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Modular building manufacturer expands into Central Texas


Z Modular, a division of Zekelman Industries, which manufactures steel-framed building modules is expanding into Central Texas, bringing 250 jobs to the area.

The company has purchased a 230,000-square-foot building at 710 Swanner Loop in the Killeen Industrial Park.

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Community Update

Killeen Area Average Age 

How a yoga studio near Fort Hood is serving its military community

 


A yoga studio just outside of one of the largest military bases in the country has made it its mission to help our nation's heroes heal their minds and bodies through yoga.

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Killeen Ranks in Best for Vets


Killeen, Texas ranked 21st Medium-Sized City in MilitaryTimes’ “Best for Vets: Places to Live 2019.” MilitaryTimes evaluated 599 places, as designated by the U.S. Census Bureau, dividing them into 282 small cities with populations of fewer than 100,000; 234 medium-sized cities with populations between 100,000-250,000; and 83 large cities with populations of 250,000 or more.

Click here for full study results.

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Killeen ranked in top 100 safest cities for drivers


The City of Killeen was rated on the nation’s safest cities to drive in.

Allstate recently released their annual Best-Drivers-Report and it puts Killeen in the top 100 safest cities for drivers in the country.

With a population of over 143,000 and home to Fort Hood, the nation’s largest military base, Killeen came in just after Orlando Florida at 73rd.

Full Story | Story Credit: Adam Schindler, KXXV

 

 Texas Bullet Train

 
Drayton McLane gave a presentation to the GKCC Public Policy Council about the Texas Central Bullet Train earlier this month. Texas Central is developing a new high-speed passenger rail system that will connect Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston with travel times of less than 90 minutes. The group is still in the planning stages but is hopeful to begin construction by 2020. For more information, visit texascentral.com.
 

Staff Exhibits at International Food Technologies (IFT) Trade Show


GKCC staff partnered with Grand Central Texas (GCT) Economic Development at the International Food Technologies trade show in July. Approximately 23,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors participated, as well as State-level economic developers, such as Team Texas and the State of Ohio.

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Future of Retail Trade

Retail Leakage Analysis Shows a Gain in Local Sales



Every two years the economic development division of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce commissions a report that shows retail leakage. The purpose of the report is to analyze the types of products and services that are being purchased outside of our retail trade area (see map). The report covers 14 major retail categories that range from food to auto sales, and the results are shared with retailers and brokers to influence their site location decisions towards this market.

Retail Forecast for 2022



In the July 23, 2018 newsletter published by renowned economist Dr. Ray Perryman of the Perryman Group, Perryman reported on the retail forecast of major Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) and ‘other’ metro areas in Texas. Perryman’s retail forecast shows that the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood MSA will have a 3.4% compound annual growth rate in retail sales from 2017-2022.

The Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood MSA, in the ‘other’ metro areas category, ranked 6th of 18 Texas MSA’s with the highest predicted growth rate.

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Retail Shopping Patterns

Downtown Killeen

Fort Hood

Fort Hood Economic Impact on the Texas Economy, 2017


The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts analyzed the economic impact of Fort Hood on the Texas economy at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC). The Comptroller estimates that population directly affiliated with Fort Hood contributed at least $24.56 billion to the Texas economy in 2017.

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Army Futures Command's impact on Fort Hood


The U.S. Army's Futures Command is now only about 70 miles from the largest Army post in the world.

"This entire region is home to some of the greatest brain power in the United States of America," says Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Full Story | Story Credit: Calah Kelley, Fox 44 News

 

Business Resources

Leadercast Women Offers National Training to Local Leaders




Creating “Leaders Worth Following” is the underlining theme and goal of Leadercast and explains why the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce participates in two annual simulcasts designed to build better leaders right here in our own community.

On October 12, 60+ ladies gathered at Grace Christian Center in Killeen for Leadercast Women to hear inspiring, motivating,
life changing, and world-renowned women speak in an unforgettable way. Women like Jess Ekstrom, Ritu Bhasin, Celeste Headlee, the Bush sisters and Molly Fletcher all came with their unique voice to empower and give insight to women leading themselves in this ever-changing world.

Local business owners Dr. Ann Farris, Meredith Viguers and Paula Lohse also took the stage to bring meaning and intentional moments to the day. While Leadercast Women is open to everyone, it is designed mainly for women seeking to further their leadership careers.

Leadercast Live, the sister event for Leadercast Women, will happen again on May 10,
2019 and this experience is for men and women alike. Next year’s event will focus on leading healthy teams and how to be the best leader you can be. The chamber hosted almost 350 people for this event in 2018, and 2019 is expected to grow even larger, becoming the largest one-day leadership event happening in Killeen, TX.

Confirmed speakers so far for 2019 are Patrick Lencioni, Juliet Funt, Andy Stanley, Dr. Carolina Leaf
and Ginger Hardage! Please make plans to join us for Leadercast Live on May 10, 2019 and/or Leadercast Women on October 18, 2019. Tickets are on sale at KilleenChamber.com.
 

Economic Indicators

Want more Killeen-area data?
Visit killeenedc.com/data, or contact Phyllis Gogue at 254.526.9551 or phyllis@killeenchamber.com.
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