Recent Developments

ECISD Opportunity Culture Expanding Next Fall

Posted on April 3, 2021

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com A program to place effective teachers in front of more Ector County ISD students is expanding this coming school year to more campuses. Executive Director of Talent Development Ashley Osborne said 10 campuses are going to be added to the Opportunity Culture arsenal. The district currently has eight Opportunity Culture campuses. The […]

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Unused Drilling Sites Eyed for Housing

Posted on April 3, 2021

By Bob Campbell bcampbell@oaoa.com Grow Odessa, formerly the Odessa Industrial Development Corp., is mulling a plan to make use of the 266 prospective oil and gas drilling sites around town that have lain vacant for decades, often accumulating trash that makes them an eyesore. A committee has been named to consider the proposal, but there are […]

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City Receives Development Award

Posted on April 3, 2021

The City of Odessa has been recognized as the No. 6 metro area in Texas in total number of economic development projects in metro areas with populations less than 200,000 by Site Selection Magazine, which recently announced its 2020 Governor’s Cup Awards. Odessa, which was tied with five other metro areas, boasted a total of […]

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Odessa College receives $1.5 million from second round of Texas Reskilling Grant

Posted on April 3, 2021

Odessa College and Texas State were the only schools to receive this amount of funding during this round. ODESSA, Texas — Odessa College received an additional $1.5 million from the second round of funding from the Texas Reskilling Grant. Only Odessa College and Texas State was given $1.5 million during this round of grant funding. […]

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Major Road Projects on tap in Basin

Posted on April 3, 2021

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com   Hundreds of millions of dollars in road projects are on tap for Ector and Midland counties in the coming years, some of which have been languishing for years. Future projects are funded, but they haven’t started because the money is allocated way before they break ground. “It’s a huge process for […]

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ODC Contributes to Health Sciences Building

Posted on April 3, 2021

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com   Fundraising for Odessa College’s Wood Family Health Sciences Building is moving along, despite the pandemic and economic ups and downs. The Odessa Development Corporation recently voted to invest $5 million that will be paid out over five years. The building will be four stories tall and 83,000 square feet. The estimated […]

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Permian Basin MPO Addresses Regional Transportation Needs

Posted on April 3, 2021

The Permian Basin MPO Policy Board has made significant transportation investment decisions to improve safety and mobility for freight and people movement in the Midland Odessa region. Among the list of important projects two were recently let for construction by the Texas Department of Transportation. Both are on I-20. One involves the construction of a […]

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OC Recognized by Achieving The Dream

Posted on April 3, 2021

Naming agreements for the new health sciences building and an Odessa Development Corp. announcement were discussed during the Odessa College Board of Trustees virtual meeting in late February. The 83,000-square-foot health sciences building will cost almost $40 million. The project has received support from the Wood Family Foundation and Medical Center Health System and the […]

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GUEST VIEW: Texas oil and natural gas: Powering economic and environmental progress

Posted on February 18, 2021

By Todd Staples It would be hard to overstate how much changed in 2020. The global pandemic tested our resolve, forced lightning-speed adaptation in nearly every aspect of life, and the topic of energy catapulted to the top of political conversations. However, one thing did not change in 2020 and should be more evident than […]

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GUEST VIEW: Innovation in the Permian Basin: Destination UTPB

Posted on February 18, 2021

Dr. Steve Beach – Dean, College of Business, Dr. George Nnanna – Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Scott McKay – Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Raj Dakshinamurthy – Dean of Graduate Studies; AVP Research The Permian Basin is blessed with valuable natural resources and an entrepreneurial spirit that makes it home and a […]

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