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Texas is CNBC’s Top State for Business

From CNBC:

Riding the rising tide of energy prices—and the job growth that goes with it—Texas claims the top spot in CNBC’s 2018 America’s Top States for Business rankings.

This is familiar territory for the Lone Star State, which becomes the first four-time winner in our annual study, now in its 12th year. But it has been a long time coming. This is the first time since 2012 that Texas has claimed top honors. Not coincidentally, West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil—the state’s most important export—peaked at just over $108 per barrel that year, a figure it has not seen since. But it has risen enough—around 60 percent in the last year, powering through the $70 per barrel mark in June—to turbocharge the $1.6 trillion Texas economy.

Read the rest of the story: Texas is CNBC’s Top State for Business in America this year

Why doesn’t College Station have a Waffle House?

By , Economic Development Manager

On Monday, I received an email asking a simple question: Why has the City of College Station not reached out to Waffle House or made plans to build one in our community?

Since Waffle House is the mecca of waffle aficionados across much of America, the question is reasonable — and it’s one we hear a lot.

So why don’t we have a Waffle House?

Restaurants such as Waffle House are planned and built by private businesses. We proactively recruit many companies, including restaurants, and we’ve pursued Waffle House for several years. Unfortunately, its management has repeatedly said it has no plans to expand to College Station anytime soon.

The role of the city’s Economic Development department is to identify commercially zoned property with good visibility and access that companies such as Waffle House would find attractive. We then help that business navigate our development and permitting processes.

I’m a big fan of waffles and would love to see a Waffle House in College Station. If you have an influential contact who could change the company’s decision and bring a location here, you’d be a local hero.

Get to work!

Photo Copyright: dehooks/123RF Stock Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cities Creating The Most High-Wage Jobs

“…we may also see the shift of some business to small and mid-sized cities, which constituted 10 of the top 12 fastest growing areas for business service jobs, led by such diverse places as Wausau, Wisc., Monroe, Mich., and College Station, Texas.”

Four new tenants announced for upcoming Century Square project

The roster of tenants filling out College Station’s forthcoming Century Square added four new members Thursday, including a mix of local and national businesses.

CS City Council approves rezoning for commercial uses along Texas 6

The College Station City Council approved zoning changes Thursday to allow for commercial development on six different properties, half of which have frontage along Texas 6.

Small Business

College Station and the surrounding community provide a variety of resources to grow and sustain success in small business operations. Below are just some of the services offered in the Brazos Valley.


Research Valley Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Centers provide free business consulting and affordable training seminars to small and medium-sized business owners and managers. Consultants are available to help businesses develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve productivity and profitability.
Learn more

Brazos Valley Financial Fitness Center

With help from volunteer financial professionals, individuals and families are taught how to develop healthy financial habits, build or increase savings, acquire assets, and plan for the future.
Learn more

Brazos Valley Community Loan Center

The CLC was created to provide a sustainable alternative to high-cost, short-term consumer loans offered by private lenders. Under a grant from JPMorgan Chase, personal loans of up to $1,000 are offered to the employees of participating businesses.
Learn more

Research Valley Innovation Center RVIC

The Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC) is a nonprofit 501c(3) corporation formed by The Research Valley Partnership, Inc. (RVP) for the advancement of science, education, entrepreneurship and innovation. The RVIC works in collaboration with Texas A&M University System components headquartered in Brazos County, Texas, the Bryan-College Station community, and private industry.
Learn more

Skills for Small Business

Through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), up to $2 million is dedicated to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees for training offered through either a local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service. TWC manages the college application process to fund specific courses selected by the businesses to train new workers and upgrade the skills of incumbent workers.
Learn more

Startup Aggieland

Startup Aggieland is a student-designed business incubator, accelerator and co-working space. We help qualified student-owned startups leverage Texas A&M University resources and private support without relinquishing equity ownership in their companies.
Learn more

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center

Hosted at TEEX, TMAC offers manufacturers extensive opportunities to advance business profitability in skills training, business process analysis and practices to boost productivity, regulation-required training, supply chain development and strengthening, and product innovation.
Learn more

Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley

Brazos Valley businesses are eligible to receive a variety of specialized services including: job posting databases; skills matching assistance for employees; skill level evaluation for job seekers; labor market information for employers; tax credit application assistance; job fairs; and post-layoff rapid response services.
Learn more

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.

New shopping centers and hotels coming to College Station

KBTX-TV – College Station Mayor Nancy Berry talks about new developments coming to the city of College Station.

Rapid growth brings new businesses to south College Station

KBTX-TV – As more people are moving to South College Station, businesses are following right behind them. The Tower Point shopping center has a large number of projects in the works with PetSmart, Gold’s Gym, Bahama Buck’s, Jimmy Changas, and Freddy’s coming to the area.

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Texas is CNBC’s Top State for Business

From CNBC:

Riding the rising tide of energy prices—and the job growth that goes with it—Texas claims the top spot in CNBC’s 2018 America’s Top States for Business rankings.

This is familiar territory for the Lone Star State, which becomes the first four-time winner in our annual study, now in its 12th year. But it has been a long time coming. This is the first time since 2012 that Texas has claimed top honors. Not coincidentally, West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil—the state’s most important export—peaked at just over $108 per barrel that year, a figure it has not seen since. But it has risen enough—around 60 percent in the last year, powering through the $70 per barrel mark in June—to turbocharge the $1.6 trillion Texas economy.

Read the rest of the story: Texas is CNBC’s Top State for Business in America this year

Why doesn’t College Station have a Waffle House?

By , Economic Development Manager

On Monday, I received an email asking a simple question: Why has the City of College Station not reached out to Waffle House or made plans to build one in our community?

Since Waffle House is the mecca of waffle aficionados across much of America, the question is reasonable — and it’s one we hear a lot.

So why don’t we have a Waffle House?

Restaurants such as Waffle House are planned and built by private businesses. We proactively recruit many companies, including restaurants, and we’ve pursued Waffle House for several years. Unfortunately, its management has repeatedly said it has no plans to expand to College Station anytime soon.

The role of the city’s Economic Development department is to identify commercially zoned property with good visibility and access that companies such as Waffle House would find attractive. We then help that business navigate our development and permitting processes.

I’m a big fan of waffles and would love to see a Waffle House in College Station. If you have an influential contact who could change the company’s decision and bring a location here, you’d be a local hero.

Get to work!

Photo Copyright: dehooks/123RF Stock Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cities Creating The Most High-Wage Jobs

“…we may also see the shift of some business to small and mid-sized cities, which constituted 10 of the top 12 fastest growing areas for business service jobs, led by such diverse places as Wausau, Wisc., Monroe, Mich., and College Station, Texas.”

Four new tenants announced for upcoming Century Square project

The roster of tenants filling out College Station’s forthcoming Century Square added four new members Thursday, including a mix of local and national businesses.

CS City Council approves rezoning for commercial uses along Texas 6

The College Station City Council approved zoning changes Thursday to allow for commercial development on six different properties, half of which have frontage along Texas 6.

Small Business

College Station and the surrounding community provide a variety of resources to grow and sustain success in small business operations. Below are just some of the services offered in the Brazos Valley.


Research Valley Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Centers provide free business consulting and affordable training seminars to small and medium-sized business owners and managers. Consultants are available to help businesses develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve productivity and profitability.
Learn more

Brazos Valley Financial Fitness Center

With help from volunteer financial professionals, individuals and families are taught how to develop healthy financial habits, build or increase savings, acquire assets, and plan for the future.
Learn more

Brazos Valley Community Loan Center

The CLC was created to provide a sustainable alternative to high-cost, short-term consumer loans offered by private lenders. Under a grant from JPMorgan Chase, personal loans of up to $1,000 are offered to the employees of participating businesses.
Learn more

Research Valley Innovation Center RVIC

The Research Valley Innovation Center (RVIC) is a nonprofit 501c(3) corporation formed by The Research Valley Partnership, Inc. (RVP) for the advancement of science, education, entrepreneurship and innovation. The RVIC works in collaboration with Texas A&M University System components headquartered in Brazos County, Texas, the Bryan-College Station community, and private industry.
Learn more

Skills for Small Business

Through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), up to $2 million is dedicated to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees for training offered through either a local community or technical college, or the Texas Engineering Extension Service. TWC manages the college application process to fund specific courses selected by the businesses to train new workers and upgrade the skills of incumbent workers.
Learn more

Startup Aggieland

Startup Aggieland is a student-designed business incubator, accelerator and co-working space. We help qualified student-owned startups leverage Texas A&M University resources and private support without relinquishing equity ownership in their companies.
Learn more

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center

Hosted at TEEX, TMAC offers manufacturers extensive opportunities to advance business profitability in skills training, business process analysis and practices to boost productivity, regulation-required training, supply chain development and strengthening, and product innovation.
Learn more

Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley

Brazos Valley businesses are eligible to receive a variety of specialized services including: job posting databases; skills matching assistance for employees; skill level evaluation for job seekers; labor market information for employers; tax credit application assistance; job fairs; and post-layoff rapid response services.
Learn more

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.

New shopping centers and hotels coming to College Station

KBTX-TV – College Station Mayor Nancy Berry talks about new developments coming to the city of College Station.

Rapid growth brings new businesses to south College Station

KBTX-TV – As more people are moving to South College Station, businesses are following right behind them. The Tower Point shopping center has a large number of projects in the works with PetSmart, Gold’s Gym, Bahama Buck’s, Jimmy Changas, and Freddy’s coming to the area.