Recent Developments

Odessa IDEA Campuses On Track for Fall 2021

Posted on November 2, 2020

By Ruth Campbell – rcampbell@oaoa.com   With one school up and going, IDEA Public Schools is looking toward opening campuses in Odessa in August of 2021. Founded in 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, prekindergarten through 12th grade public charter schools in […]

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Brown Foundation invests in OC

Posted on October 7, 2020

Odessa American oanews@oaoa.com As colleges and universities across the country work to contain COVID-19 outbreaks and protect students, faculty, and staff members, the uncertainty of how the term will play out on local campuses has left the degree-earning potential of thousands of college students hanging by a thread. The Prentice Farrar & Alline Ford Brown Foundation, […]

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OC has variety of programs for career changes

Posted on October 6, 2020

Odessa American oanews@oaoa.com Opportunities to pursue higher education, change careers or learn new skills are still available at Odessa College. A Coffee and Community Conversation on the OC Facebook page Wednesday was moderated by Vice President of Instruction Tramaine Anderson and featured Jennifer Myers, dean of the School of Business and Industry, Pervis Evans, dean of […]

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UTPB recognized by U.S. News

Posted on October 6, 2020

Odessa American oanews@oaoa.com The University of Texas Permian Basin is once again being recognized by U.S. World News and Report as one of the best universities in the nation for social mobility, ranked as a top public school, and recognized as one of the best regional universities. Social mobility, according to U.S. News and World Report, […]

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New solar plant highlights Permian’s energy riches

Posted on October 6, 2020

Enel Green Power’s Roadrunner plant will provide power to companies such as Mondelez, Clorox By Mella McEwen, MRT.com/Midland Reporter-Telegram Photo: Courtesy Of Enel Green Power Located in Upton County, home to early oil boom towns Rankin and McCamey, Enel Green Power has begun operations at its Roadrunner solar plant. Enel recently completed the second and final phase of […]

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MOTRAN: Basin seen as place for infrastructure dollars

Posted on October 6, 2020

$25 million for I-20 interchange was the third straight year for a Permian Basin project to be funded. The $25 million in federal funding announced for an Interstate 20 interchange in Midland County will help leverage hundreds of millions in existing state and local investment for the rebuild of I-20. That is what Midland-Odessa Transportation […]

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I-20 getting 6 lanes from 2025-30

Posted on October 6, 2020

By Bob Campbell bcampbell@oaoa.com The Texas Transportation Commission has OK’d the Permian Basin Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 10-year plan including the $340.2 million widening of Interstate 20 from four to six lanes over 18 miles from east of JBS Parkway in Odessa to east of Texas 349, the Rankin Highway, in Midland between 2025 and ‘30.  The […]

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PSP: Infrastructure investment needed to fulfill Permian’s promise

Posted on October 6, 2020

By Mella McEwen, MRT.com/Midland Reporter-Telegram Although the Permian Basin region that spans both Texas and New Mexico is home to only a small portion of those states’ population, it contributes significant portions of gross domestic product of both states. “It’s important for us to get out there and tell this story,” Don Evans, chairman of the Permian Strategic […]

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PBAF gives $1.3 million in grants

Posted on October 6, 2020

Permian Basin Area Foundation has awarded $1,293,000 to nonprofit organizations serving West Texans during its delayed spring grant cycle. Last March, the PBAF grants committee and Board of Governors decided to defer the spring grant cycle until late summer and instead began funding emergency grants due to the immediate needs presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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ECISD reopening plan gets national notice

Posted on October 6, 2020

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com Ector County ISD has received national notice as one of five school reopening plans that can be used as models for the rest of the country. In a media call Wednesday, Superintendent Scott Muri said the AASA, a national school superintendents organization, and Transcend recognized ECISD. Along with ECISD, information from Transcend […]

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