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Reagan Hales

5 Factors That Are Fueling Amarillo's Fast Economic Growth

Growth doesn't just happen. It requires a careful balance of factors within the market. When these factors come together, they create an engine that drives the economy forward.

The stronger the factors, the greater the forward momentum an economy will experience. Some of these factors are permanently fixed, while others remain fluid throughout the economic cycle. Here are a five factors that are fueling Amarillo's economic growth.

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Reagan Hales

A New Spin On A Community Garden: Why Amarillo Is Blooming With Successful Entrepreneurs

Every fall, my neighbor starts working in his garden. He’s out early in the morning, dirt up to his elbows busy planting bulbs that will bloom in the spring. His yard and flowers look amazing each spring that it almost makes up for my I-have-three-kids-and-a full-time-job-with-no-time-to-think-about-daffodils yard.

I’d love to look outside my window each spring and see the same view he does. Real gardeners know a healthy yard and a beautiful flowerbed takes work. It takes time. It takes an investment by my neighbor throughout the year to tend to his garden so that the fruits and the flora will greet him in the spring.

There is another type of “gardening” that I learned about this summer: economic gardening.

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Reagan Hales

Why Young Companies Are Changing Our Country's Economy

Whether born from a brainstorm in the shower or thought up while daydreaming in a boardroom, new businesses provide significant opportunities within the economy. When the thoughts and ideas of entrepreneurs lead to the establishment of a new business, the entire community benefits.

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Reagan Hales

The Role Of Small Business In Economic Development

A healthy economy requires small business growth and sustainability. When small businesses are healthy and prosperous, the community-at-large benefits and prospers, too. 

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Reagan Hales

MBA Graduates Are In Higher Demand Than Ever — Here's Why

Success in business takes more than just having a dream. It's more than who you know and what you want to do. In order to achieve success, it's necessary to have the skills and training required to bring dreams into reality. That requires education, and an MBA is the degree businesses want their employees to have under their belts.

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Reagan Hales

How Exporting Goods And Services Benefits The Local Economy

The Amarillo area is quickly becoming a "go-to" marketplace for businesses around the country. The goods produced here and the services provided by a skilled workforce are benefiting companies and communities from coast to coast. In turn, the revenues generated by sales and services significantly strengthen Amarillo's economy.

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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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