Gone to Texas

GONE TO TEXAS

Perhaps Davy Crockett said it best when as a Tennessee Congressman in 1835 he informed his fellow Congressmen, “You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas.” It seems that the tide of in-migration to Texas has not stopped since. In 2016 U-Haul ranked Texas as the Number One Growth State based on the company’s migration trends ...
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HOW DOES TEXAS STACK UP?

HOW DOES TEXAS STACK UP?

Everything is BIGGER and BETTER in Texas, right? Well if you are interested in seeing how Texas ranks on a variety of categories from population to quality of life, check out the 50-State Scorecard recently released by the Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office. Hegar comments, “Texans should be proud of our state’s ranki...
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LOCATION SPOTLIGHT: PORTS

LOCATION SPOTLIGHT: PORTS

One of the advantages of doing business in Mexia is access to multiple transportation sources. Texas is home to 29 official Ports of Entry. One of those is ...
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Creative Rural Economic Development

Creative Rural Economic Development

Mexia, like other rural communities are working to be creative about how we do economic development. The “smokestack” chasing of 20 years ago is not as likely to net new jobs in our community (although we still follow leads and welcome manufacturing to our community!) The linked article is a great example of “Outside...
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RURAL COMMUNITIES MATTER

RURAL COMMUNITIES MATTER

1 in 6.25 of us are rural

And we live in towns under 25,000 people. There are more than 6,000 municipal governments in the US with a population between 2,500 and 25,000 and thousands more with a population of less than 2,500. Nearly 75% of America's land can be considered rural and this area is home ...
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Texas Economy Still Thrives

Continued great news for the Texas economy with the first 11 months of 2016 showing an increase of 164,000 jobs (outpacing 2015 by over 23,000)! For more information on the continuing “Texas Miracle” click HERE to read the full article by noted economist Ray Perryman.
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JEWETT MINE TO CLOSE

JEWETT MINE TO CLOSE NRG Energy has notified Westmoreland Coal Company that it will cease utilizing lignite from the Jewett mine at the end of 2016. Therefore, Westmoreland’s operations at the mine will shift to reclamation of the land resulting in layoffs that will impact employees in the Limestone, Freestone, and Leon County areas. For more information the link to the press release from Westmoreland is below. More