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: TEXARKANA, Texas—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced grant awards from the brownfields redevelopment program bringing the total to $1.3 million.
A brownfield site is real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.
“These brownfields grants will help convert environmental eyesores into sources of local pride,” said EPA acting regional administrator Sam Coleman in a prepared statement. “EPA is committed to putting both people and property back to work and turning problem properties into community assets.”
In May 2012, the EPA announced the city of Texarkana was selected to receive a $900,000 brownfields revolving loan fund grant which focused on 200 properties in the Historical Downtown and 7th Street Corridor.
An additional multi-purpose grant totaling $400,000 will be used to assess and clean up a site located at 203/205 West Broad Street. Past uses of the site included various shops and storage space. The site is contaminated with both inorganic and organic materials, as well as heavy metals. The funds will also be used to conduct a Phase II environmental assessment and develop a cleanup plan and remove contaminated materials from the buildings and cleanup soil. The project is expected to preserve the façade and all salvageable interior features of a historic 1885 site for commercial development.
“Texarkana is laser-focused on improving the livability and economic vitality of our city for everyone,” said Texarkana mayor Bob Bruggeman in a prepared statement. “Our redevelopment strategy is to concentrate on brownfields properties that pose serious threats to human health and have the highest redevelopment potential. This funding will allow us to get these buildings back on the tax rolls, improve the bottom line, and restore our cultural assets.”
The EPA’s Brownfields Program enables states, communities, and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, clean up and sustainably reuse brownfields. In 2002, the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act was passed to help states and communities around the country clean up and revitalize brownfields sites. Under this law, the EPA provides financial assistance to eligible applicants through four competitive grant programs: Assessment grants, Revolving Loan Fund grants, Cleanup grants, and Job Training grants. Additionally, funding support is provided to state and tribal response programs through a separate mechanism.
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