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XCOR’s presence at airport was a benefit to community

Midland Development Corp. board Chair Brent Hilliard was right when he called XCOR’s decision to lay off its workers in Midland and Mojave, California, “disappointing.”

It is very disappointing. There is another feeling stemming from the economic development agreement that apparently went belly up on Wednesday: This one stings.

The Passing of a Rite of Passage

Having a summer job used to be a rite of passage for teenagers. Changes in economic conditions and preferences are contributing to a decline in the numbers of young people seeking summer work. The implications for both young people and employers are significant.

Council wants to earmark Scharbauer operations funds

The Midland City Council has taken the first step toward earmarking the money left over from the collection of the 4B tax and dedicating it specifically for maintenance and operations of the Scharbauer Sports Complex.

In Tuesday’s meeting, the council dissolved the Midland Football-Soccer and Baseball Complex Development Corp. That was expected as part of the aftermath of the failed May election that would have extended a quarter-cent sales tax for parks improvements and sports complex operations/maintenance.

Cruz: ‘D.C. is a little crazy right now’

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was back in West Texas this weekend to meet with local leaders and spread his message that he and other Republicans intend to keep the promises they made to voters in November.

Despite having majorities in the House, Senate and control of the White House, the seemingly never-ending controversy surrounding President Donald Trump hasn’t made his job easy.

MDC looks to fund 3 more roads projects

The Midland Development Corp.’s commitment to contributing funding to area transportation projects continues with an interest in three more projects.

In a pair of letters dated May 3 to the TxDOT Odessa District and received Friday by the Reporter-Telegram, the MDC indicated it wants to contribute $7 million for an overpass at Loop 250 and County Road 1140, for improvements to the intersection at Loop 250 and State Highway 191 and for improvements at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Midkiff Road.

Woodley approved as UTPB president

The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved Sandra Woodley as the new president of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin today during a meeting in Austin.

Woodley will succeed David Watts. Watts has been UTPB president since 2001 and is resigning effective Aug. 31.

Regents approved Woodley as a finalist for the position in March.

Midland Development Corporation approves funding agreement for highway project

The Midland Development Corporation recently approved a funding agreement with TxDot for a highway safety improvement project.

The project will construct main lanes and interchanges at the intersection of Loop 250 and County Road 1150 to convert non-freeways to freeway.

The Midland Development Corporation will contribute $2 million dollars to TxDot to help with the completion of the project.

MDC approves agreement to fund Loop 250 overpass

A major step toward completion of Loop 250 was taken Monday at the Midland Development Corp. monthly board meeting.

The board voted 4-0 to execute an advanced funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation. Board member Gary Douglas was absent.

The MDC will contribute $2 million toward the construction of a curvilinear overpass at county roads 1150 and 60. The local participation in the project is expected to accelerate the project significantly.

Space radar in full operation in the Basin

Midland is going out of this world with an operating space radar in the Basin. It's a new addition to the City of Midland's space industry. They call it The Midland Space Radar.

"When you're working with a pen and paper to design something like this, it's easy to forget how difficult it is to make it happen in real life," said LeoLabs Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, Michael Nicolls.

MDC, city praised for cooperation on radar facility

What started several years ago as a prototype made of PVC pipe and chicken wire has become reality, thanks to a bit of help from the Midland Development Corp. and the city of Midland.

A small ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at the MDC offices to officially celebrate the completion of LeoLabs’ Midland Space Radar, located on city-owned property in Winkler County known as the T-Bar Ranch.

The radar is the first in the worldwide network LeoLabs is looking to build to map space debris hurtling around in low Earth orbit.

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