Economic Development

Is This A Thing? What’s coming to CS and what’s not (Episode 2)

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

In our second episode of “Is This A Thing?,” City of College Station Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz shares the latest info on restaurants, retail and more that appear to be legitimate “things” for the city:

  • 1:49 – UNIVERSITY DRIVE: OshKosh/Carter’s, Pappadeaux, Chimney Hill, Dunkin’ Donuts, Century Square, new high-rise and much more.
  • 12:32 – TEXAS AVENUE: Windham TRYP and new retail/restaurants, Haverty’s.
  • 14:30 – ROCK PRAIRIE ROAD: Planned retail + Smoothie King and four pad sites for casual dining.
  • 16:27 – TOWER POINT: Carp’s Bar & Grill, Freddy’s, Bahama Buck’s, PetSmart, Gold’s Gym, Jimmy Changa’s.
  • 17:13 – CAPROCK: Zaxby’s, Blue Baker, Mad Taco, Brazilian Steakhouse.
  • 18:30 – New Academy vs. old Academy.
  • 20:47 – Proliferation of walk-in emergency rooms.
  • 23:14 – What Nat hopes to talk about next time.

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csf_jsocolAbout the Author

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his seventh year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


 

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Is this a thing? What’s coming to town, and what’s not

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Everyone wants to know what’s coming to town: new restaurants, stores and other interesting destinations. But what’s rumor and what’s real?

In a new twist to College Station’s podcast, we quiz Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz about a variety of possible projects across the city. The overarching question: Is this a thing?

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csf_jsocolAbout the Author

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his seventh year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


 

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Guess who’s the fastest-growing non-suburb in Texas?

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that College Station was the 18th fastest-growing city in the country from 2014 to 2015 when our population grew by 4.1 percent.

In that period, the Census says we added 4,253 new residents for a current population of 107,889. Texas cities dominate the list, with seven growing even faster than College Station. Georgetown led the nation with 7.8 percent growth, followed by New Braunfels at 6.6 percent.

College Station is the only non-suburb to rank among the state’s 10 fastest-growing cities.

Here’s the chart:

10 Fastest-Growing Texas Cities (2014-15)

  City (national rank) New
Residents
Growth
Pct.
1. Georgetown (1) 4,611 7.8%
2. New Braunfels (2) 4,339 6.6%
3. Frisco (4) 9,218 6.3%
4. Pearland (7) 5,473 5.3%
5. Pflugerville (11) 2,450 4.5%
6. Allen (16) 3,881 4.1%
7. League City (17) 3,877 4.1%
8. College Station (18) 4,253 4.1%
9. Conroe (19) 2,693 4.1%
10. McKinney (21) 6,000 3.8%

 


Colin KillianAbout the Author

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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Podcast: Faster internet will enhance our economy, quality of life

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

The College Station City Council recently inked an agreement allowing an ultra-high-speed internet provider to lease available city-owned fiber strands.

In this edition of the podcast, our guest is Place-6 City Councilman James Benham, who not only makes his living in the world of technology, but is committed to expanding College Station’s tech infrastructure and quality of life.

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College Station has plenty to be excited about

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

lNqMKLast week, a travel site called Gogobot placed College Station No. 1 on its list of the Most Exciting Cities in Texas.

Yes, you read that right.

We all love College Station, and it’s certainly not a boring place these days. But THE most exciting city in the best state in America?

Even those of us who spend most of our waking hours at city hall had a hearty chuckle about that one.

Then, late Tuesday, I noticed another list.

WalletHub, a popular financial blog, said College Station has the fifth fastest-growing economy in the country. We’re ranked fourth among mid-sized cities (100,000-300,000 population). Our neighbors in Bryan are No. 8 overall and No. 2 among small cities (under 100,000 population). (more…)


Podcast: Redeveloping old properties a win in anybody’s book

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Knock down old structures to make way for $38 million in taxable improvements? It’s a no-brainer, according to College Station City Manager Kelly Templin.

In this edition of our podcast, Templin talks about two old properties in town that will see significant reinvestment.

BONUS: Templin reads “mean tweets” recently lobbed at the city. (more…)