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    Reagan Hales

    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. 

                                      Nations PresentationScott Nations, NationsShares

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    Sabrina Meck Perez

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    Amarillo EDC Announces Inaugural State of the Economy Event

    Event aims to shed light on national and local trends shaping the area’s economy

    AMARILLO, TX, December 6, 2018 - 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. 

    Headlining the event will be keynote speaker, Scott Nations. Nations is the President and Chief Investment Officer of NationsShares and bestselling author. Nations is a regular contributor on CNBC where he discusses markets, current economic events, and the outlook of various financial vehicles. 

    “As an organization, we are very excited to bring this event to our community,” stated Reagan Hales, Vice President for Marketing and Communications for the Amarillo EDC. “The health of our area’s economy shapes the lives of every area Panhandle resident. This event will help us all understand the trajectory of our community and how local and national level issues are shaping our future. This discussion isn’t just for the business community. It is for everyone that makes a financial decision in their household.” 

    In addition to Nations, the event will feature speakers Tony DeLisi and Dane Stangler. 

    Tony DeLisi is Avalanche Consulting’s Vice President where he focuses on economic development strategies. DeLisi led the 2017 Align Amarillo strategic plan, which outlined a comprehensive economic strategy to be shared between the City of Amarillo and the Amarillo EDC.

    Dane Stangler is the Chief Policy Officer with Startup Genome. In this role, Stangler focuses on data assessment and policy analysis for entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

    The event will also feature a panel discussion moderated by Karen Welch of Panhandle PBS.

    The event will focus on how large-scale national and international economic issues shape current and future prosperity in Amarillo. Further, the event will discuss how business owners can best position themselves for growth in the current economic environment through workforce development, ecosystem alignment, and policy considerations. This event is free but attendees must register to enter.

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    Sabrina Meck Perez

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    City Council Approves $1.25M AEDC Project

    Amarillo City Council Approves Incentives for Local Business Expansion

    Approval 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. 

    Established in 2002, Asset Protection Unit, LLC is a leading provider of data mining and over-payment recovery for insurance and related industries. The company currently employs more than 35 area residents. The company is positioned to create 70 new positions over the next 12-months and an additional 55 within 5-years. 

    “With the council’s vote today, this allows for the continued growth and expansion of the Amarillo economy," stated Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. "The economic ripple effect of an additional 125 jobs is substantial. These are individuals with families. They will be paying taxes and contributing to the local economy in countless ways. Amarillo has embraced an aggressive and proactive approach to maintain and improve its business environment – and this vote by the council is an example of that commitment.”

    “We are thrilled to partner with the Amarillo EDC in the growth of Asset Protection Unit," responded Damon Herbert,  Vice President of Asset Protection Unit. "The investment made today by the Amarillo City Council demonstrates their faith in our company and bolsters our corporate vision to continue to grow and capitalize on new opportunities ahead.” 

    The AEDC's financial support of the expansion includes $10,000 for each job created and retained by APU. Expansion increments of five employees and $215,000 in payroll will be made annually over the next five years. The incentive agreement is capped at $1,250,000. 

    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. Learn more at www.amarilloedc.com 

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    Reagan Hales

    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 Amarillo-area business Asset Protection Unit.  Over the next five years, the project will create more than 125 jobs in the Amarillo area, adding $5M in additional payroll.  

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    Amarillo EDC Announces Search for New Leadership

    The Amarillo Economic Development Corporation’s (AEDC) board of directors and its president and CEO, Barry Albrecht, have mutually agreed to separate so that Mr. Albrecht can spend more time with his ailing parents.

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    Sabrina Meck Perez

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Barry Albrecht

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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. 

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Brooke Trammell

    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.

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    Jonathan Baker

    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.

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    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.

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    Jonathan Baker

    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.

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    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Savannah Tarbet

    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...

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Barry Albrecht

    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?

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Steve Smith

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Barry Albrecht

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    4 Amarillo Businesses Make The Inc. 5000 List

    Every year, Inc. Magazine puts together a list of America’s top entrepreneurs. These companies are fast-growing private firms that create value and employment opportunities on both a local and national scale.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.”

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Celeste Paulson

    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.

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    Celeste Paulson

    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.

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    Celeste Paulson

    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.

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    Celeste Paulson

    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.

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    Celeste Paulson

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Celeste Paulson

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Tony DeLisi

    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.

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    Barry Albrecht

    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.

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    Celeste Paulson

    Meet Celeste, The AEDC's New Intern

    Celeste Paulson is a senior studying Advertising and Public Relations at West Texas A&M University. She is interning at the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation.

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    Barry Albrecht

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Barry Albrecht

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Barry Albrecht

    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.

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    Barry Albrecht

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    Amarillo EDC Welcomes New President & CEO

    The Amarillo Economic Development Board of Directors is pleased to announce Barry Albrecht as President and CEO, effective January 23, 2017.

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    Claire Gillman

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.”

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    Jacob Breeden

    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.

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    Sammi Gallagher

    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!

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    Jacob Moreno

    "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.

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    Kyla Frye

    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.

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    Kim May

    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.

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    Doug Nelson

    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.

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    Alejandro Magallanes

    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?

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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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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    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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    Claire Gillman

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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. 

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Doug Nelson

    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.

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    Claire Gillman

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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!  

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    Claire Gillman

    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.”

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    Who Are The Top Employers In Amarillo?

    Our Texas Panhandle city boasts a healthy and vibrant economy, making it quite talked about among smaller cities in the nation. Our city is an excellent choice to begin a successful, lasting career. Here's a look at Amarillo's top employers.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Brian Jennings

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Doug Nelson

    How Does A Tax Base Grow?

    Expanding the economic activity within a community is one of the primary goals of every elected body, community Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Corp., and business professional.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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    Reagan Hales

    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.

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