Leading Locations for 2014: U.S. Metros Ranked for Economic and Job Growth

Area Development analyzes economic and workforce data for 379 MSAs, producing a snapshot of the cities across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind. A diversified economic base tops the most desirable traits.

Midland City Council moves forward on speed zone changes

MIDLAND - - The City Council recognized a 7-acre donation of land from XTO Energy Inc. The land will allow the City of Midland to extend Mockingbird Lane from Avalon Drive to Holiday Hill Road. The new land will resolve traffic congestion and allow residents to travel safely near Bynum School. They celebrated this day as national XTO Energy Day.

XCOR Aerospace Hangar Sign

 Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - An XCOR Aerospace sign is now mounted on a hangar in Midland International Airport, a sign of things to come.

"We're gonna have a lot of our employees here 10, 12 hours a day. It's a 60,000 square foot space and there's a lot of room in there," said Brad Hartman, commercial division manager and master electrician for Electrical Maintenance & Construction.

Brad Hartman, from electrical maintenance and construction put in a bid with the general contractor, Western LLC, to do the work for XCOR.

XCOR One Step Closer to Becoming Reality

MIDLAND - A preliminary launch schedule for XCOR Aerospace at the Midland International Airport, shows the company will be sending it's spaceplane into orbit twice a week by 2015

The company applied for a spaceport license with the Federal Aviation Administration. The deadline to approve or deny the license is September 15th.

If approved, the Midland International Airport would be the first to offer both commercial and space flights.

It is on schedule to send two planes into orbit per day by 2018.

Midland ranked No. 2 ‘best place in Texas’

Midland is the second best place in all of Texas, according to one real estate brokerage firm.

Virgin Galactic Helps Build the New Space Age in the Mojave Desert

XCOR Aerospace is shifting many of its employees from Mojave to a new research and development complex in Midland, Texas, thanks to $10 million in economic incentives.

Aerospace firms start recruiting in prekindergarten

University of Southern California mechanical engineering junior Stephanie Balais developed a passion for aerospace after joining the university’s AeroDesign team and helping to construct an airplane fuselage hours before transporting the plane to a competition in Kansas.

As internships beckoned, she applied to many top defense and aerospace firms. But Microsoft Corp. snagged her first. This summer, Balais, 20, will spend 13 weeks in Redmond, Wash., working in the tech giant’s manufacturing and supply chain department.