Governor Abbott Appoints Holder And Jenkins To Jefferson And Orange County Board Of Pilot Commissioners

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Charles E. “Charlie” Holder and William G. “Will” Jenkins, III to the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners for terms set to expire on August 22, 2018. The Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners has exclusive jurisdiction over the pilot services provided in Jefferson or Orange County, including intermediate stops and landing places for vessels on navigable streams wholly or partially located in the board's jurisdiction.


Golden Pass receives authorization for LNG exporting

Qatar Petroleum announced Tuesday, April 25 that Golden Pass Products (GPP) has received authorization from the US Department of Energy to export LNG to Non-Free Trade Agreement countries.

Golden Pass Products, which is developing the LNG export project, is owned by affiliates of Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil, who are world leaders in the LNG business with Qatar Petroleum being the largest LNG exporter in the world. 

Tourism to Big Thicket National Preserve creates $15,909,400 in economic benefits

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 192,809 visitors to Big Thicket National Preserve in 2016 spent $12,347,900 in communities near the park. That spending supported 172 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $15,909,400.

PayScale names LU a Best Value College for Engineering

Lamar University has been ranked as a best value school for students pursuing engineering as a major by PayScale’s 2017 College ROI report.


The annual College ROI report measures the return on tuition investment 20 years after graduation, and this year it ranked LU No. 2 out of more than 500 US colleges. is a website that compiles salary profiles to created the world’s largest pay database.


In the past, PayScale ranked Lamar University 11th nationwide for return on investment for engineering majors and 3rd among all public institutions.