The Island has a multifaceted economic base with expanding job markets in tourism, the medical field, marine-related fields, as well as other areas. Education, banking, insurance and marine industries also are job fields that contribute to the strong, diverse economy.
Island life is enhanced by the absence of drive-time traffic reports on the radio and heavy traffic delays. The major thoroughfares are rarely heavily congested, even during peak times. And it takes no more than 15-20 minutes to get anywhere you want to go on the Island.All this time saved driving to work and running errands can be spent enjoying Island life.
When the work day is over, pack a picnic dinner and some easy chairs and head to the beach. Temperatures are moderate, so outdoor activities are enjoyable year-round. Relax and enjoy watching the waves roll in at sunset as sandpipers scurry along the edge of the Gulf water.
Galveston Trolley System on Track to Restoration By 2018
Galveston has had a longstanding love affair with trolley cars since the turn of the century when the Island was known as the Wall Street of the Southwest. Read more.
Galveston Arts Center Announces New, Expanded Summer Art Programs for Youth
Taught by a team of university-trained artists and licensed art teachers, the program schedule covers an impressive array of visual art topics. Read more.
From Inmates to Patients: Graduate Fulfills Lifelong Dream of Becoming a Nurse
For Charmarie Ritchie Reese, the path to getting her nursing degree went down a long road that led her first through the criminal justice system. Read more.
Hamilton Loomis to Lead Harmonica Workshop at Galveston College
Blues extraordinaire and island native Hamilton Loomis is returning home this spring to conduct a two-day blues harmonica workshop at Galveston College, and he wants you in on the action. Read more.
The First Live-Attenuated Vaccine Candidate Completely Protects Against Zika Infection in Mice
The first live-attenuated Zika vaccine still in the development stage completely protected mice against the virus after a single vaccination dose. Read more.
UTMB to Break Ground on New Education Building
UTMB will break ground on the new Health Education Center that will feature simulation centers such as hospital rooms and examination rooms. Read more.
Researchers Develop Marburg Virus Treatment Effective Five Days After Infection
An antibody treatment successfully protected nonhuman primates against the deadly Marburg and Ravn viruses even when given five days after becoming infected. Read more.
Study Confirms Prescription Weight-Loss Medication Helps With Opiate Addiction Recovery
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have confirmed that a prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone. Read more.
Researchers Find New Gene Interaction Associated With Increased MS Risk
A person carrying variants of two particular genes could be almost three times more likely to develop multiple sclerosis, according to the latest findings from scientists at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Duke University Medical Center. Read more.
BRCA Testing on the Rise for Those Without Breast or Ovarian Cancers
More women are requesting BRCA gene testing associated with certain types of cancer thanks to increased interest in the procedure. Read more.