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Employment in Brazos County Remains Below 2019 Levels

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College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

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College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

Due to reduced economic activity from the response to COVID-19, businesses across the Brazos Valley have reduced their staffing from 2019 levels. Over 2,700 fewer residents are employed compared to the previous year.

Many businesses have closed since the shutdown in March, and more are expected to close in the near future. World Market in College Station has signage up announcing their closing. Many experts warn that one-third of small businesses could ultimately shut down for good, and hundreds of thousands have already done just that across the nation.

A large amount of the $350 billion CARES Act was earmarked for small businesses, and of that, $243 million accidentally went to large companies instead – leading some companies to return the money over the ensuing outrage. In total, only 5 percent of small businesses received PPP loans.

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