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June 19, 2019
Governor Abbott Approves Funds for Texas Tech Vet School
Amarillo EDC has pledged up to $69M toward completion of the project
On June 15th, Texas Governor Greg Abbott authorized a budget approved by the Texas Legislature that will allocate $17.35 million in operational funding for the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine (TTUSVM) in Amarillo, a move that will strengthen the school’s existing educational investment in the High Plains while providing additional incentives for students and animal health professionals who live and work in the community.CONTINUE READING
June 11, 2019
Amarillo EDC Announces Renewed Focus on Area Businesses
The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (Amarillo EDC) today announced its re-commitment to the organization’s Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program which will drive economic growth in the community through the focused support of established and growing Amarillo businesses as well as the advancement of ongoing workforce development initiatives in Amarillo. To fill this position, the Amarillo EDC has appointed Michael Kitten, who most recently served as Dean of Technical Education at Amarillo College.CONTINUE READING
May 21, 2019
Local Leader's Guide to Hiring
The latest episode of Amarillo Economic Development Corporation’s Build Your Talent Toolbox was focused on Hiring the Right People. Margaret Graziano, a leading talent management expert from Keen Alignment, spoke about creating purpose-driven roles and setting the right expectations for employees. Sabrina Meck Perez, AEDC’s Director of Workforce Attraction & Retention, sat down with local employer Joshua Raef, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A Georgia Street, to get a local perspective of how to hire the right people in the Amarillo area.CONTINUE READING
March 18, 2019
Amarillo EDC Names Kevin Carter as New President & CEO
The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (Amarillo EDC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Kevin Carter as President and CEO, effective April 1. Mr. Carter’s selection was confirmed today during a meeting of the Board of Directors. His appointment follows an extensive search for the city’s new economic development leader.CONTINUE READING
March 06, 2019
An Interview With Scott Bentley, the Amarillo EDC's Newest Board Member
Scott Bentley, the Amarillo market President and current Board of Directors members of First United Bank, is the newest member of the Amarillo EDC's Board of Directors. Scott is very active in the community having served on numerous civic boards including Golden Spread Council of Boy Scouts, Amarillo/Canyon United Way, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Community Advisory Board, and the Amarillo Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone.CONTINUE READING
February 01, 2019
Amarillo EDC Releases Materials from State of the Economy Event
Following a successful State of the Economy event, the Amarillo EDC is happy to provide the event materials to the public. As the event was designed with the intention to educate and provide critical information for business owners, consumers and students to make informed materials, the Amarillo EDC is pleased to make these valuable materials available to the greater community.CONTINUE READING
January 17, 2019
A Conversation on Culture – with Sam Silverstein & Cal Zant
During the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation’s latest episode of Build Your Talent Toolbox, Sam Silverstein, national keynote speaker, helped employers see the value in building a culture to retain the right employees. Sam teamed up with Cal Zant, President of Betenbough Homes, a local employer in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Midland. After they shared their experience and expertise on work culture, Sabrina Meck Perez, AEDC Director of Workforce Attraction & Retention, sat down with both Sam and Cal to share their thoughts with you on the importance of being purposeful with work culture.CONTINUE READING
December 06, 2018
Amarillo EDC Announces Inaugural State of the Economy Event
Event aims to shed light on national and local trends shaping the area’s economy
The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (Amarillo EDC) announced today their plans to host the organization’s inaugural State of the Economy event to be held on January 31, 2019, at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The event will provide a brief update on Amarillo’s economy while national economic leaders will discuss how macroeconomic issues affect the growth of the community.
December 06, 2018
Engagement Tool – Build Your Talent Toolbox
As we visit with many businesses, it becomes clear that a prominent challenge facing employers is the opportunity to engage with local students in a way that offers the greatest impression with minimal amount of sacrifice in work productivity. This is why the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) highlighted Junior Achievement of the High Plains in our first “Build Your Talent Toolbox” event. Junior Achievement (JA) helps employers bridge this gap and provides staff an opportunity to interact with local students.CONTINUE READING
December 04, 2018
City Council Approves $1.25M AEDC Project
Amarillo City Council Approves Incentives for Local Business ExpansionApproval ushers in 125 new jobs to the area economy
The Amarillo City Council approved today the use of financial incentives from the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) to support the expansion of Amarillo-area business Asset Protection Unit (APU). This final step in the approval process allows the AEDC to provide up to $1.25M to APU to support the company's plans to create 125 jobs in the next five years. CONTINUE READING
November 19, 2018
Amarillo EDC Votes to Support Local Business Expansion, Bringing 125 Jobs
The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Board of Directors announced today their support in the expansion of
Asset Protection Unit, LLC, a leading provider of data mining and overpayment recovery for insurance and related industries, will create more than 125 jobs in the Amarillo area over the next five years. The positions will support the business unit's ability to support new insurance carriers.
"We are thrilled to support growing businesses in the Amarillo-area," stated AEDC Board Chairwoman Laura Street. "As a Board, we enjoy investing in the growth of area companies that have and will continue to give back to the community. These projects highlight the on-going growth in Amarillo and the AEDC's focus on expansion and retention."
Interim President and CEO Doug Nelson stated, "Anytime the organization can invest in successful local businesses that are growing, we consider that a win."
The AEDC's support of the two expansions is the first step toward final approval of financial incentives for the two projects. The Amarillo City Council will consider the two projects at an upcoming Council meeting on December 4, 2018. Incentives may only be awarded upon final approval by City Council.
The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (Amarillo EDC) is the primary economic development engine of the Amarillo community, responsible for industry growth and job creation through business attraction and retention initiatives. The mission of the Amarillo EDC is to attract businesses to Amarillo which offer highly skilled, highly-paid positions; to expand and retain existing local businesses in Amarillo, and to foster a business environment conducive to entrepreneurship.
November 19, 2018
Amarillo EDC Formally Announces Appointment of Doug Nelson as Interim President and CEO
The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Board of Directors today formally appointed Doug Nelson as the company’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Nelson succeeds Barry Albrecht, the company’s prior President and CEO, who announced his resignation on November 6, 2018.CONTINUE READING
November 06, 2018
October 23, 2018
Workforce in focus: How the AEDC is taking steps to engage the local workforce
You’re only as strong as your team. And a company is only as strong as its workforce. We know businesses, cities, educators, non-profits and everyone in between is constantly looking for the right talent who will stick around and be assets for their organization. But it is tough! With low unemployment, labor participation and new generations entering the workforce, the challenges of recruiting, retaining and engaging employees can be daunting and harmful to a business.CONTINUE READING
August 22, 2018
Amarillo EDC Funding for Fairly Group to be Reinvested into the Community
The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (EDC) today announced the reinvestment of funding originally awarded to the Fairly Group in an agreement reached in 2017. The agreement provided Fairly Group funds to allow for the expansion of high-quality jobs at its Amarillo headquarters. In the past year, the agreement has produced $27,000 for the company.CONTINUE READING
August 22, 2018
Amarillo Economy Recognizes Accelerated Growth in 2018
The Metro-Amarillo economy recognized an accelerated rate of growth in 2018, surging to 2.8%. In a report, released today by the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and prepared by Mark Snead, President of RegionTrack, data describes that the reported growth rate outpaces the national average of 1.6% for the same twelve-month period.CONTINUE READING
June 29, 2018
Board Director Lloyd Brown Shares His Vision For The AEDC
Lloyd Brown, CEO of Integrated Advantage Group and co-founder of Smart Chemical Services, is the newest member of the Amarillo EDC’s Board of Directors. He was a member of the Amarillo JCs, president of the Amarillo Club, and currently serves on the church board at Pinnacle Community Church.CONTINUE READING
June 27, 2018
THRIVE Amarillo Scholarship Ensures Growth of Area Workforce
The Amarillo Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees voted Thursday evening to approve the school district’s financial participation in the THRIVE Amarillo Scholarship program.CONTINUE READING
June 27, 2018
New THRIVE Scholarship To Give Students Two Years Free AC Tuition
College just got a little more affordable.
A new scholarship with Amarillo College, THRIVE, will allow more than 8,500 students to receive two years of college courses at no charge. The scholarship, which covers the next six years, is a "last money in" tuition assistance program that applies to 60 hours of tuition, books, and even fees at AC.CONTINUE READING
May 09, 2018
Amarillo To Invest $69M in Construction of Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine
Yesterday, the Amarillo City Council approved an amendment that could bring hundreds into Amarillo and shape the city as a foundation for educational growth. The amendment, which altered the 2016 agreement between the Texas Tech University System and the Amarillo EDC, will provide an investment of up to $69 million to ensure the construction of the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine (TTU SVM) in Amarillo.CONTINUE READING
April 27, 2018
Xcel Energy Rolls Out New Certified Economic Development Sites
There’s a little P.T. Barnum in all of us. We all tend to think our hometown is the greatest show on earth. And while a good dose of hyperbole plays a role in burnishing a city’s image, businesses dig much deeper when making serious moves involving startups or expansions in new locations.CONTINUE READING
April 11, 2018
How A Small City On The High Plains Became A Leader In Brain Research
On the northwestern edge of Amarillo, Texas, a collection of massive buildings looks out toward an unrolling landscape of arroyos, mesas and flickering yellow grass. Scanning this broken terrain, a visitor may think not much has changed here since the nineteenth century. In fact, Billy the Kid used to ride among these very gullies. But Billy himself would likely be shocked to learn that, inside these modern structures, some of the most advanced brain studies in the nation are being conducted.CONTINUE READING
April 06, 2018
Meet The Millennial: Elizabeth Carter, Stewardship Director At NCW Insurance
Elizabeth Carter is a millennial and Amarillo native. She attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and received her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Degree. Following graduation, Carter moved to Dallas. After several years, however, she relocated back to Amarillo. She has remained here ever since.CONTINUE READING
March 21, 2018
In An Emerging Southwestern City, A Culinary Scene Blossoms
Perched atop the high, flat prairie of the Texas Panhandle, the city of Amarillo is experiencing a cultural boom. Through much of the twentieth century, Amarillo often felt like an outpost on the edge of the universe. Yet, with the advent of the internet, the city has launched itself into the new century with gusto.CONTINUE READING
March 07, 2018
Meet The Millennial: John David Willimon, Petroleum Engineer At Matra Petroleum
Millennial John David Willimon was born and raised in Liberal, Kansas. But when a job opportunity opened up at Matra Petroleum in Amarillo, he eagerly made the move.CONTINUE READING
February 09, 2018
5 Tips To Up-size Your Business From Inc. Magazine
Being a small business isn't always a downside. In business-friendly regions like Amarillo, small operations can use their size to their advantage, responding quickly to changing markets and customer needs as they evolve. This creates a base of loyal clients and steady income that small business owners can use as a foundation to grow and upsize their operations in new and exciting directions.CONTINUE READING
January 31, 2018
Meet The Millennial: Jesse Patton, City Of Amarillo Communications Coordinator
Millennial Jesse Patton is the Communications Coordinator for the City of Amarillo. He was born in Corpus Christi, but his family moved to Amarillo when he was six months old. Since then, he has become a part of the community and now considers Amarillo his true home.CONTINUE READING
January 23, 2018
Amarillo EDC Hires Sabrina Meck As Director Of Workforce Attraction & Retention
The Amarillo EDC is pleased to announce that we have hired Sabrina Meck as the Director of Workforce Attraction & Retention.CONTINUE READING
January 18, 2018
Meet the Intern: Savannah Tarbet
At Amarillo High School, I was required to take economics my senior year, like everyone else. If I'm being honest, I barely understood what was going on in that class and somehow finished with a good grade. I bet you're wondering how I ended up becoming the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation's intern. Let me explain...CONTINUE READING
January 10, 2018
Educational Organizations Team Up To Boost Amarillo's Economy
Communication and collaboration are the keys to success. Often, however, businesses focus more on competition than collaboration.
Several organizations in Amarillo are trying to change that.CONTINUE READING
January 02, 2018
Telling Amarillo's Story: A Look Back At 2017
At the beginning of 2017, the Amarillo EDC committed to increasing and improving our communications. After all, Amarillo has an incredible story. We needed to do a better job of telling it – both on a local and a national level.
So how did we execute this commitment, and did it bring any tangible outcomes?CONTINUE READING
December 20, 2017
Meet The Millennial: Melissa Sager, Owner Of Things Like Us
Melissa Sager is a millennial, senior designer at Cre8 Direct, Inc. and the owner of Things Like Us. Born and raised in Amarillo, Sager moved away to attend the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Fifteen years later, after she and her husband had their first child, she moved back to her hometown.CONTINUE READING
December 06, 2017
Midsized Cities Better For Businesses, New Study Finds
Could living in a mid-sized city actually be advantageous for your business?
According to a recent study, this may be the case.CONTINUE READING
November 08, 2017
Meet The Millennial: Zivorad Filipovic, Marketing Manager At The Amarillo Symphony
Millennial Zivorad Filipovic works as the marketing manager at the Amarillo Symphony. He received the "Top 20 Under 40" award from the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce in 2017. He has a passion for Amarillo’s local art events, the Amarillo Community Market and the theater productions.CONTINUE READING
November 01, 2017
How Amarillo Stood Out At The 2017 Inc. 5000 Conference
It was an honor for me to have been invited to attend the Inc. 5000 Conference in Palm Springs, CA, to represent Amarillo College and Amarillo.
It's exciting and humbling to join a team of community and business leaders from the Panhandle that is so focused on the vision of growing Amarillo and bringing companies and jobs to the Panhandle region.CONTINUE READING
October 25, 2017
What We Learned From The EShip Summit This Summer
The last time I talked at length about ecosystems was likely in my high school biology class. Or perhaps it was when I helped my son with his science project in 5th grade.
Until I attended the Kauffman Foundation’s inaugural EShip Summit this summer in Kansas City, I certainly hadn’t considered my community as a complex ecosystem, with each business, organization and resident playing a vital role.CONTINUE READING
October 18, 2017
Meet The Millennial: Mindi McLain, Partner & Lawyer At Burdett, Morgan, Williamson & Boykin
Mindi McLain is a 35-year-old partner and lawyer at Burdett, Morgan, Williamson & Boykin (BMWB). She attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree and earned a law degree from Texas Tech University. She is a problem-solver, helping local entrepreneurs and business owners grow and execute plans for success.CONTINUE READING
October 11, 2017
What Amarillo Needs To Be Selected For The Amazon HQ2
Last month, Amazon announced plans to open another headquarters in North America. Called "HQ2," the facility will cost at least $5 billion to construct and operate, and will employ as many as 50,000 workers.
Cities and regional economic development organizations have been invited to submit proposals, due by October 19.CONTINUE READING
October 04, 2017
How Earning A Spot On Inc. 5000 Impacted Smart Chemical Services
This past August, Inc. Magazine released its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, highlighting the fastest-growing businesses in the nation.
Among those was Smart Chemical Services, a local business that provides chemical and operational solutions for drilling, oil field production, water, and more for the oil and gas industry.
September 13, 2017
Meet The Millennial: Joseph B. Peterson Jr., Edward Jones Financial Consultant
Joseph B. Peterson Jr. currently works as a financial advisor at Edward Jones and Associates. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Peterson grew up in Amarillo and received his bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University and master’s from Texas Tech University.CONTINUE READING
September 08, 2017
September 06, 2017
Inc. BrandView Site Highlights Amarillo
As part of the partnership with Amarillo EDC and area community partners, Inc. Magazine has created a page on its website to highlight the entrepreneurial and growth potential of Amarillo.CONTINUE READING
August 23, 2017
Amarillo EDC Agrees To $1.8M Deal With Fairly Group
This Tuesday, the Amarillo EDC agreed to a $1.8 million deal with the Fairly Group during the Board of Directors meeting.
The deal, which marks the second deal reached during the last four months, could potentially keep Texas Panhandle talent local.
August 23, 2017
An Interview With Millennial Sammi Gallagher, Equestrian & Marketing Professional
Samantha “Sammi” Gallagher is a millennial, project director, industry leader, and award-winning equestrian. As Project Director at ROI Online, an Internet Marketing Company, she serves as the main point of contact between clients and the company, ensuring both parties work toward the same goals. She jokingly refers to herself as a “professional cat-herder.”CONTINUE READING
August 17, 2017
New Study Outlines Amarillo’s Economic Strengths And Weaknesses
Amarillo may be headed toward success when it comes to our economic future. However, there are other aspects of the city’s infrastructure that we may need to address.CONTINUE READING
August 16, 2017
Meet The Millennial: Sammi Gallagher, Project Director At ROI Online
Over the next few weeks, the Amarillo EDC will continue our Millennial Campaign, where we showcase distinguished young professionals in our community. The millennial of this month is Samantha “Sammi” Gallagher.CONTINUE READING
August 09, 2017
Calling All Millennials: Share Your Story With The AEDC Millennial Campaign!
Amarillo’s millennial generation is making an impact on our community.
As our educational resources expand, more young professionals are heading to Amarillo to further their careers.
July 19, 2017
Amarillo's Workforce: Behind The Numbers
Amarillo has long been recognized as a hub for agricultural growth. However, with the establishment and expansion of West Texas A&M University, Texas Tech Health Services, and Amarillo College, more young professions are heading into the city to further their education and experience. Amarillo is becoming a melting pot for entrepreneurs, business professionals and industry leaders alike.CONTINUE READING
July 05, 2017
An Interview With Broc Carter, Officer At No Limits No Excuses
No Limits No Excuses strives for student success and education in hopes of ending issues of poverty in the Amarillo community. The program began in 2011, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal for No Limits No Excuses is to gain 10,000 more degrees by 2025.
June 21, 2017
An Interview With Jason Crespin, Academy Director Of Amarillo Little Theater
Amarillo Little Theater (ALT) has been in production since 1927. It is one of the nation’s longest continuously running theaters. All productions are conducted by volunteers in the community. The theater hosts mainstage productions as well as academy productions.CONTINUE READING
June 14, 2017
An Interview With Angela Knapp Eggers, Senior Director Of Community Outreach At The Laura W. Bush Institute
Angela Knapp Eggers is the Senior Director of Community Outreach at the Laura W. Bush Institute. The institute, created in 2007, funds research on sex- and gender-based medicine as well as other innovative and lifesaving missions.CONTINUE READING
June 07, 2017
An Interview With Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, President Of Amarillo College
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart took presidency at Amarillo College in 2014. Since taking presidency, Lowery-Hart has increased school enrollment by reassessing values in higher education.CONTINUE READING
May 31, 2017
An Interview With Lizzie Ware-Mason, Founder Of Hands On Amarillo
Amarillo National Bank has been a key economic contributor to the Amarillo community. The Wares’ last name is well known for their community influence. For five generations, the Ware family has owned ANB.CONTINUE READING
May 23, 2017
Inc. Magazine To Feature Amarillo In New Campaign
Corporate and educational institutions in Amarillo,Texas, announced Friday night that they will be partnering with Inc. Magazine in a two-year campaign to highlight the city as a destination for entrepreneurs and growth-oriented companies.CONTINUE READING
May 10, 2017
An Interview With Dana West, Superintendent Of Amarillo ISD
Dana West is the current superintendent of Amarillo Independent School District. She received her bachelor and master’s degree from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview.
May 04, 2017
Maxor To Create 375 Jobs With Corporate Expansion In Amarillo
The Amarillo EDC is excited to announce the Amarillo City Council has approved a $13.0 million incentive to Maxor National Pharmacy Services, LLC.CONTINUE READING
April 26, 2017
AEDC And The City Taking Steps to Align Amarillo
Developing the Align Amarillo Economic Development Strategic Plan has been a cooperative process from the beginning. The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and City of Amarillo contracted Avalanche Consulting of Austin and Community Development Strategies (CDS) of Houston to help them engage the residents and businesses of Amarillo and build a comprehensive economic development strategy for the entire community.CONTINUE READING
April 20, 2017
Education IS Economic Development Part 1: Keeping Pace
Since my first days at the Amarillo EDC, one of my primary mantras has been that “education IS economic development.”
If you’ve attended any of our recent events or read any of my other blog posts, you know this is one of my core beliefs with regards to growing a community’s economic base. Education, to me, is a driver and predictor of a city’s economic future.
April 12, 2017
March 28, 2017
What Is Your Vision For Amarillo?
When you think of Amarillo, what do you see? What does the future of the community, its residents, its educational opportunities and businesses look like?
The Amarillo EDC is creating a vision statement for our city, but we need your input to make that vision a reality.
March 24, 2017
Congratulations To The Winners Of The 2016 Amarillo EnterPrize Challenge!
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 West Texas A&M University EnterPrize Challenge!
An inspiring and diverse group of Amarillo entrepreneurs competed this year. Get to know the three winners.
March 21, 2017
What's The Difference Between Policies & Procedures?
When it comes to economic development, there are several substantial differences between policies and procedures. Though people regularly confuse these words, they have distinct meanings that should be clarified and understood. Let's take a look at what procedures and policies really are, how they differ from one another and how they function in unison.CONTINUE READING
March 09, 2017
An Interview With Laura Street, the Amarillo EDC's Newest Board Member
Laura Street is the newest board member of the Amarillo EDC. In February, the City Council selected Street to fill the empty board seat vacated when Ginger Nelson, who resigned to focus on her mayoral campaign.CONTINUE READING
March 07, 2017
AEDC On A Mission To Grow Amarillo's Educational System
Having grown up in a military family, I’ve been lucky to see so much of the world. My father retired from the Army after serving three tours in Vietnam as a helicopter gunship pilot, so when I joined the Army as an aviator, I was familiar and welcomed all the experiences the military had to offer.CONTINUE READING
February 21, 2017
Amarillo EDC To Refocus
Under the direction of the newly appointed President & CEO, Barry Albrecht, the Amarillo EDC is creating a 120-day plan to refocus our attention to our organizational framework, our duty to educating and advising the community and aggressively recruiting new industry to better strengthen and support Amarillo.CONTINUE READING
January 12, 2017
November 29, 2016
Bell Helicopter: Changing The Way The World Flies
“The V-280 will be a medium utility, attack, combat search and rescue aircraft. It seats 11-14 passengers, is self-deployable up to 2,100 nautical miles, can lift over 10,000 pounds and cruise at 280 miles per hour. To have that content and capability in the fleet — whether military, international, or commercial — the V-280 will change the way the world flies.”
The Bell V-280 Valor has the capability to transform the battlefield and save the lives of our soldiers, boasting “twice the speed, twice the range of current helicopters.” This next-generation tiltrotor aircraft exemplifies modern technology, its speed, range, payload and operational agility unmatched by any other helicopter platform. Designed to reduce weight and lower total lifecycle and support costs, the V-280 Valor’s mission is to improve warfighers’ battlefield productivity and operational reach. Jeff Josselyn is the leader of the V-280 Assembly Team.
November 22, 2016
The Reality Of "Dream, Girl's" Message
As a working mom with three children, I log on to Pinterest a lot. Not necessarily because I am crafty, but more because I am insanely busy.
The other day when I was scouring the site for a quick recipe that would make itself, I came across a great quote. It said, “I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family and dreams that turned into reality.”
November 08, 2016
Just One Word
The Amarillo EDC and the West Texas A&M Enterprise Center is sending eight local entrepreneurs to represent our thriving business community at the INC. 5000 Conference & Gala in San Antonio in October. Each of the attendees has offered to contribute a blog about their experiences as an entrepreneur working in the Texas Panhandle. This is a guest post by Jacob Breeden, owner of Process Art House.
I have always been a devotee of pursuing experiences. From my earliest years and through today, I have sought out opportunities to explore life from new and challenging perspectives. It has not always led me down the best of paths, but in my failures I find I learn the more profound lessons.
November 01, 2016
Community & Diversity: A New Perspective On Economic Development
The Amarillo EDC and the West Texas A&M Enterprise Center is sending eight local entrepreneurs to represent our thriving business community at the INC. 5000 Conference & Gala in San Antonio in October. Each of the attendees has offered to contribute a blog about their experiences as an entrepreneur working in the Texas Panhandle. This is a guest post by Sammi Gallagher, Project Director at ROI Online, an internet marketing agency.
Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Sammi Gallagher, Project Director at ROI Online, a nationally recognized internet marketing agency right here in Amarillo, Texas. I moved from Grand Blanc, Michigan, to Texas in 2011 and my only regret is not getting here sooner!
October 25, 2016
"Work For It, Because No One Is Going To Give It To You"
The Amarillo EDC and the West Texas A&M Enterprise Center is sending eight local entrepreneurs to represent our thriving business community at the INC. 5000 Conference & Gala in San Antonio in October. Each of the attendees has offered to contribute a blog about their experiences as an entrepreneur working in the Texas Panhandle. This is a guest post by Jacob Moreno, co-founder of Altura Engineering & Design.
As I think back to my adolescent years and try to figure out why I wanted to be an entrepreneur, there are two people that come to mind. One is my dad, “Jimmy” Casimero Moreno, and the other is a group of people, the migrant workers I spent my summers with.
We often look back and wonder how it is that we find ourselves in the positions we’re in, but in my case, I know exactly what drove me to start my own business. It was the lessons that my father and the migrant workers taught me.
October 20, 2016
Chase Your Dreams — Right Here In Amarillo
The Amarillo EDC and the West Texas A&M Enterprise Center is sending eight local entrepreneurs to represent our thriving business community at the INC. 5000 Conference & Gala in San Antonio in October. Each of the attendees has offered to contribute a blog about their experiences as an entrepreneur working in the Texas Panhandle. This is a guest post by Kyla Frye, Marketing Communications Director - West Texas A&M University Enterprise Center.
Growing up in Amarillo, there was always a stigma about staying here upon graduation or returning after college. Maybe every town goes through this, but I felt that it was said too often and continues to resonate in the minds of Amarillo’s youth.
October 11, 2016
Having it All – [Raw and Uncensored]
The Amarillo EDC and the West Texas A&M Enterprise Center is sending eight local entrepreneurs to represent our thriving business community at the INC. 5000 Conference & Gala in San Antonio in October. Each of the attendees has offered to contribute a blog about their experiences as an entrepreneur working in the Texas Panhandle. This is a guest post by Kim May, President of Nobox Creative.CONTINUE READING
October 05, 2016
Do You Qualify For The SBA 504 Refinance Program?
During the 2008 recession, small business owners had to become extremely savvy in their cash management, accounting for each dollar going in and coming out of their organization. New entrepreneurs hanging their shingle for the first time shared the same anxiety that long-term business owners had as they considered the future of their companies.CONTINUE READING
September 29, 2016
Amarillo: A City Of Great Support And Immense Love
The Amarillo EDC and the West Texas A&M Enterprise Center is sending eight local entrepreneurs to represent our thriving business community at the INC. 5000 Conference & Gala in San Antonio in October. Each of the attendees has offered to contribute a blog about their experiences as an entrepreneur working in the Texas Panhandle. This is a guest post by Alejandro Magallanes, President of Spirit Solz & EasyMath App.
If I were to ask you, the reader, to describe yourself, how would you start?
Male or female? An entrepreneur or an employee? A professional? A parent? Passionate? Quiet?
Now let’s make things interesting. If I were to ask your friends to describe you, how would they start?
September 27, 2016
From Oil Bust To Innovation Boom
How One Texas City Stopped Focusing On Oil And Started Investing In Entrepreneurs
Every city in Texas remembers the 1980's. Early in the decade, the Lone Star State was booming. Oil was king and everyone seemed to be a part of the royal family. Whether they were driving Cadillacs or pick-up trucks, most Texans were basking in the glow of the black gold that simmered just below the rich Texas soil.CONTINUE READING
September 22, 2016
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.
September 20, 2016
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.
September 15, 2016
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.
September 08, 2016
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.
September 06, 2016
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.
August 30, 2016
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.
August 25, 2016
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.
August 24, 2016
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.
August 18, 2016
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.CONTINUE READING
August 16, 2016
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.CONTINUE READING
August 11, 2016
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.CONTINUE READING
August 09, 2016
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.CONTINUE READING
August 04, 2016
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.
August 02, 2016
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?
July 28, 2016
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.
July 26, 2016
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.
July 21, 2016
Yellow City Street Food: Instilling A Love Of Food & Community In Amarillo
“At the end of the day, we are just cooking food; we are doing what we love to do. We just want to interact with our customers for a little bit, feed them, and, hopefully, because of us, they will go on to have a great day.” — Scott Buchanan, Yellow City Street Food
Yellow City Street Food has become an Amarillo staple, not just for hungry residents, but also for passerby in the mood for hot, fresh, original fare. YCSF, which opened in 2013, offers patrons food-truck-like style menu. Essentially, gourmet eats on the go. To better meet their customer's’ demands and , co-owners Scott and Rin Buchanan will leave behind its window-order eatery located on the corner of Southwest 10th Avenue and Madison Street and move to a dine-in restaurant with table service and craft beer, due to open this summer.
July 19, 2016
WT Enterprise Center Celebrates 15 Years Of Inspiring Innovation In Local Entrepreneurs
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 David Terry, Executive Director of the WT Enterprise Center.
In 1995, as a senior business student at WT, I heard Don Taylor speak at an event on campus. Don had written his best-selling book, Up Against the Walmarts, which immediately thrust him into the category of sought after professional speaker and small business guru.
That day, Don Taylor inspired me. He challenged me to think entrepreneurially and to acquire entrepreneurial skills. Don ignited a spark that kindled a burning passion within me. In the years to come, through his vision and leadership, we would create something that continues to inspire innovation still today – the WT Enterprise Center.
July 14, 2016
4 Business Incentives The AEDC Uses To Grow Amarillo's Economy
Running a city is akin to operating a large corporation; each resident has a vested interest in the success of the community, and the most effective way to protect the interests of hundreds of thousands of people is to ensure that the economy remains healthy and strong. That is accomplished by establishing a strong and diversified economic environment that businesses can thrive within.CONTINUE READING
July 12, 2016
4 Reasons People Love Doing Business In The Texas Panhandle
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 Gina Woodward, Regional Director at West Texas A&M Small Business Development Center.
Will you write a blog for us? Sure, no problem! Starts writing, scratch that topic. Repeat, repeat, repeat. That’s when it hit me…. maybe the most important thing isn’t HOW to do business, but WHY so many choose to do business in the Texas Panhandle.
July 07, 2016
Wind Industry Helps Amarillo Soar
There's change in the air, and the energy coming from Texas isn't just coming from the Texas Tea that made the state famous. These days, more and more companies are turning their attention to the sky and power of the wind that is blowing across the Texas Panhandle.CONTINUE READING
June 30, 2016
Entrepreneurial Initiative, Making A Market, Failure And Eventual Success
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 Aaron Sage, CEO of Sage Oil Vac and co-owner of Femco Drain Solutions.
As an entrepreneur and business owner, my fingers quiver even at the thought of typing out the word, f-a-i-l-u-r-e. The word failure conjures thoughts of final, fatal, tragic. The end of a brave fight of a failed business. However, I must remind myself, failure is not always catastrophic. Small failures from calculated risks show you the right way. To get past the negativity of the word failure, the word setback will be used from here on out.
June 28, 2016
What Are Tax Abatements, And How Do They Work?
The economic health of a community's businesses impacts the economic health of everyone in the community. A healthy business creates employment, career opportunities and tax revenue that benefits the community-at-large. When businesses are healthy, a community grows and prospers. When they are not, the entire community's economic health wanes and withers.CONTINUE READING
June 23, 2016
Small Business Administration Brings Back Debt Refinance
Ask any small business owner what one of their primary hurdles was in the early days of their business and they will likely respond that securing funding for major assets was perhaps one of the most intimidating tasks. Entrepreneurs typically have the idea, they have the passion, but they often don’t know where to look for access to affordable methods of financing to propel their product or service off the ground.CONTINUE READING
June 21, 2016
Center City: Making Amarillo's Downtown New Again
“What we are trying to do is bring people Downtown to let them fall in love with Downtown; then they can decide a new purpose for many of our buildings.” — Beth Duke, Center City
A Conversation with Beth Duke
Beth Duke is the executive director of Center City, a nonprofit organization working to restore Amarillo’s historic downtown as part of the Texas Main Street and National Main Street movement.
June 16, 2016
Thriving Industries Of The Texas Panhandle
The Texas Panhandle is more than just grasslands, oil fields and cattle ranches. The region is thriving with business activity and opportunities. Agriculture, petroleum, renewable energy, finance, healthcare, manufacturing and education have all found fertile soil to build their industries upon within the northern part of the state.CONTINUE READING
June 14, 2016
Leading With Motivation
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 George Herring, Manager of Facilities and Site Support of the Amarillo Military Assembly and Delivery Center at Bell Helicopter.
“False motivation is still motivation!!” — my drill sergeant at Fort Knox
My drill sergeants were great motivational speakers. I couldn’t understand a lot of what they were saying because they were yelling it at me while I was doing push-ups, but I do remember being motivated. One philosophical gem I remember regarded motivation itself: False motivation is still motivation!
June 08, 2016
Meet Claire, The AEDC's Summer Intern
Claire Gillman is a sophomore studying Economics and Social Entrepreneurship at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. She has returned to her hometown of Amarillo to intern at the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation this summer.
The high school I attended required every senior to take economics. However, my senior year, our economics teacher decided our class should review and complete a popular financial literacy curriculum, as it would be far more practical and beneficial during our transition into the “real world.”
June 06, 2016
TTUHSC School Of Pharmacy Researchers Discuss Breakthroughs At 15th Annual Research Symposium
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 Sanjay K. Srivastava, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Sciences & University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy, whose main campus is in Amarillo, is home to several high-caliber and internationally recognized scientists who are working toward understanding the physiology of various diseases, such as cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disorders, epilepsy and hypertension. These same researchers are also investigating the mechanisms of novel agents/drugs to find a cure for these diseases.
June 02, 2016
Have Questions For The Amarillo EDC? We Have The Answers!
The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation receives a bevy of questions about our mission, responsibilities and processes on a regular basis. We realize that what we do can come across as a bit complicated, so we would like to share with you the most frequently asked questions we receive.CONTINUE READING
May 31, 2016
The Power Of Partnerships: Famous Collaborations Throughout History
You’ve heard the old saying, “two minds are better than one.” Throughout history, that adage has mostly held true, especially when it comes to some of our world’s most notable partnerships.
May 26, 2016
May 24, 2016
Cal Farley's Transforms Lives Of Local Families And Beyond
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 Adams, President and CEO of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.
There are many characteristics that define a great community – strong leadership, a well-educated workforce and forward-thinking planners among them. But, part of a community’s greatness, too, is how it responds to society’s downtrodden.
May 17, 2016
CenterPort Business Park Demonstrates Community Growth, Success
For an economic developer, few things are more exciting than seeing the dirt turn on a new project. Sure, the announcement of the company relocating or expanding in the community is great news and is worthy of a celebration. But there’s something about when the first shovel hits the dirt, when the foundation is poured or even when the walls start to go up. That’s when the real progress is seen.
The CenterPort Business Park here in Amarillo is the ultimate representation of the growth and success the community has witnessed over the past few decades.CONTINUE READING
May 12, 2016
The Importance Of A Diversified Economy
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket." It's a mantra mothers everywhere have been telling their children for generations. It is good advice that bears relevance not only on the farm, but in the community at large as well. Diversification of an economy means that if one business falls and breaks, the effect on the overall economy within the region will be minimized.CONTINUE READING
May 10, 2016
May 03, 2016
A Well-educated Workforce Is A Strong Workforce
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 Representative Four Price.
Early last year, I remember receiving a telephone call from former AISD Superintendent Rod Schroder who was excited to let me in on a secret: One of Amarillo’s own, Shanna Peeples (an AP English teacher at Palo Duro High School), would be named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.CONTINUE READING
April 28, 2016
What Exactly Is Economic Development?
Texas is one of the best states in the nation for business, and Amarillo is one of the Lone Star State’s most thriving cities. With a skilled labor force, reasonable regulations, and low tax rates, it’s never been more appealing for business owners to hang their shingles high above Amarillo's skyline. With a low unemployment rate, and job growth expected to exceed 36% in the next decade, now is the time to look to Texas as you prepare to build your business.CONTINUE READING
April 25, 2016
Have You Met Amarillo?
Have you met Amarillo? You probably think you’re well-acquainted with the Wild West town famous for its roaring winds, out-of-this-world steaks and romantic cowboys gallantly galloping across their ranches.
But to those of us who live and work here, we know that Amarillo is much more than a stranger’s stereotypical perception of our West Texas city.CONTINUE READING
April 15, 2016
Welcome To The AEDC Blog!
The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation is excited to introduce our blog! The goal of the AEDC is to recruit, develop and retain strong businesses resulting in new job opportunities, economic growth and the overall improvement of the quality of life in Amarillo.CONTINUE READING