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    01/21/2016
    Author: Landan Kuhlmann - The Katy Rancher

    Altitude Trampoline Park bringing high-flying fun to Katy

    When Jeff Rutten’s oldest son approached him five years ago after experiencing a trampoline park and said ‘Dad, you need to build one,’ it was the first he had heard of it. In the years since, however, he has created a franchise known around the country and is bringing that vision to Katy.

    Following the initial prod from his son, Rutten did his due diligence and began looking into the possibility. Following extensive research, he and his business partner Curt Skallerup spent the next year scraping together a business plan before opening the flagship Altitude Trampoline Park in Fort Worth in 2013.

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  • Posted: 
    01/15/2016
    Author: Landan Kuhlmann - The Katy Rancher

    Social media partnership seeks improved communication between community, ESD 48

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

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

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  • Posted: 
    01/13/2016
    Author: Landan Kuhlmann - The Katy Rancher

    Frailey set to retire in August

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

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

    “For the past nine years, I have been blessed and honored to serve as the Superintendent for one of the most extraordinary school districts and communities in the nation,” the letter reads. “This decision comes after much thought, deliberation and heartfelt prayer. I have had a truly rewarding career, but it is now time for me to focus on the next chapter of my life and consider other opportunities before me.”

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  • Posted: 
    01/11/2016
    Author: Landan Kuhlmann - The Katy Rancher

    Katy ISD breaks ground on South Transportation Center expansion

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

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

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  • Posted: 
    01/08/2016
    Author: Business Facilities

    GHP Wins Business Facilities Economic Development Deal of the Year

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

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

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