Saturday, November 17, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKER SERVICES Notice is published in Palestine Herald-Press in the Saturday, November 17, 2018, and Saturday, November 24, 2018, editions. Sealed bids will be accepted and will close on Monday, February 25, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Bids will be opened during the Palestine City Council meeting on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., at which time the City Council will open the proposals received and will award the winning bidder at a future meeting. Click here to view the complete RFP.
City officials confident Palestine can compete

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Economic Development is accelerating in Palestine, city officials were told at a meeting last week with the Palestine Economic Development Corporation and its board. PEDC Director Gayle Cooper said she's confident Palestine can compete with other rural area for urban investors, as PEDC continues to focus on property, housing, downtown infrastructure, and buildings. Aside from plans by Discount Tire and Burger King to open in Palestine, she said, other businesses have opened recently, including the Junction Steakhouse on Highway 79, a Dollar Store on Highway 155, and a farm bureau insurance office. In Cooper's quarterly report to the council, she said the PEDC's...
Prepping for Polar Express

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Palestine is gearing up for upwards of 65,000 people to attend this year’s Polar Express at the Texas State Railroad from November 17th through December 27th.  “It may seem a little early to start putting up Christmas decorations, but we want to make our Polar Express Train riders feel welcome when exploring our city in their PJ’s!”, said Mary Raum, Tourism Marketing Manager for the City of Palestine.  “Starting next weekend, if you see people around town in their Christmas PJ’s please help them to feel welcome”. The Polar Express Train Ride™ presented by the Texas State Railroad is the...
Celebrate National Women's Small Business Month in Palestine

Monday, October 15, 2018

Palestine, Texas is home to many small businesses owned and operated by women. This is no surprise as women are leading in our community and across the state. According to the Comptroller of Texas, Texas is number two in the nation for the number of women-owned businesses and ties for first in the United States for the economic clout of women-owned businesses. These businesses range from small family businesses to larger corporations employing hundreds of people. Since October is National Women’s Small Business Month, this is an excellent time to celebrate the success of these women entrepreneurs.   Here are just...
Bradford Cafe rises from ashes

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Last September, residents of Bradford – population: 1,200 – watched woefully as a local landmark, the Bradford Cafe, burned to the ground. Like a phoenix in Greek mythology, however, the 60-year-old restaurant rose from the ashes, re-opening to the public shortly before Independence Day. “I really appreciate all of the community's support,” owner Gerardo Ornelas told the Herald-Press Thursday. “From the day of the fire (Sept. 18), they offered us moral support. They prayed for us. They even offered donations to me and my family.” The cafe has been a community staple since it opened as “Wall's General Store” in 1957. Ornelas, a...
Texas Association of Business names new COO

Friday, July 27, 2018

As the 86th Texas Legislature approaches in the coming year, the Texas Association of Business, a lobbying group for Texas business, has named Andres Alcantar as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Alcantar was previously commissioner and chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, where he led TWC initiatives to aid workforce competitiveness, as well as developed customized services to meet the needs of Texas industries. “Andres brings an unmatched understanding of Texas business and workforce issues and has relationships across a broad spectrum of Texas industries, which makes his addition to our talented senior executive team as [executive vice president and chief operating officer]...
FIRST in Texas wants to expand robotics programs throughout state

Thursday, July 26, 2018

HARLINGEN, RGV – Patrick Felty is the newly appointed executive director for FIRST in Texas and hopes to grow these programs throughout the state. Felty was profiled in the most recent Solutions newsletter of the Texas Workforce Commission. Prior to becoming executive director, Felty was the development director for FIRST in Texas as well as the regional director for South Texas in the Alamo region. According to Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) Solutions publication, he says he was drawn to FIRST because of the opportunity to continue to help grow the programs in Texas. Continue to full article
Texas Economy Adds 34,700 Positions in May

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

State has experienced 23 consecutive months of employment growth AUSTIN - The Texas economy added 34,700 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in May, which marked 23 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 352,100 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent. Private-sector employers added 34,300 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May, unchanged from April 2018.  “Texas employers continue to put the world class Texas workforce to work, adding 34,700 jobs in May and 352,100 over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.  TWC continues to work with our local...
2018’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business

Friday, July 20, 2018

Starting a business is never easy. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, about a fifth of all startups typically don’t survive past year one of operation, and nearly half never make it to their fifth anniversary. But startups fail for different reasons, a “bad location” among the most common. Choosing the right state for a business is therefore crucial to its success. A state that provides the ideal conditions for business creation — access to cash, skilled workers and affordable office space, for instance — can help new ventures not only take off but also thrive. Continue to full article
Why Texas is the top state for business in America: Gov. Greg Abbott

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Texas economy is the fastest-growing in the nation. More Texans are working than ever before as the Lone Star State leads in private-sector job creation — over the month, over the year and over the past 10 years. And jobs in Texas are now on pace for the strongest growth in four years. This is not accidental. Over the past four years in my first term as governor, we've spurred the Texas economy by cutting taxes and regulations, by investing in our roads and infrastructure and by focusing on developing a world-class workforce. Click here for the complete article.