Katy Area News
  • April 24, 2017

    Katy’s Typhoon Texas hiring for 1,200 seasonal jobs and adding parking

    Typhoon Texas, 555 S. Katy Fort Bend Road, is adding 400 on-site parking spaces and installing shade structure and rotating misters.
  • April 21, 2017

    Bel Furniture to open new showroom, distribution center in Katy

    Houston-based Bel Furniture will move into 415,296 square feet of space in Transwestern’s West Ten Distribution Center.
  • April 20, 2017

    'Momentum Katy' rock-climbing facility is hiring

    Officials at Momentum Katy, the 36,000-square-foot rock-climbing facility opening in July, have begun hiring for staff positions.

    The climbing center is expected to be a significant addition to Katy Mills, an area that has become the city's entertainment hub. It will also be the first location outside of Utah for the Salt Lake City-based Momentum Indoor Climbing, as well as its largest facility.
  • April 19, 2017

    Katy Area Safety Fest set for Saturday

    Katy Area Safety Fest set for Saturday 
  • April 18, 2017

    Katy ISD Named “Best Communities for Music Education”

    Katy Independent School District has again received the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 14th year.  Katy ISD is one of 4% of school districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award.
  • April 17, 2017

    Buc-ee’s plans world’s longest car wash for Katy location

    After mastering the art of the mega-sized convenience store, the people at Buc-ee's are apparently going after the world record for the world's longest car wash.
  • April 14, 2017

    UH Names Founding Director for Engineering Programs in Katy

    Phaneendra Kondapi, a veteran engineering educator who helped develop the nation’s first subsea engineering program at the University of Houston, has been named founding director of engineering programs at the University of Houston at Katy.
  • April 13, 2017

    GHP: Houston Economy at a Glance

    Here's a look at the Houston economy in an April update from Greater Houston Partnership.
  • April 12, 2017

    Register today for Visions of Katy: Technology in the Workplace

    Register today for Visions of Katy: Technology in the Workplace
  • April 11, 2017

    Workers complete final segment of Park Row thoroughfare in Energy Corridor

    The final segment of the Park Row thoroughfare has opened in the Energy Corridor, making the four-lane road now drivable from Dairy Ashford Road at Interstate 10 to the city of Katy.
  • April 7, 2017

    Katy ISD: Superintendent’s April video message

    The Superintendent’s April video message highlights the numerous successes of Katy ISD students, teachers and staff.  This includes the visit of a well-known Houston Texan player to one of our schools, various recognitions at the local and national level and the arrival of the John Lennon bus at one of our campuses.
  • April 6, 2017

    The Ballard House in Katy to Receive 2 Million Dollar Grant for Expansion

    The Ballard Foundation has announced that it will donate $2 million to The Ballard House-Katy for an expansion of their existing location.
  • April 5, 2017

    West Houston's newest east-west transit connection now open

    With final City of Houston approval now official, the barricades have come down for the last phase of The Energy Corridor District's Park Row completion project - one that creates a new transit corridor from Dairy Ashford Road all the way to Katy. The District's newly completed bridge over Langham Creek now allows motorists to travel a 12-mile thoroughfare running parallel to IH-10 from the Shell and ConocoPhillips campuses to points far west.
  • April 3, 2017

    Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital expands heart and vascular services

    Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently expanded heart and vascular services with the opening of two new cardiac laboratories that can be used for catheter-based procedures as well as electrophysiology procedures. The labs represent a $5.2 million investment into the Katy community by Memorial Hermann Health System.
  • March 31, 2017

    Amazon announces plans to build another 1M-square-foot facility near Houston Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) announced March 29 that it will build another Houston-area fulfillment center that will create 1,000 more full-time jobs, according to a statement.
  • March 31, 2017

    March Economic Exclusive: Katy Area EDC growing international partnerships

    Our organization is constantly seeking ways to grow partnerships and bring new opportunities for business growth in the Katy area.  As such, over the past several years we have been involved with the Aberdeen-Houston Gateway.  The gateway is organized by Aberdeen-based Granite PR and is aimed at fostering relationships between leaders in the Aberdeen and Houston areas.
  • March 30, 2017

    March Katy area transportation update

    1. Spring Green roundabout
    Construction has been postponed until January 2018 on a four-legged roundabout that will connect the two existing segments of Spring Green Boulevard as well as Cinco Trace Drive and Katy Flewellen Road. In addition to constructing the two-lane, one-way roundabout, Cinco Trace Drive will be extended 144 feet from its end point to the roundabout. Katy Flewellen Road will be widened from two to four lanes of concrete boulevard from Willow Lane 450 feet to the roundabout.
  • March 29, 2017

    International Business Event Welcomes Largest Ever US Delegation

    An international event celebrating the business links between Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Houston has marked its landmark fifth anniversary this month by welcoming its largest ever international delegation.

    The fifth annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway kicked off on Monday, March 20th with a brand new technology showcase featuring presentations by Pipe Cleaning Solutions, Safehouse, Centrifuges Un-Limited, Arnlea Systems, and a visit to the premises of ROVOP at Westhill, Aberdeenshire.
  • March 29, 2017

    Amazon announces second Houston-area fulfillment center in Katy, to create 1,000 full-time jobs, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its tenth Texas fulfillment center in Katy where it will create 1,000 new, full-time jobs. Since Amazon launched operations in Texas in 2013, the company has quickly grown its fulfillment workforce in the state to 10,000-plus full-time employees across seven existing facilities in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz and San Marcos. Previously announced facilities in Houston and Coppell are currently under construction.
  • March 27, 2017

    TMEIC breaks ground in Katy, set to bring 100 jobs to area

    A Japanese electronic products corporation broke ground off Grand Parkway and north of I-10 at Energy West Business Park in Katy on Feb. 16.
  • March 24, 2017

    LaCenterra developer's regret? Not buying more land

    LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, one of a handful of large-scale "town center" projects in the region's suburbs, turned 10 in March.
  • March 24, 2017

    Houston lessons for north-east Scotland’s Energetica project

    There was an ideal opportunity to find out when visitors from the Texan oil capital toured parts of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire yesterday.

    The grand tour, stopping off at The Store at Foveran for lunch, formed part of the annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway event.
  • March 23, 2017

    Katy Area EDC launches 2020 strategic plan

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council recently unveiled its “Katy Area 2020” strategic plan, which calls for identifying and targeting new industries, marketing the area, building relationships with real estate officials and retaining and expanding local employers.
  • March 23, 2017

    Final phase of Katy's Cane Island Parkway underway

    Construction of an extension road that will connect Cane Island Parkway into Katy's Cane Island subdivision is finally underway years after plans for the project were drawn.
  • March 22, 2017

    City breaks ground on Katy Boardwalk

    The city of Katy has broken ground on the Katy Boardwalk District, a mixed-use project including a boardwalk, nature trails, two loft-living apartment complexes, retail stores and restaurants.
  • March 22, 2017

    Fifth Aberdeen-Houston gateway welcomes largest international delegation yet

    The fifth annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway hosted an audience of 140 at its Scottish showcase lunch yesterday. The line-up of leading speakers from both sides of the Atlantic shared their experiences of UK and US markets, and examined how to further strengthen the links between the energy hubs.
  • March 21, 2017

    Fifth annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway is underway

    The fifth annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway event, giving people on both sides of the Atlantic opportunities to further strengthen or develop new links between the two global energy centres, kicked off yesterday.
  • March 20, 2017

    Project update photos: Fed Ex Ground facility

    Use the provided links to see photo updates from the ongoing construction of the 800,000 SF Fed Ex Ground facility located on Grand Parkway north of I-10.
  • March 17, 2017

    HBJ: Houston airport named one of the most improved, best places to eat

    George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Houston's biggest airport, was recently named one of the most improved and one of the best dining airports in the world following multimillion-dollar renovation projects.
  • March 15, 2017

    City of Katy officially closes on land for second fire station

    City of Katy officials recently closed on a deal to buy roughly two acres from real estate developer Simpkins Group to build the city's second fire station.
  • March 15, 2017

    Asian grocery store, shopping center planned near new UH campus

    One portion of the development planned around the University of Houston’s new Katy campus will feature a major Asian grocery store, among other things.
  • March 14, 2017

    Katy economic organization forms plan to promote west Houston business

    Following what has been a shaky Houston economy after the oil industry crash in 2014, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has formed a strategic plan designed to grow business in the area and further stabilize markets as the downturn lingers.
  • March 14, 2017

    Final phase of LaCenterra mixed-used project demonstrates Katy growth potential

    LaCenterra, one of the Southwest’s most interesting outdoor malls, celebrates its tenth anniversary this month. And with its final phase under construction and a transformative expansion of the Westpark Tollway coming in nearby, the second decade of LaCenterra’s existence may be even stronger than the first.
  • March 13, 2017

    Council aims to promote west Houston business

    In 2014, Mike Baker thought he had the perfect plan.

    As the owner of Freeway Properties, which has developed about 6 million square feet of retail and office space in the Houston area, he readied his next venture: the six-story Katy Ranch Crossing office building. Baker was eager to begin leasing spaces.
  • March 10, 2017

    Katy Sip n Stroll set for April 1

    Coming April 1st - THE Katy event you don’t want to miss!  Villagio Town Center is home base to the bi-annual Katy Sip n Stroll where 1,500+ Katy neighbors can take part in the silent auction and wine pull befitting The Ballard House.
  • March 10, 2017

    Houston's third Super H Mart is reportedly debuting in Katy

    The third location of the Houston area's popular Super H Mart shops will anchor a new mixed-use development being dubbed Katy Asian Town, Swamplot reports.
  • March 9, 2017

    Top Katy area stories from February

    Top Katy area stories from February
  • March 8, 2017

    Houston ranks among cities with most high-tech jobs

    Much of the advanced industry in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metro area is related to the city’s massive energy sector.
  • March 7, 2017

    Ramen chain Agu sets opening targets for Katy, Sugar Land and Nassau Bay locations

    A growing ramen chain, which started in Hawaii, is rolling out its next Houston restaurants as part of a $50 million expansion project.
  • March 6, 2017

    Register Now: Katy Area Districts Council, HCESD 48 to offer free safety training event

    The Katy Area Districts Council, a committee of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, and Harris County Emergency Services District 48 are teaming up to offer a free training event discussing the Home Safety Survey program and ways to reduce the risk of fires in your home.  The event will take place on Thursday, March 30 at the Harris County ESD Fire Station #5 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
  • March 6, 2017

    The YMCA at Katy Main Street celebrates grand opening with ribbon-cutting

    The YMCA at Katy Main Street celebrated its official opening on March 3 with a ceremony and red ribbon cutting event in front of the new, 41,000 square-foot facility.
  • March 3, 2017

    On the move: Katy area continues to attract newcomers

    Katy continues to be one of the most sought-after areas for many people who move to Houston. The number one reason for that is the same as it has always been.
  • March 3, 2017

    Katy Area Districts Council: Home Safety Surveys Education Event

    Register Today, March 30 Katy Area Districts Council: Home Safety Surveys Education Event
  • March 2, 2017

    Pepperl+Fuchs hiring Quality Manager in Katy

    New Katy area company Pepperl+Fuchs is searching for Quality Manager for its new facility in Katy, TX. 
  • March 1, 2017

    Legacy Stadium approved as new name for Katy ISD second stadium

    With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved tonight “Legacy Stadium” as the new name for the Student Activity Facility:  Second Stadium.  Additionally and as part of public recommendation, the field will be named after former coach Mike Johnston.  This state of the art, cost efficient, multipurpose school facility will open up Fall of 2017, thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond program and it will be part of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Complex.
  • February 28, 2017

    February Economic Exclusive: Preparation is key for economic development success

    For any organization, particularly in economic development, strong planning and preparation is vital to success.  As such, we have been busy over the past several months formulating a new strategic plan for the direction of our organization, and growth and development of the Katy area.  Just a few weeks ago, our Board of Governors approved our new strategic plan, Katy Area 2020, which will span the next four years.
  • February 27, 2017

    Wild West Brew Fest, Katy Area 2020 Strategic Plan discussed at February GA meeting

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its February General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, February 14 at the Cane Island Event Center.  The meeting featured a presentation about the upcoming Wild West Brew Fest and the unveiling of the new Katy Area 2020 Strategic Plan by Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour.
  • February 27, 2017

    Katy Main Street YMCA Grand Opening Event

    Katy Main Street YMCA Grand Opening Event
  • February 23, 2017

    METRO garage opens at Grand Parkway Park & Ride

    NewQuest Properties, the project owner and developer, paid about $20.5 million for the garage, which has 1,700 spaces, according to Monica Russo of the METRO press office.
  • February 22, 2017

    Katy Area EDC VP Rick Ellis discusses why Katy boasts economic growth, great quality of life

    Katy Area EDC VP Rick Ellis discusses why Katy boasts economic growth, great quality of life
  • February 21, 2017

    New breakfast/brunch eatery coming to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

    Vista Equities Group is pleased to announce that Snooze, “an .A.M. Eatery,” a fast growing culinary-driven breakfast and brunch concept, has signed a 4,098 sq. ft. lease at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Snooze is anticipated to open by late 2017 and will be located off Cinco Ranch Blvd, conveniently adjacent to the 3-level East Gate Parking garage and the Grand Parkway.
  • February 17, 2017

    Penske Truck Leasing Debuts Katy Location

    Penske Truck Leasing has opened a new location in Katy, Texas. Located at 517 Stonegate Drive, it has full-service truck leasing, consumer and commercial truck rental and contract truck fleet maintenance services.
  • February 16, 2017

    TMEIC breaks ground on facility in Katy area, expects to create 100 new jobs

    On February 16, TMEIC Power Electronics Products Corporation broke ground on a new 45,000 SF facility in the Katy area.
  • February 15, 2017

    Construction starts on third Willowfork fire station

    Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 2 and the Willowfork Fire Department announce the start of the construction phase of the district's third fire station at 2700 Spring Green Blvd., Katy, Texas.
  • February 14, 2017

    Thank You Katy Area Businesses!

    Valentine’s Day is a time to recognize someone special.  For our organization, the purpose of this day is no different.  We are fortunate to have thousands of local “Valentines,” businesses which call the Katy area home! 
  • February 13, 2017

    Top Katy area stories from the last month

    In the links below, you will find some top stories from the past month in our area.
  • February 10, 2017

    Job growth and development in Katy

    Rick Ellis, Katy Area EDC Vice President, discusses job growth and development in the Katy area with PKF Texas.
  • February 9, 2017

    Rise Communities named 'developer of the year'

    Rise Communities, developer of the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island and the Texas 288 master-planned community of Meridiana, has been named Developer of the Year by the Asian American Real Estate Association.

    Rise Communities was recognized for the quality of its two new communities and for hosting community events which draw families to both Cane Island and Meridiana, according to Dorothy Yee, president of the Asian American Real Estate Association.
  • February 7, 2017

    Feb. 10 groundbreaking set for Willowfork fire station

    Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 2 and the Willowfork Fire Department announce the start of the construction phase of the district's third fire station. A groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 at 2700 Spring Green Blvd., Katy, Texas.
  • February 7, 2017

    MedSpring Urgent Care Opens New Houston-Area Center in Katy

    MedSpring Urgent Care announces the opening of its newest location in Katy, Texas at Falcon Landing. Located at 9722 Gaston Road at Falcon Landing Boulevard, the center is situated in the new Stableside at Falcon Landing Shopping Center, near Kroger. This is the company's ninth urgent care center in greater-Houston and its second in Katy. Additional Houston centers are located in Greenway, Heights, Midtown, Kingwood, Memorial, River Oaks and Sugar Land.
  • February 7, 2017

    Katy – City in Progress event draws large crowd as city leaders detail growth of Katy

    At the annual Katy – City in Progress event, the evolution and growth of Katy was key topic of discussion by a panel of city representatives.  The event, which was hosted by the Katy Area Economic Development Council in cooperation with the City of Katy, took place on Wednesday, January 25 at the Katy ISD Education Service Complex.  A crowd of roughly 200 gathered for the event including local leaders in government as well as the business community.
  • February 3, 2017

    Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department Recognized for its Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program

    The Fort Bend County Health & Human Services’ Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its ability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.
  • February 2, 2017

    Katy-area mobility projects: FM 1093 and FM 1463

    What we reported A large-scale widening and extension project to FM 1093 and the Westpark Tollway began in February 2016. FM 1093 will be a two-lane frontage road in each direction on either side of the Westpark Tollway extending 2.3 miles west of the Grand Parkway. The extension consists of four lanes of concrete-paved highway with two lanes in each direction. An overpass will be built above the intersection of Katy-Gaston Road and Spring Green Boulevard.
  • February 2, 2017

    Andy Dalton Q & A and Donation Event

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will be in attendance to meet with fans and help them get fitted for New Era caps. Dalton will also be hosting a Q&A session for the shopping spree participants and a select group of Academy customers from 4 to 4:15 p.m. 
  • February 2, 2017

    CDS, Katy Area EDC member, adds Senior Market Analyst to its professional staff

    Michael Prats has joined CDS Community Development Strategies as a Senior Market Analyst.  At CDS, Mike will be consulting with both public and private sector clients in performing Market Analysis, Economic Development Studies and Strategic Market Planning Assignments.
  • February 1, 2017

    Transwestern Development, AEW Capital Sell 339,900 SF Industrial Property in Katy

    Transwestern Development Co., along with AEW Capital Management, has completed the disposition of Mason Creek Business Center, a four-building industrial property located at 21201-21501 Park Row Drive in Katy, for undisclosed price.
  • February 1, 2017

    Katy ISD Invites Residents to Join 2017 Bond Advisory Committee

    It’s no secret that Katy ISD is considered one of the most successful school districts in the country due to a robust curriculum and the wealth of opportunities available to our students.  Likewise, our parents and community members take great pride in supporting our kids and schools and value the role we all play in building the legacy.
  • January 31, 2017

    Developments breaking ground in Katy area

    What we reported The latest developments in Katy include the Shops at Katy Reserve, Stableside at Falcon Landing and Cross Creek Commons by NewQuest Properties in southwestern Katy. NewQuest is also developing Grand Morton Town Center in the northeastern part of the Katy area, while The Retail Connection is developing the Shoppes at Parkwest in the northwestern portion.
  • January 31, 2017

    Super Bowl events coming to Katy

    The National Football League will be celebrating Super Bowl LI in Katy with a slew of festivities. In conjunction with Celebrity Sweat and Katy ISD, the city of Katy will host the Celebrity Flag Football Challenge Feb. 4 prior to the game, which occurs Feb. 5.
  • January 31, 2017

    Ask the managing editor: Who builds and maintains roads in unincorporated areas?

    Who builds and maintains roads in unincorporated areas?

    Driving around the Katy area, you may notice some roads stop abruptly and start again just as suddenly on the other side of a development or open field. Roads inside Katy city limits are maintained by the city, but the city of Katy is actually a small part of what the post office defines as “Katy.”
  • January 30, 2017

    21 must-try restaurants in the Katy area

    Take a trip west on Interstate 10, and if you know where to look you might find a strangely delicious ice cream treat or a deli that lets gluten-free people bring their own bread.

    Katy offers these and other culinary marvels, from Jamaican jerk and oxtails to every kind of empanada you could think of. 
  • January 30, 2017

    See how UH is teaming with Parkside Capital to construct a 125-acre mixed-use development in northeast Katy

    The University of Houston System has moved forward on design plans for a Katy campus after it closed on a 46-acre tract on the northeast corner of I-10 and the Grand Parkway.
  • January 26, 2017

    Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1 million in scholarships

    Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is now looking for qualified applicants who live near The Galleria, Katy Mills and the surrounding community.
  • January 24, 2017

    January 2017 Economic Exclusive: Katy area looks to continue to build on growth, success in 2017

    The Katy area is no stranger to strong growth in its business community and its population.  In 2016, our community continued to see its landscape change with many large-scale diversified projects and a continued influx of new residents.
  • January 24, 2017

    YMCA at Katy Main Street opening

    The new YMCA at Katy Main Street is scheduled to open Feb. 1 in what will be the Y's first Houston-area opening in about six years.

    The two-story, 41,000-square-foot facility is opening after some construction delays, but it is expected to serve thousands of families and offer similar programs as those found at Katy's Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, which has undergone expansions in recent years as Katy's growth pushed the need for another location.
  • January 23, 2017

    TxDOT looks at improving Texas 6, Clay Road intersection

    Options to improve the intersection of Texas 6 at Clay Road will be presented by the Texas Department of Transportation during a Jan. 24 open house meeting at the Bear Creek Park Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Drive, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • January 23, 2017

    KOBELCO USA Continues Commitment to North American Manufacturing

    KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA furthers its dedication to the North American market with the expansion of its US manufacturing team. The KOBELCO production facility in Spartanburg, SC made several new hires in all operational areas including fabrication, paint, assembly and warehouse.
  • January 20, 2017

    Q&A: State Rep. Mike Schofield

    State Rep. Mike Schofield, R-Katy, of Texas House District 132, is now in his second term in the Texas House of Representatives. He serves Katy and part of Cypress in areas that encompass Katy, Cy-Fair and Waller ISDs. Schofield worked for over a decade as an advisor to then-Gov. Rick Perry prior to being named Freshman of the Year for the 84th legislative session.
  • January 19, 2017

    Willowfork FD announces third station in Katy

    Fort Bend County Emergency Services District No. 2 and the Willowfork Fire Department are pleased to announce the commencement of the construction phase of the District’s third fire station.   A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM at 2700 Spring Green Boulevard, Katy, Texas.
  • January 18, 2017

    Katy Area EDC passes resolution in support of FM 1463 road widening

    On January 11, 2017, the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) and its Board of Governors passed a resolution to support the widening of FM 1463 in the Katy area between I-10 and FM 1093, which will provide for enhanced mobility. 
  • January 17, 2017

    Construction on Katy downtown renovation begins

    The city of Katy has started construction on a downtown renovation that will transform the area into a more open and touristy location.
  • January 13, 2017

    New Alamo Drafthouse Cinema slated for LaCenterra development

    Construction of a new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema location is slated to begin this spring at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.
  • January 12, 2017

    UHV Katy Campus Lands Top-10 List for Best Texas Online College Education

    The University of Houston-Victoria is starting the new year with a new ranking as one of the best Texas universities to earn an online degree. Value Colleges recently listed UHV as a 2017 Top 10 Best Online College in Texas.
  • January 10, 2017

    Katy Chili Bowl and Celebrity Football Game set for Saturday, Feb. 4

    Katy Chili Bowl and Celebrity Football Game set for Saturday, February 4.  More information at
  • January 9, 2017

    Healthcare, energy professions among top 20 list of fastest growing jobs in Texas

    Wind turbine service technicians earned the top spot on a list of fastest growing jobs in Texas, according to a new report by career website Zippia.

    Zippia took data from each state’s Department of Labor and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile the report, identifying the occupations in Texas that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 and ranking them based on job growth in 2017.
  • January 9, 2017

    Katy ISD superintendent sets goals for new year

    In 2017, Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt will finish his first year at the helm of the 73,000-student school district.

    Beginning in the fall, he'll also welcome about 2,000 new students as Katy ISD also opens three more schools, adding to the 63 already in place, as well as its second football stadium, which will serve eight high schools.

    Hindt talked to the Chronicle about the year ahead for Katy ISD.
  • January 5, 2017

    Katy Area EDC member Omni Houston Hotel at Westside Announces New Executive Chef

    The Omni Houston Hotel at Westside, a Katy Area EDC member, has promoted Angel Luis Rodriguez to Executive Chef. Angel has been a part of the Omni team since March, 2014 when he was brought on as Executive Sous Chef. He has more than 15 years of experience in the culinary field and prides himself on creating delicious and locally sourced dishes for Omni that delight the palate and entice the senses.
  • January 4, 2017

    News to look for in Katy during 2017

    Following the trend of past years, the Katy area will again experience major construction projects in 2017 as its population, already more than 309,000 strong, will continue to grow by the thousands.

    The year could also bring some leadership changes, as well as ideas and announcements for new ventures in an area where education, business and real estate dominate.
  • December 28, 2016

    These proposed Texas laws could impact education and other areas of interest this legislative session

    State lawmakers convene Jan. 10 in Austin for a biannual marathon during which only a two-year budget is certain to pass. Any other bill approved during the five-month legislative session is a bonus, but four issues tend to garner the most attention from both elected officials and Texas residents.

    Here is a summary of the top bills filed so far that would address education, health care, transportation and the economy.
  • December 22, 2016

    Katy officials agree to buy land for second fire station

    City of Katy officials have agreed to buy about two acres to build the city's second fire station.
    The city plans to pay an estimated $1 million to local real estate developer Simpkins Group for the land, which is located at Bell Patna Drive and Katy Mills Circle near Katy Mills Mall.
  • December 20, 2016

    Katy Magazine announces 2016 Katy People of the Year, Frank Lombard honored at December GA meeting

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its December General Assembly meeting at the Katy ISD Education Service Complex on Tuesday, December 13. Members and guests filled the room for the meeting which included a special program to announce Katy Magazine’s 2016 Katy People of the Year.  Longtime Katy Area EDC Vice President Frank Lombard, who will be transitioning to a part-time role, was honored as well.
  • December 19, 2016

    University of Houston Offers Energy-Focused Engineering Courses in Katy

    Beginning this fall, the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering will offer two energy-focused engineering courses at the Houston Community College (HCC) Northwest-Katy Campus, about a mile north of Interstate 10 at 1550 Foxlake Drive.

    The graduate-level courses in petroleum engineering and subsea engineering – both in high demand along the West Houston Energy Corridor – will be the first of many UH engineering courses offered in the Katy area.
  • December 19, 2016

    The 114th Congress: Funding Our Highways and Boosting Infrastructure

    AUSTIN – During the 114th Congress, a number of measures to improve Texas and the nation’s infrastructure became law, including a long-term highway funding bill, legislation to streamline legitimate commerce at our ports of entry, and a measure to help speed up the Army Corps of Engineers’ effort to protect Texas’ Gulf Coast region from a major natural disaster. Key transportation developments during the 114th Congress include:
  • December 16, 2016

    December Katy area transportation updates

    1. Phase 1 Westpark Tollway extension/FM 1093 widening
    FM 1093 will be a two-lane frontage road in each direction on either side of the Westpark Tollway. The Westpark Tollway will be extended 2.3 miles west from the Grand Parkway and will be four lanes of concrete-paved highway with two lanes in each direction. An overpass will be built above the intersection of Katy-Gaston Road and Spring Green Boulevard.
  • December 13, 2016

    7 shifts in Texas’ demographics including wealth, population and education growth

    Growth seems to be the key word for Texas, according to the newly released 2015 census data, published Thursday, Dec. 8.

    The information reveals a larger, more wealthy and more educated population. The growth, however, does not stop there. Here are seven key demographic shifts recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau, and what the organization indicates about residents of the Lone Star State.
  • December 13, 2016

    Katy Magazine Announces Katy People of the Year Awards

    Today, Katy Magazine officially announced their People of the Year award winners at the Katy Area Economic Development Council General Assembly meeting held at the Education Support Complex. Ten outstanding Katy area residents were presented with awards in front of a large audience of business and community leaders at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s monthly assembly meeting. The 10 honorees are also featured in the Dec/Jan issue of Katy Magazine and will be showcased in their upcoming Katy Business Magazine launching in early 2017.
  • December 12, 2016

    Energy Corridor District director: Shell Oil and ConocoPhillips moves will alter area

    In the coming months, roughly 3,400 Shell Oil Co. employees will be moving from the oil giant's downtown headquarters into its Energy Corridor campus as Shell looks to eventually house all of its Houston-based employees on the west side.

    The move is indicative of an energy industry downturn in Houston that has led oil companies to slash thousands of jobs and consolidate office space to meditate costs.
  • December 8, 2016

    KOBELCO Construction Machinery U.S.A. and KOBELCO Cranes North America to Merge in 2017

    Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A. and Kobelco Cranes North America will merge under the Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A. name in January.
  • December 7, 2016

    Katy ISD Education Foundation Wins Chick-fil-A True Inspiration $15,000 Award

    Chick-fil-A customers nationwide helped select the recipients of more than $1.1 million in grants, thanks to the new Chick-fil-A One app. The 2017 True Inspiration Awards honor and provide financial support to 22 not-for-profits in 16 states to help further their work with youth, fostering leadership skills and developing an entrepreneurial spirit. For the first time since the awards program began in 2014, Chick-fil-A utilized its new mobile app to allow customers to vote for organizations in their local communities. As a result, the Katy ISD Education Foundation was selected as a $15,000 award recipient.
  • December 7, 2016

    Katy Area EDC hires Rick Ellis as new Vice President of Economic Development

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council is pleased to announce Rick Ellis as its new Vice President of Economic Development, bringing over 18 years of marketing, sales, and corporate relations experience to the Katy Area EDC team.
  • December 2, 2016

    Katy Triathlon Celebrates Record Numbers with Virtual Victory Lap for $25,000 Raised

    Rotary Club of Katy and City of Katy, sponsors of the 24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, are doing a virtual “victory lap” to celebrate the record number of participants and the $25,000 net funds raised in 2016.  The success of the competition, whose registration was up 20 percent over last year, enabled the club to increase its Katy Independent School District 2017 college scholarships from $1,500 to $2,000.
  • November 30, 2016

    Pepperl+Fuchs shares plans for Katy area growth at November GA meeting

    One of the newest master planned communities in the Katy area, Cane Island, played host to the Katy Area Economic Development Council November General Assembly meeting on November 15.  Over 90 members and guests were in attendance as Jim Bolin, Executive Vice President of Americas/COO of Pepperl+Fuchs (P+F) headlined the meeting and shared information about the company’s ongoing expansion in the Katy area.
  • November 29, 2016 ranks top 100 elementary schools in Houston metro, Katy ISD places 19 schools in top 30

    The quality of schools in an area can be a make or break issue for parents deciding where to move in the Houston area.

    With hundreds of public elementary schools around the Bayou City, the decision can be overwhelming.

    Niche, an educational data analysis site, ranked the best public elementary schools for 2017 throughout the city and the suburbs. Using comprehensive data from the Department of Education, as well as teacher and student surveys, Niche produced a list of the top 100 schools in the Houston-area.
  • November 28, 2016

    5 Transportation projects to watch for in Katy including I-10 and Spring Green Blvd.

    1. Spring Green roundabout
    A four-legged roundabout will be constructed connecting the two existing segments of Spring Green Boulevard as well as Cinco Trace Drive and Katy Flewellen Road. In addition to constructing the two-lane, one-way roundabout, Cinco Trace Drive will be extended 144 feet from its end point to the roundabout. Katy Flewellen Road will be widened from two to four lanes of concrete boulevard from Willow Lane 450 feet to the roundabout. The existing north and south segments of Spring Green Boulevard will be extended a total of 1,380 feet from their current end points to the roundabout. The project has been delayed due to right of way acquisition, according to Stacy Slawinski, assistant engineer of projects for Fort Bend County.
  • November 23, 2016

    Katy Magazine Announces Launch of Katy Business Magazine

    The publishers of Katy Magazine announced their newest product, Katy Business Magazine, to be released January 2017. The latest addition to a growing family of award-winning publications serving the greater Katy area, this new publication offers a one-stop resource for everything business in Katy, Texas. 
  • November 23, 2016

    Local Chick-fil-A Restaurant Awards 100th Leadership Scholarship

    Chick-fil-A®, Inc. has selected Katy resident Avery Fontenot as a recipient of the chain’s $1,000 Leadership Scholarship, making her the 100th nominee of Chick-fil-A Operator, Rusty Wylie, to receive the award.
  • November 23, 2016

    Katy nonprofit gives clothes to those in need

    When Abi Morton began putting a few bags of clothes together for underprivileged people inside the garage of her Katy home in 2013, she envisioned a time when her efforts would reach thousands across Houston.
  • November 21, 2016

    Katy area school news

    The University of Houston System has completed the purchase of 46 acres in Katy from Parkside Capital.
    The land is located at the northeast corner of Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway and will be developed into a campus serving West Houston. Academic programs from two UH System universities, the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Victoria, will be offered at the new campus.
    The 46 acres purchased by the UH System is part of a larger 125-acre site that UHS and Parkside Capital have rebranded as University Center, a master-planned, deed restricted, mixed-use development. Parkside Capital will soon begin design and construction of all interior infrastructure including streets, utilities, lighting and landscaping.
  • November 18, 2016

    New YMCA at Katy Main Street Nearing Completion

    The 41,000 square-foot YMCA at Katy Main Street will feature strength training and cardio equipment, group exercise rooms, a basketball gym, an outdoor heated swimming pool, child watch rooms, cycle studio and gathering areas where members can meet for coffee. It will offer health and wellness activities, aquatics, youth sports, afterschool care, summer day camp, summer sports clinics, teen programs, senior activities and more.
  • November 15, 2016

    Willow Fork Park opens to public

    After much anticipation, Willow Fork Park, at Grand Parkway and Cinco Ranch Boulevard, opened to the public Sunday. As rain fell during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Willow Fork Drainage District Board President Richard Ward laughed and said the weather was typical for how it had been during the project.

    The park was expected to open in July but construction was delayed after the area’s historic flooding on April 18, he said. “We had hoped to open the park a little earlier but got behind because of the drought and the heavy rains.”
  • November 14, 2016

    UH System and Parkside Capital Finalize Purchase of Land to Establish Katy Campus

    The University of Houston System (UHS) has completed the purchase of 46 acres of land in Katy from Parkside Capital. The land is located at the northeast corner of I-10 and the Grand Parkway and will be developed into a campus serving West Houston. Academic programs from two UH System universities, the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Victoria, will be offered at the new campus.
    The 46 acres purchased by the UH System is part of a larger 125-acre site that UHS and Parkside Capital have rebranded as University Center, a master-planned, deed restricted, mixed-use development. Parkside Capital will soon begin design and construction of all interior infrastructure including streets, utilities, lighting and landscaping.
  • November 10, 2016

    Katy Area EDC developing plan to grow area's industries

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council will be releasing a plan in early 2017 that will outline strategies to grow the local economy during the next five years, a time period that is important because some of the area's businesses continue to be gripped by an energy industry downturn.
    The plan, called Katy 2020, will focus on how the area's industries can fill vacant office space, recruit non-energy employers and strengthen government relations, according to Lance LaCour, CEO at the EDC.
  • November 10, 2016

    Cane Island invites friends of Christ Clinic for a night of entertainment on Saturday, November 19

    Cane Island invites friends of Christ Clinic for a night of entertainment on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6 p.m.
  • November 3, 2016

    Katy Area EDC announces Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award winner

    In March of 2016, the Katy area lost a beloved leader and community member in Mr. Stan C. Stanley.  To honor his contributions and continue his legacy, the Katy Area Economic Development Council created the Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award.  Today, on November 3, Stan’s birthday and what has been proclaimed Stan C. Stanley Day by the City of Katy, the Katy Area EDC is proud to announce Mr. Stan Goss as the winner of the inaugural Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award.
  • November 2, 2016

    Katy area school roundup

    The Cinco Ranch High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team 624 (CRyptonite) recently collaborated with the Houston chapter of Sewa International to organize a science event at the Katy ISD Robert Shaw STEAM Center to foster interest in science and technology among children.

    The event was devoted to youth involved in ASPIRE - a Sewa program that provides education and mentoring services after school for young refugees and immigrants.
  • November 2, 2016

    HCC to hold Engineering Entrepreneurs Seminar

    HCC to hold Engineering Entrepreneurs Seminar
  • November 1, 2016

    October Transportation Updates

    1. Franz Road improvements
    Anas Garfaoui, a planning technician with the city of Katy, said the city’s contractor started the Franz Road relocation and expansion project Oct. 10. Phase 1 consists of a four-lane concrete boulevard extension from the intersection of Avenue D and Franz Road westward to Scott Ranch Road at the Falls at Green Meadows subdivision. Phase 1 should take eight to 10 months to complete, Garfaoui said.

    Timeline: October 2016-August 2017
    Cost: $2.1 million
    Funding sources: Katy Development Authority
  • November 1, 2016

    Katy City Council passes $24.5M balanced budget

    City Council passed a balanced $24.5 million budget for fiscal year 2016-17 at its Sept. 26 meeting. The budget includes a reduced property tax rate for residents, funds for new city personnel and an employee pay raise.

    “The conservative financial mindset that we have here is we’re preparing for growth, but we’ve always brought to council a balanced budget since I’ve been here since 2000,” City Administrator Byron Hebert said.

  • October 28, 2016

    Katy Area EDC drafts new plan amid office, industrial downturn

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council is creating a new strategic plan that will detail the Katy area’s economic priorities for the next five years. The new strategic plan—expected to be completed by the end of the year—comes in the midst of an office and industrial real estate downturn in the Katy area. Vacancy rates for both office and industrial space have increased by roughly 10 percent since 2012, said Lance LaCour, the president and CEO of the KAEDC.
  • October 27, 2016

    Katy Wild West Brew Fest named top beer festival in Texas

    Katy is the home to the largest craft Brewfest in the metro Houston area; with over 400 taps and 132+ brewers and over a 120,000 square feet of pure craft beer nirvana.
  • October 24, 2016

    Katy Election Day ballot packed with choices

    Contested elections in the Katy area:

    U.S. House
    Texas District 7
    John Culberson*, R
    James Cargas, D

    Texas District 10
    Michael McCaul*, R
    Tawana Cadien, D
    Bill Kelsey, L
  • October 21, 2016

    High-speed rail service between Dallas and Houston discussed at October General Assembly meeting

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its October General Assembly meeting on October 18 at the Katy ISD Education Services Complex.  The meeting was headlined by Texas Central, the organization working to bring high-speed rail service between Dallas and Houston.

    According to its website, Texas Central is a private company bringing a transformational project (high-speed rail) to Texas that advances the economy, respects Texan values and keeps our state on track for future growth.  Representatives in attendance at the GA meeting expounded on this idea by sharing information on the logistics of the project as well as the potential economic impact of the project.
  • October 13, 2016

    Newland Communities' 3,600-acre Elyson development set to open near Houston

    San Diego–based Newland Communities will open Elyson, a master-planned community on 3,600 acres west of Houston, on Oct. 22. Lot sizes range from 50 feet to 70 feet and prices start in the mid-$200,000s

    The development, located in Katy, TX, includes 10 model homes built by Chesmar Homes, Darling Homes, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, Perry Homes, Pulte Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Westin Homes.
  • October 5, 2016

    DICK'S Sporting Goods Announces Three-Day Grand Opening Celebration in Houston, including Katy

    DICK'S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S.-based, full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will open its first stores in the Houston area with a three-day celebration starting Friday, October 21.

    The new locations at the Baybrook Mall, Deerbrook Mall, The Shoppes at Parkwest in Katy, First Colony Mall in Sugarland, Willowbrook Mall and Woodlands Mall will be the first in the market. In addition to the six new DICK'S locations, the retailer will also open its first two Field & Stream stores and two new Golf Galaxy stores as well. Field & Stream and Golf Galaxy are specialty shops owned and operated by DICK'S Sporting Goods.
  • October 5, 2016

    Katy Area EDC offering free workshops to local manufacturers, industry and service based professionals in partnership with TEEX, TMAC and other training partners

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council, Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and other local partners have teamed up to host local manufacturers, distributors, industries, service based businesses and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) for crash-course, informational and training workshops for free.
  • October 4, 2016

    Members Choice Credit Union Announces New Administration Building Groundbreaking

    Members Choice Credit Union (MCCU) broke ground on a new administration building and branch located on the west side of Houston on Interstate 10, near Barker Cypress on August 24, 2016.

    The branch will offer complete financial services including teller services, safe deposit boxes, walk-up and drive-up ATMs, multiple drive thru lanes, educational services and more. Members will have access to an innovative technology bar for assistance with online and mobile banking services, demonstrations and more. The building will provide centers for Small Business Lending, Mortgage Lending and Investment services.
  • October 4, 2016

    Deadline extended for Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award

    In March of 2016, the Katy area community lost a beloved leader and community member in Mr. Stan C. Stanley.  Stan was known throughout the Katy area for his big heart and volunteerism through numerous organizations such as the Boys Scouts of America, Katy Area Economic Development Council and Katy ISD.  To honor his contributions and lasting legacy, the Katy Area EDC has created the Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award.
  • October 3, 2016

    Trademark Property hired for mixed-use project in Katy

    Trademark Property Co., developer of Market Street The Woodlands, has been tapped to create a mixed-use town center on a prime parcel in the Katy area.

    Locally-based Westside Ventures plans to develop the project on 82 acres at the northwest corner of Interstate 10 and Mason Road. The initial phase will comprise 60-acres and include retail, restaurant, residential, hotel and office space.
  • September 29, 2016

    University of Houston-Victoria discusses Katy campus at September Katy Area EDC GA meeting

    The monthly Katy Area Economic Development Council General Assembly meeting brought together members, local leaders and guests alike to hear a presentation from the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) and plans for a new UH System Katy area campus.  Held on Tuesday, September 20 at the Katy ISD Education Services Complex, the meeting drew over 75 people to hear the plan for UH System expansion in the Katy area.
  • September 22, 2016

    Katy Area EDC crafting new economic development strategic plan, seeks input

    Over the past several years, the Katy area has become nationally recognized as a hotbed for economic development.  Despite the success which the area continues to enjoy, the Katy Area Economic Development Council is seeking ways to make the Katy area an even better place to live and grow.  In an effort to continue to find the most impactful ways to foster economic development and improving quality of life, the organization is in the process of updating the Katy Area Economic Development Strategic plan, which will serve as a blueprint for continued success moving forward.
  • September 22, 2016

    Shell moving 3,400 employees from downtown to west Houston/Katy area

    For decades it's been a part of the Downtown Houston skyline. "It's definitely noticed," said a downtown employee. It's One Shell Plaza.

    "We refer to it as Shell I and II and it's been here a long time," Downtown worker Mevla Thorton said.

    At its completion in 1971, it was the tallest tower in the city. Now, employees who work inside of it, will be moving out of downtown.

    "I guess things are tight right now, and we're trying to cut costs where we can," Shell employee named Kevin said. "It's indicative of the oil and gas industry and what's happening with it now."
  • September 19, 2016

    Newmark homes starts sales in Grand Ridge Crossing

    Newmark Homes has begun sales in Grand Ridge Crossing, a suburban infill project in Katy.
    The gated neighborhood, located at the Westpark Tollway and Peek Road, offers 86 homesites and homes priced from the $310,000s.

    The property was originally intended for high-density commercial or multi-family use. However, when Newmark Homes purchased the 25 acres in 2014, the builder saw the potential for single-family homes.
    “This is an exceptionally well-located property,” said Jeff Dye, Newmark vice president. “Being near an already improved segment of the Westpark Tollway means residents will save 15 to 20 minutes in their commute times over those living in other new home communities.”
  • September 12, 2016

    Katy area aerial development maps now available

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council recently completed its 2016 Katy area aerial development map.  The map, which is now available for purchase, includes a color aerial photo of the Katy area and comes in two sizes.

    Information featured on the 2016 map includes current and planned thoroughfares, residential communities, commercial developments, industrial areas, schools, hospitals, city and county boundaries, ETJs, retail areas and other pertinent development information.  Katy Area EDC has printed the map since 2005 and it has been a highly useful tool for those in the real estate industry.
  • September 8, 2016

    Katy Area EDC receives $10,000 Small Business Award Grant

    The Texas Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) announced that it has awarded approximately $100,000 in grant funding to 10 nonprofit organizations from across the state for projects promoting the development and success of small businesses in underserved markets, including $10,000 to the Katy Area Economic Development Council.

    “Through the intended services and partnership development, we hope to have a profound impact on the growth of jobs, the continued development of our dynamic manufacturing community and the enhancement of our competitiveness both locally and internationally,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour.
  • September 7, 2016

    New retail centers opening around Katy

    A number of new retail centers are being developed in the Katy area to accommodate an influx of new homes and residents. More than 20,000 homes are in the construction process throughout the Katy area’s five ZIP codes—77094, 77449, 77450, 77493, 77494—according to Houston Metrostudy. The population of the Katy ISD area is estimated at around 310,000, according to the Katy Area Economic Development Council.

    When it comes to housing and retail, the progression is not a chicken-or-the-egg paradox, said Patrick Jankowski, regional economist and senior vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership.
  • August 26, 2016

    Katy Transportation Updates

    Several Katy mobility projects planned and underway. 
    Phase 1 Westpark Tollway extension/FM 1093 widening
    Katy-Gaston Road Realignment at FM 1093
    Spring Green roundabout
    Crossover Road relocation
    Crossover Road widening
  • August 22, 2016

    Port of Houston Authority was focus of Katy Area Economic Development Council’s August General Assembly meeting

    KATY, TX – The Katy Area Economic Development Council (EDC) hosted over 80 members and guests at its August General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, August 16 at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex. General Assembly meetings, which are held monthly, provide an opportunity for the 212 members of the Katy Area EDC to gather and learn about organizations like the Port of Houston Authority, and new job-creating expansion, relocation, and real estate development projects in the Katy area.
  • August 19, 2016

    Governor’s Office Of Small Business Assistance Awards Funding To 10 Small Business Service Providers

    The Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) announced today that it has awarded approximately $100,000 in grant funding to ten nonprofit organizations from across the state for projects promoting the development and success of small businesses in underserved markets....

     Katy Area Economic Development Council will strengthen its Katy Area Manufacturing Industry Training & Services Project for manufacturers and supply chain firms in the region. 

  • August 19, 2016

    100 Houston companies among Inc.'s 5,000 fastest growing

    One hundred Houston companies made the 2016 Inc. 5,000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

    Discount Power (Texas) ranked highest among the local companies at No. 80. The retail electricity provider's revenue shot up 3,733 percent from 2012 to 2015 to $52.6 million.

  • August 18, 2016

    Houston No. 6 in America's top places to start a new business

    According to CNBC, Texas is a good place to launch a new business.

    The Metro 20: America's Best Places to Start a Business list was just released, and four Lone Star State cities landed in the top 10. 

  • August 17, 2016

    Congratulations to Katy Area EDC Member, Mickie L. Cioccia

    Mickie L. Cioccia, President of Mickie C and Company Realty, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in real estate.
  • August 17, 2016

    Katy is the 2nd Fastest Growing School District in Texas

    Katy ISD was second-highest in the state, adding 2,622 students.
  • August 8, 2016

    Snapology to open interactive childrens learning center in Katy

    Snapology, which offers hands-on interactive learning for children, will open its second Houston-area location in Katy in September. 
    Snapology lets kids develop skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics by working with tools such as Lego, robotics and other creative outlets including an animation studio that lets them make short videos.
  • August 5, 2016

    Congratulations to Memorial Hermann for being ranked the No. 2 rehabilitation hospital in the U.S.

    Memorial Hermann Earns Top Recognition by U.S. News & World Report

    For the second consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann has ranked as the No. 2 rehabilitation hospital in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2016-2017. This is the 27th year TIRR Memorial Hermann has been included in the prestigious rankings.

  • August 2, 2016

    MD Anderson named top-ranked cancer hospital in annual survey

    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center again has ranked No. 1 for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” rankings. Since the rankings began in 1990, MD Anderson has been named one of the top two cancer hospitals in the nation and has received the top position nine times in the last 10 years.
  • July 28, 2016

    Sealy lands new economic partner

    After months of hints and innuendos for big business landing in Sealy's front yard, the Sealy Economic Development Corporation and city and Austin County officials finally delivered on promises to bring competitive industry to the area.

    "The City of Sealy is joined here today with Austin County officials and other representatives to announce that SNC-Lavalin is opening a new facility in Sealy, Texas," said Mayor Mark Stolarski early this afternoon.

  • July 28, 2016

    Oil and gas downturn lead to small business start-ups

    After experiencing success in the corporate world and 10 years commuting along Houston freeways, Katy residents Lance and Jessica Mayo opted for a career change—opening a franchise called Growler USA America’s Microbrew Pub in Katy in July.

    “We’re both entrepreneur-type people. We both know how hard we can work,” Lance Mayo said. “We knew what was needed out here. We found [a business model] that would fit in a suburban-oriented atmosphere.”

    The Mayos are two of thousands of Greater Houston area residents, including many in the Katy area, starting their own businesses, said Tim Jeffcoat, Houston district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • July 27, 2016

    What is the solution to Katy-area mobility issues?

    What is the solution to Katy-area mobility issues?
    Government leaders don't agree on best way to deal with growth-related issues

    What is ahead for mobility In the Katy area, where the population growth has out-raced transportation projects?
    Master-planned communities in western Katy have brought increased traffic to what were once lightly traveled roads. The largest mobility impact, though, is on Interstate 10, where area organizations such as the Katy Area Economic Development Council are advocating for more lanes through much of the highway.
  • July 27, 2016

    What is the solution to Katy-area mobility issues?

    What is the solution to Katy-area mobility issues?
    Government leaders don't agree on best way to deal with growth-related issues

    What is ahead for mobility In the Katy area, where the population growth has out-raced transportation projects?
    Master-planned communities in western Katy have brought increased traffic to what were once lightly traveled roads. The largest mobility impact, though, is on Interstate 10, where area organizations such as the Katy Area Economic Development Council are advocating for more lanes through much of the highway.
  • July 27, 2016

    Drix Restaurant & Lounge

    Being inclusive of families and patrons of all ages is the concept behind Drix Restaurant and Lounge, according to General Manager Anil Prasad.
    The restaurant—which Prasad said combines a wine bar with a high-end steakhouse—has been open for six years. It is owned by Prasad’s family friend and Morocco native Sid Mounfik, a local businessman and engineer.

  • July 27, 2016

    Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills Under Construction

    Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national leader in dropout recovery and prevention, has begun building classrooms inside of Katy Mills mall that will be open to students this fall. The non-profit is partnering with the Katy Independent School District to build Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills and to adopt Martha Raines High School into its network. A Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on September 22.
  • July 26, 2016

    Deadline to Register for FEMA Recovery Fund

    House District 132 - Katy & Cy-Fair, July 26, 2016

    Dear Friend,

    I wanted to take a minute to share with you that the deadline for registering with FEMA for federal disaster assistance for those who suffered damage or losses from the April storms is this Friday, July 29.
  • July 23, 2016

    Ground Breaking Ceremony for Callegari Park

    On Saturday, July 23, Groundbreaking took place for a new park inside the Lakeview Subdivision, hosted by Harris County M.U.D 64. The proposed Park will be a multi-use Park approximately 3.5 acres, and dedicated to the residents of the Municipal Utility District.

  • July 15, 2016

    British International School of Houston collaborates with MIT

    ·         The British International School of Houston is one of the 13 inaugural Nord Anglia Education schools which will collaborate with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to enhance science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) teaching and learning for K-12 students.
    ·         Highlights the importance of developing transferable skills for future success.
    HOUSTON,JULY 6, 2016 The British International School of Houston today announced that it will be part of a new collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The British International School of Houston will implement a unique science, technology, engineering, visual arts and mathematics (STEAM) programme based on the multi-disciplinary approach pioneered by MIT.

  • July 13, 2016

    Hindt signs contract to become new Katy ISD superintendent

    It is official; Dr. Lawrence “Lance” Hindt is Katy ISD’s new superintendent of schools after signing an employment contract during a special meeting of the KISD board of trustees Friday night.

    Hindt’s contract signing is 21 days after June 10, the date he was named as the lone finalist for the position. The three-week delay is the minimum timeframe required by state law that a school district must give to the public before a final action is taken.

    Hindt is a 1983 graduate of KISD’s Taylor High School; he will start work Aug. 1, taking over for Alton Frailey who was superintendent for nine years.

  • July 8, 2016

    Grand Parkway project receives prestigious award

    The partnership that successfully delivered the Grand Parkway segments F1, F2 and G (from US 290 to I-69/US 59) has been recognized by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships for its innovative approach at achieving faster delivery, lower costs and better design.
    The award was presented to the Texas Department of Transportation, Zachary-Odebrecht Parkway Builders and CH2M at the NCPPP P3 Connect event held last night in Chicago, Ill.
  • July 5, 2016

    Houston Methodist West Hospital receives American Heart Association Quality Achievement Award

    Houston Methodist West Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

    “This recognition further demonstrates our staff’s commitment to delivering stroke care to our patients quickly and safely,” said Vicki Brownewell, RN, Houston Methodist West’s Chief Nursing Officer. “I am proud of our team because they continue to strive for excellence in the treatment of stroke patients.”
  • June 30, 2016

    University of Houston System to start classes in Katy

    Students at the University of Houston System will be able to take a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level classes this fall at two new locations in Katy, university officials announced June 24.

    Two graduate level courses related to the oil and gas industry will be offered by the UH Cullen College of Engineering at the Houston Community College Northwest-Katy Campus on Foxlake Drive.

    University of Houston-Victoria students will be able to enroll in a wide range of undergraduate classes aimed at transfer students as well as graduate degree courses in education, business and computer science. The UHV classes will be held at separate facility north of I-10; located in Building No. 2 at 2002 W. Grand Parkway N., Katy.

  • June 29, 2016

    Stan Stanley remembered, Alton Frailey honored at June Katy Area EDC GA meeting

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its June General Assembly meeting on the grounds of the Katy ISD Education Service Complex on Tuesday, June 21.  Members and guests filled the room for the meeting which included a special program to honor longtime Katy area leader Mr. Stan Stanley and outgoing Katy ISD Superintendent Mr. Alton Frailey.

    Stan Stanley, a well-known leader in the Katy area community, passed away in March after an illness.   Stanley played a role in countless programs and projects in the Katy area making a particularly great impact on the Boy Scouts, Katy Area EDC and Katy ISD.  He was a founding member and former chairman of the Katy Area EDC and is the namesake of Katy ISD Stan Stanley Elementary School.
  • June 28, 2016

    New hotels set to bring rooms, revenue to Katy

    Four new hotels are in the planning stages in the city of Katy that will add to hotel occupancy tax revenue the city already collects and uses for various events.

    “We have the Four Points by Sheraton coming, a Holiday Inn Express and a La Quinta. The convention center will be the fourth [new] one,” Reina said. “The convention center hotel will be our full-service hotel. None of them have broken ground. We haven’t received any kind of plans yet. ”

    Reina said the new hotels will in part serve a different group of travelers: those seeking recreational visits to the city.

  • June 27, 2016

    UHV regional advisory board gains 2 members

    Two newcomers to a board providing guidance to the University of Houston-Victoria bring a combined 63 years of business experience, training and leadership.

    Lance LaCour of Katy and Jack Swanson of El Campo will serve three-year terms on the President's Regional Advisory Board starting in the fall. They were approved by the board at its June 7 meeting.

  • June 24, 2016

    UH System Universities to Launch Higher Ed Programs in Katy this Fall

    The University of Houston System will offer bachelor’s- and master’s- level degree programs in engineering, business, education and other high-demand fields in Katy starting this fall.
    The University of Houston will offer classes beginning with the Fall 2016 semester at the Houston Community College (HCC) Northwest-Katy Campus, about a mile north of Interstate 10 at 1550 Foxlake Drive.  UH-Victoria (UHV) will offer face-to-face classes at a new leased facility about a mile north of I-10 at 2002 W. Grand Parkway N., Building 2. The arrangement will allow UH and UHV to continue serving the higher education needs of the region while a new UH System campus is built near I-10 and the Grand Parkway.
  • June 23, 2016

    Katy Area Economic Development Council hires Patty Wood as new Vice President of Business Development and Marketing

    (KATY, TX)  The Katy Area Economic Development Council is pleased to announce Patricia (Patty) Wood as its new Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, bringing over 20 years of economic development and marketing experience to the Katy Area EDC team.
    “We are very excited to bring Patty on in this newly created position,” said Lance LaCour, President of the Katy Area EDC. “She has a wealth of experience in economic development and marketing which is a great fit for our organization and the growth of the Katy Area.”
  • June 22, 2016

    Katy Area EDC hosts annual golf tournament

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its eighth annual golf tournament on Monday, June 13 at Weston Lakes Country Club in Fulshear.
    The four-person scramble tournament serves as the single largest fundraiser for the Katy Area EDC each year.  This year the tournament raised roughly $20,000.  A portion of funds raised at the tournament will benefit local Katy area charities and Katy Education and Technology Fund.
  • June 14, 2016

    Hundreds gather to dedicate new Katy City Hall

    Several hundred residents and public officials gathered June 10 in downtown Katy to celebrate the opening of the new Katy City Hall, a three-story structure and the start of many changes to the downtown area.
    The new building, located at 901 Avenue C, replaces the former city administration complex—which consisted of four different buildings and housed city staff and city council meetings.
  • June 13, 2016

    Katy Area Districts Council Project Awards winners announced

    A large group gathered for the Katy Area Districts Council Project Awards on Tuesday, June 7 at Agave Real in Katy.  The event, which is in its first year, was created by the Katy Area Districts Council to recognize Municipal Utility, Emergency Service and other Special Purpose Districts operating within Katy ISD boundaries that have made important contributions to the Katy area community.

    Awards were presented in each of following five categories, Water District I (less than 500 water connections), Water District II (500 to 1,000 water connections), Water District III (1,001 to 1,500 water connections), Water District IV (greater than 1,500 water connections) and ESD/Improvement District/other not including water. Submissions were judged on five key criteria including innovativeness, transferability, community commitment, measurable objectives and secondary benefits.
  • June 13, 2016

    Katy ISD community celebrates groundbreaking of Bryant Elementary

    The band, comprised of music directors from across the District, played in the background as Katy ISD Board members, Superintendent Alton Frailey, staff and community members celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Robert and Felice Bryant Elementary School this past Tuesday, June 7.

    Set to open in fall 2017 in the Young Ranch Subdivision, this school is one of new six campuses included in the 2014 voter-approved bond program. Earlier this year, the Board unanimously voted to name Elementary School No. 40 after Robert and Felice Bryant in honor of their dedication to the students and the schools.

  • June 2, 2016

    Pepperl+Fuchs to Construct a 110,000-Square-Foot-Facility in Katy with an Expanded Engineering Center

    Pepperl+Fuchs, a world leader in process automation and applications, broke ground on June 2, 2016 on a 110,000-square-foot facility in Katy, Texas, in the West Ten Business Park near Houston. The new facility, which will replace an existing 20,000-square-foot space, will house an expanded Solutions Engineering Center, a customer training area, warehouse space and distribution facilities.
  • May 27, 2016

    May Transportation updates

    1. Morton Road expansion, Phase 1

    Transportation Updates

    A 1-mile section of Morton Road between Katy Hockley Cut Off Road and Katy Hockley Road in the city of Katy will be widened from two to four lanes of concrete roadway. Part of the project consists of replacing existing above ground drainage ditches with underground storm sewers, curbs and gutters. Katy City Administrator Byron Hebert said the project’s two main purposes are to help lessen traffic congestion as well as to relieve flooding. Periodic road closures may occur during the project, however, city officials plan to maintain access for residents when possible.

    Timeline: April-May 2017
    Cost: $7.56 million
    Funding sources: Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

  • May 26, 2016

    Katy Area EDC launches new website

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council unveiled its newly designed website on May 12. The new site, which can be found at, offers a sleek design with several new and enhanced features to better the user experience.

    A highlight of the site is an advanced GIS mapping system. Over 20 mapping layers featuring information such as city, county and school district boundaries, demographic data, infrastructure information, water districts, zip codes and other points of interest allow users to easily identify properties/locations that will meet their needs in the ideal location.
  • May 24, 2016

    Harris County ESD #48 featured at May Katy Area EDC GA meeting

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council hosted over 80 members and guests for its May General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, May 17 at the Katy ISD Education Services Complex. General Assembly meetings, which are held monthly, provide an opportunity for the 205 members of the Katy Area EDC to gather and learn about organizations and projects in the Katy area.

    To begin the meeting, breakfast sponsor and Associate member SI Energy, a growing natural gas provider, gave an overview of its services and current projects which include natural gas supply to several Katy area communities such as Cross Creek Ranch and Jordan Ranch. A special awards presentation followed SI Energy as Katy Area EDC Board of Governors member Katrina Katsarelis of Katy Magazine was recognized with the Katy Backbone Award. The award recognizes Katy area residents that play an important role in the Katy community.
  • May 20, 2016

    UH System Regents Approve Development of New Campus in Katy

    HOUSTON, May 20, 2016 – Working to expand higher education opportunities in Katy and West Houston, the University of Houston System has announced plans to purchase 46 acres and build a state-of-the-art academic building in the fast-growing suburban area. The new site will be known as UHS University Park. UH System regents approved the purchase Thursday.
    “This purchase signals a new stage in the University of Houston System’s strategic plan to serve the greater Houston region,” said Paula Myrick Short, UH System vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It will allow us not only to serve more people closer to their homes, but also to offer a broader range of degree programs.”
  • May 19, 2016

    May Economic Exclusive from Lance LaCour

  • May 13, 2016

    New H-E-B planned for FM 1463 in the Fulshear-Cinco Ranch area

    Officials with grocery store chain H-E-B announced the company is building a new grocery store at the intersection of FM 1463 and Fulshear Bend Road in Fulshear.

    “We’re still in the design and planning phase,” said Cyndy Garza-Roberts, public affairs director for the Houston region of H-E-B. “We’re hopeful that [it will open] in fall 2017. That’s a target date, [but] nothing has been finalized.”

    Garza-Roberts said the area is a desirable location for a new store in large part because the FM 1463 corridor bordering Fulshear and the Cinco Ranch area of Katy is rapidly growing with new residential developments.

  • May 9, 2016

    Join us for the 8th Annual Katy Area EDC Golf Tournament

    Join us for the 8th Annual Katy Area EDC Golf Tournament

  • May 6, 2016

    Katy Area EDC celebrates Economic Development Week May 8-14

    Katy, TX- The Katy Area Economic Development Council will celebrate Economic Development Week from May 8-14. Economic Development Week was created by The International Economic Development Council in commemoration of its 90-year anniversary as the largest professional membership organization for economic developers.

    Economic developers are charged with generating economic growth, creating better jobs for residents and facilitating an improved quality of life. The industry remains as complex, challenging and rewarding as ever.

    Barry Matherly, the Chair of the International Economic Development Council and the President of the Greater Richmond Partnership said, “We are so pleased that your area is helping to celebrate the profession and the professionals that work hard to create opportunity for all citizens and their communities.”
  • May 6, 2016

    Job Posting: Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy, Texas)

    Seasoned, exceptional and self-motivated economic development professional sought to join our award-winning economic development team.  Responsibilities include proposal management, business attraction, existing business expansion, marketing, brand promotion, networking, relationship-building, research and project management. Candidate must have demonstrated excellence in business development and/or economic development with at least three years’ experience in economic development, CEcD preferred.   Bachelor’s degree in business, marketing/public relations or related field required, Master’s degree preferred.   Excellent marketing, research, writing, presentation and communication skills a must.   Computer skills:  CRM, social media, web content, proposal development, and database management skills. Position involves travel in Houston region and in USA. 

    Salary $65,000-$75,000 DOQ with excellent benefits, professional development, growth opportunities and flexible work environment.

    Submit cover letter and resume to

  • May 6, 2016

    Cinco MUD No. 1 rolls out plan to reduce water waste, save money

    To reduce the cost of water as well as conserve it, a Cinco Ranch municipal utility district will soon be irrigating medians and filling local golf courses with reclaimed water. The plan will shift the community away from using potable drinking water for those purposes.

    For the past year, engineers with Cinco MUD No. 1—a master MUD that owns and operates a water treatment plant for  11 MUDS and provides wholesale service to the individual districts—has been working on a large project.

  • May 6, 2016

    Typhoon Texas water park set to open May 28 next to Katy Mills

    The newest water park in the Greater Houston area is set to open May 28 in Katy.

    Typhoon Texas—a new 25-acre water park adjacent to Katy Mills—features nine massive water rides, multiple dining options and a slate of summer activities, including movies, concerts and a summer camp.

    “Guests will experience an unparalleled environment, rides—and just fun,” said Keith Dalton, one of the co-owners of the water park. “Day one, we will be the most advanced water park in the country. We built this big park to take on the big crowds.”

  • May 6, 2016

    Katy area transportation updates

    1. Westpark Tollway extension/FM 1093 widening

    FM 1093 will become concrete-paved, two-lane frontage roads on each side of the new Grand Parkway extension, extending to FM 1463. The Westpark Tollway is being extended 2.3 miles west from its endpoint and will be four lanes of concrete-paved highway with two lanes in each direction. An overpass will be built crossing above the intersection of Katy-Gaston Road and FM 1093 frontage roads.

    Timeline: February 2016-February 2018
    Cost: $63.9 million
    Funding sources: Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority, TxDOT

  • May 6, 2016

    Katy ISD board chooses six superintendent candidates for first-round interviews

    The Katy ISD board of trustees reviewed the applications of 26 candidates for the district’s superintendent position, choosing six applicants for an initial round of interviews.

    The board of trustees met in a closed special meeting April 26 for three hours, said David Thompson, an attorney with Thompson & Horton LLP—a law firm hired by the district to conduct the search.

    “We had 26 total candidates, and had some very strong ones in there,” Thompson said.

    Thompson said the board first narrowed the list of applicants from 26 to 10 candidates. After more thorough review, the board narrowed the list to six candidates.

  • May 6, 2016

    Officials expect changes to invigorate downtown Katy

    The new Katy City Hall is only the first of many changes to the city’s downtown area—changes officials say will hark back to the early days of Katy’s history as well as attract new businesses and more visitors to the area.

    “If you look back at the 1906 Katy map, the square—it used to be the public plaza, where [City Hall] is now,” said Kayce Reina, Katy’s director of tourism and marketing. “The opportunity to make the original public plaza from 1906 the public plaza again—to get us back to our historical roots— we want to have that again.”

  • April 14, 2016

    KISD among top districts for digital education for third straight year

    Katy Independent School District was recently ranked sixth among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education's and National School Boards Association's Digital School Districts Survey. This is the third year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the nation.
  • April 14, 2016

    Kroger, movie theater to anchor new commercial center on Gaston Road

    A new Kroger grocery store, movie theater and up to a dozen retail spaces and restaurants will be featured in the future Stableside at Falcon Landing development, located on Falcon Landing Boulevard west of the Grand Parkway.

    Austin Alvis, an associate with NewQuest Properties, said the development company is working with multiple businesses as construction on the site continues.

  • April 14, 2016

    Officials break ground on Phase 2 of Houston Methodist West hospital expansion

    This rendering depicts the Houston Methodist West campus once Phase 2 of construction is completed. Officials said the additional facilities will be open in the second quarter 2018. Courtesy Houston Methodist West

    Dozens of doctors, nurses, public officials and administrators were on hand April 6 as officials from Houston Methodist Hospital System broke ground on Phase 2 of the expansion of the Houston Methodist West medical campus at Greenhouse Road.

  • March 31, 2016

    Buc-ee’s is coming to Katy

    Buc-ee’s is coming to Katy after the Katy City Council Monday night unanimously approved an economic development agreement to bring the popular convenience store and gas station chain to the city.

    Kayce Reina, director of marketing and tourism for the city of Katy, said the new Buc-ee’s will be located at the northeast corner of I-10 and the new Cane Island Parkway, easily accessible from the new Cane Island overpass and exit ramps from I-10, set to open March 22.

  • March 31, 2016

    Cane Island continues momentum as grand opening nears

    Coventry Homes has opened its third model home in the fast-growing Katy master-planned community of Cane Island where the Texas homebuilder now offers new luxury homes on 70-foot homesites, including several ready for move in.

    Coventry’s newest Cane Island model at 7107 Founders Blvd. features a two-story family room accented by a fireplace and media niches with a spectacular, open-concept family room/gourmet kitchen. The luxury showcase home also includes a wine room, media room, Texas-sized covered patio and outdoor kitchen.

  • March 31, 2016

    Economic development leaders still talking growth

    Pearland, the former farming town on the southern edge of Houston, has grown rapidly over the last several decades with new retail, roads, houses and subdivisions.

    With thousands more people arriving each year, civic boosters like Matt Buchanan hope to boost office and commercial development as well.

  • March 31, 2016

    Edward Jones Financial Advisor Announces Grand Opening

    Wesley Blackmon of the financial services firm Edward Jones invites the public to join him at a grand opening celebration. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at his office at 814 East Avenue, Suite B, Katy, Texas 77493.

    "I am excited to be opening an Edward Jones office in Katy, because I really see a need for the type of service we provide," Blackmon said. "This firm concerns itself exclusively with the needs of individual investors and small-business owners, and I'm happy to be bringing that kind of personalized service to this community."
  • March 31, 2016

    February Economic Exclusive from Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour

  • March 31, 2016

    February transportation updates

    1. Cane Island Parkway Overpass

    An overpass will cross I-10 from the south side of the interstate and connect drivers to Cane Island Parkway. There will be off ramps and on ramps from the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-10 onto the overpass. The overpass is 90 percent complete.

  • March 31, 2016

    Search for new KISD superintendent continues; focus group to assist district

    The Katy ISD board of trustees is searching for a new superintendent following the announcement that Alton Frailey will retire this year.

    Frailey has been with the district nine years. He announced his plans to retire in January and will remain on the job until Aug. 31.

    The KISD board of trustees hired law firm Thompson & Horton LLP in January to help with the search to replace Frailey.  The search will cost the district $24,000, including all expenses for candidates who travel to Katy for interviews.

  • March 31, 2016

    Texas Children’s Hospital West campus celebrates 5th anniversary

    Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children, has proudly served the west Houston area for five years. Since opening their doors in 2011, West Campus has provided more than 750,000 patient encounters in one of the fastest growing pediatric communities.

    Upholding Texas Children’s mission of providing the highest-quality health care for children, West Campus is continuing to expand their services to meet the growing needs of their patients.

  • March 31, 2016

    Two Katy area brothers introduce students in India to robotics

    While on vacation recently, two Katy-area brothers introduced students in India to the world of robotics, school officials announced.

    Abhishek Routray, a 2015 graduate of Cinco Ranch High School and former member of the school's FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team 624 - CRyptonite - and his brother, Beck Junior High School eighth-grader Anuraag Routray, presented the robotics workshop to students at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya.

    The school, located in Khordha, Orissa, on the east coast of India, is a magnet-type regional public school serving students from sixth grade through high school, according to school officials.

  • March 31, 2016

    Katy Area EDC President/CEO wins National Racquetball Championship

    Most people who know Lance LaCour in Katy, Texas know him as President/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council for the past 10 years, and as a local triathlete who competes in the Katy Triathlon.  However, many in the rapidly growing area west of Houston are unaware of his exploits on the racquetball court.
  • March 31, 2016

    Katy Chamber hosts annual gala, Katy Area EDC board chair Woody Mann named Citizen of the Year

    The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Annual Gala, “A Tribute to Katy” on Friday, February 26, 2016 with a record crowd.  The event was co-chaired by Lori Gunn and Breann Worthy and held at the Safari Texas Ballroom.  The elegant evening included a seated dinner.  The Gala guests enjoyed complimentary commemorative portraits sponsored by Katy Magazine.  Sponsors of the Valet Parking were Modern Pest Control and Silver Eagle sponsored the beverages for the evening.  Floral Arrangements were provided by Randall’s and graphic and printing design was provided by CAS Graphics.  Entertainment was provided by Password and the guests danced until after midnight to the sounds of Password.
  • March 31, 2016

    Katy’s Smoke Alarm Blitz a rousing success

    The Harris County Emergency Services District 48 Fire Department (HCESD 48), the American Red Cross, Kingsland Baptist Church and Katy Area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members all went door-to-door Saturday to alert residents in the Memorial Parkway community about the importance of having working smoke alarms and to install new detectors in homes where needed — as part of the Home Fire Prevention Campaign.


    HCESD 48 firefighters and volunteers from the Texas Gulf Coast Red Cross chapter, Kingsland Baptist Church and Katy Area CERT divided into several teams on separate routes through select sections of the Memorial Parkway community.

  • March 31, 2016

    Memorial Hermann Health System Announces Benjamin K. Chu, M.D. as new President and CEO

    Following an extensive nationwide search that included both internal and external candidates, the Memorial Hermann Health System Board announced today the appointment of Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., MPH, MACP as President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, effective June 2016. Dr. Chu – a well-respected, national thought leader in the health care industry – brings to Memorial Hermann an accomplished, four-decade long career as a physician, administrator and policy advocate.
  • March 31, 2016

    New Katy City Hall set to open June 10

    The new $7.5 million Katy City Hall is scheduled to open June 10 after a nearly two-month delay, city officials said.

    Katy City Administrator Byron Hebert said a public celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 10 with a guest speaker, light refreshments and tours of the building.

    The three-story, 33,000-square-foot building was originally scheduled to open April 22. However, a problem in acquiring fireproof doors and roofing materials pushed the target date back just under two months.

  • March 31, 2016

    Niche ranks Katy ISD as top Houston Metro school district

    Author: Landan Kuhlmann - The Katy Rancher

    Despite a constant influx of new students, one of Houston’s premiere school districts has managed to maintain its perceived excellence, and has now received recognition for the second consecutive year.

    The Katy Independent School District (KISD) was recently named the top Houston Metro area school district and the 13th-best school district of 2015 in Texas according to a study conducted by Niche put out on November 18.

  • March 31, 2016

    Popular Katy business leader, school volunteer Stanley C. Stanley dies

    Stanley C. Stanley, a Katy area business owner who had an elementary school named after him, died Tuesday.

    Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey informed parents, staff and community members March 30 via email that Stanley died March 29 from natural causes.

    “Mr. Stanley’s service to the district and community was invaluable, and he will be greatly missed,” Frailey said. “Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.”

  • March 31, 2016

    Social media partnership seeks improved communication between community, ESD 48

    Since Fire Chief Jeff Hevey has come aboard, the ESD 48 Fire Department has been mostly in anonymity to citizens of western Harris County who he says are somewhat unaware of who provides their emergency services--but their new social media partnership seeks to break down that wall.

    Yesterday morning, ESD 48 personnel and others gathered for a press conference announcing the department’s new partnership with Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods to improve countywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. Hevey spearheaded the effort on the basis of assurances from the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, which has employed the platform since September.

  • March 31, 2016

    Technology industry growth, 2016 Katy Area EDC work plan discussed at January GA meeting

    The rapid growth of the technology industry and its impact on the Katy area was a key point of discussion on Tuesday, January 19 as the Katy Area Economic Development Council held its monthly General Assembly meeting.  Members and guests filled the room for the first GA meeting of 2016 which featured a presentation from Teleflex Networks as well as an overview of the 2016 Katy Area EDC work plan by President/CEO Lance LaCour. Representatives from the Katy ISD robotics program and the Bayou Bowl presented as well.
  • March 31, 2016

    Two Katy ISD high schools ranked among top 25 schools in Texas

    Seven Lakes High School and Cinco Ranch High School were ranked as two of the best high schools in the state by an educational review website based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.—invented by students at Carnegie Mellon University—is a website that reviews and collects information about schools, neighborhoods and colleges across the country.

  • March 31, 2016

    Typhoon Texas water park is slated to open at Katy Mills in May

    Katy-area residents will be able to swim and splash in the sun this summer at the new water park Typhoon Texas at Katy Mills.

    The 25-acre water park is scheduled to open May 27, General Manager Evan Barnett said. The water park will be open every day of the week from June 3 until Labor Day weekend. It will be closed during winter months.

  • March 31, 2016

    Typhoon Texas, Wild West Brewfest headline February Katy Area EDC GA meeting

    Recent warm temperatures have many thinking about upcoming spring and summer activities in the Katy area. At the Katy Area Economic Development Council's General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, February 16, representatives from Typhoon Texas and Wild West Brewfest, were on hand to discuss their respective spring and summer attractions.

    "Our area is full of unique attractions and events," added Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour. "The opening of Typhoon Texas is going to be great for our community, and Wild West Brewfest continues to grow in to not only a local, but a national event."
  • March 31, 2016

    UH-Victoria consolidating Greater Houston degree programs to Katy

    The University of Houston-Victoria will begin offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at one location in Katy this fall in addition to its main campus in Victoria.

    UHV will continue to offer programs through the summer at UH Sugar Land, the UH System at Cinco Ranch and the Houston Community College Katy campus.

    “This move will allow students in Greater Houston to attend UHV classes in one convenient location,” UHV Interim President Vic Morgan said. “Community college transfer students will be able to finish their bachelor’s degree. A variety of master’s degree programs also will be offered at this same location.”

  • March 31, 2016

    Aberdeen-Houston gateway set to return

    The Aberdeen-Houston Gateway aims to help companies seeking to grow their global footprint or increase international collaboration.  It will once again offer a valuable platform for bringing together expertise from both sides of the Atlantic for a variety of networking and knowledge sharing opportunities.

    The event – which is created by Granite PR and managed by Business Plus Scotland – is supported by a variety of businesses and organisations including this year’s launch sponsors Katy Area Economic Development Council (EDC), Texas Global Business Network (TGBN), PKF Texas/Johnston Carmichael and Centrifuges Un-Limited.

  • March 31, 2016

    Cinco Ranch sheriff substation expected to be open by 2018

    Fort Bend County voters in November passed a $98 million bond package that included funds for two new sheriff’s department buildings. One of the buildings is a substation in the Cinco Ranch and Fulshear area, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said.

    The expected completion date is summer 2017 or early 2018, however, land has not been purchased yet.

    “We’re hoping for some open land at the FM 1093 and FM 1463 intersection,” Nehls said. “It would be centrally located and give us good visibility. Anywhere within 2 miles of the intersection of FM 1463 and FM 1093 would be ideal.”

  • March 31, 2016

    FedEx Ground conducts beam-signing ceremony for 800,000 SF, 400 job facility

    What:      FedEx Ground, the small-package ground delivery unit of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) hosted a beam-signing ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new automated distribution hub in Cy-Fair.
    When:     Wednesday, February 17
    Where:    8787 W Grand Parkway N, Cypress, TX 77433
    Who:       FedEx Ground officials and local, regional, and state community leaders including Marie Holmes from the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation who accepted a $7,500 charitable contribution from FedEx Ground.
  • March 31, 2016

    Frailey set to retire in August

    There will soon be a new head honcho in Katy ISD. Superintendent Alton Frailey announced late Tuesday afternoon that he plans to step down from his post after nine years at the helm

    The 33-year educator said in a community letter posted to the district’s website he informed the Board of Trustees of his decision to retire this past fall.

  • March 31, 2016

    GHP Wins Business Facilities Economic Development Deal of the Year

    Business Facilities has announced the winners of its 2015 Economic Development Deal of the Year competition.

    The Gold Award, BF‘s top prize in the annual contest, went to Greater Houston Partnership for Goodman Global Group’s consolidated campus. The $417-million, 4.1-million-square-foot project from Japan-based Daikin Industries will generate an estimated $3.9 billion in annual economic impact for the Houston region, directly creating 4,600 new jobs and more than 11,000 indirect or induced jobs.  The Katy Area EDC was a partner in the project.

  • March 31, 2016

    Houston Methodist shifts 250 employees to Katy

    The Houston Methodist Hospital System is moving 250 administrative employees from the Texas Medical Center to Katy this year, officials announced.

    Peyton Elliott, vice president and chief operating officer of the Houston Methodist West Hospital, said the 250 employees work in the administrative office, central business office and billing and collections department.

    “They’re a relocation, not new jobs,” Elliott said. “These are corporate employees. They are going to be located at the Houston Methodist St. Catherine location.”

  • March 31, 2016

    Houston Methodist to add 250 jobs in Katy area

    The burgeoning healthcare industry in the Katy area is adding additional jobs as Houston Methodist West announced it will be locating 250 jobs to the Katy area in 2016.
    The jobs, many of which are being transferred from the central business office in the Texas Medical Center, will be located at the site which formerly housed Christus-St. Catherine Hospital. Christus-St Catherine was acquired by Houston Methodist in 2014 and the campus is now known as Houston Methodist St. Catherine. Jobs relocating include administrative and professional roles. In total, the new office will occupy roughly 30,000 sq. ft. of space with the ability for additional growth.
  • March 31, 2016

    Igloo Partners with Blinn College for $384,469 Job-Training Grant

    Igloo Products Corp. has partnered with Blinn College to provide customized training to new and incumbent employees using a $384,469 Skills Development Fund (SDF) grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) that will benefit the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area.

    This grant will be used to develop apprenticeship programs, expand custom training and upgrade the skills of 341 new and incumbent employees. Apprenticeship programs have been developed for new and incumbent engineers, maintenance technicians, mold operators, designers, and tool and die makers. Upon successful completion of the program, trainees will receive an average wage of $24.13 and may be eligible for industry-recognized certifications.
  • March 31, 2016

    January Development Updates

    1. The City of Katy’s new City Hall is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. April 22. The new three-story structure is adjacent to the current city offices on Avenue C. The 33,000-square-foot building cost $7.5 million and will house all city staff and numerous departments. Decorations include a tower atop the building with three large clocks facing south, west and east.
  • March 31, 2016

    Katy Family YMCA continues to raise funds for second building

    The Katy Family YMCA is working toward its fundraising goal to be able to start construction on a new location.

    “We’ve raised $1.27 million since late summer,” said Brian Haines, the district vice president of operations for the YMCA of Greater Houston.

    As of September, the YMCA had raised $1.1 million toward the estimated $12 million cost of the facility. Haines said the fundraising goal is $2.4 million, or 20 percent of the total cost of the project.

    “We’re trying to reach a benchmark for fundraising to start the construction,” Haines said.

  • March 31, 2016

    Katy ISD breaks ground on new football stadium

    Katy ISD officials donned football helmets and overturned some dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony for its second football stadium Feb. 5.
  • March 31, 2016

    Katy ISD breaks ground on South Transportation Center expansion

    Katy ISD’s massive 2014 project has spawned numerous facility expansions and renovations, and yet another portion of the program was revealed earlier this week.

    This past Wednesday, Jan. 6, Superintendent Alton Frailey and the KISD board of trustees were joined by community and staff members at the South Transportation Center, located at 3151 Falcon Landing Blvd., to celebrate the groundbreaking of Phase II expansion of the facility.

  • March 31, 2016

    Katy ISD to break ground for its second stadium

    Katy ISD will break ground on its second sports stadium Feb. 5.

    “Our goal is to complete this [project] prior to the start of the regular 2017 football season,” KISD planner and architect Peter McElwain said.

    The second stadium will be located next to the existing Rhodes Stadium at 5105 Franz Road.

  • March 31, 2016

    Katy named smartest city in Texas

    1. Katy

    Smartest Cities In Texas

    Source: Wikipedia

    Population: 14,363
    People without a college degree: 17.5%

    Katy takes the diploma as the smartest city in Texas.

    The town of over 14,000 residents is home to 45 public schools and 9 private schools. The kids here have access to a great education. No wonder they are so smart.

    With so many educational institutions Katy ranked 1st for both public and private school ratios and so is our best hope for a bright future in Texas.

  • March 31, 2016

    March transportation updates

    1.Greenbusch Road Widening

    Greenbusch Road will be widened over a 1.3-mile distance between Gaston Road and Westheimer Parkway. The existing two-lane asphalt road will be replaced with a four-lane concrete thoroughfare with underground storm drains on each side.

  • March 31, 2016

    Memorial Hermann Katy Reaches New Heights with Expansion: Katy’s Oldest Major Healthcare Provider Keeps Pace with Growing Community

    Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital celebrated a major milestone today with the official opening of its new 230,000-square-foot, six-story patient tower. With added capacity to multiple services, Memorial Hermann Katy is poised to accommodate the future growth of one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

    “This is a monumental achievement for our staff at Memorial Hermann Katy, as well as our patients and the community,” said Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System. “Our entire mission is centered on access to care and we have achieved great strides in doing just that here in Katy.”

  • December 23, 2015

    Altitude Trampoline Park Opening in Katy

    Fort Worth, TX based Vertical LLC., d.b.a. Altitude Trampoline Park, has announced an agreement is in place for a 33,000 sq. ft. facility in Katy, TX located at I-10 West & Katy Fort Bend Rd, 77493. Company officials state that facility preparations on site have begun and they expect to have the newest Altitude location in full operation Mid Spring of 2016. Altitude Katy will have large party rooms and plenty of in-park party areas for birthdays, corporate team outings, church groups, sports teams or any size group.
  • December 23, 2015

    Upcoming road projects key in city of Katy's plan

    Construction on two large mobility projects in Katy will begin soon, with one providing flood relief while widening a main road and the other opening access into the city's first master-planned community via Interstate 10.
  • December 23, 2015

    Water projects to secure county’s future supply, prevent flooding

    With the future in mind, Houston-area water authorities are building pipelines and working to reduce the gradual sinking of ground, known as subsidence.

    “They’re all very big projects, and they all have to be done to provide a system that will supply the water,” said Wayne Ahrens, an engineer with the West Harris County Regional Water Authority.

  • December 23, 2015

    Fundraising underway for second Katy-area YMCA

    With use increasing at the YMCA in Katy, the organization's leaders are planning to build a second Y facility in the community, though construction costs will likely take away about half of the group's available reserves.

    The planned two-story, 40,000-square-foot facility is slated to open on Pin Oak Road in the Katy Mills Mall area in late 2016, according to Brian Haines, vice president of operations for the YMCA of Greater Houston.

  • December 23, 2015

    Governor appoints Katy ISD superintendent to SFA University board

    Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey to serve on the 10-member Stephen F. Austin Board of Regents.

    Abbott's office announced the appointment on Monday. Along with Frailey, Abbott appointed Nelda Blair, an attorney in the Woodlands, and reappointed Dr. Scott Coleman, a Houston dentist.

  • December 23, 2015

    Memorial Hermann Katy nurses awarded Pathway to Excellence designation

    Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s nursing staff has been awarded the Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The designation is given to healthcare organizations that create work environments in which nurses can flourish and is a testament to professional satisfaction among nurses. It also identifies best places for nurses to work.

    “We are committed to fostering an environment that encourages and supports our exceptional nursing staff,” said Linda Stephens, Chief Nursing Officer at Memorial Hermann Katy. “Our Pathway to Excellence designation demonstrates to our staff and to our community that we support our nurses and value their role in providing quality patient care.”

  • December 23, 2015

    Katy ISD anticipates one cent drop in tax rate

    Tax rates for homeowners in Katy ISD are expected to be one cent lower when final Harris County tax appraisal numbers are issued at the end of August, according to KISD Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith. At the Aug. 17 board of trustees meeting Smith said property tax appraisal numbers from Fort Bend and Waller counties were 2 percent higher than expected and the same is anticipated from Harris County at the end of the month.
  • December 23, 2015

    Presentations highlight Workforce Training Consortium event

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council hosted a Workforce Training Consortium event on Wednesday, August 26 at the Katy ISD Robert Shaw Center for STEAM. 

    The meeting featured presentations by Katy ISD, RETAINAbility and the Texas Workforce Commission.  Katy ISD shared information on the STEAM Center its career and technical education programs, outlining the opportunities available for students.  Roughly 14,500 Katy ISD students currently take part in CTE programs which include 96 courses in 6 program areas and 15 careers clusters.
  • December 23, 2015

    University of Houston expanding with second Katy campus

    The University of Houston has been growing at a staggering rate, and that growth has initiated the need for an equally rapid expansion.

    With its Cinco Ranch campus landlocked by development on all sides, the University of Houston will soon be expanding further into Katy by acquiring new land and constructing a state-of-the-art building in the budding community with help from the Katy Area Ecnonomic Development Council (EDC).

  • December 23, 2015

    YMCA project discussion and Memorial Hermann presentation highlight Katy Area EDC August GA Meeting

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council hosted its monthly General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday morning, August 18, at the Katy ISD Education Service Complex. Roughly 100 people packed the room for an exciting discussion about the Katy Area.
  • December 23, 2015

    Senior living options expand to meet demand

    Senior adult living facilities of all types—from active lifestyle to assisted living to specialized memory care—are under construction in the Katy area. Houston has become a top national market for senior development, and that includes Katy.

    “We track 99 independent living and nursing care markets across the country and Houston ranks third—only Chicago and Dallas outpace its growth,” said Chris McGraw, senior research analyst for the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care.

  • December 23, 2015

    Typhoon Texas breaks ground in Katy

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held earlier today to mark the start of construction on Typhoon Texas, a water park located on a 43-acre near Katy Mills Mall at 555 Katy Fort Bend Road.
  • December 23, 2015

    British International School of Houston, Katy ISD headline December GA meeting

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its final General Assembly meeting of the year at the Katy ISD Education Service Center on Tuesday, December 15. As members and guests gathered for the meeting, they were treated to holiday music by choir students from British International School of Houston, setting the mood for a festive December meeting.
  • December 23, 2015

    Christ Clinic Katy set for move to new facility

    Christ Clinic Katy is making a tremendous impact on the Katy area community, and that impact is soon to expand.  The organization, which provides quality healthcare to those that are uninsured or underinsured, has announced plans to move into a larger facility located on Kingsland Boulevard in the first quarter of 2016. 
  • December 23, 2015

    Survey ranks Katy ISD top Houston area school district

    Review site Niche recently released their 2016 rankings of the best school districts in the country. The analysis looks at public data on more than 10,000 school districts, including dozens in the Greater Houston Area.
  • December 23, 2015

    Texas Children’s extends services to mobile technology platforms

    Texas Children’s Hospital is now offering a smartphone app called Texas Children’s Pediatrics Parent Advice Center that helps parents determine the right place to go when their child is sick.
  • December 23, 2015

    Construction underway on 43-acre water park in Katy

    Typhoon Texas, a 43-acre water park, is under construction at the corner of Katy Fort Bend Road and Katy Mills Drive. Plans for the project began as far back as 2012, co-owner Terry Hlavinka said at the Aug. 20 ground breaking. The project was developed in cooperation with the city of Katy, and the opening is slated for May 2016.
  • December 23, 2015

    Energy Corridor District planning bus route to serve Katy

    The Katy Energy Corridor workforce can look forward to easier transportation into downtown in the coming years.

    Beginning in 2017, the Energy Corridor District will provide Katy Energy Corridor commuters a convenient, direct route to the area that begins in their own backyard.

  • December 23, 2015

    Fort Bend County ranks No. 1 for incoming investments in Texas

    Fort Bend County ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 5 in the United States as the area with the most incoming investments, according to a recent report by SmartAsset. The data, aggregated from various sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, showed that the County ranked highly in several further categories, including Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, new building permits and municipal bonds.
  • December 23, 2015

    December Katy area transportation update

    1. Morton Ranch expansion

    The Morton Ranch Road project from Katy Hockley Cutoff Road to Porter Road was completed in August. The road was expanded from a two-lane asphalt roadway with roadside ditches to a four-lane concrete boulevard with a 32-foot wide median and underground storm sewer system.

    Timeline: completed
    Cost: $5.6 million
    Funding sources: Harris County

  • December 23, 2015

    Four water pipeline projects to keep up with region’s growth

    The West Harris County Regional Water Authority will allocate $1.126 billion in bond funding to complete four water pipeline projects between 2015 and 2019.
  • December 23, 2015

    Grand Parkway park and ride facility doubles its parking space

    Katy-area commuters gained access to additional parking space Oct. 26. The Grand Parkway park and ride location added nearly 450 new parking spaces, which more than doubled the location’s existing 423 spaces.
  • December 23, 2015

    Healthcare facilities plan expansions in Katy

    Katy-area health-care leaders are preparing to expand medical facilities and programs as they see Houston's population growth continuing westward.

    "We're having a great deal of expansion happening right now" in health care, said Lance LaCour, president/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, which recently hosted a gathering in which officials from local medical facilities outlined strategies to handle increasing demand for services.

  • December 23, 2015

    HFF provides Houston area market outlook at November GA meeting

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council hosted its monthly General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, November 17, on the grounds of the Katy ISD Education Service Complex.
  • December 23, 2015

    Katy Area EDC hosts event to discuss Katy area healthcare

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council hosted "Vision of Katy: A Dialogue on Healthcare" on Thursday, November 12 at The Club at Falcon Point.
  • December 23, 2015

    Katy area hospitals expand to increase accessibility

    Four hospitals in the west Houston and Katy areas are expanding their campuses in an effort to make a trip to the hospital a little more accessible.

    “Our hospital is frequently full, and the population in Katy continues to grow. I’m excited for our hospital to offer our same type [of] quality, to expand our services, be able to keep more patients and expand our capacities to population growth,” said John Kueven, chief operating officer of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

  • December 23, 2015

    Katy area transportation update

    1. First Street storm sewer improvements

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    First Street storm sewer improvements Bethany Knipp

    The First Street storm sewer project, which has accompanied construction of a new City Hall in downtown Katy, was completed Nov. 13. The sections of street between First and Second streets and between avenues D and C, is now open. The Katy City Council awarded the bid for the project April 13. Construction crews installed a large drainage pipe in an effort to improve storm drainage downtown.
    Timeline: April-Nov. 13, 2015
    Cost: $327,967
    Funding sources: city of Katy

  • December 23, 2015

    Katy stifles Lake Travis for eighth state championship, 34-7

    The Katy football team entered the UIL Class 6A Division II final with defensive statistics rarely seen in the current era.

    The Tigers made their presence felt with an early stop, a key fumble recovery and an interception return for a touchdown in the first half. The fast start sent Katy on its way to the eighth championship in school history, 34-7 against Lake Travis, Dec. 19 at NRG Stadium.

  • December 23, 2015

    New Katy business parks aim for continued growth, economic impact

    Two of the newest business parks in the Katy area are aiming for further expansions after recently attracting new tenants.

    Grand Parkway Industrial and Energy Park West will both open new buildings in early 2016. Both have recently added industries to their facilities, and developers for each park expect continued rapid growth.

  • December 23, 2015

    Santa Arrives Early for Harris County ESD 48: District Set to Open New Transitory Fire Station with Help from Environment-Friendly Firm

    An early gift from Santa is always warmly welcomed — especially when it’s the kind that benefits an entire community.

    The firefighters of Harris County Emergency Service District No. 48 (ESD 48) certainly know the feeling. On Saturday, December 19 at 10am ESD 48 will open a new transitory fire station near Highway 99 and West Interstate 10 (23520 Kingsland Blvd and Cobia Dr.) that greatly improves its emergency response capabilities in the West Houston-Katy area.
  • December 23, 2015

    Annual State of District address highlights KISD accomplishments

    Community members and district brass alike gathered together Friday morning at the Merrell Center to highlight the district’s accomplishments during the annual State of the District address, delivered by Superintendent Alton Frailey

    “We don’t talk about preparing for the future, we’re preparing them (students) to create the future,” Frailey said.

    In 2014-2015, Katy ISD graduates accepted more than $21 million in scholarships. There were 63 national merit scholarship semifinalists and approximately 85 students signed national letters of intent to play sports at colleges and universities around the country.

  • December 23, 2015

    Development continues in the Katy Area, attend October 28 Bisnow event to learn more

    Katy has been great for years, and the Grand Parkway is stretching that activity north, including some potential new office developments. That's why we're excited to host Bisnow's first-ever Future of Katy event on Oct. 28, starting at 7:30am in Katy Ranch Phase 1.
  • December 23, 2015

    Doubled capacity and plan for new Grand Parkway garage readied by METRO

    On Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, METRO will open 448 new parking spaces at the Grand Parkway Park & Ride facility (I-10 West and the Grand Parkway). The expansion more than doubles current capacity, increasing the number of available parking spaces from 423 to 871.

  • December 23, 2015

    Downtown Katy streets become one way to accommodate town square

    Katy Sections of Second and Third streets will become one way when the new City Hall opens next spring. The ordinance to make the street changes was approved by City Council at the Sept. 14 meeting.
  • December 23, 2015

    Fritz Industries opens Katy area office

    Fritz Industries, an employee-owned company specializing in applied chemistry and innovative manufacturing, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 5 to celebrate the opening of its new Houston office.
  • December 23, 2015

    GEICO's Katy office named a top workplace by the Houston Chronicle

    Just 18 months after opening, GEICO’s office in Katy, Texas, has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by the Houston Chronicle. GEICO opened its Katy office in 2014 with a workforce of 360 people to support claims operations around the country. It now employs some 600 associates and plans to double its staff in the next few years.
  • December 23, 2015

    Homewood Suites opens first hotel in Katy area

    Homewood Suites by Hilton, an upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand, is opening its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton/Katy Mills on Friday, Oct. 30.  Located in the heart of Katy, the 121-room hotel will serve travelers attending major events or local conferences.
  • December 23, 2015

    InSite Realty, Urban Cos. Begin Construction on Office Building

    InSite Realty Partners and Urban Cos. have formed a partnership to develop Phase II of Grandway West following a pre-lease commitment for 21,066 square feet from Severn Trent Services Inc. Grandway West is a five-building office development that will total 780,000 square feet when complete.

    The co-developers have commenced construction on Phase II, which will span 124,017 square feet and be ready for occupancy in March 2016. Transwestern’s Paul Wittorf, Eric Anderson and Parker Burkett are providing leasing services on behalf of the co-developers.
  • December 23, 2015

    Jeanette Hayes Elementary wins $1,000 Grant from Times Square Entertainment & Kids Bowl Free

    Times Square Entertainment celebrated its 10th year in Katy this year and has made continuous efforts to support our local schools by sponsoring six Katy High School Bowling teams, donating bowling passes, providing a venue for Project Prom and Project Grad, and many other community outreach programs. Times Square Entertainment provides a fun family-friendly environment for the Katy, TX area.
  • December 23, 2015

    Jinks appointed new KISD Chief of Police

    There is a new face in charge at the Katy ISD Police Department.

    Earlier this week, Katy ISD announced a changing of the guard, appointing former Assistant Police Chief Robert Jinks as the new Katy ISD Chief of Police. The promotion comes on the heels of former Chief of Police Mark Hopkins’ retirement.

    A native of Katy, Jinks graduated from Katy High School as well as the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute Leadership and Command College. He holds a professional designation of LCC, and has a Master Peace Officer certification. As a requirement for LCC graduation, he completed a research paper that was published in the Texas Police Journal in November 2005.

  • December 23, 2015

    Katy Area EDC endorses Fort Bend County and Harris County bond referendums

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council Board of Governors recently voted to support upcoming bond referendums for Fort Bend County and Harris County. Both elections are set for Tuesday, November 3.
  • December 23, 2015

    Katy Area EDC expanding presence on social media

    The Katy Area EDC has been diligently working to expand its social media presence in an effort to provide more information about the ongoing outstanding development and growth in the area. Presently, the Katy Area EDC utilizes Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The organization also has a YouTube page.
  • December 23, 2015

    Katy area growing three times as fast as the rest of Houston

    The Grand Parkway is not quite complete yet in North Houston, but it's already having a major impact on the west side. While the Houston/Galveston area averages 1.8% growth annually according to the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Katy is sitting pretty with a growth rate between 4% and 6% over the last decade. According to Transwestern, 247 properties totaling over 10M SF have been developed in the Katy area in the past 10 years. Katy also boasts 21 properties under construction and 63 proposed developments, although not everything on the docket will get built. Transwestern regional president Kevin Roberts says mixed-use projects along the Grand Parkway are doing especially well. La Centerra at Cinco Ranch and the Grandway West project are both benefiting from their unbeatable locations on the Grand Parkway as well as their vibrant live/work/play environments and amenities.
  • December 23, 2015

    Katy area transportation updates

    1. Bellaire Boulevard fill-in extensions
    Fort Bend County is connecting four sections of Bellaire Boulevard to create one continuous road. Two of the fill-in sections are located just south of Cinco Ranch. The projects are slated to begin in 2016.
  • December 23, 2015

    Katy EDC plan seeks sustainment of economic excellence

    Unless you have been living under a rock, you have likely heard that Katy’s population has now surpassed that of the city of Pittsburgh. It is vital that the growing city have a vision for continuing its economic development to account for and manage this booming population.
  • December 23, 2015

    Massive indoor climbing facility coming to Katy

    For many, an internal sense of dread floods their body at the thought of working out--but Katy residents will soon have a fitness-building area that will overpower that sinking feeling.

    Momentum Indoor Climbing is bringing a massive indoor climbing gym to the residents of Katy. Houston-based brokerage firm Baker Katz, who represented Utah-based Momentum in the sale, announced the acquisition of the 3.95-acre plot of land on which to build the massive facility earlier this week.

  • December 23, 2015

    MD Anderson’s Growth Plans and New Hospital Expansions in West Houston Driving Real Estate Demand

    Strong community growth in West Houston continues to drive new construction in The Energy Corridor. Activity is particularly strong in the healthcare sector, which includes large-scale projects by three of Houston’s leading medical institutions.
  • December 23, 2015

    New business park, new companies highlight Katy Area EDC GA meeting

    It's not often that an economic development organization has the opportunity to welcome three new companies to a new business park. On Tuesday October 20, that's exactly what happened at the Katy Area EDC General Assembly meeting held at the Katy ISD Education Service Complex. Roughly 100 members and guests attended the meeting which included a presentation by keynote presenter Capital Real Estate Commercial (CREC) and the introduction of three new businesses recruited to the Katy area, Advantec, Master Valve USA and Novomet.
  • December 23, 2015

    New substation seeks improved patrol of northern Fort Bend County

    As part of a $98.6 million bond referendum that will be up for election in November, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is looking to build an 18,000-square-foot sheriff’s substation near the Westpark Tollway and FM 1463 to better patrol the northern Fort Bend County area.
  • December 23, 2015

    Rapid population growth continues in Katy Area

    Move over Pittsburgh, the Katy Area now boasts a larger population. According to recent data complied by data analytics company Alteryx, the population of the Katy Area, as defined by Katy ISD boundaries, has surpassed the Steel City by over 1,000. Population estimates put the Katy Area at 309,556 and the City of Pittsburgh at 308,237.
  • December 23, 2015

    Sheriff substation proposed in Fort Bend County bond

    A Fort Bend County sheriff’s office substation in Cinco Ranch has been proposed as part of the $98.6 million facilities bond referendum county voters will weigh in on Nov. 3. The substation is included in Proposition 4, which would allocate $4.3 million to build an 18,000-square-foot facility.
  • December 23, 2015

    Texas is #1 again in new study of California business out-migrations

    Companies continue to leave California because of rising costs and concerns over the state’s hostile business environment, according to a new study that names companies and provides details of business disinvestments in the state.
  • December 23, 2015

    Timeline, new programs announced for Miller Career and Technology Center expansion

    The expansion and renovation to Katy ISD’s Miller Career and Technology Center is slated to begin in February. The expansion will allow the Miller Center to move new programs into the building, including manufacturing technology, dental assisting and cyber security, said Sarah Martin, KISD Career and Technical Education director.
  • December 23, 2015

    Voters to decide on $848M in Harris County propositions

    Harris County plans to accommodate growth, alleviate congestion and fund amenities through four bond proposals in the upcoming Nov. 3 election. The bonds total $848 million with the largest proposition providing $700 million for road projects.
  • December 23, 2015

    Wild West Brew Fest named top 2015 beer festival by

    The Wild West Brew Fest, also known as Katy Brew Fest, is held in… you guessed it, Katy Texas, a bedroom community to the west of Houston! They actually took the risk to move to a larger capacity venue at Katy Mills Mall, which definitely paid off for them.
  • December 23, 2015

    City authorizes more than $1 million toward public safety

    Katy City Council voted July 27 to authorize nearly $1.16 million in reserve funds to be used for police, fire and emergency medical system improvements.

    Mayor Pro Tem Charles Brawner said the funds will be used for a new ambulance, a radio system for the fire department that meets new federal mandates and other upgrades, including system map and flyover satellite image updates, an animal control vehicle, laptops for fire department units and a mobile repeater system that enables first responders to communicate in the field.

    The largest portion of the funds, more than $549,000, will be used for data conversion and migration to a new dispatch system that will connect police, fire and EMS for the first time in the city’s history.

  • August 12, 2015

    CNG 4 America alternative fueling station launches in Greater Katy

    CNG 4 America’s gas station has state-of-the-art pumps that refuel trucks faster. Fares Sabawi

    Alternative fueling options increased on July 7 when  CNG 4 America’s compressed natural gas station opened in Katy at 24985 I-10.

    CNG 4 America president Bob Baldwin said the station will help meet demand in Greater Katy.

    “The I-10 [route] has a lot of trucks going up and down it. Trucks are the main customers we have,” Baldwin said.

    There are more than 7,200 compressed natural gas vehicles in the state, according to the Railroad Commission of Texas.

  • August 12, 2015

    Construction begins on Katy ISD 2014 bond projects

    From the new stadium to five new schools, the majority of the projects approved under the 2014 bond package are beginning construction this year. The first of the bonds were sold to investors in February, and Katy residents were given priority in purchasing them.

    At a June 2 roundtable meeting Superintendent Alton Frailey said most projects are proceeding as scheduled, with a few delays due to heavy rains in May and June. The start date for construction on the district’s new stadium has been moved to sometime this fall.

    “We’re clearing land as soon as it dries out, but work is behind [schedule] because of the rain,” Frailey said.

    The $58 million Rhodes Stadium site complex at 1733 Fort Bend Road was initially scheduled to begin construction in June.

  • August 12, 2015

    Fourth of July Celebration at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

    Patriotism will be on display at the eighth Annual Fourth of July Celebration, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.

    The event has always been a popular one for LaCenterra, said Lindsay Kaye, LaCenterra director of marketing and public relations.

    “We have about 15,000-20,000 people per year,” Kaye said. “This is our biggest event of the year.”

    The Fourth of July Celebration is popular because the music, food and attractions appeal to people of all ages, Kaye said.

  • August 12, 2015

    UH System at Cinco Ranch offers several programs to help students earn degrees

    The University of Houston System at Cinco Ranch has served the Katy community for more than 35 years, offering students a college education without having to leave the area.

    UH System at Cinco Ranch was founded in 1980 as the West Houston Institute, allowing the university to offer night classes at Memorial and Westchester high schools, said Richard Phillips, UH System associate vice chancellor for system initiatives.

    “It started as an outreach effort,” Phillips said. “It was just for select course work. At that time, you took some classes here but still had to go to the university to earn your degree.”

  • August 12, 2015

    UH Finally Gets to Expand in Katy

    The Katy EDC and CEO Lance LaCour have been working for nine years to get a new University of Houston campus. That’s finally going to be a reality, thanks to $47M allocated in Capital Construction Bonds by the Texas Legislature. UH will be looking for a new site to develop a state-of-the-art academic building that'll be at least 60k SF, UH's Shawn Elyse Lindsey tells us. (More buildings or larger size may depend on the cost of the land.) Convenience for area residents and room for future growth will be key factors in site selection; UH currently has a 37k SF facility in Cinco Ranch, but it’s landlocked by development and cannot grow.
  • August 12, 2015

    City of Katy launches emergency operations center

    In the wake of Memorial Day weekend flooding in Fort Bend County and the start of hurricane season June 1, the city of Katy is launching its first emergency operations center. In a conference room of the police station, the city had its first EOC simulated emergency practice session in May. The room will be outfitted with new computers by July and ready for use in a large-scale emergency, officials said.

    “We’re trying to keep up with the times and manage the growth,” Katy Emergency Management Coordinator Maria Galvez said.

  • August 12, 2015

    City set to begin Morton Road expansion

    Road congestion has always be an issue for those in Katy due to its proximity to Houston. Now the city is attempting to do its part to improve the traffic flow.

    Katy is set to embark on a project involving the expansion of Morton Road from the Katy Hockley Cut-Off westward to Pitts Road in west Harris County.

    The city says the project, which has been in their plan for many years, will be central to alleviating future mobility and drainage issues which have always plagued the area.

  • August 12, 2015

    Construction underway on new shopping center in Katy

    Construction is underway on a new retail center in Katy, located at the northeast corner of Interstate 10 and Katy Fort Bend Road, near the Katy Mills Mall. The center will be called the Shoppes at Parkwest and will eventually offer 450,000 square feet of retail space on 40 acres of land.

    Retailers in the center will include Bed, Bath and Beyond, BuyBuy Baby, DSW, Kirkland’s, and DXL.

    The Retail Connection of Dallas, and its development arm, Connected Development Services led by developer Dave Berndt, along with partner Medistar Corp. of Houston announced development on Monday.

  • August 12, 2015

    Major renovation at Memorial Parkway Junior High School set to begin this fall

    A proposed renovation plan for Memorial Parkway Junior High School was presented at the June 15 Katy ISD board of trustees meeting. Architectural firm Stantec and construction company Drymalla are working jointly on the renovation, which is the largest renovation funded by the 2014 bond measure.

    Laura Sachtleben, a senior associate and project director at Stantec, presented the design to the board and said a funding strategy would be addressed in October with construction beginning in November. The 2014 bond committee allotted a finite budget of nearly $23.5 million for the project.

  • August 12, 2015

    MD Anderson named top-ranked hospital for cancer care

    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been ranked the No. 1 hospital for cancer care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey.

    Since the annual survey launched in 1990, MD Anderson has been named one of the top two cancer hospitals in the United States. It has ranked first 11 times in the past 14 years.

  • August 12, 2015

    Memorial Hermann continues growth in Katy

    Memorial Hermann continues to expand in greater Katy to meet the area’s growth. The hospital system opened a new convenient care center at 22430 Grand Corner Drive on June 1 and continues construction on a new tower for their hospital located at 23900 I-10.

    The Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center will deliver emergent and primary care for Katy area residents, The $19.1 million dollar building spans 30,000 square feet and will provide primary care services, lab testing, imaging and emergency care to the southeast Katy community.

    “Katy is expanding rapidly. We felt like we need to provide an outlet for the growing market,” Memorial Hermann Katy Chief Operating Officer John Kueven said. “We wanted to build a single-stop convenient care center.”

  • August 12, 2015

    The Ballard House Surpasses Milestone of Support

    The facility in Katy that provides temporary housing to those traveling to the area for serious medical treatment celebrated another milestone recently. After 18 months of operation, The Ballard House (TBH) has surpassed 10,000 nights of lodging provided to patients and guests!

    “The amazing success of The Ballard House is beyond anything we ever envisioned,” said Lou Boxleitner, Chairman of the Board for TBH.

    TBH will celebrate its 10,000-night milestone with a drop-in party 4 - 6 p.m. July 16 featuring appetizers and desserts. The public is invited to visit, tour the house, learn about its amazing services and hear a few comments from Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers and Lance LaCour, President, Katy Area Economic Development Council.
  • August 12, 2015

    UH System to Expand in Katy with $46.8 Million Land, Building Project

    The UH System will soon be expanding in the Katy area by acquiring new land and constructing a state-of-the-art academic building. The new facilities and the establishment of future programs will help meet the increasing demands for higher education spurred by a growing population, top-ranked school system, and thriving economic, residential and business development in the area.

    The project was allocated $46.8 million in Capital Construction Bonds (previously called Tuition Revenue Bonds, or TRBs) during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature. Paula Myrick Short, UH System senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, said expanding on a new site was critical to the System's strategic initiatives in the area.
    "We will be looking for a new site to build in Katy-one that offers convenient access for students and the opportunity for future growth," said Short.
  • August 12, 2015

    Area sees job growth amid oil slump

    Nearly 5,000 new jobs were added in the Katy area between 2013 and 2014, according to a May 11 economic survey statement from the Katy Area Economic Development Council. The job growth—mainly in the engineering, accounting and research industries—helps offset the recent widespread layoffs in the oil and gas sector, the statement said.
  • August 12, 2015

    City of Katy finalizing land deal to house 2nd fire station

    After being set to purchase two acres this week for a future second fire station, the city of Katy is poised to begin the selection process for a contractor.

    The city was scheduled to purchase the land for about $300,000. The exact dollar amount and sale date were not known by presstime. The deal comes after a June 22 council meeting in which the city approved spending up to $410,117.40 to purchase up to 2.69 acres for the station.

    When completed next summer, the new station will be on the south line of Kingsland Boulevard, west of Pin Oak Road.

  • August 12, 2015

    Grand Parkway ushers in tidal wave of growth

    Construction anchoring growth near the parkway is taking place at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, located on the west corner of the highway's intersection with Interstate 10, where a second medical plaza is being finished and a patient tower is opening in December. A recently announced shopping center will open adjacent to the hospital in 1½ years, and expansion also is planned near neighboring Katy Mills Mall, with the city setting its eyes on a boardwalk and an eventual hotel-convention center.

    "We certainly recognize that our location along the Grand Parkway is very important, and it's a location that will become surrounded by a lot of growth. It's an access point coming from various parts of Katy and Houston," said John Kueven, the hospital's COO. "In order for us to support the tremendous growth that's going on in Katy, especially this part of town, we know we need to expand our services."

  • August 12, 2015

    Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. To Acquire Tradition Bancshares, Inc.

    Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.® (NYSE: PB), the parent company of Prosperity Bank® (collectively referred to as "Prosperity"), announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement with Tradition Bancshares, Inc. ("Tradition"), the parent holding company of Tradition Bank ("Tradition Bank"), headquartered in Houston, Texas, whereby Prosperity will acquire Tradition and Tradition Bank.

    Tradition Bank operates seven (7) banking offices in the Houston, Texas area, including its main office in Bellaire, three (3) banking centers in Katy and one (1) banking center in The Woodlands.  As of June 30, 2015, Tradition, on a consolidated basis, reported total assets of $522.1 million, total loans of $242.4 million and total deposits of $463.8 million.

  • August 12, 2015

    Katy ISD Football Stadium Renderings Released To Public

    The Katy Independent School district released the renderings of the $58 million-dollar second football stadium which was approved by voters last November as part of the $748 million-dollar school bond package. This is the first time since the bond was approved 9 months ago that the public has been allowed to see what the project will look like when completed.

    The football facility will serve as a second stadium and reduce scheduling problems at Rhodes Stadium, now that the district has seven high schools with football teams. Rhodes will continue to be used as a home field shared by all high schools in the district.

  • August 12, 2015

    Katy, Fort Bend ISD do well on TEA ratings

    The fast growth west of Houston did not appear to set back academic success in the area, according to ratings released Friday by the Texas Education Agency.

    Leading the pack, every campus in the Katy ISD met the state standard and six of its secondary schools earned all seven possible distinctions and two elementary schools getting all five possible distinctions. Fort Bend ISD, the largest district west of Houston, was more mixed, with three campuses failing to meet state standard but five overall earning all possible distinctions. Lamar CISD, also rapidly expanding, improved its overall record from last year, with no campuses requiring improvement compared to two last year.

  • August 12, 2015

    Morton Ranch educator named Region IV Teacher of the Year

    Morton Ranch Elementary second-grade teacher Christina Dismuke won Region IV Teacher of the Year at the region's Education Service Center Aug. 5 annual award ceremony, less than four months after being named Katy Independent School District's 2015 district-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year.

    Dismuke beat 94 nominees from 47 area schools to win the honor.

    "Although Christina has only taught for five years, she is well-respected for her innovative teaching strategies and her commitment to training and mentoring new teachers," said Pam Wells, executive director of the Region IV Education Service Center. "The judges were very impressed with this gifted young teacher."

  • August 12, 2015

    New Katy Chick-fil-A to feature heritage-themed details

    The new 4,877-square-foot Chick-fil-A restaurant at 19303 I-10, set to open June 11 at the intersection of I-10 and Greenhouse Road, will be the first restaurant in the area to feature the company’s new heritage-themed interior design.

    “It’s a tribute to [the company’s] history,” said marketing director Jennifer Pierce. “They tried to pick and choose the traits that represent that time period [when Chick-fil-A was founded].”

    One heritage-themed feature is a light fixture made of glass Coca-Cola Co. bottles, paying homage to when founder Cathy Truett would sell bottles of the popular soda for a nickel.

  • August 12, 2015

    Newly constructed houses of worship reflect area diversity

    As the Greater Katy area grows more diverse, so does its houses of worship. The area’s first Hindu temple and a mosque both opened their doors in June.

    In addition, Iglesia Faro de Luz, under construction at 4900 Greenhouse Road, will be a primarily Hispanic-serving Christian church that is expected to be complete by the end of this year, according to pastor Jose Recinos.

    According to 2000 census data, approximately 29.9 percent of Greater Katy’s 302,705 residents identified as non-white in 2000. KAEDC anticipates the trend will continue through 2019, when minorities are projected to make up roughly 33 percent of Katy’s residents.

  • August 12, 2015

    Plan to redevelop ExxonMobil campus includes mixed-use space

    A master plan for the redevelopment of the former ExxonMobil campus along I-10 in the Energy Corridor was announced in early June. The project, known as Republic Square, is a 35-acre strip of land adjacent to Terry Hershey Park.

    The mixed-use project, expected to cost more than $1 billion to fully develop, will feature 2.6 million square feet of Class A office space and 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. The rest of the space will be used to develop 800 multifamily units and two full-service hotels.

    Dan Leverett, executive vice president of lead developer PM Realty Group, said he hopes Republic Square becomes the premier location to conduct business in the Energy Corridor.

  • August 12, 2015

    James G. “Gary” Jones sworn in to fill Lawton’s vacant Ward A council seat

    A special council meeting was held June 12 to appoint a councilmember to the Ward A seat left vacant when councilmember William Mack “Bill” Lawton died May 28.

    After a brief executive session, Mayor Fabol Hughes announced James G. “Gary” Jones will fill the seat until the next regular election. Jones, a long-time Katy resident, most recently served the city as alternate member to the City Planning and Zoning Commission.

    “Those are big shoes to fill,” Jones said of his predecessor, Lawton.

  • August 12, 2015

    Katy expands tax base, includes Cane Island

    Katy City Council voted to annex three tracts of land totaling just over 400 acres on April 27. The land is part of the 1,100-acre Cane Island master-planned community that broke ground in 2014. As part of the annexation, Katy will provide police, fire, emergency medical and all other city services to homes built on the tracts.

    Prior to the annexation, Cane Island was split between Katy and Houston jurisdictions. With annexation, Katy officials saw an opportunity to increase the size and tax base of the city.

    “We had three different parcels that made up about 400 acres in the Rise Development [project], Cane Island, that were in Houston’s ETJ, and [Rise Development] wanted to be in the city of Katy,” Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes said.

  • August 12, 2015

    Katy Area EDC welcomes Chris Tanea as Marketing Manager

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council is proud to announce the hiring of Chris Tanea. Tanea will serve as the Marketing Manager for the organization.

    The Marketing Manager, a newly created full-time position, will lead branding, marketing and public relations efforts for the KAEDC to help drive development and growth in the greater Katy area. Tanea started his role with the organization on Monday, June 8.

  • August 12, 2015

    Exciting project underway across Fort Bend County

    Fort Bend County is a national and regional leader in household income, wage growth, job growth and low crime, Greater Fort Bend EDC EVP Jack Belt said at Bisnow’s Future of Fort Bend County event yesterday morning. It’s also amazingly diverse and incredibly busy. Officials from six of the biggest cities in Fort Bend County were represented at our event, so we rounded up some of the most impactful projects happening in each.
  • August 12, 2015

    GEICO names Tara Carthew assistant vice president in Katy

    Tara Carthew has been named assistant vice president of GEICO's claims regional center in Katy, Texas. Previously, Carthew served as branch manager for the operations center since it opened in 2014.

    Carthew started with GEICO in 2002 as a telephone claims representative in the company's San Diego regional office and worked her way up the claims ranks. She served as a claims supervisor before being named claims service manager in 2009. Two years later Carthew joined GEICO's management team in its Tucson regional office as telephone claims representative manager in 2011. She received a promotion in 2012 before transferring to GEICO's corporate headquarters in Chevy Chase, Md., to enter the company's executive assistant program in 2013.

  • August 12, 2015

    Governor approves University of Houston system expansion in Katy

    The University of Houston received approval to expand in Katy when governor Greg Abbott signed HB 100 on June 18. This is the first tuition revenue bond to pass since 2006.

    The bill, filled with projects for all major university systems in the state, allots $46,832,000 to the UH system for the purpose of “land acquisition for construction a building in the area near Katy.”

    The approval was necessary for the system to continue meeting growth, said Jason Smith, UH vice president for governmental and community relations.

  • August 12, 2015

    Katy Area Districts Council to recognize Special Purpose Districts through awards program

    The Katy Area Districts Council, a committee of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, is proud to announce the creation of an awards program to recognize outstanding achievements by Municipal Utility, Emergency Service and other Special Purpose Districts operating within the Katy area as defined by Katy ISD boundaries.Throughout the Katy area, Special Purpose Districts provide a variety of important services to the communities which they serve.  The services provided enhance the quality of life and continue to make the Katy area one of the most desirable business and residential environments in the Houston area.
  • August 12, 2015

    Katy Area EDC golf tournament a big success

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its annual golf tournament on Monday, June 8 at Weston Lakes Country Club.

    In its seventh year, the four-person scramble tournament hosted approximately 100 golfers. Serving as the largest single fundraiser for the KAEDC, the tournament was a huge success bringing in over $32,000, the highest ever fundraising total for the event. Funds raised will partially benefit area charities and the Katy Technology and Education Foundation.

  • August 12, 2015

    Katy Area EDC seeks high quality photos

    We need your help! We are gathering high resolution photographs of the Katy area that portray "Energy Grows Here" and showcases our beautiful area for use in our new website design, print publications, social media and advertising, etc. Each of us defines that phrase differently and views our area differently, so we would love you to send us your interpretations.

    Please don't hesitate to share this request with other departments, (i.e. - Marketing, Communications, PR, Design) within your organization or organizations that you think would like to participate and share their photos with us. We are so lucky to live and work in an area that exudes "Energy Grows Here" and we would like to see every facet of it.

  • August 12, 2015

    Katy tabbed as fourth best place to start a business in Texas

    Texas has weathered the country’s economic turbulence well, with record-breaking annual job growth, and locals chalk it up to a business-friendly attitude and community mentality.

    The Lone Star State typically receives the nation’s fourth-highest amount of venture capital, says Walter Ulrich, CEO of Houston Technology Center, a nonprofit technology incubator and accelerator.

  • August 11, 2015

    KISD elementaries top rated in area

    The Katy Independent School District is considered by local residents and observers alike to be one of the best in the Houston area. A new ranking of Houston-area public elementary schools by the research site Niche gives credence to that perception.

    As part of the launch for its newest K-12 site, Niche ranked the top public and private schools in the Houston area. Remarkably, 13 of the top-rated elementary campuses are in the Katy ISD.
  • August 11, 2015

    New Katy City Hall to open in Spring 2016

    When construction of the new Katy City Hall is complete in spring 2016, the hope is that residents will feel as if the building has been there all along, according to city administrator Byron Hebert. The building is being constructed at 901 Avenue C.

    “A survey was sent out, and the results showed that people wanted a traditional looking city hall,” Hebert said. “They wanted that hometown USA feel for the building, that’s how we designed it to make it look like it’s been here for a while.”

    To that end, the 33,000-square-foot brick building will feature columns, a three-tiered roof and a clock tower.

    Each floor of the three-story building, designed by Turner Duran Architects and constructed by Durotech Inc., will serve a different administrative function.

  • August 11, 2015

    British International School coming to Katy

    British International School is coming to Katy.
  • August 11, 2015

    Katy city project joins growth at mall

    The Katy Development Authority continues to pursue its goal of launching a convention center/hotel development next to Katy Mills Mall.

    Center plans include a boardwalk that will surround the mall's 80-acre retention pond.

    "We hope it will be a nice attraction to the area in addition to the mall," said former Katy mayor Skip Conner, chairman of the Katy Development Authority.

  • August 11, 2015

    Katy Boardwalk project estimated at $49 million

    When Katy Mills opened in 1999, city of Katy officials envisioned the mall as an engine for growth for the city. The City of Katy and the Katy Development Authority now have plans to protect that vehicle and promote the city’s future growth.

    Plans for a boardwalk and park surrounding a retention pond behind Katy Mills began over a year ago by the Katy Development Authority. Those plans have since ballooned to encompass an estimated $49 million project that will include a two-mile boardwalk and surrounding park as well as a convention center complex complete with hotel and a parking garage.

    According to city officials, Katy Mills has lived up to its promise of becoming a powerful economic engine for the city. To ensure that the engine continues chugging, plans to utilize the area surrounding the mall began over a year ago, city administrator Byron Hebert said.

  • August 11, 2015

    Katy City Council purchases, annexes land

    At its regular meeting on Monday, April 13, the Katy City Council authorized the purchase of four tracts of land and approved the annexation of land west of the city of Katy.

    Land purchases approved at the meeting total $608,734 and are to be used for road and city improvement projects, city of Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes said.

    Three of the land purchases total nearly .37 acres each and lie along Franz Road and Avenue D.

  • August 11, 2015

    Houston Methodist West opens emergency care facility

    Houston Methodist West Hospital opened a freestanding emergency care center last week in the Cinco Ranch community.

    Houston Methodist Cinco Ranch Emergency Care Center, located at FM 1093 and Cinco Rose Drive, just east of Fulshear, is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians and specialty-trained nurses 24/7. The 9,600 square-foot facility offers 10 private rooms with the latest technology in radiology and laboratory services.

  • August 11, 2015

    Cinco Ranch robotics team to compete at world championship

    Packing up their 2015 robot, Gravity, as well as multiple tournament wins, a Katy Independent School District robotics team is headed this week to the world championship in St. Louis, Missouri.

    "This is the first year we won more than one regional tournament," said Larry Gros, president of the booster club for Cinco Ranch High School's robotics team, CRyptonite. "The championship tournament is set for April 22-25 and is expected to draw 600 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) teams from around the world, as well as 20,000 to 30,000 spectators."

  • August 11, 2015

    Commercial Development Projects Near Katy Mills Mall

    “We hope it will be a nice attraction to the area in addition to the mall,” says former Katy mayor Skip Conner, chairman of the Katy Development Authority.

    The authority, which acts on behalf of the city to develop Katy Mills, is in final negotiations with Simpkins Group – developer of the Katy Boardwalk – to purchase 10 to 15 acres for the project.

    The Katy Boardwalk is a mixed-use development intended for office, research and development, medical, high tech and light industrial uses, along with retail and entertainment venues. It will be to the southeast of Katy Mills Mall.

  • August 11, 2015

    Cyclists gear up for big ride from Houston to Austin

    For the past several weeks in Katy and the surrounding areas, streets and bike paths have been filled with brightly-garbed cyclists training for a cause — the annual BP MS 150 fundraiser.

    The 31st annual event is on tap for this weekend, with riders departing from Houston, Katy and Waller on Saturday. Depending on their starting point, riders will complete a 150- to 180-mile ride. After camping overnight in La Grange, riders will pedal through the Hill Country to the finishing line at the State Capitol in Austin.

  • August 11, 2015

    Diversified Economy Will Help Katy Weather the Oil Slump

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council today announced that Katy is well positioned due to strong economic diversification to thrive as the oil industry continues to contract.

    “Katy has kept pace with the greater Houston metro in terms of economic diversification,” said Lance LaCour, president/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council. “Between 2013 and 2014, the Katy area added nearly 5,000 new jobs in the engineering, accounting and research industries. Couple this with strong growth (over 3,000 new jobs) in the services industry over the same time period as well as attractive,
  • August 11, 2015

    Fort Bend Literary and Fine Art Festival and Parade

    The 2nd Annual Ft. Bend Literary and Fine Arts Festival and Parade was held Saturday, April 11 at the Cinco Ranch Branch Library. Nearly 450 entries were received and $6,000 in scholarships were awarded. $1,000 went to each Best of Show winner. Three were awarded for Art in Elementary, Junior High and High Sschool divisions and three for essays in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

    Young readers, dressed as their favorite literary characters, paraded with parents around LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch’s courtyard. Trophies and prize money were awarded for the best costumes. Prizes were also awarded to several local teachers attending the event.

  • August 11, 2015

    Katy ISD Board passes resolution calling for repeal of state high-stakes testing

    The Katy ISD Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution supporting legislation calling for the elimination of state mandated high-stakes testing at its regular meeting Monday, March 30.

    Though local school boards do not have authority concerning the administration of state-mandated testing, the board has thrown their support behind several bills introduced by legislators in the Texas 84th Legislative Session that would eliminate the tests.

    If passed, tests mandated by federal legislation such as No Child Left Behind would still be used.

  • August 11, 2015

    National women's council recognizes Katy-area entrepreneur

    Six years ago, single Katy mom, Angelica Garcia leveraged $50,000 in savings and a $500 credit card to create AIM Global Logistics, LLC.

    In 2015, AIM Global Logistics has grown into a global family that brings in more than $20 million annually. In March Garcia received the Women's Business Enterprise National Council's Women's Business Star at its Salute to Women's Business Enterprise Gala.

    Led by Garcia, AIM Global Logistics instituted a new approach to the transportation industry, becoming a one-stop shop for all transportation needs in a myriad of industries.

  • August 11, 2015

    Katy City Council hires design firm for arboretum project

    At their regular meeting on March 23, Katy City Council approved a measure that will allow the city’s first arboretum to enter its design phase.

    The measure authorized the city to enter into an agreement with Burditt Consultants, who will be in charge of designing the 3-acre arboretum to be built within Katy City Park.

    Brad Barnes, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the city of Katy, said that the hiring of Burditt Consultants was the first step in beginning construction on the project which began with a $20,000 contribution from Centerpoint Energy in Oct. 2014.

  • August 11, 2015

    U.S. Silica leases space at Katy Ranch Crossing

    U.S. Silica Company leased 17,464 square feet at the new Class A Katy Ranch Phase I office building located at 24275 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas. Kurt Kistler and Griffin Jaggard of Moody Rambin represented the building owner Katy Ranch Offices, L.P.. Don Foster with Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. represented the tenant in negotiations.

    Katy Ranch Phase I began construction early 2014 and is expected for completion at the end of May. The property is part of Katy Ranch Crossing, a 2,000,000 square foot mixed use development located along I-10 just outside the Grand Parkway (Highway 99). The first floor of the 6-story building is leased with 131,888 square feet remaining available.

  • August 11, 2015

    Katy ISD is named among 'Best Communities for Music Education'

    Katy ISD has been named among the Best Communities for Music Education for the seventh consecutive year by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the nation for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to providing comprehensive music education for all students.

    "This is once again great recognition of the work that is being done by our music teachers who provide such a strong foundation through grade 5, and then our band, choir, and orchestra directors who work tirelessly continuing this quality of instruction in grades 6-12," said Katy ISD's Executive Director of Fine Arts Bob Bryant.

  • August 11, 2015

    New development Trails of Katy opens

    The Trails of Katy, a new master planned community located near I-10 between FM 1463 and Pederson Road, opened March 3 and has begun selling homes. The development will contain 325 homes at build out and will eventually include a recreation center, tennis courts, several miles of walking trails and a community pool.

    Three model homes are currently available to view. Homes are being built by Houston-based Devon Street Homes, Pulte Homes and Westin Homes.

    Devon Street Homes has eight home designs for the development ranging between 2,425–4,167 square feet with starting prices from the $270,000s. The builder’s model home at 1106 Fragile Sail Court is a joint project with Ventana Development Cos.

  • August 11, 2015

    Grand Parkway paves the way for growth

    The Grand Parkway, the third and outermost loop around Houston, was envisioned more than 50 years ago. The idea behind the massive project was that the 200-mile roadway would help alleviate future highway congestion and spur growth and development as the Bayou City expanded.

    The roadway still under construction has done all of that, but it also has caused new problems with traffic backups and has added to the growing pains it was supposed to help ease.

    Nearly 80,000 vehicles travel daily on Segment E—from I-10 in Katy to Hwy. 290—of the Grand Parkway, and that part of the roadway is quickly approaching its maximum capacity, Grand Parkway officials said. Since opening to traffic in December 2013, drivers have seen ever-increasing congestion at the I-10 entrance and its exits to Katy’s commercial districts south of I-10.

  • August 11, 2015

    EDC Supports Katy ISD Resolution

    The Katy Area Economic Development Council supports the Katy ISD bond resolution.
  • August 11, 2015

    Commute Times Matter When Recruiting Knowledge Workers

    The perils of commuting have long been documented in many reports, articles and blogs. A particularly interesting Slate article written by Annie Lowry a few years ago which claims that commuting leads to obesity, neck pain and a litany of other ailments, also notes that according to a research study conducted by a major Swedish university, “Couples in which one partner commutes for longer than 45 minutes are 40 percent likelier to divorce.”

    When recruiting knowledge workers, the commuting conversation has been an active one over the last few years, but most people think of it in terms of young Millennials flocking into the urban centers. This, however, represents just a small subsection of knowledge workers and doesn’t jive necessarily with the lifestyles and attributes of the rest of the older more experienced workforce.

  • August 11, 2015

    City of Katy Mayor and councilmen re-elected unopposed

    City of Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes, Councilman Bill Lawton for Ward A and Councilman Jimmy Mendez for Ward B were declared as elected for another term each at the city’s regular meeting held March 9.

    All three candidates were running unopposed in the upcoming May election.

    The election for their posts was cancelled when no one filed to run against the incumbents by the Feb. 27 deadline.

    Hughes was elected Mayor in 2013 with 51 percent of the vote after having first served as a council member for the city.

    Lawton was elected to the council in 2011 and previously ran uncontested in 2013. Mendez received 53 percent of the vote for the Ward B seat in 2013.

  • August 11, 2015

    Parks projects to bring new amenities to residents

    Several parks projects throughout the Katy area will see completion in 2015. Projects funded through the city of Katy, Harris County Precinct 3, the Willowfork Drainage District and the Interstate Municipal Utility District will either begin or be completed this year to provide residents with additional green space and outdoor entertainment.

    Projects scheduled for completion in 2015 include improvements to Mary Jo Peckham, Mason Creek and Rick Rice parks as well as a new arboretum to be built within Katy City Park. The three acre arboretum will be the city’s first.

    “We want to have a nice, well-developed green space that people can come out and walk through,” said Brad Barnes, director of city of Katy Parks and Recreation department.

  • August 11, 2015

    Katy area park and ride service expands

    Residents in Cinco Ranch will have a new way to commute into the Galleria and Greenway Plaza starting in 2016. The Fort Bend County Transportation Department is developing a park and ride facility off of Mason Road adjacent to the Westpark Tollway. The Cinco Ranch park and ride lot is one of several projects in the pipeline to help ease commuter congestion, including potential new partnerships between the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, the Energy Corridor Management District and private developers.
  • August 11, 2015

    YMCA to open second Katy location

    YMCA of Greater Houston has announced the purchase of land to build a second YMCA location in Katy. YMCA officials said that the new facility will help to better serve the growing community.

    The YMCA of Greater Houston announced March 13 the purchase of 6.58 acres of property in Katy for the construction of the city’s second YMCA location.

    The new building, which is still in the design phase, will be located in the Katy Main Street development west of Pin Oak Road, near Kingsland Boulevard.

  • August 10, 2015

    Katy to break ground on new city hall

    Author: Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle

    Katy city officials will break ground on the new Katy City Hall at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 15 on the vacant lot across from the current City Hall at 910 Ave. C.

    The project is scheduled to go to bid in the next two weeks, said Kayce Reina, Katy's director of tourism and marketing. Construction is expected to take about a year, placing the opening of the new facility in the spring 2016.

  • August 10, 2015

    UH files Tuition Revenue Bond worth $60 million to open new system campus in Katy area

    Thanks to its fast-growing size, solid economic development efforts, business growth and top-ranked school system, the Katy area may soon become the site of a new University of Houston System campus.

    The University of Houston recently filed a tuition revenue bond (TRB) worth $60 million to fund construction of a 60,000 sq. ft. building as well as the purchase of sufficient land for future expansion. UH officials cite a whole range of factors behind the decision to pursue the Katy site.

  • August 10, 2015

    University of Houston looking to grow in Katy

    The University of Houston has taken preliminary measures to file a tuition revenue bond worth $60 million to fund the construction of a new campus in Katy.

    Jason Smith, University of Houston’s vice president for governmental and community affairs, said the preliminary revenue bond request was filed Jan. 22, and the university has asked District 18 Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and District 132 Rep. Mike Schofield to file separate bills for the tuition revenue bond. Those bills are expected to be filed in February, Smith said.

    If passed, the bond would fund the purchase of land for and the construction of a 60,000-square-foot facility at an as of yet undetermined site in the Katy area. Specific designs for the proposed facility have not been made, Smith said.
  • August 10, 2015

    New programs and upgrades considered for Katy’s Miller Center

    Author: Leah Binkovitz, Houston Chronicle

    Katy Independent School District board member Charles Griffin is pleased with the Miller Career and Technology Center. With two students enrolled in courses, he said the center allows high schoolers the chance to learn about jobs that might interest them before leaving school.

  • August 10, 2015

    Free Training and Mentoring in HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Helps Entrepreneurs Start or Grow

    Five Free Training Sessions and Mentorship from February through April help Business Plan Competition (BPC) Contestants refine and polish plans to start or grow their businesses.  Are you considering applying for the 2015 Competition?  Read about those that have gone before you and get inspired to take action now!  2015 BPC Application Deadline is January 20th.

    Celebrating Small Business Successes

    Math Philanthropy - Bon Crowder - "I won 2nd Place in the HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition and I used my prize money to launch my That's Math! website, get matching dollars and do some crowdfunding!  We're on our way to changing society's perception of math.  It's a big win for math education!"
  • August 10, 2015

    CADs funding Fort Bend infrastructure work

    Author: The Katy Times

    Sales taxes from residents living in unincorporated areas of Fort Bend County will help fund construction of the 8.5-mile extension of the Westpark Tollroad from the Grand Parkway west through Fulshear, according to Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers.

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