Blogs

Posted: 10/07/2015
Author: Ken Becker
 

Sweetwater and Nolan County have been fortunate to have the railroad pass through our community.  Early in the 20th Century, passenger trains would stop in downtown Sweetwater near Oak Street for commerce.  In recent times, it seemed like “going through” was the only thing they did.  Other than what Buzzi, USG, and GP used, that is about all they did was to “pass through”.  That was before the growth of industries like wind and oil & gas.

 

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Posted: 09/11/2015
Author: Ken Becker
 

Logistics: Highways and Railways; Part 1- Highways

 

As we see our national and state economies continue to rebound from the most recent recession, we are seeing more and more traffic on the highways. Based on traffic count numbers from 2013, provided by TXDOT, our average daily traffic count at exit 244 is 20,189 with approximately 34% of those being semi tractor/trailers. TXDOT is already projecting that by 2033, the number will rise to 28,260.

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Posted: 02/08/2013
Author: Ken Becker
 

In the recent Cline Shale Oil play in this region, we will see the ramp up of activity, hiring employees, housing & employee shortages and many more opportunities to address. We hope to be proactive but also realize that some things will just happen and we will need to react. It will be interesting to see...

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Posted: 06/27/2012
Author: Ken Becker
 

Sweetwater/Nolan County is very diverse in our economic base. We continue to look at ways to build on that diversity through business expansions, relocations, and recruitment. We work hard to create opportunities for local companies to grow and prosper. We build long lasting relationships and lend a helping hand to our neighbors. Here is a little bit of “GOOD News” that might lift your spirits....

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Posted: 12/15/2011
Author: Ken Becker
 

We are working with Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas (WSWCT), along with Abilene Christian University’s (ACU) Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy, on a grant received from the Texas Workforce Commission to provide training and resources to Entrepreneurs in the West Central Texas region. The organization operating the grant is called the West Texas Innovation network (WTIN). Additional information can be found at www.wtin.org

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Posted: 12/06/2011
Author: sweetwater
 

The Board of Directors and staff of Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED) would like to take a moment to thank our business and professional partnerships for another great year. SEED realizes that development is not done in a vacuum and it takes willing partners to foster progress. From SEED to you “We Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year”!

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Posted: 02/02/2009
Author: Ken Becker
 

As we look at the economy, locally, nationally, and worldwide, we see that no one is recession proof. We see the banking industry nationally and worldwide hit by poor decisions and a sub-prime market.

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