Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
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Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
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Texas Business reports: STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton facilities planning officials are gearing up for a $2.4 million construction project that will transform the western edge of the Stephenville campus—the Rome Street Redevelopment project.
The redevelopment will cause disruptions in parking and traffic for several months.
“The Rome street project, once completed, will provide a beautiful new gateway to the campus,” said Joe Standridge, associate vice president for physical facilities. “With the new Welcome Center on the east side and Rome street on the west, visitors to Tarleton will be greeted by distinctive and pleasing architecture and landscaping.”
Construction on the project will begin in June and is expected to be completed by October or possibly November.
It will shut down Rome Street from Frey street on the north to Sloan Street on the south. The design by Randall Scott Architects calls for widening the street, sidewalks, a dedicated bike path, benches and extensive landscaping.
In addition, the plan takes into account any future growth to the west with infrastructure improvements, including storm drainage, sewer lines and underground utilities.
Standridge said the project would likely begin on the south end of the street near Wisdom Gym and work its way north.
Parking lots P21 and P26 will be closed for a portion of the construction period. The University Police Department is developing temporary parking locations for those affected, Standridge said, but the aim is to have the lots reopened by the beginning of the fall semester.
There will be periodic access points for pedestrians from the east side of Rome to Memorial Stadium, the Rec Sports Center and practice fields on the west side of the street.
The estimated $2.4 million project is utilizing Permanent University Funds that can only be used for construction.
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