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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Taking the Cake: Sundance had pursued Cheesecake Factory for many years

The Cheesecake Factory had been on the white board over at Sundance Square management for some time

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Fort Worth businessman to lead Abbott, Patrick inauguration efforts

Fort Worth businessman Ardon Moore will chair the committee running inauguration festivities for Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick in January, it was announced on Friday.   Moore, president of Lee M. Bass Inc. in Fort Worth, is a vice chairman of the University of Texas Investment

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Fort Worth approves $6.5 million in incentives for American reservations center

By Scott Nishimura
snishimura@bizpress.net
 
Fort Worth City Council members unanimously approved $6.5 million in incentives for a new American Airlines reservations center at 4700 American Blvd. near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

The package, passed in a 9-0 vote, includes a one-year tax abatement and a 14-year economic development grant agreement to help American Airlines build a planned reservations center at 4700 American Blvd. The incentives are worth up to $6.5 million.
 
As part of the agreement, the Council also waived up to $32,000 in development fees. 
 
To get the maximum incentive, American committed to $55 million in construction and $33 million in personal property improvements by Dec. 31, 2015.
 
“Failure to meet the real property investment is a condition of default and will result in immediate termination of the agreement,” the city staff told the City Council in a report.
 
The one-year tax abatement would potentially abate up to 85 percent of city property tax added by the real and personal property on the site.
 
Under the economic development agreement, the city will make annual grants to American for up to 85 percent of the city property tax added but the real and personal on the site.
 
To get the full incentive, American is committing to employ a minimum 1,300 full-time employees on the site by Dec. 31, 2015.
 
The company will fill the greater of 15 percent of all jobs, or 195, with Fort Worth residents, or the greater of 5 percent of all jobs, or 65, with Fort Worth central city residents.
 
To get the maximum incentive, American is also committing to spend the greater of $13.75 million, or 25 percent of construction costs, with Fort Worth contractors.
 
The company is committing to spend the greater of $13.75 million, or 25 percent of construction costs, with local contractors that are minority or women-owned.
 
The overall contracting and minority and women contracting figures can overlap.
 
American also committed to spend the greater of 30 percent or $150,000 of annual discretionary supply and service expenditures with Fort Worth contractors.

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