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3/5/2008-Tyler

Economic Outlook For Tyler

Looking at the past and planning for the future. The Tyler Economic Development Council held their 19th annual luncheon. Investors, area businesses came to hear about the economy, which experts say is strong and robust despite the loss of the Goodyear plant.

We put all the data together together for 2007 trends economically and things working on in 2008.

"Last year we received $3.75 million dollar grant from the Governors Emerging Technology Fund to establish Tyler as a national center for indoor air equality. All technology oriented. A partnership with UT Tyler, UT Health and the air conditioning industry. A project initiated three years ago through discussions at development council," said Tom Mullins, "Tyler is still a strong robust economy. We are very fortunate. We have diversified the economy despite loss of jobs at Goodyear this year we are still showing strong economic numbers. We are hoping that we are going to continue to grow and diversify the economy of Smith County."

Mullins said they are working on new projects announced later this spring and summer that will bring new technology jobs to Tyler

"We have spent a lot of time talking to local communities about how global change is affecting them. Outsourcing, global competition. We want to understand what makes you tick," said Guest Speaker Chris Engle, Chief Project Officer, New Economy Strategies, "We are seeing strong schools,we are seeing great education at the university level, fantastic biomedical research. We see Tyler being very well positioned to move forward."

"Overall the state of Texas has done remarkable well responding to change and developing," said Engle.

The council also announced they are working on new partnerships in the community that will bring new technology jobs to Tyler.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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