Bowie building capital projects in 2017 – City working to rebound, streamline

New smart meters are being installed across the city. (News file photo)

By BARBARA GREEN
After a difficult 2016, Bowie is going into 2017 with a bit more optimism as the new hospital prepares to open and two major construction projects in business and education get underway.
Bowie Memorial Hospital closed in November 2015, but the impact was felt throughout 2016 as city sales tax plummeted by $1 million, more than 100 hospital jobs were lost and ancillary business was damaged. Coupled with ongoing job loss in the oil field, it was a tough year.
“If we can get the hospital back up and running and recapture some jobs, that will help. We are already seeing the oil field come up a bit. Hopefully, it will start to turn around,” said Bowie City Manager Ricky Tow.

Read more on what’s coming for the City of Bowie in 2017 in the weekend News.