All Up In Your Business

All Up In Your Business

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October 23, 2020 30 min

This is the first time College Station Communications Director Jay Socol has interviewed Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz since the pandemic changed everything. In spite of the local, state and federal funding put into the hands of local businesses, we still lost far too many. So, now what?

In this episode, Natalie talks about her dual role of supporting local businesses while aggressively working to bring in more jobs t...

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After a multi-month, coronavirus-inspired break, we're back -- this time with a special miniseries: Four episodes that focus on the College Station's proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. We're calling it All Up In Your Budget.

The idea is to take a 330-page budget document and explain the big ideas in it, the changes caused by this health and economic crisis, how sustainable we think those are and what it means to our...

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After a multi-month, coronavirus-inspired break, we're back -- this time with a special miniseries: Four episodes that focus on the College Station's proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. We're calling it All Up In Your Budget.

The idea is to take a 330-page budget document and explain the big ideas in it, the changes caused by this health and economic crisis, how sustainable we think those are and what it means to our...

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After a multi-month, coronavirus-inspired break, we're back -- this time with a special miniseries: Four episodes that focus on the College Station's proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. We're calling it All Up In Your Budget.

The idea is to take a 330-page budget document and explain the big ideas in it, the changes caused by this health and economic crisis, how sustainable we think those are and what it means to our...

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After a multi-month, coronavirus-inspired break, we're back -- this time with a special miniseries: Four episodes that focus on the College Station's proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. We're calling it All Up In Your Budget.

The idea is to take a 330-page budget document and explain the big ideas in it, the changes caused by this health and economic crisis, how sustainable we think those are and what it means to our...

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The Dallis family has operated some of the most-iconic food and beverage destinations in College Station. Cafe Eccell may be their best-known restaurant, but they recently entered the highly competitive burger market through their new concept Burger Mojo.

In this episode, Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and Communications Director Jay Socol talk to Costa and Andreas Dallis about their legacy of business ventures and how...

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February 11, 2020 28 min

Who better to open a Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux in College Station than a former walk-on to the Texas A&M football team? Cory ('08) and Jenny ('01) Davis are poised to open their business in south College Station -- their first foray into the restaurant business -- and talk about how College Station was the only city they ever considered for such a major endeavor.

Also in this episode, Economic Development Director...

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In terms of economic development, 2019 was a heckuva year for College Station.

Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz -- who recently was recognized in public for the first time due to this podcast (such a diva...) -- and Communications Director Jay Socol reflect on some of the successes (and near-misses) from the past year + look ahead at what 2020 might bring in terms of new jobs and a diversified economy for College Sta...

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September 25, 2019 20 min

We hear it all the time:

"Hey, College Station, how come you don't bring a [fill in the blank] to town?"

Or the other side of that is, "Hey, bozos, why do you keep bringing more [fill in the blank] to our city?"

First, some of you have anger issues. Seriously, though, a lot of people don't understand:

  • What the city can be credited for bringing to town
  • What the city should not be credited/blamed for bringi...
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    In this podcast episode, College Station Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz returns to talk about new restaurants, office space, commercial growth and more. Natalie and Communications Director Jay Socol also dive into an email from a pod listener (we have one!) who expressed concerns about what feels like constant expansion in College Station.

    You can submit a question or comment, too: jsocol@cstx.gov 

    Video version &...

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    If you've lived in College Station or Bryan more than a minute, then you probably know about the Culpepper family. If not, then you're certainly living, shopping, dining or being entertained in spaces that were developed by the Culpeppers.

    President/CEO of Culpepper Realty Co. Jack Culpepper, and General Counsel Larry Haskins talked about the beginnings of the family business, its early successes throughout the twin cities...

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    College Station Economic Development Director Natalie Ruiz and Communications Director Jay Socol have a jaunty (thanks, thesaurus!) discussion about some businesses either recently on the ground or at least have a really good shot at it. But they also talk about one that appeared to be a sure thing until...it wasn't: Gringo's.

    Back in aspirational mode, Nat explains how genuine the interest is from Buc-ee's in a Colleg...

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    April 11, 2019 21 min

    Like BBQ, burgers, tacos -- or any other food type you can think of - donuts are a pretty personal thing for people. College Station has a variety of options, all with loyal followings.

    But long-suffering fans of Krispy Kreme can finally rejoice: The red light of happiness is in Aggieland.

    Franchisee Brian Davis doesn't have the typical connection with College Station or with Texas A&M University. He talked to us about wh...

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    For those of you who listened to a previous podcast series about economic development in College Station, Texas -- "Is This A Thing?" -- we now bring you something new.

    Our reinvented podcast, "All Up In Your Business," will still bring focus to what's coming to College Station and what's not + feature deep-dive discussions with those who are bringing new development to our city. But "All Up" wi...

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