Community and business leaders discuss economy at marketplace luncheon

College Station, Texas (KBTX) – Economists, community members and business leaders say the outlook is bright for the Brazos Valley economy.

They met Thursday at the Brazos Valley’s Economic Development Corporation’s annual marketplace luncheon. The event was held at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.

Economist Ray Perryman was the luncheon’s keynote speaker. He says the Brazos Valley’s economy is close to being at pre-pandemic levels.

“There’s already been a nice comeback from the depths of COVID, and within three or four months, this area had back a lot of the jobs that it had lost,” said Perryman. “Were back to about within 97% or so of where you were before the pandemic.”

“The recovery is continuing. The trends are continuing. A lot of good things going on,” said Perryman. “A lot of new companies making investments here in the health and sciences area. Obviously, the university…

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