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East Texas cities see building boom

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Business is booming for many cities across East Texas.

As you look through the City of Tyler, cranes are dotting the skyline, showing signs of progress.

Cranes are working on the Smith County jail, Fair parking garage and Tyler Junior College nursing building.

Fred Peters with Tyler Junior College said the project for his campus represents a growth in students wanting to come to school.

"We're starting to see there is a real need for workforce programs where people can come and take a two-year degree -- maybe a one-year -- and go right to work and make a good living," Peters said.

The college says they plan to build a new dorm facility near the completed nursing building, and plan to start work on an energy center on their West Tyler Campus.

Both the Tyler Junior College and downtown Tyler projects have completion dates this year.

The construction projects in downtown and surrounding areas are not the only ones. Information shared by the City of Tyler shows there's a bit of building boom going on in the city. In 2013, there were 64 new commercial building permits issued, a 20 percent increase from 2012.

Tom Mullins with the Tyler Economic Development Corporation said the multiple projects say a lot about the city's dedication to growth.

"It would take most communities 12 years to just get one of them put together," Mullins said. "This says a lot about Tyler and their commitment to, not only the current growth spurt, but to long-term growth."

Mullins said the growth not only applies to Tyler, but to the East Texas region, as well.

"Longview and Kilgore and east of us are doing very well because of the energy sector activity," Mullins said.

He said he expects the growth in 2014 to meet or exceed last year's numbers.

The Tyler Economic Development Corporation said Tyler is on the short list of a few companies that could add hundreds of jobs.

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