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Taxpayers help Brazos County keep jobs local

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Brazos County has spent thousands of dollars to keep jobs local. It's part of a publicly funded program run by the Research Valley Partnership.
At Reynolds and Reynolds in College Station, workers are crafting some of the newest technology, including a key dispenser they designed specifically for Homeland Security.
David Schimek, Senior Vice President of Hardware Operations at Reynolds and Reynolds, said things around the business have changed a lot over the last ten years.
"We have about six full time people and about 50 part time people," said Schimek.
In 2007, the company considered leaving the Brazos Valley, but the RVP reached out in hopes of keeping the business local.
"Over the last 10 years they have closed facilities in other places, and located them all here to College Station. We continue to see a very vibrant Reynolds and Reynolds and we are very excited about the future," said Todd McDaniel, President And CEO of Research Valley Partnership.
To get the tax-funded money, Reynolds and Reynolds had to invest $24 million a year, and keep a payroll of $18 million.
"Each year the benchmarks we were exceeding," said Schimek.
Now, the company has 350 part time and 450 full time jobs. They received their last check from the RVP on Monday.
Schimek credits the company's growth to their relationship with the RVP.
"Probably all these jobs would have gone to Dayton, Ohio so it is really critical to understand the work that they have done to keep these jobs,” said Schimek.
Reynolds and Reynolds is looking to expand further, right here at home.
"The people, all of this, the favorite part is the people,” said Schimek.