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Wednesday, August 30, 2017   /   by Scott Shine

Thank you to our Realogy Family for your donations to the Red Cross during this time of great need

Realogy (the parent company of Coldwell Banker) has extended it's fundraising goal to $500,000; please spread the word that donations made via the link below will have a matching component from Realogy.  Thank you, Jean Shine

Realogy Charitable Foundation Raises $200K for American Red Cross, Including $75K Company Match; Raises Total Goal to $500K

Dear Realogy Colleagues,
Thanks to your generosity, the Realogy Charitable Foundation has raised more than $125,000 in just two days. Including our company matching donation of $75,000, the Realogy Charitable Foundation will now be sending the American Red Cross an initial check in the amount of $200,000 for its disaster relief efforts in the areas of Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey.
As you can see from the scenes unfolding on TV and the internet, this is an unprecedented disaster, and the need for more aid flowing to the region is great. Thus, we are continuing our fundraising efforts and increasing our goal to ...

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Friday, August 25, 2017   /   by Scott Shine

Preparation tips for Hurricane Harvey

COLLEGE STATION (AgriLife Today) – Texans should take measures to prepare their houses, farms, and ranches for the potential effects of Hurricane Harvey.

“We’re expecting Harvey to bring a lot of rain and flooding over a large area of the state and, as he intensifies, some strong winds as well,” said Dr. Andy Vestal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist in emergency management, College Station. “The storm system may also spur tornadic activity.”

The Texas Extension Disaster Education Network has a variety of materials on disaster preparation and recovery on their website. 

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Friday, August 25, 2017   /   by Scott Shine

Job Growth in Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood helps fuel Texas Annual Job Growth

COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Texas gained 293,400 nonagricultural jobs from July 2016 to July 2017, an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent, higher than the nation’s employment growth rate of 1.5 percent. The nongovernment sector added 266,000 jobs, an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent, higher than the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent in the private sector.

According to the Real Estate Center's latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in July 2017 was 4.3 percent, lower than 4.7 percent in July 2016. The nation’s rate decreased from 4.9 to 4.3 percent.
All Texas industries except the information industry had more jobs last month than a year ago. The mining and logging industry ranked first in job creation followed by other services; financial activities; manufacturing; and transportation, warehousing, and utilities.

All Texas metro areas except Wac ...

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Monday, August 14, 2017   /   by Scott Shine

New Manufacturing Plant Locating in Killeen

MGC Pure Chemicals America, Inc., selects Killeen, Texas as their next site location for a manufacturing plant that will service the semiconductor industry. MGC Pure Chemicals America, Inc. (MPCA) is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (MGC) based in Tokyo, Japan. 
MPCA will establish a plant in the Killeen Business Park to meet the growing demand for its products. The facility is expected to start production in 2019 and will produce super-pure hydrogen peroxide, a cleaning chemical used in the semiconductor industry for applications that require stripping, etching, and cleaning of silicon wafers.  
MPCA currently operates one plant in Mesa, Arizona.  The parent company, MGC, does business in a wide range of fields from basic chemicals to fine chemicals and functional materials. In addition to MPCA, MGC operates a facility in Virginia and has several operations outside of Japan including in Saudi Arabia, China, Korea, Thailand, Si ...

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Friday, August 4, 2017   /   by Scott Shine

Texas nation's top energy producer, consumer

(Houston Chronicle) – The Lone Star State produces and consumes more energy than any other state in the nation. 

Texas produces 41 percent more energy than it consumes and is a leading net exporter of energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It produces a third of the country's crude oil, nearly a third of its natural gas, and more than a fourth of all wind power generated in the U.S. Texas also is the nation's leader in crude oil refining.

Demand for power in Texas grows every year as the state's population continues to grow, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). It recorded an all-time peak in power demand in August 2016 of 71,110 megawatts. One megawatt is enough to power 200 homes on a hot Texas day.

Texas broke its July record when demand hit 69,525 megawatts around 4 p.m. on July 28, ERCOT reported.

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