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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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UTPB cracks list of top Texas universities

Posted on September 10, 2018

The website looked at affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. They compared that data with recent government data to evaluate colleges and universities across the country.   OnlineColleges.com released its list of the best four-year colleges in Texas and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin took the 15th spot. “We pride ourselves […]

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Cogent Energy Services Expands Odessa, Texas Facility

Posted on July 12, 2018

Area Development News Desk 07/12/2018   A coiled tubing company, Cogent Energy Services is expanding its Permian Basin facilities with a new 7,500 square foot facility on 4.5 acres of land in Odessa, Texas. The facility, on I-20 at the FM 1936 exit, was built to accommodate Cogent’s coiled tubing fleet, specifically its 2 3/8″ unit […]

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Odessa Ranked the 3rd Best Job Market in the Country by Zippia

Posted on July 10, 2018

Although wishful thinking allows us to imagine how great it’d be to get paid for doing nothing, the stats don’t lie – you need to work to make money. Unless you’re the Kardashians, maybe? Either way, with the economy roaring and the job market being the best its been in some time, we wanted to delve […]

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Wesley R. Burnett Awarded Re-certification in Economic Development

Posted on June 29, 2018

For Immediate Release Wesley R. Burnett Awarded Re-certification in Economic Development Odessa, Texas (June 28, 2018) – Wesley R. Burnett, Director of Economic Development in Odessa, has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) effective April 1, 2018.  Burnett first achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 2003.  CEcD re-certification, required every […]

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Petroleum economy jumps 28 percent

Posted on June 8, 2018

Takeaway constraints may prompt producers to tap the brakes, economist says. The Permian Basin has learned to do more with less in the aftermath of the crude oil price downturn. The region’s crude output is at record highs, and oil and gas employment has surpassed its previous highs, though the Texas Permian Basin Petroleum Index […]

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