"The team at Summit Precast Concrete, LLC joined Trey Kirby after closing on their new property located in the industrial district in Navasota. TX. Trey represented the buyers, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ogorchock and their sons, Michael and Kris, and assisted them in closing this property to house their precast operation.
The location includes approx. 50k sf of warehouse, 4k sf office, and a concrete plant producing traffic barrier for the highway construction industry. Congrats to Summit Precast and the Ogorchock family on their latest acquisition. #Congrats! #NavasotaTX #SVNRiverstone"
The City of Navasota and Navasota Economic Development Corporation (NEC) were excited to be featured in the March 2021 edition of the Texas Municipal League’s Texas Town & City Magazine.
Over the last year, community members and organizations throughout Navasota, such as The City of Navasota, the Navasota Economic Development Corporation, Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce, Willy 98.7, the Navasota Examiner, and many more have come together to develop an extensive Shop Local Navasota Campaign.
What started as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shop Local campaign has transformed into a permanent program benefiting not only local businesses, but also the community as a whole. The Shop Local Navasota campaign includes the website, www.ShopLocalNavasota.com, the weekly Grilling Stafford video series, the Navasota Freedom Festival, the Navasota Home for the Holidays event, the NEDC COVID-19 Relief Grant that ran from April 2020 to May 2020, free advertising for local businesses, and much more.
To read the full article written by Madison Brooks, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, visit Texas Town and City.
On February 24, 2021 representatives from both the City of Navasota and the Navasota Economic Development Corporation were invited to attend the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce 2021 Economic Outlook. As regular attendees of the annual event, the 2021 Economic Outlook Conference has been able to provide the City and NEDC opportunities to learn about regional growth, strengthen relationships with regional partners, and gain insight for how to best serve the Navasota community, local businesses, and future prospects.
Navasota ISD started a large project to make major renovations and upgrades in 2019 after passing a $61 million bond in 2017. Phase 2 of the upgrades includes a new career and technology education center. New additions to the center include a new engineering lab, veterinary sciences lab, culinary arts lab, auto garage, medical science lab, greenhouse, cosmetology lab, and much more.
The expansion offers more opportunities for students to explore as they begin thinking about their career and future. The district offers several classes such as cosmetology, AG sciences, culinary arts, welding certifications, and much more.
These expansions allow Navasota ISD students more opportunities after they graduate whether they decide to attend a community college, technical school, a four-year university, or immediately enter the workforce with certification(s) from the CTE programs.
Continuing partnerships between the City, Navasota Economic Development Corporation (NEDC), and Navasota ISD leads to collaboration and new ideas to get local employers involved in youth workforce. In turn, progress and projects like these greatly support local economy as more residents choose to stay, live, and work in their community.
In December 2020, the City of Navasota and Navasota Economic Development Corporation kicked off a Christmas shopping promotion for small businesses. Between November 27, 2020 and December 14, 2020, both Navasota residents and visitors were able to turn in receipts via email, text message, or by coming to City Hall.
Every $25 spent at any small business in Navasota earned one entry into the drawing for a chance to win a Navasota gift basket. Receipts from multiple stores could also be submitted and added together to meet the $25 entry level.
Throughout this period, receipts were submitted from shoppers supporting 28 local businesses.
Author: Connie Clements, Navasota Examiner
The Navasota City Council held a Regular Meeting Monday, Dec. 14, and approved a greenhouse construction permit application submitted by Cole TS Navasota TX LLC (Tractor Supply). Council member Pattie Pederson was present via Zoom.
After a public hearing with no comments against, council approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 949-20 for construction of a greenhouse at the 9320 Hwy. 6 Loop location. The site plan provides for two enclosed greenhouse areas, two canopied areas and a drive-thru lane. According to Tractor Supply representative Aaron Blue, the project’s cost is $500,000.
Community Development Director Lupe Diosdado said, “It’s exciting to see that existing businesses are reinvesting and giving back to the community.”
Author: Alyssa Flores, KAGS
"NAVASOTA, Texas — The 2020 Travelers’ Choice has awarded a local Navasota gem as a winner for best coffee/eating places.
The Classic Rock Coffee Co. & Kitchen in Navasota calls themselves "a cross between a record store, a music store, a coffee shop, and a rock museum". They offer coffees from around the globe, along with teas, smoothies, protein shakes, sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, soups, and sweets.
“We are so pleased to have been given this honor. It makes us proud that we are providing what our visitors are looking for when choosing us and taking the extra step to provide a review. This input allows us to improve even more and provide a greater experience on their visit.” said owner Bert Miller in a release.
Travelers’ Choice awards are based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews. Award winners consistently receive great traveler & diner feedback, placing them in the top 10 percent of hospitality businesses around the globe.
“Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners' achievements...Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for diners & travelers as the world begins to venture out again,” said chief commercial officer at Tripadvisor Kanika Soni in the release.
If you want to experience the Classic Rock Coffee Co. for yourself, head on down to their website and see what they have to offer."
On the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Navasota Economic Development Corporation was quick to respond and approve a Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant. The grant was designed to assist small Navasota businesses and provide short-term, immediate financial aid. The first round of grant funding opened Wednesday, April 29, 2020 and closed Wednesday, May 6, 2020. In the first round, the Navasota Economic Development Corporation was able to award all 36 applicants grant funds. The second round of grant funding opened Monday, May 18, 2020 and closed Friday, May 22, 2020, with all 23 applicants receiving funding.
The NEDC was able to assist a total of 59 small businesses and independent contractors, which was 100% of the applicants, totaling $52,750 in grant funds distributed. The types of industries that received funding varied greatly. Examples of industries supported with the grant funds include, but are not limited to:
Accounting Firms, Barber Shops, Beauty Salons, Bed and Breakfast Inns, Boutiques, Car Washes, Commercial and Industrial Machinery Repair, Computer Repair Shops, Cosmetologists, Daycare Facilities, Event Rental Companies, Family Clothing Stores, Floor Covering Stores, Floral Shops, General Contractors, Hotel/Motels, Insurance Agencies, Laundromats, Landscaping Services, Manufacturing Firms, Mobile Food Services, Nail Salons, Offices of Dentists, Offices of Lawyers, Real Estate Agencies, Restaurants, Retailers, Sports Bars, Tax Preparation Services, Tire Shops, Travel Agencies, and Used Merchandise Stores.
Author: Lucy Straker, International Flame Research Foundation Administration & Communication Coordinator
HTRI is the leading source of process heat transfer technology. They conduct research, develop software, and provide services that include training, technical support, and proprietary contracts for specific needs.
They perform research and testing at their Research & Technology Center (RTC), in Navasota, Texas, USA. This 22,500-square-foot facility houses eleven operating research units in a controlled testing environment. With the proprietary data collected for their members, they develop correlations for the thermal design and analysis of heat exchangers and fired heaters.
Their dedication to excellence assures customers of a distinct competitive advantage and a high level of operating confidence in equipment designed with HTRI technology.
For more information please visit their website.
To read this article, visit IFRF
Author: Navasota Examiner
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a $6.18 million grant to Mid-South Electric Co-op. The grant will be used to deploy fiber across the co-op’s network of utility poles, enhancing electric reliability and opening the door to expanded rural broadband access for MidSouth consumer-members.
The funds are part of the USDA Broadband Reconnect Program, which was created to bridge the digital divide in rural America.
As technology advances, MidSouth continues working to make their distribution system smarter and more robust. Being able to add fiber across their utility network will allow them to modernize operations and enhance awareness about what’s happening across the system. This enhances response times during outages and improves reliability. In addition, it will open the door to expanded rural broadband access for over 25,000 MidSouth members.
Rep. Kevin Brady, Sen. Ted Cruz, and other Texas lawmakers played a pivotal role in making this grant funding possible.
“Congressman Kevin Brady provided exceptional support and was an integral part of making the grant funds a reality for the members of MidSouth Electric Co-op.” said CEO Kerry Kelton. “We encourage our members to thank Congressman Brady by expressing what high-speed internet means to you, your family and business. MidSouth appreciates the consistent support from Congressman Brady and looks forward to continuing to serve our communities together.”
As part of this project, MidSouth will install a fiber-optic cable on the poles that are currently within the co-op’s Rights of Way.
As an added benefit of this fiber installation, Mid-South will be able to begin providing reliable fiber internet service to our communities. The service will be optional and will follow strict build out plans. Anyone interested in true fiber internet service is encouraged to pre-register at midsouthfiber.com to express your interest.
MidSouth Electric Co-op serves over 25,000 consumer-members in and around Grimes, Walker, Waller, Brazos, Madison, Montgomery, and Waller counties. The co-op is focused on providing quality service at a reasonable price, bringing vital services to increase both the quality of life and economic health in the Mid-South service area.
For more information, please visit MidSouth Electric Co-op