Author: East Texas Review

Tax Abatement Awarded to Business Renovating

The Smith County Commissioners Court approved a three-year tax abatement for an engineering firm that plans to renovate and relocate to the long-vacant The Forum Building in downtown Tyler. Estes, McClure & Associates, Inc., plans to invest $3.5 million in renovations and equipment. “For us, this is a really exciting project,” Tyler Economic Development CEO/President Tom Mullins told the Commissioners Court, adding that the firm will be bringing high-paying, technology jobs to downtown Tyler in a building that has been vacant for years. The firm provides mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering and consulting services and specializes in school district projects. The company started in Tyler 41 years ago, and does most of its work in larger cities, such as Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas, Mullins said. Their staff of 69 employees includes 20 professional engineers, as well as technical staff. On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the Commissioners Court voted unanimously to approve a 100 percent, three-year abatement for the project. Mullins said the company plans to invest $3 million in renovating The Forum building and $500,000 in equipment. They also plan to add eight new jobs. Michael Clendenin, president/CEO of Estes, McClure & Associates, said they plan to completely gut the building for a total renovation. He expects construction to begin in February and take about a year. Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said the tax abatement allows...

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Cornyn Speaks to First Baptist Congregation, Visits Memorial in Sutherland Springs

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today visited a memorial for the victims of the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs with First Baptist Church Pastor Mark Collins, Wilson County Judge Richard Jackson, and Sheriff Joe Tackitt, Jr. Sen. Cornyn then spoke to the First Baptist Congregation’s weekly service. Yesterday, he visited with victims of the shooting and their families at the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San...

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ETBU continues the Tiger Transfer Track Program

East Texas Baptist University entered into its fifth articulation agreement with partnering institutions as a part of the Tiger Transfer Track Program. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn and Trinity Valley Community College President Jerry King officially signed the agreement on Thursday, November 9 to provide an avenue for increased academic opportunities for ETBU and TVCC students. “East Texas Baptist University is committed to serving community colleges in our East Texas Region. We are honored to partner with Trinity Valley Community College in creating greater opportunities for students to continue their higher education in university study,” Dr. Blackburn shared. “We...

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ETBU and YWAM Tyler partner to prepare Christian servant leaders

East Texas Baptist University signed articulation agreements with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Tyler to ensure the acceptance of up to 18 hours of course credit from six of YWAM’s programs, including the schools of Discipleship Training, Evangelism, Strategic Missions, the Bible, Worship, and Teacher of the Nations, to be applied to any appropriate bachelor’s degrees. ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn and YWAM Tyler President Leland Paris met on Thursday, November 9 to officially enter into the agreement. “Today marks a milestone for ETBU in forging a new partnership with Youth With A Mission Tyler. We praise God for...

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Hit the Bricks Happening Downtown this Saturday

Downtown businesses and attractions (around the square and off the square) will be bursting with things to do the second Saturday of every month for an event called “Hit the Bricks.” Downtown Tyler businesses have something fun for the whole family and, of course, the chance to check out the great, locally-owned restaurants, bars, retail establishments, museums, and other Downtown businesses. PARKING IS FREE in the parking garage and on the square. Also, there will be a FREE hop on/hop off shuttle that will take you around Downtown, 12pm-5pm. With its ongoing revitalization, Downtown Tyler has become a happening...

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