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Ray Perryman's Economic forecast for Texas’ smaller areas

By 2021, I am projecting that the 19 smaller Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) will add a total of about 215,000 net new jobs to the state. The growth rates over the period, which spans the 2016 to 2021 time horizon, will vary markedly. Some areas will outpace the state rate of expansion, while others will grow more slowly.

Land Cmr. George P. Bush applauds creation of Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Land Commissioner George P. Bush released the following statement Monday, Feb. 13, relating to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus' appointment of 11 House Members to the newly created Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation, and Infrastructure:

Jefferson County judge will run as Republican

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick sent an email out Wednesday, Feb. 8 announcing that he was changing political parties from Democrat to Republican and his reasons for doing so. The letter in its entirety reads:

"I originally wrote this letter in October, but at the request of a friend, delayed sending it for 90 days.  It is now shorter than it was originally.

Waitr sponsors Lamar State College Port Arthur athletics

Waitr, popular for its mobile app providing on-demand restaurant ordering, delivery and carryout, presented a check to Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Athletic Department as a proud sponsor of the school. Waitr Growth Marketing Manager Megan Ketchum presented the $2,000 check to LSCPA’s Scott Street, Director of Athletics.

Active in the Port Arthur community, Waitr donated the funds to provide scholarships for student athletes at LSCPA.

“We hope that this sponsorship is the start of a great partnership between Waitr and Lamar State College,” Ketchum said.

Golden Pass LNG donates $50,000 to LSCPA Industrial Technology Center

Golden Pass LNG recently donated $50,000 to Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Sheila McCarthy Umphrey Industrial Technology Center. The new Technology Center will house the Process Technology, Instrumentation Technology, Computer Drafting, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning programs. Construction, which is being undertaken by SpawGlass Construction Corp., is expected to be completed this summer. Golden Pass LNG’s donation will help with the acquisition of equipment for the new center.

DuPont Thermo-Man demonstration warns of dangers of not wearing proper fire-resistant clothing at industrial sites

DuPont Protection Technologies visited Beaumont industrial supplier Scallon Controls on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to teach the business’s employees the importance of wearing proper fire protection clothing when working at area chemical plants, refineries and paper mills.
Because Scallon Controls employees are more often than not working in the field at area industrial sites, safety is an important factor in their daily jobs, said Joe Herink, president of Scallon Controls.

Mobiloil Credit Union acquires three-story office building at 3535 Calder in Beaumont

Mobiloil Credit Union announced the acquisition of the three-story office building at 3535 Calder in Beaumont in a release Wednesday, Feb. 8. The property is at the corner of Phelan and Calder.

According to the release, the orange and black office complex was renovated after it was acquired by the existing owner, Gerald Condon Properties, LTD. Mobiloil Credit Union purchased the property from Gerald Condon Properties, LTD. on Monday, Feb. 6, the release states. It was formerly BBVA Compass bank.

Savage Inland Marine purchases Settoon Towing’s liquid bulk assets

Savage Inland Marine, LLC, a subsidiary of Savage Companies, has agreed to purchase marine assets from Settoon Towing, LLC’s (“Settoon”) Liquid Bulk division that include 35 towboats and 63 liquid tank barges with a total capacity of nearly 2 million barrels, the company announced Wednesday, Feb. 8. The purchase does not include Settoon Towing’s Gathering & Storage and Logistics & Vessel Management business lines.

Southeast Texas seeing shifts in healthcare market

Southeast Texas seems to be seeing changes in its healthcare market, with Christus Southeast Texas continuing to expand its services in Mid-County.
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and the Medical Center of Southeast Texas have expansion plans as well, but Mary Poole and Katie Celli, the hospitals’ respective spokespersons, said they couldn’t comment on those plans at this time.

Three new food venues come with temporary closing of LU Setzer Center

While the remodeling of the Lamar University Setzer Student Center and “The Quad” has caused some inconvenience for students and staff, and will continue to for quite some time — renovation for the student center is expected to be complete in January 2018 — three new food offerings that came as a result of the temporary closing of the center make the wait not only more bearable, but actually enjoyable.