BCS Chamber hosts 2013 economic outlook conference

POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:03pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:13pm

Take a drive around Bryan-College Station and you'll see tons of construction projects popping up all over town.

"Right now you have several multi-billion dollar projects," said Bryan deputy city manager, Joey Dunn.

Top local leaders say it's a sign that the Twin Cities haven't been affected by the down economy like most of the country, one of the main themes at Wednesday's BCS Chamber of Commerce 2013 Economic Outlook Conference.

"In the last three years while everyone else has suffered we've been able to do almost a billion dollars worth of investments in the community, private investment, but there's not a lot of other cities that can say that," said Bob Cowell, College Station's executive director of planning and development.

And a lot of that has to do with the biocorridor project.

"What the biocorridor represents is probably the single most significant impact on our community," said Dunn. "It will affect the next 50 years."

In order to accommodate future growth, new infrastructures will have to be built to support the development.

That means thousands of new jobs and a multi-billion dollar economic impact for the Twin Cities.

Royce Hickman, president of the BCS Chamber says, "2013 is going to be a good year. 2015, 2016 and 2017 I think are going to be great years. What we're seeing now is the building blocks of our foundation of our future economy."

An economy, the cities hope doesn't slow down anytime soon.


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