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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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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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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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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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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

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

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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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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