Tuesday on Lubbock's First News, Matt Crow spoke with Rex Andrews, Business Representative, and Eddie McBride, President and CEO of Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.

McBride talked about the growth in business since the population of Lubbock rose above 200,000. He said, "the city started attracting some more businesses interested in locating here." He described some things that attract businesses to the city, including low tax rate, easy access to cheaper utilities, Texas Tech University and other major educational institutions, and low unemployment rate. He talked about the need to retain support of current businesses in the area while making the effort to attract others.

McBride mentioned some effects of the oil boom and the rise of Shale oil development in the Midland-Odessa area, which have led to increases in tax collection. He also noted that about one third of the taxes collected in Lubbock comes from people living outside of the city.

Rex Andrews talked about the reason for successful businesses in the area. He noted there are jobs available and low employee turnover. Regarding getting permits and dealing with construction regulations, and other aspects of building businesses, Andrews said, "It's smooth as silk.... Lubbock is really easy to work with."

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