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UTPB breaks ground on $37 million Kinesiology Building

Posted on October 11, 2018

Photo: UTPB UTPB President: Our students and athletes deserve a facility like this ODESSA — Construction on the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s Kinesiology Building has officially begun. University and community leaders broke ground on the project Tuesday morning during a special ceremony. UTPB President Sandra Woodley hopes the building will be a […]

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Odessa sees major increase in GDP

Posted on October 11, 2018

Statistics recently released from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows Odessa had one of the largest increases in real Gross Domestic Product by metropolitan area in 2017. Odessa saw a 12.1 percent increase in real GDP that was attributed to an increase in natural resources and mining. The second-largest increase in a small metropolitan area […]

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Report: MOTRAN leveraging program with MDC, ODC provides dividends to residents

Posted on October 11, 2018

In the Midland-Odessa area, leveraged projects are allowing for upgrades to Loop 338 in Odessa to facilitate truck traffic around the city and the expansion of Yukon across town to provide relief from congestion on 42nd Street. In Midland, leveraged projects have accelerated the completion of Loop 250 by nearly 20 years. Last month, the Texas Transportation […]

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Midland-Odessa civilian labor force reaches all-time high

Posted on October 11, 2018

Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle The number of people in the Midland-Odessa civilian labor force reached an all-time high mark during the month of July, according to numbers from the Midland Development Corp. The number of people in the Midland-Odessa civilian labor force reached an all-time high mark during the month of July, according to numbers […]

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MOTRAN, ODC attract more funding for road projects

Posted on October 11, 2018

By Paul Wedding pwedding@oaoa.com Local leveraging efforts by the Midland Odessa Transportation Alliance, Odessa Development Corporation and Midland Development Corporation have secured additional funding for more local road projects to be completed in the next decade. The Texas Transportation Committee approved these projects last month, adding them to the Unified Transportation Plan, which spans from 2017 […]

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The incredible things local businesses do to attract employees during the boom

Posted on October 11, 2018

ODESSA — With the West Texas economy booming, some businesses are finding it harder to attract and keep employees. “So many restaurants and businesses and retail companies need people,” Robert Ortegon, operations manager at Dillards in Odessa said. “They’re willing to pay whatever it is to get people in there because they have people working six, […]

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UTPB Engineering surpasses national passing standards

Posted on September 10, 2018

Photo: UTPB College of Engineering   Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 2:25 pm Tatum Guinn Special to the Odessa American UTPB Communications Department The University of Texas of the Permian Basin School of Engineering is proving to be one of the best in the country at turning out career ready graduates. The latest numbers show that […]

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Houston driller steps into Permian market after 83 years in operation

Posted on September 10, 2018

Courtesy Photo Of Nicklos Drilling Image: Nicklos Drilling’s new Rig 6 will be the first of four rigs to be deployed to the Permian Basin. It is currently being assembled in Gillette, Wyo. It took a while for Houston’s Gulf Coast-focused Nicklos Drilling to decide to head west and enter the Permian Basin drilling market. […]

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‘Extreme’ growth in frac sand fueled by activity, capital investment

Posted on September 10, 2018

Researcher says he was surprised by how quickly mining companies arrived in Texas Image: Conveyors stand above a sand pile at the Black Mountain Sand LLC Vest Mine in Winkler County, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. In the West Texas plains, frack-sand mines suddenly seem to be popping up everywhere. Twelve months ago, […]

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New degrees aim to meet local demand

Posted on September 10, 2018

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com by Ruth Campbell By the spring of 2019, it should be possible for Odessa College students for the first time to enroll in two four-year degree programs — a bachelor of arts of applied sciences in automation and a BAAS in leadership and management. Vice President for Instruction Valerie Jones said the first […]

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