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Forbes Ranks Texarkana High

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We all knew Texarkana was growing but finding out that we came in #2 on Forbes Magazines list of America's Fastest Growing Metropolitain Areas with populations of 50,000 to 528,000 was quite a shock. The city has really changed in the past 10 yars with all the large numbers or restaurants, retailers, car dealerships, professional offices and more moving in. We're in a city that's moving forward. Just like few could envision all the growth that's occurred in the past 10 years, there's no telling what this city will look like in 10 more years.

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We all knew Texarkana was growing but finding out that we came in #2 on Forbes Magazines list of America's Fastest Growing Metropolitain Areas with populations of 50,000 to 528,000 was quite a shock. The city has really changed in the past 10 years with all the large numbers or restaurants, retailers, car dealerships, professional offices and more moving in. We're in a city that's moving forward. Just like few could envision all the growth that's occurred in the past 10 years, there's no telling what this city will look like in 10 more years.

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This is nothing at all against Texarkana, but I read that on the Forbes list last week, looked at my wife (who also loves Texarkana,) and said "Forbes is smoking crack." If Texarkana is the #2 fastest-growing small city, then this is not a good sign for the growth of small cities nationwide.

I was back up there last night... we met some friends for dinner up there and I didn't get back home until midnight. No doubt Texarkana is growing, but it's simply not growing that much.

Besides RRAD there is no other force driving any kind of major growth in Texarkana, and to be honest RRAD just lost a major contract. One of my best friends worked there and lost his job because of that contract falling through.

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I agree that it shocked me as well. I don't know Forbes criteria for making these lists but I'd like to see how they do it. We need more white collar jobs here as well.

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I too am very skeptical of this ranking. While we all wish it was true, I just don't understand how TXK would rank so high, or even rank at all to be perfectly blunt about it. On the other hand, hopefully the old adage "perception is reality" will prove true. Good press for the town can be only a positive thing, no matter how bizarre the context.

Did anyone find the methodology used for this study? I skimmed the article but didn't see anything.

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Has anyone heard of any further information on the new mall project on university drive in Texarkana? I found a couple of links that have some information but it doesn't have a start date or store listing. The project is called "The Shoppes at West Park" Check out the links and see what you think.

http://www.reynoldsrealtymgmt.com/WC_E-mail.pdf

http://www.mbcholdings.net/nomusic.html

Thanks, Chad

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Has anyone heard of any further information on the new mall project on university drive in Texarkana? I found a couple of links that have some information but it doesn't have a start date or store listing. The project is called "The Shoppes at West Park" Check out the links and see what you think.

http://www.reynoldsrealtymgmt.com/WC_E-mail.pdf

http://www.mbcholdings.net/nomusic.html

Thanks, Chad

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