Business Boom In Bryan

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Economic growth is returning to Bryan in a big wave. In December of last year the city was chosen to house the new Texas A&M Health Science Center.

And just on Tuesday night, Bryan's city council announced the coming a new manufacturing facility and retail shopping center.

Mitch Morehead is the president of Bryan's Business Council and Research Valley Partnership. He says both announcements are welcomed news.

"It is time for Bryan to be able to be the recipient of some of the projects that are coming to the community," Morehead said.

The international company, Toyo Ink entered into a partnership with Research Valley that will be bringing a $20 million dollar plant to Bryan's westside along FM 2818.

Morehead says the agreement between Toyo Ink and Bryan is a great fit. Toyo Ink's, Kazuhito Nakano said the Brazos Valley offered something that helped seal the deal.

"Texas A&M University is very important to us," Nakano said. "There are many engineers (here) so we can have in, the future, some collaboration with them."

The city's latest development project is expected to entice Bryan residents with a disposable income to spend their money within the city.

Target will be just one of the stores located in a new shopping center on the east bypass of Earl Rudder Freeway and Briarcrest. The new project is one reason why Bryan City Manager, David Watkins, is optimistic about the city's economic future.

"Cities really need retail to make the dollars work to fund services," Watkins said.

The estimated revenue from this retail development could add to that funding. Watkins said the shopping center could generate a million dollars or more per year in sales tax revenue.

As a whole, he said, with the new Health Science Center, the Toyo Ink plant, and the retail shops, Bryan is presenting potential businesses with an attractive and profitable city to invest in.