The city could be doing better compared to the State. Because growth improves jobs, attracts new business, and helps you the citizen have a better quality of life.
What is growth?
For this article, I will discuss urban growth Which is the rate at which an urban area increases. This growth can come from
- people moving from other cities
- Attrition from small towns and rural areas.
Amarillo’s growth depends on a lot of factors that relate to how desirable the city is for businesses and citizens including:
- Job opportunities - Can a new citizen find employment?
- Entertainment - Restraunts, Movies, Ball parks, etc.
- Efficient Services - Trash, water, Sewer, Animal Control
- Transport - Maintained roads, and communication such as Network connectivity.
- Nature - Nature/Bike/hiking trails such as those in Coyote bluff, and Palo Duro Canyon
What is Amarillo’s current growth rate?
We are trailing for the State, as Amarillo is the 16th largest city and the 35th fastest growing. Texas is a one of the most competitive states in the U.S. for business and job growth.
What is Amarillo doing right?
- Low tax rate is keeping the city competitive for new businesses
- Wind power is bringing in new business
- New entertainment venues such as Cynergy, Hodgetown Stadium, and downtown restraunts.
- Plenty of land for new growth.
Where can Amarillo improve?
- Amarillo’s infrastructure needs more investment such as sewers, water mains and Dumpsters. This is a common problem in most cities, but will be a tough tradeoff for council as Taxes will need to be raised, which could reduce Amarillo’s attractiveness to new business.
- The city needs to attract a larger educated workforce But is a chicken and egg problem. In order to attract business you need an educated workforce, but in order to get the workforce, Amarillo requires businesses.
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