Texas Bullet Train presentation headlines October Katy Area EDC GA meeting

Monday, October 21, 2019

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On Tuesday, October 15 Katy Area Economic Development Council hosted its monthly General Assembly meeting at the Embassy Suites West Houston-Katy near Park Ten. The meeting was highlighted by David Hagy of Texas Central Railway, the organization which is developing the bullet train project connecting Houston and Dallas.  

Hagy, who made a return to his second Katy Area EDC meeting in the past year, served as the meeting’s headliner providing information on the planned Texas Bullet Train.  According to Texas Central, the private company leading the development of the project, the approximately 240-mile high-speed rail line linking Houston and Dallas 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 off-peak periods – with 6 hours reserved each night for system maintenance and inspection.  Hagy said planned stops for the train include locations in North Texas, the Brazos Valley and Houston.  The roughly $12 billion civil infrastructure investment is anticipated to create roughly 10,000 direct jobs during construction and 1,500 permanent jobs once completed.  For more information, visit texascentral.com. 

Tracey Brown, Executive Director of Amazing Place, took time to share information about the memory care organization which serves residents in the Katy area. With a mission of bringing joy and meaning to those impacted by dementia, the group offers numerous programs and support groups to assist those dealing with the illness as well and the families of those impacted.  Launched in 1996, the one-time start up with three members, has grown immensely in size and impact since its formation. Brown shared information about the organizationpurchasing land near the Houston Methodist West Long-Term Care Campus at which they plan to build a new $10 million facility.  For more information on the organization and to learn how you can get involved, please visit amazingplacehouston.org 

Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour shared information on the Katy Area Leadership Institute which is set to welcome its first class in February of 2020.The program will offer unrivaled personal leadership development from a Tier One University, University of Houston, and has been developed through a partnership with the UH Bauer School of Business and Katy Area Economic Development Council.  Further program details and a program application can be found on the Katy Area EDC website. 

Fulshear-Katy Area Chamber of Commerce was recognized for its new membership at the Associate level.  Board of Governors members PBK and Prosperity Bank were acknowledged for renewal along with Strategic Partners MD Anderson West Houston and Woodcreek LLC. Associate members renewing included Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., East Group Properties, Fort Bend County MUD #24, Harmony Schools, Lone Star College System, Omni Hotel at Westside, SCI Dignity Memorial, Sewell Automotive, Steadfast Interests and TXU Energy. 

This month's breakfast sponsor was Embassy Suites West Houston-Katy.  You can learn more about Embassy Suites West Houston-Katy and its offerings here. 

For more information on Katy Area EDC and membership opportunities, please visit katyedc.org. 

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