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The Harvey Wallbanger

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Well, here we are in Central Texas, not eagerly awaiting the arrival of Harvey (Wallbanger) the hurricane. It’s been a while since our last big named storm (Hurricane Ike, 2008), and oh how quickly we can forget what happened and how bad it hit places (like Galveston) along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The latest reports have Harvey having strengthened to a Category 2 storm overnight, and could make landfall as a Category 3 or higher, with winds of at least 11 miles per hour.

After it makes landfall, Harvey is expected to loom over Texas and dump more than 35 inches of rain in some areas, so low-lying areas are not the place you want to hang out for Harvey.

Here in Austin, we expect to get several inches, but nobody knows until Harvey makes his arrival, but it’s definitely the coastal cities that need be most concerned.

I’ve dug up a few social and digital resources for those who still have power in the storm area, or also for those just interested in keeping track of Harvey’s wallbanging:

Hashtag: #harvey, #hurricaneharvey

NY Times on Twitter: @NYTNational, @mannyNYT, @alanblinder, @ckrausss

Weather: @weatherchannel or www.weatherchannel.com, @NWS (National Weather Service), @NWSSPC (Storm Prediction Center), @accuweather

Satellites: @NOAASatellites

Hurricane Specialists: @53d_HHA (US Air Force Hurricane Hunters), @NOAA_HurrHunter) NOAA Hurricane Hunters

If you’re in any of those areas, wherever you decide to flee to higher ground or ride out the storm, please, be safe and be smart.

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August 25, 2017 at 9:23 am

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Thinking West

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Greetings from lovely White Plains, New York.

I’ve been up here a few days, having flown up to New York City on Monday for a series of meetings.

No sooner had I accompanied my colleague down to baggage claim at JFK than I saw the first reports emerging about the bombings in Boston.

Not long after we heard about the ricin letters.

And then this morning I woke up to the news about the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

It made me sick to my stomach, and my heart goes out to the folks in West.

I drove through there just last weekend on my to Lake Whitney just west of West to play some golf with my father.

Many of the people who live there are of Czech descent, and are known for both their hospitality to travelers and for their scrumptious kolaches.

So I wanted to pass along this “Things You Need to Know About West” list, for I and my colleagues are feeling a little homesick at the moment being up here in the Northeast while all this is going on back on our doorstep in central Texas.

Thankfully, I’ll be heading back home later this afternoon, which means I’ll likely be in a JFK queue instead of reporting on IBM earnings, as I’m normally wont to do on earnings day.

I’ll be sure to do an earnings post when I get back to Texas.

Written by turbotodd

April 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

CNBC: Texas’ Is the 2012 “Top State For Business”

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I turned on CNBC this afternoon to catch up on business news just in time to see Texas governor Rick Perry doing a standup interview over at the University of Texas to celebrate Texas’ being chosen for the third time in the past several years as the “America’s Top State for Business.”

According to CNBC’s Scott Cohn, Texas “racked up an impressive 1,604 points out of a possible 2,500,” and had top-10 finishes in “six of our 10 categories of competitiveness.”

Texas has never finished below second place since CNBC started the study in 2007.

This year’s categories, developed in concert with the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness, included the following: “Cost of Doing Business,” “Workforce,” “Quality of Life,” “Infrastructure and Transportation,” “Economy,” “Education,” “Technology and Innovation,” “Business Friendliness,” “Access to Capital,” and “Cost of Living.”

Diving deeper into the results, Texas has the nation’s best “Infrastructure” and improved to second place for “Technology and Innovation,” and boasts the third lowest “Cost of Living.”

On the downside, Texas came in 26th in “Education” and 35th of “Quality of Life,” apparently getting dinged for less available health care and higher property and sales taxes.

Obviously, this is very exciting news here in Austin and across the state of Texas, especially considering the vast diversification we’ve seen of the Texas economy over the past decade.  When I was growing up in Texas, energy and oil dominated the economy, but we’ve seen massive investments and innovations in more diverse fields these past 20 years, including high tech, telecommunications, biotechnology and life sciences, health care, and many more, all in a business-friendly (read: less regulation and taxes) climate.

But we’ve still got some work to do, I would submit.

If you’re a person of little means, whatever else you do, don’t get sick here.  Texas is not expected to expand Medicaid or establish a health insurance exchange, according to another recent announcement by Governor Perry, and only 31 percent of physicians in Texas accepted Medicaid patients in 2011, according to the Texas Medical Association and as reported in the Texas Tribune.

So, congrats to the great state of Texas…I’m really glad to hear we’re doing a great job of taking care of business…but clearly there’s some work yet to be done in taking better care of our people!

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