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Memorial Hermann Katy Opens New 24/7 Pediatric Emergency Center and Inpatient Care Unit

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Release provided by Memorial Hermann Katy KATY – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s new Pediatric Emergency Center is now open to receive patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The emergency center complements the hospital’s new dedicated pediatric inpatient unit and helps meet the need for specialized, round-the-clock pediatric emergency care in Katy and the greater west Houston area. “As Katy continues to grow, it needs more access points for round-the-clock care available for all ages closer to home,” said Heath Rushing, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital. “Emergency medical situations occur at every...
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City of Katy holds groundbreaking for Katy Downtown Plaza

Monday, February 04, 2019

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact The city of Katy broke ground Jan. 30 on the much-anticipated revitalization project that will create the Katy Downtown Plaza. The project will install a new civic center, visitors center, outdoor walking museum, green space and public restrooms. “Today is going to launch the revitalization of this area,” Mayor Chuck Brawner said during his opening remarks to the ceremony. Nash Industries will be building the site, which was designed by Turner Duran Architects. Full Story
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Jan. 31 grand opening set for new wing of The Ballard House

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

By: Houston Chronicle - Staff Report  The Ballard House, 21421 Cinco Park Road in Katy, will hosting a Jan. 31 Grand Opening Ceremony for their new wing set to open this month. The grand opening is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. It's free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Construction for the new wing began in April 2018. The expansion adds 16 guest rooms, a living room, kitchen and laundry room for guests to use free of charge. The expansion is timely, and The Ballard House founders hope to assist in accommodating the demand from prospective guests and the future University of Texas...
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MD Anderson to open new Katy-area facility in summer 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

By: Jen Para - Community Impact MD Anderson Cancer Center will soon have a new building in the Katy area to better serve the growing population in West Houston. This summer MD Anderson will open a 260,000-square-foot outpatient center at 13900 I-10, Houston, between Eldridge Road and Park & Ride Drive, Associate Director of Public Relations Julie Penne said in an email. MD Anderson expects the new facility will have about 150 full-time employees. MD Anderson has an existing Katy-area facility on the campus of Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital, formerly known as Houston Methodist St. Catherine Hospital, at 19770 Kingsland Blvd., Houston....
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Brawner, Phillips named Stanley Award winners at January Katy Area EDC GA

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Katy ISD Robert R. Shaw Center for STEAM played host to the first Katy Area Economic Development Council meeting of 2019.  Roughly 100 members and guests gathered for the meeting which was headlined by the announcement of the recipients of the 3rd Annual Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Awards. With friends and family of Stan Stanley in attendance, Katy Area EDC was honored to announce the winners of the Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award as Dick Phillips (University of Houston Vice President of Community Engagement) in the volunteer category and Chuck Brawner (City of...
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Texas Heritage Parkway to break ground in mid-2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

By: Jen Para - Community Impact A transportation project in the Katy area that has been in the works for about 15 years will soon start construction, a project spokesperson and two public officials said. Texas Heritage Parkway will break ground in May, said attorney Rich Muller, who is representing nine landowners involved in the project. Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers and Fulshear Mayor Aaron Groff also confirmed the project would begin construction mid-2019. The motivation for this new corridor stems from West Houston’s growing population and the need for another north-south thoroughfare to connect the Westpark Tollway to I-10, Muller and...
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Texas Top-Ranked State for Firm Relocations

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

By: Anil Kumar and Alexander T. Abraham - Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas  Texas is the leading destination for companies relocating from other states. The economic benefits of the moves may be best measured in terms of the ancillary activity generated rather than the benefits directly attributable to the relocations. You can read the full report here.
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Hyatt Regency to anchor Katy Boardwalk

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact The Katy City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the development agreement for the Katy Boardwalk District development on Jan. 14. The agreement names the long-anticipated hotel operator as the Hyatt Regency, which will be operated by HBH Ventures LLC. City council members declined to comment on the naming of the hotel, which was not openly discussed in the meeting. A formal announcement will be provided within the next two weeks once the agreement has been executed, Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner said. Adoption of the agreement followed a closed-door meeting that included council members, Brawner and...
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Katy Area Economic Development Council launches website to showcase business advantages

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) has launched a new comprehensive website to bolster its online presence and highlight business opportunities and advantages in this burgeoning area of southeast Texas. Katy Area EDC is focused on business recruitment, development and expansion in and around Katy, Texas, which is just 25 miles west of Houston. The user friendly, online portal includes an array of information about the region, including its workforce, business incentives and quality of life. It features powerful Zoom Prospector and GIS Planning tools that enable auto population of area demographics and community profile data. The website will...
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Phase 2 of Stableside at Falcon Landing to feature restaurants, retail, multi-tenant buildings

Monday, January 14, 2019

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact NewQuest Properties began construction on Phase 2 of The Stableside at Falcon Landing development in early January. The second phase includes the construction of a new 35,000-square-foot section that will be anchored by The Union Kitchen and Jax Grill, said NewQuest Associate Austin Alvis via email. “VillaSport Athletic Club and Spa broke ground in December and is shooting to open by the end of 2019, barring weather delays,” Alvis said. The second phase of the development will also include Sub Zero Ice Cream, Nekter Juice Bar and The Lash Lounge, Alvis said. The new buildings will be...
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Dining out: These restaurants are on their way to Katy in 2019

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

By: Jen Para - Community Impact The Katy area is full delicious places to eat and drink, and more options are on the way. The following restaurants are expected to open in 2019. 85°C Bakery Cafe In August we reported that 85°C Bakery Cafe expects to open a new location in the Katy Grand shopping center during the first quarter of 2019. Katy Grand is located in the northeastern corner of the intersection of I-10 and the Grand Parkway The cafe is known for its iced sea salt coffee and its baked goods, and the restaurant offers 60 types of bread, cakes and...
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The New Katy Boardwalk District Will Have Its Own 90-Acre Nature Preserve

Thursday, January 03, 2019

By: Gwendolyn Knapp - Houstonia Magazine  JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT KATY COULDN’T GET ANY MORE KATY, a major mixed-use development complete with its own nature preserve is breaking ground in the bustling burb this year. Katy Boardwalk District, a new lakefront destination within spitting distance of Typhoon Texas, will house a full-service, four-star conference center hotel, entertainment venues and retail, luxury lofts and 90-acres of natural splendor. KBH Venture is developing the 169 acres at Kingsland Boulevard and Katy Fort Bend Road just south of I-10, and here’s what’s in store.  The conference center hotel, designed by Gensler Architects, will have 300-plus rooms, 43,000 square feet of...
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U-Haul Names Top 50 Growth States for 2018

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Texas, Florida rank 1-2 for the 3rd year in a row; Illinois tops out-migration states Story by U-Haul Everything continued to be bigger in Texas last year, including the number of U-Haul trucks pulling into the state versus the volume leaving. Texas registered as the U-Haul No. 1 Growth State in America for the third consecutive year, according to U-Haul® data analyzing U.S. migration trends for 2018. Florida ranked second for a third year in row. South Carolina inched up one spot to No. 3, while fast-risers Utah and Idaho rounded out the top five states for growth. Illinois was 50th on the list for...
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Katy Area EDC accepting nominations for Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Awards

Thursday, December 27, 2018

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 created the Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award. The annual award, which is in its third year, recognizes a volunteer in the Katy area who has made contributions in leadership and economic development to the Katy...
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City of Katy awards $2.15M contract for civic and visitor center construction

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact The city of Katy awarded a contract for the construction of the Katy Civic Center and Visitors Center buildings as part of the new Katy Downtown Plaza at the Dec. 10 Katy City Council meeting. Funding for the construction comes from three sources, said Kayce Reina, the city’s director of tourism, marketing and public relations. Funds from bonds, hotel occupancy taxes and flood insurance funds from the 2016 Tax Day Floods would be used to pay for the construction contract, Reina said. The Katy Civic Center will be installed in the old Katy City Hall Building...
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City of Katy establishes development agreement for Katy Boardwalk featuring 300-room hotel

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact  KBH Ventures and the city of Katy have partnered with Benchmark Global Hospitality to develop a conference center anchor for the 169-acre Katy Boardwalk project, according to a press release from Kaplan PR. The conference center will be designed by Gensler and built by Houston-based KDW, the construction firm that built Typhoon Texas. “For residents, the Boardwalk project is a great commercial boom for the city with tax revenue. It will be drawing in commercial business,” said Katy City Council member Chris Harris. “Then also there’s the green space and park which is a great...
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Eleven Katy ISD schools ranked in top 25 in Houston area

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

By: Michelle Iracheta - Houston Chronicle Katy ISD has done it again, as 11 of its schools are named the best in a 2019 ranking released by Niche, a public data analysis site. Four high schools and seven junior high schools made the list in separate categories in the the Top 25 2019 Best Public High Schools and Junior High Schools in the Houston Metropolitan Area. The high schools ranked in the top 25 included Seven Lakes, Cinco Ranch, Tompkins and Taylor high schools. The junior high schools were Seven Lakes, Beck, Beckendorff, Woodcreak, McMeans, Memorial Parkway and Cinco Ranch junior high schools. Chief...
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FM 1093 widening, First Street improvements: 4 Katy-area transportation updates to know this December

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

By: Jen Para - Community Impact FM 1093 widening Work to widen FM 1093 from a two-lane road to a four-lane road with a median continues. For phase 2A, Fort Bend County is paving the westbound lanes from FM 1463 to the main entrance to Cross Creek Ranch, Fort Bend County engineer Richard Stolleis said. For phase 2B, the Texas Department of Transportation began prep work Dec. 10 and construction in early January on the lanes from Cross Creek Ranch to James Lane, TxDOT construction inspector Kurt Lehmann said. Timeline: March 2017-March 2019 December 2018-mid-2020 Cost: $62.6 million Funding sources: TxDOT, Fort Bend County, Fort Bend...
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HCC board of trustees approves relocating, expanding Katy campus

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

By: Jen Para - Community Impact By mid-2021, Houston Community College will have a new campus for its west Houston students. The proposal to purchase 24 acres with an option to acquire an additional 30 acres to relocate and expand the Northwest College Katy campus at 228 Colonial Parkway, near the intersection of I-10 and Grand Parkway passed in a 5-2 vote, with two trustees abstaining, at the Dec. 5 board of trustees meeting. “I see it as a vote of confidence in our growth plan,” HCC Northwest President Zachary Hodges said. “Now to get the community on board.” HCC plans to build a...
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Trio of Katy area non-profits recognized at December GA

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

In the spirit of the season of giving, the Katy Area Economic Development Council December General Assembly meeting featured three non-profit organizations which play key roles in improving the lives of those in the Katy area community.  Katy Prairie Conservancy, Katy Autism Support and The Ballard House were each featured at the monthly meeting which was held at British International School of Houston (BISH).  The meeting began with a presentation by BISH Principal Andrew Derry.  Derry shared information about the school campus which is located at 2203 North Westgreen Boulevard in Katy.  BISH offers a NORD Anglia Education and currently has students...
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Crossing at Katy Fulshear entering Phase 2 with upcoming Ross, TJ Maxx and PetSmart retailers

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact  The Crossing at Katy Fulshear continues to move toward completion after the Walmart Supercenter opened Aug. 29, said Clay Mealey, a leasing agent with Lovett Commercial. The development has begun the second phase of construction with new buildings going up between the Walmart and the Xscape Theatres already operating on the site. Lovett Commercial is the developer for the property, which is anchored by the Walmart Supercenter, located in the northeastern corner of FM 1093 and FM 1463 in Fulshear. Chick-fil-A, Raising Cane’s, Freddy’s Frozen Custard, Spring Creek Barbeque, XPress Oil Change and Barcelona Sporting Goods...
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Local spirits bar MKT Distillery focuses on Katy’s heritage, family-friendly fun

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact   Nick and Nici Jessett opened MKT Distillery on Oct. 6 in the silos on First Street in downtown Katy. The bar offers whiskey and moonshine distilled in-house as well as a selection of nonalcoholic drinks. The Jessetts decided to open the distillery after volunteering at No Label Brewing Co. and taking a trip two years ago to Tennessee, where they toured a distillery. “We decided then and there, ‘let’s bring something like this to Katy,’” Nick said. Named after the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad that runs next to the distillery, MKT sells Aged Texas Corn Whiskey, Bonner’s Point Vodka,...
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November GA showcases Katy area veteran-owned business

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Members Choice Credit Union corporate headquarters played host to the November Katy Area Economic Development Council meeting.  Members and guests gathered for the monthly meeting which featured a presentation by Katy area company Veterans Manufacturing. Michael Hlozek (pictured above), co-founder of Veterans Manufacturing, headlined the meeting by sharing information about the growing company which he helped start.  The organization, which is veteran-owned and located on Katy Hockley Road, specializes in manufacturing high-quality ultralight body armor, vehicle shields, bomb blankets, blast mitigation systems, ballistic pfd’s, ballistic clipboards, luggage and other ballistic systems.  Notably, the organization is now manufacturing U.S. Coast Guard approved...
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Katy ISD reaches 80,000 students

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Katy ISD has officially enrolled 80,000 students across its many campuses. The 80,000th student enrolled at Davidson Elementary School, and the district will celebrate Nov. 9 with a welcome party attended by board of trustee members, superintendents and school administrators, according to a press release. “Expecting to end the year with an enrollment of 80,000 students, or fairly close to it, Katy Independent School District has reached this monumental milestone two months prior to the end of 2018,” the release states. The fast-growing school district will open two new schools for the 2019-2020 school year to accommodate its soaring student population. Four more...
TEDC Presents Economic Excellence Recognition at 2018 Mid-Year Conference

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Release by Texas Economic Development Council For more information contact: Mr. Carlton Schwab President/CEO Texas Economic Development Council (512) 480-8432 carlton@texasedc.org The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) has announced the recipients of its annual Economic Excellence Recognition program for 2017. The awards was presented at a special awards breakfast held Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the TEDC’s Mid-Year Conference in Galveston, Texas. The two and one half day conference was held June 13-15, 2018 at the Moody Gardens Hotel. The Economic Excellence Recognition program provides recognition to economic development organizations that meet a desired threshold of professionalism. Recipients qualify for recognition based on training taken by their governing...
TEDC Presents Workforce Excellence Awards at 2018 Mid-Year Conference

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Release by Texas Economic Development Council For more information contact: Mr. Carlton Schwab President/CEO Texas Economic Development Council (512) 480-8432 carlton@texasedc.org The  Texas  Economic  Development  Council  (TEDC)  has  announced  the  recipients  of  its annual Workforce Excellence Awards for 2018.  The awards will be presented at a special awards breakfast held Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the TEDC’s Mid-Year Conference in Galveston, Texas. The two and one half-day conference was held June 13-15, 2018 at the Moody Gardens Hotel. The  Workforce  Excellence  Award  program  recognizes  exceptional  contributions by a Texas community or region that has implemented successful workforce initiatives. The TEDC’s Workforce Development  Committee committee  reviewed  applications  from nineteen ...
CEOs Rank 2017 Best & Worst States for Business

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

By: Dale Buss - Chief Executive Magazine While there is a level of constancy when it comes to the very best and very worst states for business as ranked by CEOs, there is plenty of jockeying for position within the ranks, and even some leaping and plummeting. Because of how CEOs view business climates, because states themselves have varying priorities and because of the slow pace of change in many state governments, the same states have held top five spots for six years running. Texas was ranked No. 1 for the 13th straight year in 2017 by the hundreds of CEOs surveyed by Chief Executive. Florida was No. 2 for the fifth year in a...
The best public elementary schools in the Houston area for 2018

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

By: Fernando Ramirez - Houston Chronicle 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 Bayou City, the decision can be overwhelming. Niche, an educational data analysis site, recently ranked the best public elementary schools throughout the city and the suburbs. Using comprehensive data from the Department of Education, as well as teacher and student surveys, researchers produced a list of the top schools in the Houston-area for 2018. If any school district swept the list, it would be Katy ISD. Of the...
2018 Best School Districts in the Houston Area by Niche

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rankings by Niche.com 1. Katy Independent School District A+ Overall Niche Grade 67 Total Schools 70,330 Students 2. Pearland Independent School District A+ Overall Niche Grade 25 Total Schools 20,550 Students 3. Friendswood Independent School District A+ Overall Niche Grade 7 Total Schools 6,106 Students 4. Tomball Independent School District A+ Overall Niche Grade 20 Total Schools 13,238 Students 5. Clear Creek Independent School District A+ Overall Niche Grade 47 Total Schools 40,812 Students 6. Humble Independent School District A+ Overall Niche Grade 45 Total Schools 39,522 Students 7. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District A Overall Niche Grade 86 Total Schools 113,023 Students 8. Conroe Independent School District A Overall Niche Grade 58 Total Schools 56,363 Students 9. Deer Park Independent School District A Overall Niche Grade 16 Total Schools 13,140 Students 10. Barbers Hill Independent School District A...
2017 Best Suburbs to Live in Texas

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1. Rollingwood (Suburb of Austin, TX) 2. Cinco Ranch (Suburb of Houston, TX) Niche User:It is a very safe and friendly place to live. I do not worry too much for myself and my personal belongings. The people surrounding are incredible. My neighbors are kind, quiet, and helpful. I would not mind living here again. It has amazing schooling opportunities and is a wonderful place to raise a family. Overall, this area ranks highly compared to other places. I see growth in this area with people and businesses. 3. Greatwood (Suburb of Houston, TX) Current Resident:I love how there are still areas of trees...
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Late spring opening set for sports park

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

By: Karen Zurawski - Houston Chronicle The Memorial Hermann Sports Park-Katy will offer a primary care clinic, a training center and an outdoor turf field when it’s expected to open late next spring. The 50,000-square-foot facility that costs about $15 million is the product of a collaboration between Memorial Hermann and Athlete Training and Health. “This collaboration between Memorial Hermann and ATH will benefit the full range of athletes in the Katy community, from high school students to professional competitors, weekend warriors and beyond,” said Maddie Rich, Memorial Hermann Katy senior marketing & communications representative. The sports medicine and human performance facility will be...
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Late spring opening set for sports park

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

By: Karen Zurawski - Houston Chronicle  The Memorial Hermann Sports Park-Katy will offer a primary care clinic, a training center and an outdoor turf field when it’s expected to open late next spring. The 50,000-square-foot facility that costs about $15 million is the product of a collaboration between Memorial Hermann and Athlete Training and Health. “This collaboration between Memorial Hermann and ATH will benefit the full range of athletes in the Katy community, from high school students to professional competitors, weekend warriors and beyond,” said Maddie Rich, Memorial Hermann Katy senior marketing & communications representative. The sports medicine and human performance facility will be...
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American Omni Trading Company relocates HQ to Katy

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

By: Community Impact American Omni Trading Company relocated its headquarters from a 10,00-square-foot office space at 15354 Park Row in Houston to a 32,000-square-foot space at 1221 West Park Green Drive. The new offices opened Sept. 24. AOT imports tires from Asian manufacturers and delivers them across North and South America. 281-600-8473. www.american-omni.com
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British International School of Houston Open House

Friday, November 16, 2018

You want the best for your child. So do we. Please join us for an Open House to explore our state-of-the-art campus and experience what makes our school special. We are an international school for ages 2 to 18, part of the Nord Anglia Education - the world’s leading premium schools organisation.   Learn about our exciting programmes, explore and tour our campus, meet our Principal and members of our admissions team.   Date: Wednesday 28th November Time: 6pm Location: British International School of Houston, 2203 N Westgreen Blvd, Katy, Texas 77449   RSVP via: Online https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WML8NK5 Call: 713 290 9025 Email: admissions@houston.nae.school Website  https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/houston/british-international/event www.bishouston.org  
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Pot hole repairs, Cane Island Parkway extension: 4 Katy-area transportation updates to know this November

Thursday, November 15, 2018

By: Jen Para - Community Impact Repairs to five roads Work has begun to repair portions of five roads that are showing cracks and pot holes. The contractor is completing mobilization to the area, said Eric Heppen, a project manager for Harris County Precinct 3. Elrod Road will be repaired from Clay Road to Morton Ranch Road, and then from Morton Ranch Road to Franz Road. Katy Hockley Cut Off Road will be repaired from FM 529 to a half mile south of Beckendorf Road. Katy Gap Road will be repaired from Kingsland Boulevard to the limits of the asphalt near the...
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First Street upgrade begins in Katy

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

West Katy residents met Nov. 8 at Katy City Hall to learn more about a multi-million project to upgrade First Street that includes flood mitigation. Several of the approximately 30 residents at the meeting asked what would happen after the project is completed if another Harvey visits the area. David Leyendecker, the city engineer, said the project capacity is designed for a 100-year storm. After Harvey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration set newer standards for rainfall amounts within a 24-hour period to define a 100-year event. The NOAA chart shows 16 inches within a 24-hour period. In 2017 — when Hurricane...
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Katy Pitmaster’s Wish: Eat Brisket and Go Fishing

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CHEF RANDY DUNCAN WON BOTH the judge’s top award and the people’s choice award at the 2018 Houston BBQ Throwdown, and last month, his family-owned food truck Daddy Duncan’s BBQ announced it would open its first brick-and-mortar location in spring 2019 at Katy Hockley Cut-Off and Clay Road, right behind the Four Seasons Park. It’s been a good last few weeks for him. Duncan told Houstonia he was in a bidding war for the two-acre land because the area is extremely popular. Strip centers and new home construction (with prices ranging from $350,000 to $500,000) are being proposed. “It’s unrestricted land—we can do...
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Leasing Begins at New Newmark Homes Complex

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

For information contact:          Melissa Guerra @ 281.433.3984 mguerra@newmarkhomes.com Leasing has started for a new 24,000-square-foot office building located in Parkside Capital’s University Center along Interstate 10 just east of the Grand Parkway in Katy.   Owned by Newmark Homes, the building will be the builder’s new corporate headquarters. It will also house the Newmark Design Studio.   “We chose this location because of its proximity to many of our communities,” said Mike Moody, president of Newmark Homes. “With our company growing, it was time for a move.”   More than 30 Newmark employees will office out of the building’s second floor, and the design studio will encompass approximately 4,500...
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Katy Area District Council Event: Why are my water rates going up?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Join us for a FREE event featuring a panel discussion with representatives from the 3 Regional Water Authorities about water supply, distribution, costs, and other water-related topics impacting Municipal Utility Districts and their constituents.
Katy named to Top 10 Affordable Towns with Best High Schools list by Realtor.com

Friday, July 27, 2018

When searching for a new home, finding something affordable in a good school district with family-friendly features, such as large backyards, tops the list of home buyer priorities. Realtor.com’s Top Affordable Towns with the Best High Schools Rank Town District Name School GreatSchools Rating (out of 10) Median Household Income Median Listing Price 1 Royersford (19458) Spring-Ford Area School District Spring-Ford Shs 10-12 Gr Center 10 $83,264 $246,125 2 Rosemount (55068) Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District Rosemount Senior High School 10 $93,743 $299,900 3 Plainfield, Ill. (60585) Plainfield School District 202 Plainfield North High School 8 $130,168 $398,725 4 Katy, Texas (77494) Harmony School Of Science – Houston, Katy Independent School District Harmony Science Academy – West Houston 9 $145,507 $384,997       Cinco Ranch  High School 8           Seven Lakes High School 9     6 Woodstock, Ga. (30189) Cherokee County School District Etowah High School, Woodstock High School 9 $83,989 $304,450 7 Medway, Ma....
CEOs Rank 2017 Best & Worst States for Business

Monday, May 15, 2017

By: Dale Buss - Chief Executive Magazine While there is a level of constancy when it comes to the very best and very worst states for business as ranked by CEOs, there is plenty of jockeying for position within the ranks, and even some leaping and plummeting. Because of how CEOs view business climates, because states themselves have varying priorities and because of the slow pace of change in many state governments, the same states have held top five spots for six years running. Texas was ranked No. 1 for the 13th straight year in 2017 by the hundreds of CEOs surveyed by Chief Executive. Florida was No. 2 for the fifth year in a...
The 50 Best Cities for New College Grads

Monday, May 15, 2017

By: Yahoo Finance - Taylor Tepper There are certain things that as a new college graduate you have little control over, such as when you’re forced to join the real world. If you happened to graduate in 2008 as I did — when the economy was hemorrhaging jobs while the stock and housing markets were collapsing — you were somewhat out of luck. Still, there were things you could have done to improve your financial odds even in the Great Recession, such as picking a city with the best odds of finding a good-paying job and an affordable place to live. Which begs...
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Rapid population growth continues in Katy Area

Friday, January 01, 2016

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. Over the past decade, the Katy Area has been no stranger to growth with an annual population growth rate between 4 and 6%. In the year 2000, the Katy Area had a population of 139,998 making the recent 2015 population estimate nearly 200,000 larger over...