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MPCA to Invest Additional $12 Million in Killeen Facility


The Killeen Economic Development Corporation (KEDC) has conveyed an additional 2.8 acres to MGC Pure Chemicals America, Inc. (MPCA) for the purpose of constructing Phase II of the facility. Phase II will result in an additional $12 million capital investment and create 3-5 additional jobs with an average salary of $66,000.

MPCA broke ground on Phase I in August 2017 and will result in a capital investment of approximately $28 million. When complete, the MPCA facility will total an approximate $40 million capital investment making THEM one of the largest taxpayers in the City of Killeen. It will provide more than thirty jobs with an average salary of $66,000.

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Demographic Study


RKG Associates, the firm hired by the 14 Forward Foundation to conduct an economic analysis of the City of Killeen and the KISD service area, has provided a first draft of the study. 14 Forward staff and the working group that developed the study RFP are reviewing the draft and will share with investors once it is complete.
Texas A&M University-Central Texas Update

14 Forward staff and board members and TAMUCT and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas staff recently visited Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, AL and the University of Central Florida Research Park in Orlando, FL to learn about park governance and meet with local leaders and park tenants. The visits provided invaluable information about best practices and next steps towards the formation of a research park at TAMUCT. A detailed report on both visits can be found here.

Housing Report for Killeen-Temple

Economic News
October MSA jobs decreased from 149,500 to 146,600, according to the latest
figures published by the Texas Workforce Commission. This marks a 1.94%
year-over-year (YoY) decrease compared with October 2017, a net decrease of
2,900 existing jobs. Over the past five years, the job growth rate has increased
at an average annual rate of 2.00%.

 In addition, the unemployment rate for October increased to 3.80% from
3.40% in 2017


View all housing data for October 2018 here


Source: Texas A&M University Real Estate Center

AED Foundation Partners with Heroes MAKE America Job Training Program


Heroes MAKE America is designed to create a pipeline from military to manufacturing careers for transitioning service members

The AED Foundation recently announced a partnership with “Heroes MAKE America”. Launched earlier this year by the Manufacturing Institute, part of the National Association of Manufacturers, Heroes MAKE America is designed to create a pipeline from military to manufacturing careers for transitioning service members, with a special focus on hard to fill production jobs. The Institute currently has training programs located at Fort Riley, KS, and Fort Hood, TX, and plans to continue to expand to three additional bases in 2019 with more to follow in future years.


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Fort Hood is conserving and producing its own energy



Staying ready to serve and protect our nation at a moment’s notice takes a lot of work and energy.  

Fort Hood’s award-winning renewable energy project is the largest in the U.S. Army and is helping the military base conserve and produce energy.  

"Everything we do at Fort Hood, including environmental, is aimed to benefit the warfighter – to make sure that their primary mission is sustainable and safe,” Timi Dutchuk, chief of environmental programs, said. “Whether it’s energy reduction, managing wildlife, making sure that we’re in compliance with clean air and clean water, it’s really to make sure that we are capable of securing our nation.” 

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Interstate 14 East-Coast Update


Columbus, GA-based Youth Infrastructure Coalition (YIC) has been hard at work promoting the expansion of I-14 on what is planned to be the eastern terminus of the roadway. YIC has secured 11 resolutions of support for I-14 in local municipalities along the route. State Senators in GA and AL will introduce resolutions at the state level, and leaders from around GA are reaching out to congressional delegations on the national level to encouraging support for H.R. 6111, the I-14 expansion bill.

The video below has more information about the group's recent work. Video Credit: Matt Mackie, WGXA


Anatomy of a Smart City




A Smart City is defined as one that uses technology to improve public services, increase transparency and become more efficient. Smart Cities are multiplying around the world. The escalation of the Smart Cities movement is the result of the ever-expanding Internet of Things (IoT), with transportation, utilities, and emergency response among the areas most affected.      

Smart Cities are resource-efficient and use technological innovation to make cities work better for the people who live in them. They harness the data from commonly used smart devices, networks, cloud infrastructure, and applications and analytics to develop new insights as well as new products and services.


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Other Program Updates
Board of Directors Meetings
 
The 14 Forward Board of Directors met October 23 and approved the FY 18-19 budget. The future meeting schedule is listed below. 
  • January 22, 2019 - Annual Meeting (all investors, more info to follow)
  • April 23, 2019 (Directors only)

14 Forward Presentation


14 Forward board members are available to give presentations about the 14 Forward initiative to area groups. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your group, email jennifer@killeenchamber.com.
Communications Committee Update

 
The 14 Forward Communications Committee met and has begun work on a series of videos to communicate the 14 Forwardprogram to current and future investors and the public, as well as a video highlighting the talent in our region. The committee is also updating the 14 Forward website with relevant program information and a current investor list.

Be sure to follow 14 Forward on the social media channels listed below!
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