• Jurassic Jungle- The Junior League Jurassic Jungle opened for business. The new sprayground is located on the University of Texas of the Permian Basin campus at 5700 E. 42nd Street near 191 and Loop 338. Jurassic Jungle is a dinosaur themed spray ground featuring water slides, dumping buckets, ground geysers and jets while shaded pavilions flank the spray ground. This is the second spray ground in the City of Odessa and is the largest in West Texas.
• Odessa College Board of Trustees- The Board of Trustees have approved a resolution formalizing a tax abatement agreement with Oberon Solar LLC. The company plans to build a solar project in west Ector County. This project will create hundreds of jobs during construction. Oberon will create at least two new permanent jobs and invest at least $50 million.
• Chick-fil-A- A new Chick-fil-A opened at 106 E. University Boulevard, new Odessa College. The new restaurant will employ about 120 people, will have dual drive-thru lanes, Wi-FI and and indoor play area for children. The local owner is U. S. Navy veteran Nate Saxton.
• West Texas Food Bank- The West Texas Food Bank unveiled a new trailer that will help to provide disaster relief and food to afflicted areas. When it isn’t responding to disasters the trailer will be used in the community, going out to the 19 counties supported by the West Texas Food Bank to provide food to the community as a mobile pantry unit. During the first run the trailer distributed around 2,000 pounds of food to around 200 families in about two hours in Andrews. West Texas Food Bank was able to acquire the trailer with the help of Occidental Petroleum, who made a donation of more than $50,000 for the trailer.
• Odessa College- Odessa College has been named among the 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence again. Odessa College won the Rising Star award in 2017. Following a site visit in the fall, in April 2019, the $1 million prize will be awarded at an event in Washington D.C., to the winner, two or three finalists with distinction and a Rising Star that has achieved exceptional levels of improvement. The top 10 are out of 1,100 community colleges in the nation.
• Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center- The PBRC opened and will provide therapy services, such as speech, occupational and physical therapy in an outdoor setting for patients suffering with issues such as cerebral palsy, extreme prematurity, deafness, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, strokes and more. PBRC broke ground last July.