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LIT and BISD Partner for Innovative Academy Grant

With the assistance of Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT), Beaumont ISD was awarded a $375,000 competitive grant for the Texas Industry Cluster Innovative Academies initiative that launched in September 2016.
“We are thrilled to partner with BISD,” said Dr. Lonnie Howard, president of LIT. “As the premier technology institute, it is our mission to ensure that students are well trained for success in the workforce.”

LSCPA Athletics receives $50,000 donation

The Port Arthur Higher Education Foundation presented a $50,000 matching grant to the LSCPA Athletics Department on Friday, Jan. 27, as the second installment of a year-long fundraising effort on behalf of the program. The college spent the past year collecting donations in order to receive the second $50,000 allotment from the PAHEF, which was presented by President Dr. Sam Monroe to LSCPA President Dr. Betty Reynard. The first installment of $50,000 was presented in December 2015. Pictured during the check presentation are (from left) Dr.

City of Beaumont moving forward with Riverfront Park improvements

The city of Beaumont is moving forward with plans for Riverfront Park improvements.
In a Work Session on Tuesday, Jan. 31, City Manager Kyle Hayes said the city currently has budgeted $3 million for park improvements, which include $240,000 for access and drainage improvements; $1.49 million for a splash park; $300,000 for a food truck park; $290,000 for restroom facilities; $250,000 for lighting and landscape improvements; $180,000 for contingency; and $250,000 for engineering and construction management.

President’s signature moves Keystone XL project forward

Tuesday, Jan. 24, President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders and presidential memoranda reducing regulations and expediting energy and infrastructure projects such as the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Two days later, TransCanada Corporation, the company behind the pipeline, submitted a Presidential Permit application to the U.S. Department of State for approval of the Keystone XL (KXL), a 1,100-mile crude oil pipeline to connect oil production in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in the United States.

Mexican market reforms could influence U.S. gasoline exports

The Mexican government is in the process of opening its gasoline and diesel markets to outside competition and replacing government-set prices with market-based prices.

Tuffy’s to re-open in Mauriceville this spring

A long-time favorite eatery of Orange County and beyond is re-opening this spring. Known for its rolls, desserts and chicken fried steak, Tuffy’s will open its doors once again in its original 11261 TX-12 location in Mauriceville, according to Van Choate, owner of Hushpuppy Industrial Catering Company.

Beaumont Fastsigns receives national award

Fastsigns of Beaumont has once again received national recognition out of more than 650 locations worldwide at the 2017 Fastsigns Convention, which was recently held in Phoenix, Arizona.
The locally owned and operated business received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 for sales volume between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016.

Education First FCU presents $19K to local schools

Education First Federal Credit Union and its “We’re Paying It Forward” program distributed 104 checks totaling almost $19,000 to local schools in Southeast Texas at the business’s annual luncheon inside the Neches Room in downtown Beaumont.
This program was developed two years ago to support local education while allowing Education First members to direct a portion of their own dollars back into the communities in which they live and work.

Education First FCU breaks ground on Laurel Street branch

Education First Federal Credit Union broke ground on its newest Beaumont branch, located at 4350 Laurel St., Tuesday, Jan. 31. The branch will replace the current storefront branch that is at 3831 Phelan Blvd., a release by the credit union states.
“The upcoming 3,371 square foot branch has been designed to capture the distinctive brand identity of our recently completed administrative building (located at the corner of Highways 69 N and 105) and to further enhance the member experience,” the release states.

Texas adds 210,200 jobs in 2016

Texas has added an estimated 210,200 seasonally adjusted jobs since December 2015 with the addition of 800 nonfarm jobs in December 2016, according to a report by the Texas Workforce Commission.
The state has added jobs in 20 of the past 21 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate maintained a 4.6 percent rate in December.