• Dress for Success – The grand opening took place October 9th for a new nonprofit aiming to help women thrive in life and achieve economic independence. Dress for Success is an international nonprofit started in 1997 and is the 153rd affiliate of the organization. The mission is to help women achieve independence by providing them professional attire, as well as a support network, development tools and resources.
• O’Rourke Petroleum – O’Rourke Petroleum announced they have expanded their operations to the Midland-Odessa area. The expansion includes 15 delivery assets and about 10,000 SF of warehouse and lubricant storage area. O’Rourke is located at 1251 S. JBS Parkway, Odessa and service is currently available.
• Saulsbury Industries – Saulsbury Industries was recently awarded a contract to build a cryogenic processing facility in North Dakota’s Williston basin, their second project with a client region. Saulsbury will engineer, procure and construct the facility for one of the largest midstream companies in North America. It is expected to be in full service by November 1, 2019.
• Compass Academy – With its enrollment growing, Compass Academy Charter School is working its way toward a second and third phase. The campus has 1,103 students in grades kindergarten through nine and more than 500 on a waiting list. The second phase will include a gymnasium with a stage, fine arts, choir, band, orchestra, art and a lunch common area for grades six through twelve. The third phase would be two stories and have classroom space for junior high and high school students. The school is in the process of acquiring the land that will be required for the expansion. Compass plans to have the second phase completed in 2020.
• Odessa College – Odessa College has started an in-house truck driving program. The course runs five weeks and cost $4,150.
• City of Odessa – Odessa City Secretary, Norma Grimaldo received the award of Municipal Clerk of the Year by Texas Municipal Clerks’ Association, who chose her out of all the municipal clerks in Texas. Norma has been with the City of Odessa for 27 years. She is also the assistant secretary for the Odessa Development Corporation.
• United Way – The United Way of Odessa awarded a $47,798 Venture Grant funding to nine nonprofit organizations. Those organizations included the Boys & Girls Club of Odessa, Odessa Christmas In Action, Catholic Charities Odessa, Centers for Children & Families, Family Promise Odessa, Harmony Home Children’s Advocacy Center, Odessa Family YMCA, Crisis Center of West Texas and All People Hospice and Healthcare. The funding is intended to assist or support new or emerging needs, support collaborations to achieve community outcomes and advance United Way initiatives.
• Parks Legado Town Center – Collin Sewell announced the development is expanding, with new restaurants including Grub Burger, to open in the area next fall.
An additional 15,000 SF retail and restaurant space will open on the west end of Parks Legado, with Grub Burger as its leading tenant. Sewell said there will be a few other restaurants opening as well but have not yet been named.
• Doughboy’s Café – Ribbon cutting was held for Doughboy’s Café located at 1621 W. 19th Street.