pads, hiking trails, dog parks, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, walking/jogging and nature trails, along with a competition-quality skate park and a large outdoor amphitheater and festival site. The city offers a variety of adult and youth recreational programs such as softball, basketball, volleyball and kickball leagues, summer swim lessons, and a competitive swim team, just to name a few.

In addition, College Station is among the safest and most family-friendly places in Texas, consistently maintaining one of the lowest crime rates in the state. Niche.com listed it among the 25 safest cities in the country in 2017, and Kiplinger’s has ranked College Station among the nation’s 10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids.

BRIGHT BUSINESS FUTURE

College Station ranks No. 3 nationally on Forbes’ list of the Best Small Places for Business and Careers. The city has worked closely with Texas A&M and the City of Bryan to develop the Research Valley and BioCorridor, which continues to attract high-tech businesses from around the world, including vaccine manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline, FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnology Texas, and iBio.

Axis Pipe and Tube’s highly automated, state-of-the-art facility is impacting the energy sector, and Wayfair’s new 450 employee service center is revolutionizing internet shopping experiences. These businesses and many more are catalyzing local investments in transportation and logistics, advanced materials, life sciences and IT.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

The College Station-Bryan area has received national recognition in a variety of economic and social categories:

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