Calvert Chamber hears B/CS relevance

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Special guest speaker Royce Hickman educated the 20 plus in attendance at last Monday's Calvert Chamber of Commerce meeting in the new VFD meeting room. Hickman is the President / CEO of the Bryan / College Station Chamber of Commerce and was invited to speak by Calvert Chamber President Carla Barker.

Primarily focused on the impact of B/CS directly related to Calvert.

According to Hickman, the B/CS area now boasts roughly 180,000 in population with 50,000 Texas A&M students and 12,000 attending Blinn College. This flow of students is seasonal, as the summer months sees a reduction in population when the students let out and head home for the break. The B/CS area derives 64% of it's annual revenue from small business and the student breaks leaves an economic impact. According to Hickman however the economy is on an upswing with a multitude of industrial expansion. Axis Pipe along with Gummon Foods will look to add a combined 510 jobs to the area in 2013. Both plants look to be built on Hwy. 6 in the industrial park as you enter B/CS from Hearne. Hickman also mentioned the approval of a new iMax theater, the first in the area to be located in Bryan.

"You have to consider a more global economy and the effects it will have locally," Hickman said, "These global companies that move into our area, expand our resources and stability."

Hickman also expanded the topic to include new renovations and addition to Texas A&M University as well as several hundred jobs that will be filled at the new Scott & White Hospital scheduled to open in August 2013. "Kyle Field is worth roughly $12 million in annual revenue and by the end of the 2015 season university officials will have spent $450 million in expansion, renovation and maintenance on the stadium. The stadium will then hold 102,000 fans of the Fighting Aggie Football Team.

Hickman concluded the meeting with details surrounding a new facility that has been awarded the largest research grant in Texas since NASA, $285 million. The facility has proven to have the ability to manufacture infectious disease vaccines at the rate of 1 million doses per 30-day interval. The new plant will also be located on Hwy. 6 in the aforementioned industrial park.

The Calvert Downtown Merchants Association, also present at the meeting would like to mention that June 15 is the Calvert City-Wide Garage Sale and for more information you can contact 7173-962-2827. Booth space is available to sell your stuff, or you can arrange a pick up and donate your items. All proceeds benefit the Merchant's Association, which is for the betterment of Calvert businesses.

 

Dennis Phillips / [email protected]

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