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Galveston's Business Recovery Plan: Disaster Recovery - From Theory to Practice

 By Jeffrey Sjostrom
The IEDC's Economic Development Journal, Published in the Spring 2012 Issue
GALVESTON - The article written by GEDP president, Jeffrey Sjostrom starts on page 34 of the IEDC's Economic Development Journal and shares Galveston's journey through disaster recovery after Hurricane Ike, including what steps for other communities to take preventatively, business recovery activities, and lessons learned.

Business owners discuss island's potential 

By Amanda Casanova
The Daily News, Published May 19, 2012
GALVESTON - Friday, about a dozen developers listened to city officials discuss the island's potential at the 2012 Developer Conference, the first conference of its kind for the island.

GEDP Conference set for May 18

By Galveston Economic Development Partnership
The Daily News, Published April 29, 2012
GALVESTON - On May 18th the Galveston Economic Development Partnership and University of Texas Medical Branch will host the 2012 Developer Conference. This event will highlight Galveston’s economic climate and celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship.

Isle port moves through thousands of heifers
By Laura Elder
The Daily News, Published June 15, 2011
GALVESTON - A ship carrying 1,449 pregnant heifers departed the Port of Galveston for Russia on Tuesday, marking the first time in decades that livestock was handled at the island's public docks.

City moving forward with Business Recovery Loan
By Amanda Casanova
The Daily News, Published May 31, 2011
GALVESTON — After a year of contending with state and federal roadblocks, city officials are finally moving forward with a $2.5 million Business Recovery Loan Program.

Cruise ship could give area $70M economic boost
By Amanda Casanova
The Daily News, Published April 7, 2011
GALVESTON - The addition of cruise ship Disney Magic to the island's port could produce a regional economic impact of about $70 million, Port Director Steve Cernak said Wednesday after Disney Cruise Line officially announced the ship would be coming to Galveston in 2012.

Port looks at firms to evaluate lease deal
By Amanda Casanova
The Daily News, Published March 15, 2011
GALVESTON - A consulting firm to evaluate a proposed lease between the Port of Galveston and two private companies could be chosen in two weeks, Port Director Steve Cernak said.

Big drop in 2011 Galveston crime rates
By Charles Wiley
Special to The Daily News, Published March 10, 2011

The Galveston Police Department is pleased to announce that statistical data for the first two months of 2011 reflects a 33 percent decrease in major crimes as compared to the same period in 2010.

Lowe’s to build on isle
By T.J. Aulds
The Daily News, Published January 20, 2011
GALVESTON — Lowe’s Home Improvement Center plans to build a 117,000-square-foot store in Galveston.

TAMUG to break ground on student services building
By Amanda Casanova
The Daily News, Published January 16, 2011
GALVESTON — Construction on a $3 million student services building is set to start by the end of this month at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

The facility, which will house Student Life and Student Services offices, is slated to open this fall.

Port of Galveston continues to grow
By Roland Bassett
Special to The Daily News, Published January 8, 2011
As chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves, I would like to reflect on the past 10 years and look to the year ahead.

District to discuss Schools of Choice information
By Amanda Casanova
The Daily News, Published January 5, 2011
GALVESTON — The school district is inviting parents to a series of information meetings about applying for Schools of Choice programs.

An island icon to get a makeover
By Laura Elder
The Daily News, Published January 11, 2011
Apartment department: A large, historically significant and once very popular apartment complex on the island is poised for a post-Hurricane Ike return.

The deeper meaning of a deeper channel
The Daily News, Published January 7, 2011
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced it had completed a project to deepen the Galveston Ship Channel from 40 feet to 45 feet.

Texas on front line in cancer war
Houston Chronicle, Nov. 29, 2010
In this guest column, UTMB President Dr. David L. Callender, along with fellow leaders of Texas institutions, wrote about the important work of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. “Thanks to Texans’ commitment to fighting this enemy, CPRIT has the resources to wage this war as few others can. Future years will bring more funding, more research, more prevention, more cures. The $3 billion that Texans are investing through CPRIT is a powerful weapon against cancer and a meaningful commitment to the health of people here and around the world.”

New GISD leader Nichols already seeing results
The Daily News, Published November 28, 2010
It’s still early days in Larry Nichols’ tenure as Galveston Independent School District’s superintendent, but his motto of “One student at a time” already is taking root.

New loan program would aid businesses
Special to The Daily News, Published November 21, 2010
Galveston City Council approved forwarding an application to the Texas Department of Rural Affairs for the creation of the Galveston Business Recovery Loan Program.  

Island council OKs small business loans up to $25K
The Daily News, Published November 19, 2010
GALVESTON — City council members voted Thursday to approve a plan to give small businesses up to $25,000 in a $2.5 million disaster recovery program.

Port of Galveston and the Panama Canal Authority have signed MOU
The Daily News, Published October 31, 2010
GALVESTON — The Port of Galveston and the Panama Canal Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to improve trade along the route between Asia and the United States.  

County unemployment rate down to 8.8%
The Daily News, Published October 26, 2010
Seasonal retail positions openings and an increase in the demand for construction, maintenance and health care workers have pulled the unemployment rate in Galveston County down to 8.8 percent in September.  

Economic Outlook by Shrub Kempner