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"TAMU, on the other hand, has a history of being a good partner with smaller communities."
I would like to see some figures on this. How much did TAMU spend in the new town? How many new jobs were created? How many new businesses were opened? How much growth was seen?
I know many exCorpus A&M students now going to UHV, why?
OK, let me get this right. If we get rid of that terrible old UH, and bring in TAMU, then we will finally make progress on educating all these alleged idiots that are littering the landscape in Victoria. Then all we have to do is sit around with our new, more valuable college degrees, and wait for some corporation to decide whether or not they want to locate in Victoria. We can take our new, better (?) TAMU college degrees and fight over the few $8 -$10 / hour jobs that this backwater has to offer. Boy, there's an incentive to stick around. At least it will create a few more jobs down at Workforce Solutions. As for Jeannie Morrison, this is the same politician who said that the Port of Victoria was going to "just explode" with new businesses and jobs with the proposed ethanol plant. Problem was it was like Ronald Reagan's Star Wars plan, untenable and economically illogical. Jeannie Morrison is like a mockingbird, she'll sing anybody's song as long as she can establish a territory and control it.
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Oh by the way - having gone to a smaller community with a destination university - all those jobs out there that the working spouse has now to suppliment income for a family - those jobs will go to the working college students that come to the university. College students add to the workforce ALSO!
I keep seeing this connection being made between an educated workforce in Victoria and a destination university. Can anyone provide the number of TAMU College Station graduates that stay and work in College Station? How many Texas Tech graduates stay and work in Lubbock? How many TAMU - Kingsville students stay and work in Kingsville?
Is there really a connection between a destination university and the number of the jobs offered in the community?
I fail to see the connection - the funds should be used to bring Toyota, General Motors, Xerox, BASF, Microsoft, Dell, WalMart Distribution, major equipment fabricators, etc. etc. to Victoria. If the jobs are here - the educated workforce will show up. And the educated workforce that is here - will stay.