Recent Developments

ORMC Gets Top Safety Grade

Posted on May 20, 2021

Odessa Regional Medical Center, a physician-owned and led hospital within Steward Health Care, has been awarded the top “A” grade for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group, which as part of its Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade evaluates more than 2,600 hospitals on how well they keep patients safe from harm. Odessa Regional Medical Center is […]

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Program Aims To Address Educator Shortage

Posted on May 20, 2021

Helping to deal with the problem of the shortage of teachers in the Permian Basin, the Andrews Independent School District has since started the AISD Teachers’ Academy. Working in collaboration with Andrews ISD, Odessa College and Sul Ross State University, XTO Energy is funding the new program in Andrews to combat the shortage of educators […]

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ODC Lands $6-7B Nacero

Posted on May 20, 2021

Construction of a proposed $6.5-$7 billion natural gas processing and production facility could begin by the end of the year, a project that will create at least 3,500 construction jobs and then 350 permanent jobs in Ector County, a Houston-based gas manufacturing company announced Wednesday. The Odessa Development Corporation negotiated the agreement with Nacero, Inc., […]

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West Texas Food Bank Receives Donation and Army National Guard Helps To Distribute

Posted on May 20, 2021

United States Army National Guard helps to distribute groceries into boxes to help fight hunger in West Texas Tuesday morning in the West Texas Food Bank warehouse in Odessa. The West Texas Food Bank received 4,200 pounds of donated apples Tuesday as part of the non-profit Take a Bite Out of Hunger program sponsored by […]

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Odessa Regional Medical Center reopens pediatric care unit

Posted on May 20, 2021

Odessa Regional Medical Center will reopen its pediatric care unit on Monday about a year after the space temporarily closed due the COVID-19 pandemic. During the closure, the 16-bed unit, located on ORMC’s West Campus has been completely renovated with new, beautiful finishes and will now be staffed with a dedicated pediatric hospitalist team available […]

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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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