WHAT WAS THE GOOD NEWS FOR DECEMBER?

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The first-ever College Football Playoff national championship game, which is expected to have an economic impact of $308 million, is ready to be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.  There are 3 fan events linked to the championship game: Playoff Fan Central is at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Jan 9 – 11 and on Friday, January 9th at 8:00pm CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party will air live & will feature country superstars Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge.; Playoff Playlist Live! is a family friendly music event on Janury 10-11 at American Airlines Center featuring headline performers Lenny Kravitz and Sting; Championship Tailgate is free for game ticket holders and is at the stadium, with fans enjoying the ESPN broadcast sets and a music from the Zac Brown Band.

VivaAerobus has announced that they will be launching service from DFW Airport to 3 Mexican cities -– Guadalajara, its home base of Monterrey, and Cancun.  Plans for next year have flights to Guadalajara and Monterrey beginning March 28 and Cancun starting in July.  The schedule that VivaAerobus shows will start out with three flights a week to Guadalajara on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, and two flights a week on Tuesday and Saturdays to Monterrey.  VivaAerobus is considered a low cost option and is gaining market share in Mexico.

Fort Worth came in as the top big city in the nation for population growth between 2000 and 2013, boasting a 42.34% increase.  The U.S. Census Bureau released a ranking of the fastest-growing large cities for percentage population growth between 2000 and 2013 on December 4, 2014 – and Fort Worth was at the top of the list when ranked against 30 other cities with populations of 500,000 or more in the year 2000.  Austin, which came in third, had 27.45% growth and #4 on the list, San Antonio, experienced 18.73% growth .  El Paso ranks No. 5 on the list expanding its population by 17.2%.   Houston ranked No. 14 with a 9.2% population gain, and Dallas was ranked 24th with 2.83% population growth.  Charlotte, NC  ranks #2 on the list, growing by 40%.   Interesting to note the New York added the most people — 260,721 — but only grew 3.26%.

After a decades-long relationship with the city of Fort Worth, Tarleton State University plans to build a new campus to anchor a massive 2,000-plus acre development in southwest Fort Worth alongside the newly completed Chisholm Trail Parkway.   The 80-acre campus will be half the size of its main campus in Stephenville, which is about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.   Close to 3,000 students, of Tarleton’s total enrollment of 11,681, currently come from Tarrant County.  If built, the school would be the first public university in Fort Worth.   The new university is subject to funding from the state, so stay tuned for updates.

Medical waste recycler Renew Blue Industries will open a new facility in Sherman, creating more than 100 jobs and providing new disposal options for the growing medical industry in DFW.  Renew Blue, a company that recycles nonhazardous medical waste plastics, will begin operations in the former Sherman Manufacturing facility in February 2015.  The company primarily recycles a polypropylene plastic cloth commonly called “blue wrap” into plastic pellets, and projects that the facility will eliminate about 10 million pounds from North Texas landfills per year.

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