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Pearland launches new and improved website

After a yearlong process, the City of Pearland announces the official launch of its new Web site. The new Web site has a modern look and streamlined user experience. It offers features that residents will find useful including a mobile-friendly design, an enhanced calendar, and more information on the Web site's homepage. It also features improved resources and functionality designed exclusively for Pearland residents and businesses.

“The last time we created a new Web site was 1999, so this was long overdue. We were pleased to have been able to hire a vendor who specializes in local government Web sites. Vision Internet has given us a site we can be proud of and one that will compete with the best government sites out there,” said Sparkle Anderson, Communications Manager.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
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2014-11-05
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2014-10-28
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2014-11-03
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2014-11-04
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2014-10-21
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Managing Your Business Finances
If you want to succeed in business, you need to know about financial management. No matter how skilled you are at creating a product, providing a service, or marketing your wares, the money you earn will slip between your fingers if you don't know how to efficiently collect it, keep track of it, save it, and spend or invest it wisely. Poor financial management is one of the leading reasons that businesses fail. In many cases, failure could have been avoided if the owners had applied sound financial principles to all their dealings and decisions. Financial management is not something that you can leave to your banker, financial planner, or accountant you need to understand the basic principles yourself and use them on a daily basis, even if you plan to leave the more complicated work to hired professionals.  read more..
Teaching Money
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7 Marketing Alternatives to SEO (Infographic)
There's more to building your brand's awareness than SEO. Allocating a budget for these ideas can help PR and marketing pros produce better results.  read more..
World Bank cuts China’s growth forecast
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Holiday sales seen rising 4.1 percent
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8 Tips for Effectively Getting Through Job Loss
How to Deal With Unemployment & Get Hired Again Soon  read more..
Wall Street little changed after selloff
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The Secret of How Ordinary People Can Give Millions to Their Communities
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AP analysis: Top donors in gubernatorial campaign
Donors to the campaigns of Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and his Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf, have given $48.2 million so far in 2013 and 2014, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the state by the two campaigns. Corbett has received about $20.5 million; Wolf has received about $27.6 million. The figures are current through Sept. 15, the latest data the campaigns were required to make available.  read more..
PURCHASING DIVISION
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City Awarded Certificate Of Achievement For Excellence In Financial Reporting
Each year, the City of Pearland Finance Department produces a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. This year, just as in the past 38 years, the City's CAFR has received annual recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada.  read more..
9 Holiday Savings Tips
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RUSH INSURANCE GROUP OFFERS COVERAGE FOR HURRICANE SEASON
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Parkway link to Dixie Farm Road set for spring
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Financial planning gets a dose of virtual reality
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Palais Royal opens new Pearland store
Pearland Mayor Tom Reid checks out a "Bears That Care" as Bria Lundy (PR Director Stage Stores Inc) looks on. Stage Stores, Inc. is made a $100,000 donation to Toys for Tots at the grand opening of the newly relocated Palais Royal Department Store in Pearland, to kick off the holiday season and the 2014 "Bears That Care" program.  read more..
US economy posts even stronger growth in Q3
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Office-space slump a distant memory
Rendering of the Ivy District, planned for a Pearland site at Texas 288 and Beltway 8. It will include residential, office and retail, as well as a hotel, conference center and community building.  read more..
Update: Patrick: I can push property tax relief through
Lt. Gov-elect Dan Patrick expressed confidence Sunday morning that he could accomplish one of his main legislative priorites, property tax relief, in the next legislative session. In an interview on KPRC Newsmakers, Patrick said he has always supported lower taxes but now as the conservative leader in the Senate, tax cuts is something well within his power to accomplish. Now, as lieutenant governor, I have a little bit more clout to push some issues through, Patrick said. Patrick, the departing chair of the Senate's powerful Education Committee, will be succeeded by longtime ally Paul Bettencourt in Senate District 7. An earlier version of this post misstated that Bettencourt would succeed Patrick as the chair of the education committee, which Patrick's spokesman and consultant called to correct. I'm still actually chair of education, at least until next Tuesday when Paul Bettencourt, who is taking my position at District 7 for west Harris County, takes over, but I was chair of education, Patrick told KPRC. Bettencourt, a newly-elected legislator from northwest Harris County, has maintained a long personal friendship with Patrick. The pair serve as conservative talk radio hosts together on KSEV 700. Patrick will be inaugurated on Jan. 20 at the Texas Capitol. He said Sunday that Inauguration Day, which will feature a barbecue with four tons of brisket, a concert featuring Lady Antebellum and an oath of office ceremony, required a fair bit of planning. I married off a daughter a few years ago, Patrick recalled. It's like doing a thousand weddings at once.  read more..
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