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Posted on: February 20, 2020

Webinar: An Economic Boost for Companies that Export & Attracting Foreign Direct Investment

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Learn about the U.S. Commercial Service export programs to retain your local businesses to grow when selling internationally.  Acquaint them to the Texas offices of the U.S. Commercial Service and how they can assist your local companies in expan...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Outlook for the Texas Economy - 2019 Texas Growth

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Outlook for the Texas Economy

By: Luis Torres, Wesley Miller, Paige Silva, and Griffin Carter (Feb 14, 2020)

The Texas economy grew at a solid pace in 2019 in the midst of one of the longest expansionary cycles in state history.

Crude oil production, residen...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

Soft Skills Workshop in Wise County, Texas

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Leaders from every industry, make plans to join EWN’s newest instructor-led training, Soft Skills for Local Businesses and Aspiring Leaders.

Monday, April 13Weatherford College - Wise County Campus8 AM

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

County’s sales taxes continue to roll in

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County’s sales taxes continue to roll in

With a large January disbursement of $412,129, Wise County is on pace to easily surpass its sales tax revenue projections through the first third of the fiscal year.

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Twisted X, of Decatur Texas, has been awarded the Plus Award from Footwear Plus.

Twisted X, of Decatur Texas, has been awarded the Plus Award from Footwear Plus in the Sustainability category. This award is determined by votes of industry members and consumers, and recognizes design and retail excellence.

“Receiving this pres...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Passing the Torch - Mara named fire chief as Richardson prepares to retire.

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By Brian Knox | Published on February 01, 2020

Mara named fire chief as Richardson prepares to retire.

Thirteen years ago, Mike Richardson was hired as Decatur’s first full-time fire chief to oversee the department’s transition from an a...

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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Ribbon Cutting - Stephanie Newbury, Modern Woodmen of America

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Come meet Stephanie Newbury of Modern Woodmen of America at her new location. 

There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with light refreshments served. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM

114 E Main St, Decatur, TX 7623...

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Posted on: January 27, 2020

DFW Since 2010: A Million New Residents And A Diverse, Booming Economy

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By Christopher Connelly, KERA News

All that growth has bolstered the region’s economy — job growth in this region outpaced Texas and the rest of the U.S. over the last 10 years. Laila Assanie, a senior business economist at the Federal ...

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Posted on: January 23, 2020

Twisted X® to Collaborate with Mossy Oak on New Footwear Line

Twisted X® to Collaborate with Mossy Oak on New Footwear Line

Decatur, TX, January 22 , 2020 — Twisted X ® is proud to announce a partnership with Mossy Oak® which will feature their iconic Original Bottomland® Cam...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area is up.

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Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,870,400 in November 2019, up 120,700 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From November 2018 to November 2019, local nonfarm...

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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Economy in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metro Area, Texas

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Economy in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metro Area, Texas

The Metro Area has an unemployment rate of 3.5%. The US average is 3.9%.

DFW Metro has seen the job market increase by 3.1% over the last year.

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

State Street Pizza Company is Coming to Downtown Decatur, TX

State Street Pizza Company is Under Construction in Downtown Decatur Texas. 

They will have New York pizza by the slice, with the option of gluten free crust and vegan cheese. 

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Posted on: December 30, 2019

Texas Economic Forecast: Continued Expansion

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As 2019 winds down, the forecast for the Texas economy in 2020 is positive. According to economist M. Ray Perryman, the long-term outlook for Texas’ major metros indicates continued expansion through 2045. Specifically, “our long-term ...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

Save the Date - Sportsmen Banquet

Mark your calendar for January 18th to attend the Sportsmen Banquet.

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Posted on: December 10, 2019

Charles Schwab to move headquarters to DFW from San Francisco.

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Charles Schwab to move headquarters to DFW from San Francisco. When finished, the new 1 million-square-foot Westlake campus would be able to house up to 7,000 employees. 

Charles Schwab Corp. is set to make Dallas-Fort Worth home after it...

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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Texas unemployment remains low as job growth accelerates slightly in October

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Texas unemployment held at historic lows in October as job growth accelerated slightly over the previous year to add 30,100 jobs, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

For the fifth consecutive month, statewide unemployment r...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

Texas Economic Indicators

The Texas economy continues to grow at a moderate pace. Job growth ticked up in October, and the September growth rate was revised up. The unemployment rate remained at a record low, indicating continued tightness in the labor market. The Texas Leading In...

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Posted on: December 2, 2019

The North Texas Economic Forum

Learn more about this and other events online.

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Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth has chapters worldwide representing 14,500 members. ACG serves 90,000 investors, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market ...

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Posted on: November 26, 2019

Why North Texas has such economic potential

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By The Business Journals Content Studio 

North Texas has experienced a tremendous economic upswing in 2019. But what is it that makes this area ideal for growth, and is your business poised to thrive along with it?

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Posted on: November 22, 2019

Family Fun Night at Nock It Archery Center

Looking for some family fun right here in Decatur? Head to Nock It Archery tomorrow night for family night! 

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Veteran Benefit Auction - Valor Ranch

Mark your calendar for this great event! 

Free Event on Saturday, November 30th at 11am. There will be an auction to help raise money for Valor Ranch and all they do for the veterans in the community.

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Posted on: November 18, 2019

Monthly Review of the Texas Economy

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Texas continues to create jobs faster than the U.S. The state’s economy gained 342,800 nonagricultural jobs from December 2018 to December 2019, an annual growth rate of 2.7 percent, higher than the nation’s employment growth rate of 1...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Friendsgiving Feast

Don’t be alone this Thanksgiving. Come celebrate with your community during at this First Annual Friendsgiving Feast.

What a great community we live in!

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Posted on: November 11, 2019

Right on the Money: The number that explains why your DFW rush hour commute seems more crowded

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Author: Jason Wheeler,  WFAA News

Does it seem like the work commute in North Texas gets more crowded every day? If you've screamed in the confines of your car, here is part of the reason why.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released employment...

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

Sweet Chicks Dessert Shoppe Opening

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Sweet Chicks Dessert Shoppe will open their doors to the public on Saturday, Nov 9 @ 10:30am. Stop in for a sweet treat or just to say hello! 

Event link: http://ow.ly/E9bc50x652u 

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Posted on: November 6, 2019

Orscheln Farm & Home Grand Opening - Decatur, TX

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The Decatur Orscheln Farm & Home will celebrate its grand opening this Friday & Saturday, Nov. 8 & 9, with storewide sales, events and giveaways!

Click here for even more exciting stuff going on.... come on out and help suppor...

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Posted on: November 5, 2019

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY!

TODAY IS ELECTION DAY! Polls are open until 7pm. 

Unsure where to vote? Click here for more info: http://ow.ly/6XHW50x2xZs 

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Projected growth coming to Wise County, Texas

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Star Telegram article about the projected growth coming to Wise County: Wise County, a throwback to rural Texas, may be the region’s next frontier of growth. 

Wise County is known for its rural features — including horse pastur...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Texas’ fiscal growth 3-5 times greater than national 50-state level post Great Recession

By Bethany Blankley - The Center Square

Texas is among state governments whose rainy day funds are at their highest levels since before the Great Recession, according to analyses by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) and The Pew Char...

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Posted on: October 31, 2019

Wise County Chamber of Commerce EDC Forum

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The Wise County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an EDC Forum for all our local Wise County Economic Development Teams. 

There will be a community luncheon, open to the public, to follow to discuss development within out county.

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Successful Wise County Business Workshop

There was a great turnout to our Wise County Business Workshop this morning. Lots of great business resources shared today for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Posted on: October 28, 2019

Orscheln Farm & Home, located in Decatur, TX, is now open!

Orscheln Farm & Home, located in Decatur, TX, is now open! They will have a Grand Opening celebration next Friday & Saturday, Nov. 8 & 9!

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Posted on: October 23, 2019

Texas employers are continuing to add new jobs, but the growth rate is beginning to taper off.

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By Paul O'Donnell, Dallas Morning News 

Texas employers are continuing to add new jobs, but the growth rate is beginning to taper off.

The state added 7,600 jobs in September, the lowest monthly gain in more than a year, according to data released ...

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

2019 Wise County Business Workshop

Mark your calendar and make plans to attend this great business workshop where you can connect with local entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders.

Please join Wise County Judge, J.D. Clark, Decatur EDC, Bridgeport EDC, Weatherford College, Decatur Chamber, B...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

The City of Decatur is rewriting its Comprehensive Plan

THE CITY OF DECATUR IS REWRITING ITS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN! Citizen input is a very important step in this process for both the City of Decatur and its citizens. We hope that you will register for and attend this planning event! www.Decatur2050.com

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

How to Run a Business in Texas

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They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the state's economy. The Lone Star State boasts a gross domestic product of $1.77 trillion – the second largest in the nation. The state i...

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

How to Run a Business in Texas

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By:  Business News Daily

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the state's economy. The Lone Star State boasts a gross domestic product of $1.77 trillion – the second largest in the nation. The state i...

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Posted on: October 11, 2019

Orscheln Farm & Home Opening Soon!

We are looking forward to welcoming Orscheln Farm & Home to Decatur, Texas! 

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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Wise County Business Workshop

Please join us as we co-host a business workshop. There will be resources and opportunities for everyone from entrepreneurs to established business owners. Local, regional, state, and federal agencies will be there to help you explore ways to strengthen y...

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Posted on: October 7, 2019

Keep Decatur Beautiful Fall Sweep Kick-Off

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Keep Decatur Beautiful will be hosting KTB’s Fall Sweep Kick-off event this coming Saturday. Join hundreds of volunteers at several sites across town to work together & clean up Decatur. 

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Posted on: October 3, 2019

TEDC's 2019 Annual Conference

HEAR FROM INDUSTRY LEADERS ON IMPORTANT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOPICS.

TEDC's 2019 Annual Conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel 

Dates: October 9-11.

For More Info: https://texasedc.org/2019-annual-conference

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,810,900 in August 2019, up 115,800 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From August 2018 to August 2019, local nonfarm emplo...

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

State Fair of Texas Time

The State Fair of Texas is here! Check out this rundown of all of the foods you need to try at the fair: http://ow.ly/wWMZ50wtAFT

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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Shannon receives contract extension

By Brian Knox |  Wise County Messenger

Longtime Decatur City Manager Brett Shannon received a contract extension at Monday’s meeting of the Decatur City Council.

Following a two-hour closed session for Shannon’s annual evaluatio...

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Boo Bash in Downtown Decatur

BOO BASH on the Square in Decatur, October 27th!

* Trunk or Treat* Bounce Houses* Live Music* Goodies for the Kids* Car Decorating Contest* Doggie Costume Contest

Proceeds to Wise County Animal Shelter. 940-393-1128 or 940-399-8845 for more info.

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Posted on: September 21, 2019

Team Behind The Team - Decatur Eagles Football

In this edition of "Team Behind The Team," Kaime Stroot got to hang out with Decatur ISD's down marker official, who has over 70 years of experience! 

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

Construction on the Trinity Street Expansion has begun

Construction on the Trinity Street Expansion has begun!!

Matt Fisher, who owns Trinity Street Coffee Bar, Kimzey’s, and West Oak Coffee, is excited about this project. Fisher said their roasting company has outgrown its space in Denton, and since...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Decatur ISD Job Draws Interest

By Richard Greene |  WC Messenger

Fifty candidates have expressed interest in becoming the next superintendent at Decatur ISD, School Board President Charlie Tibbels reported Monday night.

Tibbels said that has been the number of requests for appli...

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Posted on: September 12, 2019

Upskilling a Workforce for North Texas' Robust Economy

Dave Moore, Data Journalist and Staff Writer  - Dallas Regional Chamber

Roughly 800,000 jobs have been created in the Dallas Region over the past 10 years, leading companies to cannibalize each other for talent. One solution – according ...

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Posted on: September 10, 2019

Poco Graphite Celebrating 50 Years

By Joy Burgess-Carrico | WC Messenger  

Poco Graphite moved to Decatur in September of 1969, so they are celebrating 50 years here this month.  

Check out this interesting article on the mysterious POCO Graphite plant in Decatur.

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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Cruise Night on the Downtown Decatur Square

Come on out to the September Cruise Night on the Square Saturday, September 7th, 4:00-8:00pm

Registration will be in front of the courthouse from 4pm - 6pm and $15 per vehicle. Judging begins at 6pm and awards will be presented by 8pm. Awards in 20 classes...

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Posted on: September 4, 2019

Home Prices Soar in July

The average price for homes in Wise County broke $260,000 in July. 

The median price for the 96 homes sold last month was $261,750. That was up 1.3 percent from the $258,491 for the 101 homes purchased in July 2018.

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Posted on: August 27, 2019

Fort Worth’s Economic Challenge: How to keep up with Dallas-Plano-Irving?

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For decades, the economies of Dallas and Fort Worth moved in tandem, usually rising and falling together and growing at similar rates.

But their paths have diverged, primarily because the eastern side of the region, known as Dallas-Plano-Irving, has grown ...

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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Music Downtown Decatur with Adam Hood with Jake Ward

Mark your calendar for Oct 5th and grab your friends, it's another great concert night in Decatur Texas! Adam Hood with Jake Ward opening 8 PM – 11 PM on Decatur Main Street! 

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Posted on: August 19, 2019

Texas #3 Best State for Business

The $1.8 trillion Texas economy is the second biggest in the U.S., behind only California. Texas ranks third for current economic climate and first for its growth prospects, thanks to strong employment and income growth forecasts over the next five years....

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Posted on: August 14, 2019

Decatur ISD Discusses Budget

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Decatur ISD trustees discussed a $33.9 million budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year Monday night. The budget is $2.9 million more than this past year with nearly $2 million for pay increases and new jobs in the district. The district is proposing a tax rate...

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Posted on: August 12, 2019

Now Open - Home Town Restaurant & Bakery

Home Town Restaurant & Bakery open today, Monday August 12th. They are serving Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Be sure to check them out - 1803 S Hwy 287 in Decatur. 

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

Red-Hot Economy: Texas Unemployment Falls

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By: Dom DiFurio, Dallas Morning News

After breaking previous records in May, Texas' unemployment rate once again fell to a new historic low of 3.4% in June, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The then all-time low set in May was 3.5%, a number not...

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Posted on: August 7, 2019

August 2019 Texas Economic Outlook

By Robert A. Dye, Ph.D., Daniel Sanabria

The Texas economy is having a strong year in 2019. Most of the state’s major metropolitan areas are showing employment growth well above the national average. Texas was prominent in the June release of met...

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Posted on: August 5, 2019

Interim Superintendent Springston focused on improving Decatur ISD

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By Richard Greene | Wise County Messenger

ON THE JOB – Decatur ISD interim superintendent Brett Springston started his stint with Decatur July 22. Messenger photo by Richard Greene 

Brett Springston is not taking time to hang pictures or memorabili...

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Posted on: August 2, 2019

Decatur Eyes Tax Rate Decrease

For the second year in a row, Decatur residents could see a decrease in their tax rate. 

At Monday’s meeting, the Decatur City Council proposed a tax rate cut of 1.8 cents to fund next year’s $9.2 million proposed budget. Even ...

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Posted on: July 30, 2019

Real Estate Market Remains Steady

By Richard Greene |  Wise County Messenger

After slowing slightly in May, the Wise County real estate market remained steady in June.

Ninety-four homes sold in the month, one less than in May. Sales were up 6.8 percent or six homes from June 2018.

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Posted on: July 26, 2019

Governor Abbott Announces $5.2 Million In Texas Talent Connection Grants

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Governor Greg Abbott today announced more than $5.2 million in Texas Talent Connection grants to 15 innovative workforce skills training and job placement programs across the state. These competitive grant awards, administered by the Texas Workforce Inves...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Dallas-Fort Worth Area Employment

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Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,780,000 in May 2019, up 107,000 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From May 2018 to May 2019, local nonfarm employment ros...

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Posted on: July 22, 2019

REUNION READY – Wise County Old Settlers Reunion returns this week

The Wise County Old Settlers Reunion returns this week to Joe Wheeler Park, between Farm Road 51 South and Old Reunion Road. The Reunion Grounds will once again host a variety of entertainment options for all ages throughout the week, Monday through Satur...

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

New money to schools - Wise County Texas

By Richard Greene - Wise County Messenger

With the newly adopted school finance bill, House Bill 3, local school districts are expected to see an increase in state funding this coming school year. The amount of the increase is still to be determined.

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Small-to-Medium Businesses Continue to Bolster North Texas Economy

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BY Lance Murray, Dallas Innovates

When evaluating job growth in Dallas-Fort Worth, JLL Research Manager Walter Bialas doesn’t want the impact of small- and medium-sized businesses to be forgotten.

In a recent “Snapshot,” Bialas...

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Posted on: July 15, 2019

NCTCOG Transportation Department Pilot Test

WHAT DO YOU THINK?The NCTCOG Transportation Department is conducting a pilot test to gauge interest in the electronic distribution of public input/meeting notices.

Visit www.nctcog.org/input for public review and comment July 15, 2019-August 28, 2019.

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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Free Concert - Stoney LaRue and Jarrod Morris and Jeep Night

Friday, July 19 - FREE concert on Decatur Town Square and JEEP Night

Texas famed Stoney LaRue will be headlining with Decatur's own Jarrod Morris opening. Music begins at 7pm. Food trucks, live music, and a great time! NO COOLERS, beverage sales on site!

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Posted on: July 10, 2019

County to regulate development in ETJ

By Brian Knox | Wise County Messenger

HOME BUILDING – Homes and other developments being built in Decatur’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, such as these homes just east of the city, will no longer submit their plans to the city but rath...

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Posted on: July 8, 2019

Total Employment in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Area up 107,000 over the year

Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,780,000 in May 2019, up 107,000 over the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Dallas-Fort Worth shines as top ‘all-star’ in U.S. employment growth, report shows

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By John Egan - Culture Map LLC - Dallas

In terms of job growth, Dallas-Fort Worth has climbed to the peak of the economic mountain in the United States.

A new report from commercial real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield recognizes DFW as the ...

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Posted on: June 25, 2019

Governor Abbott Delivers State Of The State Address

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Governor Abbott Delivers State Of The State Address

"The newcomers have joined with long-time Texans, and together we have forged what has become the most powerful state in America.

Texas leads the nation in new job creation. And we have the fastest gr...

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Posted on: June 24, 2019

Texas VS Oklahoma Chute Out

Hosted by Cowboy Youth Bull Rider Association

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 2 PM at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur, TX.

A red river rivalry!! We have talent on both sides of the river and what better way to amp up these kids and do something a little ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2019

Free Live Music and Food Trucks in Downtown Decatur, Texas

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Mark your calendar for this great event in Decatur tomorrow! Free Live Music and Food Trucks! 

Friday, June 21st from 7pm-11pm in Downtown Decatur.

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Posted on: June 13, 2019

Fort Worth becomes 13th largest in U.S.

By Bill Hanna - Fort Worth Star Telegram

The boom shows no sign of ending.

Developments fueling growth in West Fort Worth, thus traffic is expected to increase by 40% over the next 20 years. (By Amanda McCoy) 

Fort Worth is now the 13th-largest city...

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Posted on: June 10, 2019

9 Industries Driving GDP Growth in the Texas Economy

BY Ryan Downie  

In the years following the 2009 recession, Texas was one of the most economically resilient states, experiencing compounding annual growth in excess of 7% between 2009 and 2014. Throughout the economic recovery, the strongest grow...

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Posted on: June 5, 2019

Texas Will Add 294,100 Jobs In 2019, Dallas Fed Says

Texas will add 294,100 jobs in 2019, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas forecast recently. Texas employment will jump by 2.3 percent, reaching 12.9 million by December 2019.

“The Texas Employment Forecast suggests jobs will grow 2.3 percent this ...

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Posted on: June 3, 2019

Welcome New Photography Studio - Downtown Decatur, TX

The Decatur Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting April 16 for the new photography studio on Main Street. Owners Joe & Lisa Duty. Help us welcome their new business to Decatur, TX.

Check them out online: Pro 360 Virtual Tours and Joe Duty Photograp...

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Posted on: May 29, 2019

Opportunity knocks: Decatur EDC hires help to maximize zone.

Opportunity knocks: Decatur EDC hires help to maximize zone.

The Decatur Economic Development Corp. last week hired Manassas Capital to develop a comprehensive plan for the local Opportunity Zone, as designated by the federal government.

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Posted on: April 1, 2019

QT Opening Thursday, April 4th - Decatur, TX

QT OPENINGQuickTrip in Decatur is opening Thursday.Located at the corner of U.S. 81/287 and Hale Street, the company transformed the property where Cornerstone Baptist Church once stood. 

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Posted on: March 30, 2019

TEDC Webinar April 24: The Changing World of Foreign Direct Investment.

Date of Event: Wednesday, April 24, 2019Time of Event: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (CST)Registration Rate: $79/Individual   $295/Group of 5 or more

This presentation will take a look at the current state of FDI amidst the global uncertainty.

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