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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. PayScale.com 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.

BBB announces Laws of Life winners

Better Business Bureau serving Southeast Texas honored 16 Southeast Texas middle school students Thursday, April 20 at the 6th Annual Laws of Life Awards Banquet held at MCM Elegante' Hotel. Over 4,000 students across SETX participated in BBB's Laws of Life Ethics Initiative.

ExxonMobil and SABIC select San Patricio County for proposed petrochemical project

ExxonMobil Chemical Company and SABIC each announced the selection of a site in San Patricio County, Texas for potential development of a jointly owned petrochemical complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Mauriceville Middle School student named finalist in the BBB Laws of Life Essay Contest

Mauriceville Middle School was notified that seventh grader, Karina Zuniga, has been named a finalist in the Better Business Bureau Laws of Life Essay Contest. Karina is one of the top sixteen finalists of 4200 entries in the program. She will be recognized with other finalists at a banquet hosted by the BBB soon.

Photo caption: Karina Zuniga, center, is congratulated by MMS Counselor Janet Peno (left) and Michelle Brewer, the BBB representative.

 

Coldwell Banker Southern Homes named platinum award winner

Coldwell Banker Southern Homes has been named a Platinum Award winner by the Cartus Broker Network for its outstanding performance during the past year. 

The award was presented at the 2017 Cartus Broker Network International Conference, held March 13-15 at the J. W. Mariott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mometrix Test preparation supports fight against neuromuscular disease

Mometrix Test Preparation presented a check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for $15,750. During the month of August 2016, Mometrix donated 10% of their sales to MDA. Since 2011, they have raised over $68,750. The funds are earmarked to support MDA’s neuromuscular muscular disease research.

BASF completes $270 million expansion of Beaumont facility, launches new product

A new multimillion-dollar investment by BASF will provide an herbicidal solution for crop growers and, at the same time, contribute to the economic development of Southeast Texas.
Tuesday, March 21, BASF held a ribbon cutting to announce completion of the expansion of its Beaumont facility, the only dicamba manufacturing facility in the U.S.
Dicamba, an herbicide that controls annual and perennial rose weeds in grain crops and highlands, is used to control brush and bracken in pastures, as well as legumes and cacti. It kills broadleaf weeds before and after they sprout.

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