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Claire Gillman

Dr. Emily Hunt: Fostering An Engineering Force In Our Region

“[West Texas A&M University’s] mission is to give students a global perspective, a broader way of thinking. We try to do that in engineering as well. We try to show them that it is not just about a job or getting out to make money; it is about being the leaders technically for our region.” Dr. Emily Hunt, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at West Texas A&M University

Dr. Emily Hunt is the Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WTAMU. A Canyon native, she earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University. As a renowned engineer, researcher and author, Dr. Hunt is not only helping pave the way for female engineers in a male-dominated field, but is also positioning WT’s engineering programs competitive on a national scale.

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Claire Gillman

Why We Should Encourage Innovation In Amarillo

“To foster economic growth, innovation clusters need to draw on the power of an interrelated ‘quad’ of sectors: public, private, civil, and academic.” - Ernest J. Wilson III, USC

Earlier this summer, in a meeting with Kyla Frye of the WT Enterprise Center, I was introduced to the concept of the “Quad,” an economic model created by a dean at the University of Southern California. Jeff Reid, Incubator Director at the WT Enterprise Center, had written a report on the model for an Economic Development capstone project.

In essence, the model suggests that collaboration and vision alignment across four sectors — government, business, nonprofit and academic — is the key to a community’s maintained economic growth.

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Reagan Hales

CEOs Choose Texas As The Best State For Business

Texas is tops for CEOs across the country according to the latest rankings released by Chief Executive Magazine. The latest survey means that it is the twelfth straight year that the state has been voted the best state in the nation for companies to do business.

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Brian Jennings

CenterPort Business Park Offers Companies Competitive Advantage

Amarillo manufacturers often ask me, “Why can I not get my products or supplies off of the train that passes by my back window?” Good question. Let’s be honest — there are more than 100 trains per day that pass over the several hundreds of miles of railroad in Amarillo.

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Reagan Hales

4 Ways Tax Abatements And Business Incentives Grow A Local Economy

When a business opens its doors, it creates a ripple effect that spreads throughout the community. The larger the business grows, the greater the impact it will have on the economy as a whole. While tax abatements and incentives are temporary, the ripples they cast travel far into the future.

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Reagan Hales

Texas Economy Adds 7,200 Seasonally Adjusted Jobs In June

The bright light over Texas isn't just the sun passing by; it's growth that's settling in and creating positive jobs reports that show just how strong the state's economy is becoming. Based on the latest reports, it's clear Texas has a bright future for anyone willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work. 

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Claire Gillman

Speed Silks: Racing To The Top Of The Jockey Silks Industry

“It is like the old saying, ‘you can’t see the mountain if you are standing on top of the mountain. You have to step off of the mountain and look, ‘oh look, there is a mountain.’ You do not see everything you have been through, when you are still experiencing it because you are too distracted. When I look back now, at the last five or six years, I am flabbergasted, but only if I step back and take a look.” Matt Darby, Speed Silks founder

Speed Silks creates custom jockey silks. These revolutionary, lightweight equine jockey uniforms. The fabric in which Speed Sillks' uniforms are made, Aero Dimplex®, is used by competitive cyclists, speed skaters and jockeys all over the globe, from the U.S. and Puerto Rico to England and France to Singapore and Australia. Speed Silks uniforms have been worn by Kentucky Derby jockeys since its founding in 2014, including the jockey of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in 2016.

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Reagan Hales

Amarillo Continues To Have State’s Lowest Unemployment Rate

The Amarillo community is brimming with generous volunteers, influential leaders and successful businesspeople. The people of Amarillo are what make our city unlike any other. With the AEDC guest blog posts, we hope to educate readers on our community as well as share valuable messages from Amarillo's key thinkers. This is a guest post by Trent Morris, Director of Workforice Solutions Panhandle.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area has an unemployment rate of 2.8% in May of 2016 compared to the statewide rate of 4.2% and the national average of 4.5%. Amarillo has historically had a lower unemployment rate than the state and nation. As you see by the chart below, we follow the trends of the state and nation but our increases and decreases are simply not as dramatic. But what are the numbers not telling us?

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Claire Gillman

Heal The City: Spreading Wellness Throughout The Community

“...Wellness involves a lot more than getting your medications and immunizations. Wellness is rooted in the idea of community involvement. Wellness is being healthy enough to go to school; wellness is not being hungry at school; wellness is having a safe shelter. Wellness is bigger picture.” Alan Keister, MD, Heal the City

Heal the City provides free urgent medical care and referral services for those in need. The Amarillo medical mission opened its doors in September 2014.

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Reagan Hales

Amarillo Offers Tourists And Residents Array Of Sights And Activities

The Amarillo community is brimming with generous volunteers, influential leaders and successful businesspeople. The people of Amarillo are what make our city unlike any other. With the AEDC guest blog posts, we hope to educate readers on our community as well as share valuable messages from Amarillo's key thinkers. This is a guest post by Dan Quandt, Vice President of the Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.

So, say you have a product that has steadily increasing sales, now totaling over $870 million annually. This product is enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds, yet has easily defined specific niches that can really heighten the public’s desire to consume. In business, we call this a success story. In Texas, we call this Amarillo.

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