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Shangri La Hires New Executive Director

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Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is proud to announce Angela “Angie” Mason, as the new Executive Director. Angie comes to us from Chicago Botanic Garden where she was employed for the past 19 years. Angie most recently served as the Associate VP of Community Engagement and Senior Director of Windy City Harvest where she oversaw all facets of engagement with the community and directed the operations of Windy City Harvest, an urban agriculture education and job training program, with 200 participants and a $3.8M budget.

Angie has been recognized with multiple awards and accolades, including the North Lawndale Spirit of Youth Development Award and the Illinois Governor’s Environmental Hero Award. Angie is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she earned a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science, and an M.S. in Plant, Soil and General Agriculture. During Angie’s early career she served as Adjunct Faculty in Horticulture, at the Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois.

Angie is known by colleagues as an outstanding and visionary leader, strategic thinker, collaborator, staff manager, and a national and international expert on urban agriculture. The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is most fortunate to have her join our multi-faceted leadership team bringing vision and the right combination of competencies to nurture and strengthen Shangri La Gardens, a world-class nature center and living museum rich in educational opportunities.

Bridge City Chamber Hosts Ribbon-Cutting For CDL Fitness

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The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting for CDL Fitness on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. CDL Fitness is located at 2011 Texas Ave. in Bridge City.

CDL Fitness can be considered a neighborhood gym. They believe in achieving optimum health in an affordable, classical atmosphere. They offer a small, quiet, 24-hour-accessible facility. The facility is tailored to implement the service you would receive from a larger scale facility while keeping the personal experience. Whether you want to promote health, lose weight, or reduce stress, they have the setup and are equipped with new-school and old-school pieces to aid in your training for your desired goals.

For more info, call them at 409-540-3527, visit their website, or check out their Facebook page.

Orange County Advanced Power Station to Provide Power to 230,000 Homes

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As part of its plan to meet growing demand across Southeast Texas and modernize its generation fleet, Entergy Texas, Inc. has begun the process to seek approval to construct the Orange County Advanced Power Station, a 1,215-megawatt, dual-fuel combined cycle power facility. The plant will be located near Bridge City, Texas, and will be capable of powering more than 230,000 homes and use a combination of natural gas and hydrogen. Hydrogen produces zero carbon emissions as a fuel source for electric generation.

“The Orange County Advanced Power Station is a Texas project for Texas customers,” said Sallie Rainer, president and CEO of Entergy Texas. “The addition of this facility will continue our work to provide reliable, low-cost and clean energy in Southeast Texas and will provide more than $1.5 billion in net benefits to customers by reducing reliance on energy markets.”

An outside economic impact analysis by TXP, Inc. found that the construction and operation of the Orange County Advanced Power Station will play a major role in creating jobs and driving increased economic activity. Estimates indicate that construction will provide more than 7,000 direct jobs in Texas and nearly $1.8 billion in economic activity for the regional economy. Once operational, the plant will provide approximately 27 permanent direct jobs in Texas.

In addition to meeting current customer needs across Southeast Texas, the Orange County Advanced Power Station will be built with a focus on long-term sustainability in an economy where many stakeholders and customers are focused increasingly on decarbonization. The plant’s ability to be powered by hydrogen, which emits no carbon dioxide, supports its long-term viability for customers and the Southeast Texas community. Hydrogen is widely used today in industrial processes, including by a number of Entergy Texas’s large industrial customers. The fuel can be stored nearby in facilities such as in Entergy Texas’s Spindletop storage facility and can be deployed alongside natural gas to produce lower emissions energy reliably when needed, including working in hours when intermittent renewable resources do not generate power.

“Southeast Texas is well-positioned to play a key role in the transition to increased use of hydrogen in electric generation,” said Rainer. “Our region is home to hydrogen producers, pipelines, storage and industrial users. We look forward to working with industry partners on the role the Orange County Advanced Power Station will play in providing reliable power while also meeting the sustainability needs of our customers and communities, and also to establish Southeast Texas as a global hub for hydrogen production and consumption.”

Within the coming months, Entergy Texas intends to file a request for approval to construct the Orange County Advanced Power Station with the Public Utility Commission of Texas. If the Public Utility Commission approves Entergy Texas’s application, construction will begin in the second quarter of 2023. Entergy Texas expects the plant to be in service by summer 2026.

Bridge City Chamber Hosts Ribbon-Cutting for Karen Collier and Edward Jones Financial

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The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting for Edward Jones – Financial Advisor: Karen Collier in their new building, located at 1815 Texas Ave. in Bridge City.

Edward Jones is a financial-services firm dedicated to serving the needs of individual investors. With nearly 12,000 financial advisors serving nearly 7 million investors, Edward Jones has been built on the belief that the only way to do business is on a one-on-one, personal basis. They do that by getting to know you, understanding your goals, and developing individualized strategies to help you reach them. They strive to give you the personal service you deserve when it comes to planning for your financial future.

For more info, check out their Facebook page or call them at (409) 735-9413.

Orange County EDC Releases Industry Growth Strategy

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Orange County Economic Development Corporation

The Orange County Economic Development Corporation has released its Industry Growth Strategy in partnership with VisionFirst Advisors and Foremost Quality Logistics. The strategy targets the recruitment and expansion of the logistics distribution and warehouse industries but also provides valuable resources to promote all sectors of Orange County.

Based on interviews, desktop analysis, and VisionFirst Advisors and Foremost Quality Logistics’ (FQL) knowledge of the Orange County region and the Orange County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC), the industry growth strategy identifies activities, outlines goals, and provides suggested tactics for OCEDC to implement to recruit logistics, distribution, and warehousing businesses.

“Orange County has seen tremendous opportunity in recent years. This strategy will allow us to continue in a growth trajectory, capitalize on existing developments, and create opportunity for sustainable success,” said Jessica Hill, Executive Director of the OCEDC.

The leadership team gathered comprehensive data and trends and sought stakeholder input from a variety of voices, providing context to the analytics, to develop a meaningful and effective growth strategy that Orange County can successfully implement.

Recommended strategies include improving internal and external messaging, increasing business development outreach, aligning industry and educational partners, and developing key performance indicators. Each strategy will be implemented through an extensive outline of tactics specifically directed at capitalizing on the strengths of the community.

This plan lays out the groundwork for a collaborative approach to logistics, distribution, and warehousing by optimizing the resources of the region. The full report can be accessed at Industry Growth Strategy.

For more information, contact Jessica Hill, Orange County Economic Development Corporation at (409) 883-7770.

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