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.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
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
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) and Collin County announced that they have reached agreement on a framework for the development of all future turnpike projects in the county, including a tollway that will one day form a portion of a ring project around North Texas.
The Outer Loop is a proposed regional beltway - approximately 52 miles of which will be within Collin County. Under the new Interlocal Agreement, the NTTA and the county will collaboratively advance the planning, constructing, maintaining and operating of the Outer Loop, as well as future tollways in the county; additionally, Collin County can advance the service roads ahead of the toll lanes portion of the Outer Loop or other toll road, thereby spurring both economic development along the alignment and the feasibility of the completely built-out project.
“We have worked well together in the past with Collin County and this agreement ensures that good relations will continue well into the future,” NTTA Director Bill Moore said in a prepared statement.
Under the agreement, the NTTA has the first option to deliver a feasible toll project in the region, but the Collin County Toll Road Authority previously formed by the county could build the county’s section of the Outer Loop if the NTTA does not proceed with that project in accordance with the schedule and conditions agreed upon.
As part of the agreement, the NTTA and Collin County will form and maintain an advisory technical work group; TxDOT, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and the Regional Transportation Council will be invited to participate on the technical work group, along with other parties identified by the NTTA and the county. The portion of the Outer Loop that uns through Collin County extends from its intersection with the Dallas North Tollway at the shared Denton County line, proceeds eastward north of the city of McKinney, and then south to the shared border with Rockwall County.
The North Texas Tollway Authority, a political subdivision of the state of Texas, is authorized to acquire, construct, maintain, repair and operate turnpike projects in the north Texas region. The nine-member governing board is comprised of chairman Victor Vandergriff; vice chairman David Denison; and directors Kenneth Barr, Kent Cagle, Bob Day, Bill Moore, Michael Nowels, Bob Shepard and Jane Willard.
The NTTA serves Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties and is responsible for the NTTA System, consisting of the Dallas North Tollway, President George Bush Turnpike, Sam Rayburn Tollway, Addison Airport Toll Tunnel, Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge and the Mountain Creek Lake Bridge.
The NTTA is able to raise capital for construction projects through the issuance of turnpike revenue bonds. NTTA toll projects are not a part of the state highway system and receive no direct tax funding.
Tolls are collected to repay debt and to operate and maintain the roadways.
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