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The growth of Lubbock is no accident

By: Robert Howden, chairman of Texans for Economic Progress

Originally published in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, November 26, 2016

 

Across Texas, forward-thinking communities like Lubbock are prioritizing high-speed internet connectivity, whether through broadband, wireless infrastructure or small-cell solutions as part of their plans to accommodate growth

For 20 years, I’ve traveled the state, talking to Texans about ways we can strengthen local economies and create jobs. In my many stops in West Texas, Lubbock has been among my favorite cities to watch. The growth here is pretty incredible because local leaders and businesses know how to plot a course for growth, hop on and see it through.

When the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon next month, the community members and local businesses that make Lubbock so attractive will get the recognition they deserve. Lubbock is bustling because locals here get it.

Growth in Lubbock over the past few years shows no signs of slowing: business expansion is on the rise, construction is up, new home construction is on the rise, car sales are up and unemployment is down. In fact, the Lubbock Economic Index shows five straight years of growth from 2011 to 2016. This is a truly impressive feat during what’s been a bruising economic time in America.

In 2015 alone, Lubbock experienced practically unparalleled expansion, with some declaring Lubbock’s theme of 2015 to be “growth.” The trend has continued into 2016 with headquarters opening, new stores and restaurants being built, and even one company, United Supermarkets, celebrating its 100th anniversary.

While the chamber prepares to honor the most outstanding businesses in the area, I’m sure local leaders are already looking ahead, thinking on ways to maintain all that Lubbock has accomplished. Across Texas, forward-thinking communities like Lubbock are prioritizing high-speed internet connectivity, whether through broadband, wireless infrastructure or small-cell solutions as part of their plans to accommodate growth.  Read more.

Categories Blog | Tags: | Posted on December 15, 2016