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RFP FOR COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKER SERVICES

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
TEXAS RANKED AMERICA'S TOP STATE FOR BUSINESS BY CNBC

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Lone Star State secured the top spot in CNBC's rankings after a strong year of economic growth and the addition of over 350,000 jobs Texas claimed the No. 1 spot in CNBC's annual Top States for Business ranking, thanks to its strong economy, infrastructure and talented workforce. Since CNBC introduced the ranking in 2007, Texas is the first state to clinch the No. 1 spot four times and has never finished outside the top five states. In addition to claiming the No. 1 spot, Texas also received the top score in economy and infrastructure. The Lone Star State has seen nearly...
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.
Palestine, TX Has a Vibrant Art Community

Monday, June 18, 2018

Each year in Palestine, dozens of sculptures are placed throughout downtown. Regional artists participating in Palestine's Art Tracks program install their finest works to be displayed prominently throughout the Main Street District. Walking guides are available with a map showing the locations of the sculptures along with descriptions of each piece and artist information. Murals old and new can be found prominently displayed on large building walls or sometimes tucked away in alleys off the beaten path. Many old "ghost sign" advertisements can be found by those with an eye for detail. We have a vibrant art community here so it...
New Texas Water Smart Garden in Palestine

Monday, June 11, 2018

A new water conservation demonstration garden has been installed in downtown Palestine. “Palestine embodies the best of rural Texas,” said Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. “The vision and focus of city and community leaders made this project possible, and their efforts will enhance the Main Street District by providing an outdoor space that is attractive and also serves as an education point to teach the public about the importance of agriculture and water conservation.” Palestine Mayor Steve Presley said, "Palestine has made a long-term commitment to revitalizing the Main Street and downtown districts. This project creates an open-air venue where the community...
Learn More About Our Community Using These Planning Tools

Monday, June 04, 2018

Existing businesses in Palestine, TX will find our GIS planning tool extremely useful for market intelligence and regional data, which will prove helpful with making business and marketing decisions. The data on Palestine, TX’s ZoomProspector tool is sourced from a variety of public and private organizations, and it is updated regularly. Demographics, consumer spending and workforce data are updated automatically twice a year. Business data is updated four times a year, as businesses open and close all the time. Decision makers can trust that not only is the data robust, granular and easy to analyze, but it is as fresh and...
Tour of Downtown Businesses for Sale was a Success

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Palestine Main Street Program hosted an “Imagine the Possibilities Tour” in downtown, to correspond with the launch of DowntownTX.org. This tour helped to showcase various downtown properties in order to engage investors, entrepreneurs, developers, residents and anyone interested in running a business downtown. Anyone who would like information about the event and the properties that were featured can contact Greg Laudadio at 903-729-4100 or glaudadio@palestine-tx.org. Information on business resources are also available. For more information on Palestine or the Texas Main Street Program, click here. You can also receive more information on the website or join DowntownTX.org, by contacting Emily...
Move to a Texas Certified Retirement Community

Monday, May 21, 2018

Retire in Texas and enjoy small town hospitality, an incredible amount of amenities, friendly folks, low-cost of living and historic charm. This is all possible in Palestine, Texas. We are a Texas Certified Retirement Community, have undergone an extensive application process and have found to be an ideal place to retire. Whether you are currently living in another part of Texas, are looking to leave a big city on the Coast or searching for your dream retirement property - this is the place to be. We are one of the oldest historic cities in East Texas, focus on historic preservation, have...
Mayor touts near 'full employment'

Monday, May 14, 2018

Declaring Palestine enjoys nearly full employment, Mayor Steve Presley proclaimed May 7-10 “Economic Development Week.” “Locally, they [the Palestine Economic Development Corporation]are very active,” Presley told the Herald-Press on Tuesday. “They've created nearly full employment for the community, with more jobs available than there are people.” Nevertheless, the local economic development corporation, Presley said, has work to do in training residents for higher-paying jobs that improve the overall quality-of-life in Palestine. More employment likely would mean more residents and more tax revenue, he said, making a lower tax rate possible. Palestine's jobless rate is roughly 4.6 percent, slightly higher than Texas' 4 percent and...
Palestine, TX has an Airport

Monday, May 14, 2018

Flying in and out of Palestine is easy for smaller aircraft. We have a municipal airport with two runways, a self-serve fuel pump that operates 24/7/365 and pilot controlled runway lighting for night flights. There is even a courtesy car available for those who need it. Palestine Jet Center manages the airport, stores planes, and provides fuel. Each month, around 29 local planes and 35 transient planes are served here. Complimentary, overnight tie-down service is available and for those who wish to lease hangar space, that is an option as well. Land leases are available from the city for businesses looking...
It's National Economic Development Week!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

It's National Economic Development Week and we are celebrating all economic development organizations which range from the Palestine Economic Development Corporation, Palestine Tourism and Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, neighborhood development, utility companies, educational institutions, technology development agencies and more. Stay tuned!
YMCA Alex Patel Soccer Complex Now Open

Monday, May 07, 2018

Palestine, TX now has a new soccer complex. After years of careful planning and fundraising, the YMCA Alex Patel Soccer Complex is open for games and ready for action. Children have already been enjoying the fields, with games and competitions heating up. From little five year olds to advanced players, these fields have been full of weekend competitions and weekday practices. “It's thrilling. It's a chance of a lifetime. It's a legacy for Palestine,” said YMCA CEO Cindy Piersol. “We're excited for the opportunities this affords our community.” Mr. Alex Patel, a hotelier in the city, donated $200,000 for the project...
Ben E Keith Has Been Delivering Hoppiness Since 1969

Monday, April 30, 2018

Ben E Keith’s slogan is “Hoppiness Delivered” and that sounds just about right. This popular beverage distribution company carries a lot of popular brands like Budwiser, Michelob, Busch, Goose Island, Lagunitas, and more! They also play an important part of our community history in Palestine. Since 1969, their distribution facility has been employing locals. Currently, they have 4,606 people on their payroll and growing. Several thousand additional people are employed because of their distribution center being located in town. This makes them an important part of our community and we are proud to have them in Palestine. You can learn more...
Shop ‘Till You Drop then Grab a Bite to Eat

Monday, April 23, 2018

There is so much to do in downtown Palestine. As you stroll down each street you will find boutiques catering to locals as well as tourists. If you are lucky you will catch a sidewalk sale and find a great deal. Antique stores can be found scattered throughout this district as well. There is no shortage of opportunity for those seeking vintage finds. For those looking to find a place to eat, Palestine's Main Street District is the place - look no further! From Taqueria's with handmade authentic Mexican cuisine to fine dining with candles and white tablecloth, there are many...
Pentecom Provides Technical Data Solutions in Palestine, TX

Monday, April 16, 2018

Pentecom has been providing technical data solutions for over twenty years. They are an innovator and industry leader, providing data consulting, data conversion, electronic documents, education, and leadership on any data projects. Their staff is knowledgeable and believes in our small town values of getting to know customers and providing solutions to their needs, whatever they may be.   Palestine may be a smaller city but with companies like Pentecom, we are competing on the national stage. We have the expertise locally to assist any company who is transitioning into the cloud or relying on big data to grow. To learn...
New ownership and name; same mission for Cartmell

Friday, April 13, 2018

After 70 years as a nonprofit, Cartmell Home for the Aged is under new ownership, new management, and a new name. Many people, however, including new Administrator Larry Beltran, hope those will be the only changes for Palestine's largest and longest-running nursing home. Beltran, an administrator for 25 years, will start managing the former nonprofit on Monday. “Cartmell has had a great reputation,” he said. “I want to keep things going as they are.” Click here for the complete article.
Do You Love History?

Monday, April 09, 2018

Palestine, Texas is rich in history, starting in 1846 when the town and county was founded. As the city grew so did the number of prominent downtown buildings, especially when the railroad came to town. Palestine experienced a boom around the turn-of-the-century and was considered an illustrious town in it's day. Palestine's Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and still contains a large number of historically significant buildings. A self-guided walking tour is the best way to experience the old town charm of downtown Palestine. The city of Palestine participates in the State and National Main Street...
New PEDC director focuses on blight, housing

Friday, April 06, 2018

On the job for just three weeks, new Palestine Economic Development Corporation Director Gayle Cooper has already learned the hard way about one of the city's top development problems: A lack of housing. “I had trouble finding even a small apartment, until I decided on a home,” Cooper told the Herald-Press on Wednesday. “Housing is definitely a priority. We've gotten some outside developers interested in building both single-family and multi-family homes in Palestine.” Cleaning up and minimizing blight is also high on Cooper's to-do list. Click here for the complete article.
PEDC grants easement to ease city's housing shortage

Friday, April 06, 2018

Residents of a new 135-unit apartment complex, to be built near Willow Creek Business Park on South Loop 256, will receive exceptional water pressure and quality, thanks to action by the Palestine Economic Development Corporation. On Tuesday, the PEDC board of directors unanimously voted to grant a utilities easement to the city of Palestine to assist building 135 apartment units next to PEDC's Willow Creek Business Park. “Our utilities are currently stacked out at Live Oak, a small road just south of the entrance,” PEDC Assistant Director Greg Laudadio told the Herald-Press on Tuesday. “We're allowing the developers to come across the...
Aerospace Fasteners: A Thriving Company in Palestine, TX

Monday, April 02, 2018

The aerospace industry requires a lot of high-quality hardware and this hardware must be made with precision. Where better to manufacture than in the United States of America? Here in Palestine, we are proud to be the home of Aerospace Fasteners. This family-owned business has been manufacturing and distributing parts for the aerospace industry since 1979. They have continued to grow and now have a 20,000-square-foot facility in Palestine. They are AS9100 Rev. C/ISO 9001: 2008 certified and highly dedicated to stocking and maintaining the highest quality parts from reputable manufacturers. Their dedication to quality has earned them a stellar reputation,...
Texas Water Smart Garden created in Main Street Palestine (as result of Go Texan Certified Retirement Community)

Monday, March 26, 2018

In Palestine, we are fortunate to have a Go Texan Certified retirement community. We are one of the oldest, historic cities in East Texas and a truly beautiful place to live. We have incredible amenities and our railroad is in many movies! Still, seniors need to know that they are moving to a community that is going to be a really great place to live and retire. Fortunately, this is a lot easier with the Go Texan certification. To become a certified community, there is a rigorous application process that considers things like a high quality of life, good health...
Congress passes omnibus spending bill for 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

Congress has passed full-year funding for fiscal 2018 and it includes some of the highest funding levels for federal economic development programs in years, possibly decades, and, in some cases, ever. Highlights include: EDA - received roughly $302 million for fiscal 2018; about $26 million above fiscal 2017 MEP - received $140 million; $10 million above fiscal 2017 CDBG - received roughly $3.3 billion; $365 million about fiscal 2017 TIGER - received $1.5 billion; $1 billion above fiscal 2017 Rural Business-Cooperative Service - received roughly $77 million; about $12 million above fiscal 2017 ETA apprenticeship opportunities - received $145 million; $50 million above fiscal 2017 MBDA - received...
Texas Private-Sector Employers Add 42,800 Positions in February

Friday, March 23, 2018

AUSTIN ? The Texas economy added 40,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in February, which marked 20 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 285,200 jobs for an annual employment growth rate 2.3 percent in February. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.0 percent in February and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. “We are encouraged to see the Texas economy continue to expand at a solid pace with Texas employers adding 40,500 jobs over the month for a total of 285,200 jobs gained over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texas’ continued...
New Quiet Zone in Downtown Palestine

Monday, March 19, 2018

Last October, Palestine, Texas, got a little quieter. The railroad Quiet Zone was implemented to help reduce noise caused by the Union Pacific Railroad. After sending a letter to the railroad and the Federal Railroad Administration, the zone was established to improve the quality of life for residents of Palestine. To ensure compliance, signs have been posted at two downtown crossings - South Magnolia and South Sycamore streets. “The implementation of a quiet zone has been a long process for many years,” Public Works Director Tim Perry said. “The first times that the city tried to request implementing a quiet zone...
Have You Used Our GIS Planning Tools?

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Palestine Economic Development website found at PalestineTexas.net features the gold standard in sites and buildings mapping software.   ZoomProspector Enterprise allows companies and site selectors access to information about our community quickly and easily. Market research shows that 97% of site selectors research communities and business locations online, often before they contact the communities of interest. Having this data readily available (and in a format that’s easy to analyze and share) makes it easier to consider our community. The ZoomProspector location analysis tool has an impressive range of features and functionality. It invites users to search communities within the county, create...
GIS Planning Tools and Property Reports Available Here

Monday, March 05, 2018

Pull property reports here.  Each report comes with information about the property and surrounding area, and can be modified by distance and drive time around that address. These include a beautiful community profile infographic, illustrating key data points, labor force, demographics, consumer spending, wages, business, housing and talent pool reports. These feature exportable charts and graphs, so businesses can build them into reports, and share via email or social media. Some of the reports enable users to research in sophisticated ways. The comprehensive Demographics report is dynamically mapped, so clicking directly on any of the variables will heat map it onto...
Palestine Main Street

Monday, February 26, 2018

Downtown Palestine boasts 44 blocks of a designated Historic Main Street District stretching from the visitor center to the courthouse square. Within this area, visitors and residents alike can find many unique opportunities for shopping, dining, art, culture, history and special events. "Our main street district is the heart and soul of this community." - According to Greg Laudadio, Main Street Manager and Assistant Director of the Palestine Economic Development Corporation. "Some of the businesses downtown have been continuously operating for over 100 years. People decide to locate in the main street district because it is a very unique place...
New website and location analysis tools from Palestine Economic Development Corporation

Thursday, February 22, 2018

How do businesses decide where to locate their? It can seem like simply a matter of searching for available sites and properties, but for most of them – especially the bigger ones – it comes down to data. That’s where the City of Palestine’s (TX) new online location analysis tools come in, built by industry leader, GIS Planning Inc. The six user-friendly tools on the city’s economic development website, PalestineTexas.net, ensures businesses seeking locations can access and analyze thousands of data points about the county. Essentially, businesses begin the site selection process with searches for communities that meet their criteria: demographics,...
Texas State Railroad Gears Up for Polar Express

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Texas State Railroad located at 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, Texas, will begin service to the North Pole aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS starting on Saturday, November 11 and run through Saturday December 27, 2017.  Your child’s magical story comes to life the minute the train departs the Palestine Depot for the train ride to the North Pole.   The departure times for your special round trip, one hour train ride are 3:30 pm, 5 pm, 6:30 pm and 8pm.  Pajamas for children of all ages are encouraged and hot chocolate and cookies are served aboard the train.  All ticketing requires...