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How to Eat Your Way Through Katy

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

By: Houstonia Magazine - Timothy Malcolm KATY IS HAVING A FOODIE MOMENT, and if you haven’t visited lately, well, it’s time. From local favorites hiding in plain sight to the sprawling new Katy Asian Town shopping and dining center, there’s much to try, just a short drive west. Ready to plan your food crawl? Here are 10 musts:   Katy BBQ by Midway Barbeque Midway has been processing deer and selling meat to area residents for decades, and its sit-down restaurant is a true old-school Texas experience: Mounted deer heads gawk at you while you sample the ’cue. The brisket is as tender as it gets;...
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Katy Hockley drainage project to begin, road closure expected

Monday, March 18, 2019

By: Jen Para - Community Impact A portion of Katy Hockley Road will soon be busy with heavy equipment, trucks and construction crews. The city of Katy announced it will begin a drainage restoration project March 18 on Katy Hockley Road between Morton and Clay roads, according to a March 14 Facebook post. The project encompasses restoring roadside ditches, said Anas Garfaoui, city planner for the city of Katy, in an email. The project is expected to be completed in about three weeks, according to the post. During that time, Katy Hockley between Morton and Clay will be closed to all traffic—except residents and emergency services—between...
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1st Quarter Newsletter - Katy Ranch Crossing

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Ranch is intended to share information regarding Katy Ranch Crossing Shopping Center, Katy Ranch Offices as well as the Katy Area.  In addition, future versions will include close-ups of existing tenants in a section titled, “Tenant Spotlight.” You can view the full edition of The Ranch here.
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Crossover Road reopens, portion of FM 1093 nearly complete: 5 Katy-area transportation updates to know this March

Monday, March 11, 2019

By: Jen Para - Community Impact Work continues on various mobility projects in the Katy area. Crossover Road widening completed Fort Bend County officially reopened Crossover Road to traffic on March 1, Fort Bend County engineer Stacy Slawinski confirmed. Crossover Road between FM 1463 and Spring Green Boulevard was closed in 2018 to widen it from a two-lane asphalt roadway with ditches to a four-lane concrete boulevard with a median and underground drainage. Timeline: July 2018-March 2019 Cost: $3.1 million Funding source: Fort Bend County FM 1093 widening Fort Bend County is nearly finished with its portion to widen FM 1093 from a two-lane road to a four-lane road with a...
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Katy Area EDC supports legislation to address disaster preparedness and flood mitigation

Friday, March 08, 2019

March 7, 2019 (Katy, TX) - Katy Area Economic Development Council supports Texas Senate Bills, 7, 6 and 8 to address disaster preparedness and flooding mitigation in the State of Texas, specifically the Houston region. In recent years, the Katy area has been adversely impacted during multiple flooding events. The flooding has negatively impacted businesses and homes. Specifically, the Katy area lies within the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. Both reservoirs experienced major flooding during Harvey causing large-scale flooding and damage to the Katy area. Moving forward, without further action to improve disaster preparedness and mitigate flooding, the area will continue to experience...
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City of Katy hosts grand opening for Fire Station No. 2 just one day before saving drowning child

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

By: Jen Para - Community Impact  Fire protection in Katy has expanded in the southern portion of the city. The city of Katy held a grand opening March 2 for Fire Station No. 2 at 25420 Bell Patna Drive, Katy, according to a press release. The station began taking calls at noon that day. Construction for the station began in late 2017. Plans called for housing 16 firefighters and an ambulance crew. The city had received a $2.18 million grant in August 2017 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help fund the expansion. “The area near Katy Mills Mall has many high occupancy and target...
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IBM Watson Health Announces 100 Top Hospitals Including Local Hospital Memorial Hermann Katy

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

ARMONK, N.Y., March 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Watson Health™ (NYSE: IBM) today published its 100 Top Hospitals® annual study identifying top–performing hospitals in the U.S. This study spotlights the best–performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard using publicly available data for clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics. The study is part of IBM Watson Health's commitment to leveraging science and data to advance health and it has been conducted annually since 1993. Overall, the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study found that the top-performing hospitals in the country achieved better risk-adjusted outcomes while maintaining both a lower average cost per patient...
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Katy Area EDC among group to of economic developers to visit with Texas Senator Lois Kolkhorst

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

South Central Texas economic developers took time out from their bi-annual state legislative meeting to visit Senator Lois Kolkhorst at her Capitol office on Thursday, February 21.    Senator Kolkhorst represents 21 counties in the Texas Senate, which include Economic Development Corporations located in Brenham, Cuero, Gonzales, Katy, Victoria, Wharton, and Yoakum. The group discussed several issues, including the need for adequate funds for our public schools as well as the issue of property taxes.  For economic developers, our state's exceedingly high property taxes make the renewal of the state tax abatement law, referred to as Chapter 312, one of the top...
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Katy sets grand opening of fire station No. 2

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

By: Karen Zurawski - Houston Chronicle  A March 2 grand opening ceremony is planned for Katy Fire Department Station No. 2 at 25420 Bell Patna Drive, Katy. The ceremony is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Fire Chief Russell Wilson said he will welcome visitors and guests and introduce participants. The program will include a prayer, a cornerstone dedication by the Katy Masonic Lodge 1439, remarks by Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner and the Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars doing a flag-raising ceremony at the station. Refreshments will be served. “Adding this station location has already proven to be optimal when it comes to disaster,”...
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2019 Katy Area EDC Work Plan unveiled at February GA

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Katy Area Economic Development Council hosted its February General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, February 19 at the Mark A. Chapman YMCA at Katy Main Street.  The meeting featured presentations by YMCA Katy Main Street, Harris County ESD #48 and Katy Area EDC. Michelle Steffes, YMCA Katy Main Street Director of Operations, shared information about the host facility, one of the newest YMCA locations in the Houston area.  The YMCA, located in the Katy Main Street development within the City of Katy, offers a wide variety of programs for children and adults.  Highlight features of the facility include a playground, pool/splash...
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4 ongoing and upcoming transportation updates to know in the Katy area

Monday, February 25, 2019

By: Jen Para - Community Impact Road improvements on eight roads Crews recently broke ground on repair work on eight asphalt roads showing wear and tear, said Eric Heppen, a project manager for Harris County Precinct 3. All of Baker Road will be repaired. Groeschke Road will be repaired in three segments, from Dulaney Road to Barker Cypress Road, from Barker Cypress to just east of 1800 Groeschke Road, and from about 17551 Groeschke Road to west of 17130 Groeschke Road. Dulaney will be repaired from Morton Road to Groeschke Road, and Ashley Road will have repairs from Greenhouse Road to Dulaney...
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Zoombang Outperforms All Top Impact Sportsware Companies

Monday, February 25, 2019

KATY, TX, UNITED STATES, February 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Zoombang Outperforms All Top Impact Sportswear Companies Zoombang crushes competition in a third-party test against top global competitors as the best product for athletes in contact sports Katy, Texas- Zoombang protective sports gear outperforms all the competition - not just a catchy slogan, but a third-party tested fact.  Zoombang announced today third-party test results of protective wear outperforming globally recognized sports gear providers McDavid, Under Armour, and Nike reducing impact blows 40 to 45 percent better than the competition. Our thickening polymers absorb and distribute impact blows better than the competition: 43 percent better...
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TEDC Presents Economic Excellence Recognition at 2019 Legislative Conference

Sunday, February 24, 2019

News Release 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) announced the recipients of its annual Economic Excellence Recognition program for 2018. The awards were presented at a breakfast held Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the TEDC’s Legislative Conference in Austin, Texas. The two and one half-day conference was held February 20-22 at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Austin. 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 board/council as well as...
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Christ Clinic expanding Kingsland location in Katy

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

By: Community Impact Staff Christ Clinic is expanding its clinic at 25722 Kingsland Blvd., Ste. 111, Katy, director Lara Hamilton said. The expansion comes as the clinic moves administrative staff to a new office at 802 Dominion Drive, Katy, near community partners Clothed By Faith and Hope Impacts. The expansion will add four treatment rooms for a total of 14 rooms at the Kingsland location. Christ Clinic provides low-cost health care to the uninsured or those in financial difficulty. Hamilton said the plans to install a second clinic on Dominion Drive were canceled because it was more fiscally responsible to expand...
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Katy ISD unveils new agriculture science center for livestock show, rodeo

Monday, February 18, 2019

By: Jen Para - Community Impact  The Katy ISD Future Farmers of America Livestock Show and Katy Rodeo kicked off Feb. 13 at new facilities. The new $34 million Gerald D. Young Agriculture Science Center is located at 5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy, and includes the L.D. Robinson Pavilion and W.E. “Billy” Morgan Rodeo Arena, according to KISD documents. The pavilion and arena are each about 35,000 square feet, sitting on about 130 acres of land for KISD students to learn about agriculture. The new facilities were funded from the 2014 $99 million bond referendum. Check out photos of the new...
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Federal funds awarded to Harris County for flood tunnel feasibility study

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

By: Jen Para - Community Impact  The Harris County Flood Control District was awarded funding for a feasibility study on building a flood tunnel. The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded 2018 Disaster Supplemental funding of $320,000 to the district to conduct the study, according to a Feb. 7 press release. The district will provide an $80,000 match for a total project cost of $400,000, said Matt Zeve, the deputy executive director for the flood-control district. Large deep-diameter tunnels can move large volumes of stormwater in the case of a major storm event, Zeve told Community Impact Newspaper in August. These tunnels cost billions of dollars and take years to...
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Katy City Council approves drainage and water line contracts

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact Katy City Council approved two contracts to refurbish drainage infrastructure and water lines during its Feb. 11 meeting. The contract for more than $126,000 was awarded to Aranda Industries LLC, a Houston-based company. The contractor will repair and update storm sewers on Bartlett Road and Sanford Street. The storm sewer repair contract will allow the city to maintain drainage infrastructure and places the city in control of the drainage easement the storm sewer is located within, Council Member Chris Harris said. The easement had previously been owned by a private citizen that voluntarily turned the easement...
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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...
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Australian energy company to build world’s fastest supercomputer in Katy

Sunday, October 28, 2018

By: Paul Takahashi - Houston Chronicle DownUnder GeoSolutions, an Australian oil and gas exploration company, plans to build the world's fastest supercomputer in Katy. The company announced Thursday it is under construction on the new supercomputer facility at Skybox Datacenters' Houston campus, located at 22000 Franz Road near the Energy Corridor. Once finished by February, the facility will house more than 40,000 servers with more than 250 petaflops of computing speed. A computer with one petaflop of computing speed can execute one thousand trillion operations per second. "Houston was a natural choice given the low cost of power and the fact that Skybox...
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In-N-Out Burger Picks Katy For Second Houston-Area Location

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

By: Amy McCarthy - Eater Houston In-N-Out Burger may have taken its sweet time in heading to Houston, but fresh off announcing its first Space City outpost, it appears a second area location is in the works. The California-based burger chain has purchased property in Katy at the intersection of I-10 and Katy Fort Bend Road, according to KHOU. A statement issued by In-N-Out after Houston realtor BPI Realty Services made this announcement is characteristically cautious — vice president of real estate and development Carl Arena told KHOU that the chain is “enthusiastic” about the Katy location, but seemed skeptical as to...
Building The UH Engineering Legacy At Katy: From Foundation To New Heights

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Q & A With Founding Director Phaneendra Kondapi Plans for the Cullen College of Engineering to expand into the Katy area grow more concrete each day as the construction of the University of Houston Katy Campus progresses. The 84,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building will open its doors to hundreds of UH engineering students in fall 2019. It started out with baby steps – launching two energy-focused engineering courses at the Houston Community College (HCC) Northwest-Katy Campus in 2016 – and has since grown to more than 15 graduate-level courses. The 2019 offerings will be a giant leap: a full roster of undergraduate courses, graduate courses and...
Katy ISD tops Houston area elementary school list

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

By: Mike Glenn - Houston Chronicle A Pittsburgh, Pa.-based data analysis firm said the top elementary schools in the Houston area are all part of the Katy Independent School District. Niche, the educational data analysis company, compiled data from the Department of Education along with student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools. According to Niche, the best elementary campus in the Houston area is Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary School, 5150 Ranch Point Drive. One of the comments from a parent said “We love Shafer! Great teachers and staff. Caring environment.” Katy ISD schools also took second place along with...
Katy soon to be hub for higher education

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

By: Michelle Iracheta - Houston Chronicle  In less than five years, the area at Grand Parkway and Partnership Way in Katy off Interstate 10 could be filled with eager students rushing to get to classes from three different educational institutions. As part of a collaborative effort to make it easier for students to achieve their academic goals, specifically in engineering and nursing; and for the Houston Community College to tap into the growing population that the Katy Independent School District and surrounding districts have experienced, the college system is moving its existing Katy campus to be closer in proximity to the future...
Memorial Hermann to merge with Baylor Scott & White creating largest health system in Texas

Monday, October 01, 2018

By: Todd Ackerman - Houston Chronicle  Memorial Hermann Health System and Baylor Scott & White Health, the state's largest not-for-profit system, have signed a letter of intent to merge, the institutions announced Monday. The merger would create a mega-system stretching from Dallas to Austin to Houston, treating patients in more than 30 Texas counties and employing more than 73,000 people across the state. "This is an opportunity for two progressive, like-minded organizations, who do similar service, to come together and provide a better model of health care," said Chuck Stokes, Memorial Hermann's president and CEO. "Through this combined system, we can reinvent health...
Visions of Katy: Leadership Institute

Monday, October 01, 2018

Visions of Katy: Leadership Institute Date: October 24, 2018 Time: 6:45 AM - 9:30 AM CDT Event Description: You are cordially invited to Visions of Katy: Leadership Institute.  As a visionary leader in the Katy area, please join us for this special event scheduled for Wednesday, October 24 from 6:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at The Club at Falcon Point.  The cost is $25.  Breakfast will be provided. As with previous Visions of Katy events, our intention is to gather a broad and diverse group to share ideas about the opportunities and possibilities for this topic in our prosperous and growing community. All we ask of you...
iRace Entertainment now open in Katy

Friday, September 28, 2018

iRace Entertainment opened Aug. 13 at 24984 Katy Ranch Road, Katy. The new entertainment venue features kart racing, NASCAR simulators, boutique bowling, laser tag, virtual reality machines and an arcade. Party suites, 5,000 square feet of meeting space and The Garage Bar & Restaurant are also included in the new facility. 832-304-7223 www.iraceusa.com
New wave of tenants to open in Katy Grand by early 2019

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

By R. Hans Miller - Community Impact Katy Grand continues to develop in the northeastern corner of the Grand Parkway and I-10 in Katy, said Heather Nguyen, a partner with NewQuest Properties, the developer of the site. Nguyen said she expects the first building on the site to be completed in December. The site broke ground in June on its first retail building, she said. A Cinemark theater and Whiskey Cake restaurant are already in operation as the anchor for the shopping center. Construction on the first of the separate retail buildings began earlier this year, Nguyen said. “You know, we actually started...
Asian population growth spurs suburban Chinatown in Katy

Monday, September 24, 2018

By: Paul Takahasi - Houston Chronicle Restaurants in this sprawling new strip mall serve a smorgasbord of Pan-Asian cuisine, including Malaysian fried rice, Vietnamese noodle soup, Taiwanese boba tea and Japanese cream puffs. One might think this Asian-themed plaza sits in the heart of Chinatown, for decades the cultural center of Houston’s fast-growing Asian community. However, this grocery-anchored shopping center is rising from the flat prairieland of Katy, some 20 miles west of Bellaire. “We’re trying to bring a taste of Asia to the mainstream,” said Josie Lin, the center’s leasing representative. “I believe this is going to become another landmark, just like...
Big Business: Corporations build headquarters in Katy

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

By: Lindsay Peyton - Houston Chronicle Big business is making it big in Katy. There are now more than 200 major corporate headquarters in the greater Katy area, including Academy Sports and Outdoors, Shell Exploration and Production, WoodGroup Subsidies, BP North America, Igloo, ConocoPhillips, Expro Americas, Schlumberger, Gulf Island Fabrication, Aecom, Salata and DNV-GL. Lance LaCour, president and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, said there are a number of reasons why the area has become a prime location for businesses to set up shop. Companies come to Katy for the school districts, the accessibility to Houston and the quality of life...
BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF HOUSTON STUDENTS SHINE AGAIN IN IB DIPLOMA RESULTS

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Release provided by British International School The British International School of Houston students have achieved strong results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme for the 2017/18 academic school year. The British International School of Houston’s average score this year is 5.2 base points higher than the IB global average, widening the gap between ourselves and other IB schools around the world. One student from The British International School of Houston received full marks — the maximum score of 45 points. This is an incredible achievement for this student is only 1% of students worldwide who received full marks this year on the IBDP.  -Three students achieved impressive scores of 44 points.  -BISH students'...
Ribbon-Cutting Held for Completion of Spring Green Roundabout

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Release by Fort Bend County On September 7, 2018, Fort Bend County officials gathered in Precinct 3 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Spring Green Boulevard Roundabout, the first two-lane roundabout constructed by Fort Bend County. The new roundabout, located at the intersection of Spring Green Boulevard and Katy Flewellen Road, connects Spring Green Boulevard, Katy Flewellen Road and Cinco Trace Drive. Part of the project also included realigning Crossover Road to intersect north of the roundabout. The total project cost is $4.4 million funded by bonds from the 2013 Mobility Program as well as contributions from Newland...
Texas Children’s Urgent Care opens new Katy location

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

By: Houston Chronicle Texas Children’s Urgent Care West Campus clinic is now open, offering pediatric care in a convenient community location. Located at 18200 Katy Freeway, Suite WD-200 Houston, TX 77094, this clinic is next to the Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Emergency Center, to provide an alternate care site for families in the West Houston area in need of lower-acuity care. The 4,250 square-foot clinic has 11 exam rooms, X-ray on-site and a spacious waiting area adorned with vibrant murals, providing a relaxing, child-friendly atmosphere. Texas Children’s Urgent Care West Campus is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m....
Four new retailers announced for Katy area’s Grand Morton Town Center

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact  NewQuest Properties released a statement Monday that the company will be breaking ground on what Rebecca Le, vice president at NewQuest, said is the last portion of Phase 1 for Grand Morton Town Center. The new building will be built just north of the Kroger store that is already in operation in the shopping center. Four tenants for the building were announced in the press release announcing the construction of the 66,000-square-foot building. HomeGoods, Michaels, Petco and Hallmark have all signed leases for space in the new building. “These retailers will bring a tremendous amount of...
Katy Area EDC set to relocate to new office

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The Katy Area Economic Development Council will be relocating to a new office effective Monday, September 10. The organization will move to an office in the Grandway West Business Park located at Grand Parkway and Franz Road. Currently, Katy Area EDC leases space from Katy ISD in the former Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union at 438 FM 1463 in Katy. In 2017, Katy Area EDC signed a one-year lease with Katy ISD following its purchase of the former credit union building. The building currently houses human resources operations for Katy ISD in the majority of the facility. Following a search conducted by...
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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Katy Area EDC holds Visions of Katy: Leadership at The Club at Falcon Point

Thursday, November 01, 2018

The Katy Area Economic Development Council held Visions of Katy: Leadership on Wednesday, October 24 at The Club at Falcon Point.  The event brought together roughly 50 Katy area community members to discuss leadership and strengthening partnerships within the Katy area. For the past several years, Katy Area EDC, led by the Katy Area EDC Leadership Task Force chaired by Stan Goss, has been hosting Visions events which bring together a diverse group of Katy area community members to discuss topics relevant to quality of life in the area.  The events serve as a tool to help identify solutions to make...
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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.
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Texas Bullet Train presentation headlines October Katy Area EDC GA

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its October General Assembly on Tuesday, October 16 at iRace Entertainment.  Members and guests gathered for the event which featured a presentation regarding the planned Texas Bullet Train project. Michael Moore, Regional Vice President of Texas Central Railway, served as the meeting’s keynote presenter providing information on the planned Texas Bullet Train.  According to Texas Central, a private company leading the project, the approximately 240-mile high-speed rail line will offer a total travel time of less than 90 minutes, with convenient departures every 30 minutes during peak periods each day, and every hour during...
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Energy Corridor District Commuter Bus Survey

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Survey created by Energy Corridor District  The Energy Corridor District is in the process of developing a new commuter bus service to provide round-trip transportation between a suburban location and Energy Corridor workplaces.   If you currently work in the Energy Corridor, we need your input to determine where this service is most needed and what factors would encourage or discourage you to use any new service.    Please CLICK HERE or copy and paste the link below into your browser to complete a brief survey. It should take less than 2 minutes to complete.    http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07efqtc2nbjmtlufh1/start   Thank you!   Energy Corridor District
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Fort Bend County awarded 2018 Workplace Heath Assessment Wellness Champion Award

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Release by Fort Bend County  On October 23, 2018, Fort Bend County was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Workplace Health Assessment Wellness Champion Award for providing excellent wellness opportunities for its employees. Fort Bend County received second place in the greater Houston area for providing wellness services such as nicotine cessation programs, exercise programs, wellness classes, and multiple health screenings.  Also included in these benefits is an employee health clinic providing basic medical care to all that work at the County. Fort Bend County Risk Management has been a partner of the American Cancer Society for many years by serving on the ACS Wellness...
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Next generation entertainment center now open in Katy

Monday, October 22, 2018

Katy is now home to a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience at iRACE, a 60,000-square-foot facility. According to iRACE officials, the new facility features the only two-level indoor race track in Texas along with high tech virtual reality games, NASCAR simulators, iBLAST, bowling, arcades and Mike’s Garage restaurant. iRACE is located at the Katy Ranch Shopping Center behind Northern Tools. It has more than 37,000 square feet of racing surface, a ¼-mile track with two race levels, a tunnel and the fastest indoor electric go karts in Texas. Director of Operations, Michael Barron says iRACE takes entertainment to a new level. “We visited entertainment centers all...
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Greenbusch Road improvements, Porter Road reconstruction: 4 Katy-area transportation updates to know this October

Thursday, October 18, 2018

By: R. Hans Miller - Community Impact Greenbusch Road improvements Greenbusch Road from Gaston Road to Westheimer Parkway will be converted from a two-lane asphalt road with ditches into a two-lane concrete road with an underground storm sewer, said Stacy Slawinski, Fort Bend County assistant engineer. The project will begin in fall 2019 and last about a year. The road will still be widened and made safer with the deep ditches currently in place replaced with underground drainage. Timeline: Fall 2019-fall 2020 Cost: $7.4 million Funding sources: Fort Bend County Katy Flewellen expansion Katy Flewellen Road will be expanded from Spring Green Boulevard to Gaston Road. The...
Katy ISD Education Foundation: Fireflies and Foodtrucks

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Event organized by Katy ISD Education Foundation Join us for our legendary kick-off-the-school-year fundraiser for the year's Inspiring Imagination teacher grants! Thursday, October 18, 2018 No Label Brewery 5:30 - 8:30 pm? Individual Tickets: $50 Includes unlimited access to No Label brews and all food trucks Party Pak: $500 for a party of 8 All of the above plus swag and Fireflies & Foodtrucks shirt for each guest VIP Bar Experience: $25 Enjoy select brews set aside by No Label Brewery just for this crowd (Adults Only Event) NEW THIS YEAR: Our first ever wine garden (additional cost to purchase wine) Register Here 
Katy ISD Education Foundation: Fireflies and Foodtrucks

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Join us for our legendary kick-off-the-school-year fundraiser for the year's Inspiring Imagination teacher grants! Thursday, October 18, 2018 No Label Brewery 5:30 - 8:30 pm? Individual Tickets: $50 Includes unlimited access to No Label brews and all food trucks Party Pak: $500 for a party of 8 All of the above plus swag and Fireflies & Foodtrucks shirt for each guest VIP Bar Experience: $25 Enjoy select brews set aside by No Label Brewery just for this crowd (Adults Only Event) NEW THIS YEAR: Our first ever wine garden (additional cost to purchase wine) Register Here 
Katy Cares and Memorial Hermann Katy headline September Katy Area EDC GA

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its September General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at Memorial Hermann Katy.  Katy area non-profit Katy Cares and the host, MH Katy, served as presenters for the meeting.  Longtime Katy Area EDC employee Frank Lombard was also recognized for his service following his recent retirement. Representing Katy Cares, Harry Chapman, President of the Board, and Denise Mayfield, President and CEO, shared information about the non-profit organization which provides specialized therapeutic-housing services to mothers and their children affected by situational homelessness.  According to Chapman and Mayfield, homelessness is a problem facing hundreds of Katy...
Spring Green roundabout open, Crossover Road widening: 6 transportation projects to know in the Katy area this September

Friday, September 21, 2018

By: Rebecca Hennes and R. Hans Miller - Community Impact Spring Green Boulevard roundabout now open The roundabout, which opened Sept. 7, connects Spring Green Boulevard to Cinco Trace Drive and Katy Flewellen Road. According to Fort Bend County Engineer Stacy Slawinski, a single lane of the roundabout and the Spring Green north connector opened July 9. The roundabout project had an original completion date of July 2018, but Slawinski said that was delayed by changes in the contract and utility delays. Three lanes connect each road to the roundabout: The two left lanes enter the traffic circle while the far right...
Katy Area EDC forecast: More growth

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

By: Karen Zurawski - Houston Chronicle It’s mid-September and Katy Area Economic Development Area Council is adjusting to its new home in the Grandway West Business Park. Lance LaCour, who’s led the nonprofit the last 13 years as its CEO/president, said the Class A office with just over 2,000 square feet is more effective in terms of space and operations. The arrangement also offers more stability - a longer term lease compared to the year-to-year lease it had from the Katy Independent School District to occupy the former Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union near Interstate 10 and FM 1463. It also opens up...
Katy focuses on Riceland Terrace drainage

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

By: Karen Zurawski - Houston Chronicle As construction begins in one neighborhood to improve drainage, Katy City Council hired engineers to begin design services for work in another subdivision. Katy City Council on Sept. 10 authorized the mayor to sign an agreement with Costello Engineering & Surveying for engineering design services for the initial phase of drainage and paving reconstruction improvements for Riceland Terrace subdivision excluding Fortuna Drive. Costello Engineering & Surveying was hired by the city last year to do design work for Pine Forest subdivision after it completed a flood protection study for the city in October 2017 following the 2016...
Top Katy area stories from the past month

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Katy Area Top Stories Katy area company FireDisc Cookers ranks #374 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company list Houston Methodist West hosts August GA, Katy ISD Education Foundation featured New August Katy Area EDC members Here are the latest updates on 4 Katy-area transportation projects Voters Say YES to $2.5 Billion Flood Control Bond Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour awarded re-certification in economic development designation Katy Area EDC set to relocate to new office Register for Katy area TradeLink Conference Groundbreaking of Crossover Road Meet the Katy Area EDC summer 2018 interns New class A medical facility to break ground at Katy Green by early 2019 TEDC Presents Economic...
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...