Bryan-College Station is a fantastic community. In fact, Kiplinger rated it #3 on their list of great places to live: College Station and the adjoining Bryan, together known as Aggieland, represent a cultural, economic and educational powerhouse in the bucolic southeastern part of the state.
Brimming with Texas hospitality and steeped in tradition, the cities attract and retain college students, young professionals, families and retirees with their highly educated workforce, exemplary public school systems, low crime, 1,800 acres of parks and golf courses, excellent hospitals and an affordable cost of living. The performing arts add to the region’s cultural landscape. And have we mentioned college sports? Suffice it to say, they're big in Aggieland.
The main driver of all this energy is Texas A&M University, whose research facilities provide business opportunities to the region and jobs to graduates who stay in Aggieland. Big-tech firms have moved into the area: Motorola recently tapped A&M as one of eight universities (including Caltech, Harvard and MIT) for a research partnership. The federal government has made its presence known as well. Last year, the A&M System received a $286 million contract for a federal center that, in part, develops vaccines against influenza. The area expects to add 1,000 jobs in the next five years.
The Riverside campus beside Highway 47 and 21 is already home for the Texas Transportation Institute and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. Innovative university researchers will partner with private sector powerhouses to advance technology - mainly transportation-related - at the Bryan campus.
The 1900 acre campus will benefit from a 150 million dollar improvement project. New focus areas include: a Safety Process Center that will test and learn the safest method to operate in large chemical operations, an Industrial Distribution Center that will investigate the best way to manufacture and distribute products, and a TEEX training facility for law enforcement. An additional center, dedicated to Cyber-Physical Research and Development, will study robotics, autonomous and connected vehicle technologies and associated cyber-security topics.
If you've driven by the South end of College Station the last year, you've seen first hand the active construction growth. The Tower Point shopping center has a large number of projects in the works with PetSmart, Gold's Gym, Bahama Buck’s, Jimmy Changas, and Freddy's coming to the area.
Central Texas Sports Medicine & D1 Training expanded their facilities on University Drive this spring, reinforcing the strength of BCS as a hub for athletes' physical development. Furniture and home decor internet giant Wayfair recently established a corporate office also on University Drive, bringing over 450 jobs to the area.