By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
It’s no secret that College Station is one of the country’s fastest growing small cities. Our population has increased about 36 percent in the last decade.
Over 103,000 people now call College Station home — and more are on the way. Conservative estimates say we could add another 40,000 residents in the next 10 years, with the student populations at Texas A&M and Blinn College continuing to expand.
With that rapid growth comes a demand for adequate infrastructure and core services related to public safety and parks.
City staff has spent months studying the city’s immediate and long-range needs while consulting with residents and other stakeholder groups. The result is what we consider a responsible FY2016 budget that will help us keep pace with our growth and meet the increased demand for city services we expect in the coming years.
About that time, the City of College Station purchased fancy new business management software.
A quarter of a century later, those fax machines are gathering dust and the internet is a necessity. Meanwhile, College Station’s population has doubled, yet the city is still using that same software system.
But it’s not so fancy, anymore. In fact, it’s barely functional.
That’s why the city is investing more than $5 million in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that can fully and effectively handle our wide range of business needs and activities.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the The Eagle on Sunday.
Jan. 11 was my last day as College Station’s city manager, which means the emails have stopped and my once-packed calendar is now clear. After 40 years of public service, this feels pretty good. I’m not quite done yet — I have some other things I’d like to do before begrudgingly accepting the label of “retired.”
I’d like to use this blog to look back at my four very exciting, always challenging, and supremely rewarding years with the City of College Station. As I told my staff during a small reception on my last day, I’ve never worked with a group of professionals — from front-line workers to department heads — more focused on serving the public.
One of my greatest annoyances is reaching into my mailbox after a long day and — instead of the winning entry in a sweepstakes — finding a long, tedious survey sent from some political party, corporation or other group. Many of these surveys have no obvious or tangible benefit and, if you’re like me, you promptly file them in the nearest wastebasket.
Our 2012 Citizen Survey, which was mailed two weeks ago to about 8,000 randomly selected College Station addresses, is not one of those surveys. Why is this particular survey worth your time and effort? The answer is simple: you’re helping us determine the best and most efficient use of your hard-earned tax dollars.