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NOV
14

According to officials, Segment E of the Grand Parkway is set to open in December.
Cypress and Katy will be connected by a 15-mile toll road.  Growth is expected in residential, commercial and job growth.

See article:  
Officials discuss Grand Parkway's influence on Cy-Fair







FEB
11

Houston a top-10 city for small businesses

Houston ranks among the top 10 best cities for small businesses, according to a recent analysis from The Business Journals.

According to a recent anaysis from The Business Journals, Houston ranks among the top 10 best cities for small businesses.

"The On Numbers analysis ranked the city No. 8, down from No. 4 last year. Houston has 19.91 small businesses per 1,000 people and experienced 3.81 percent growth in private-sector jobs between 2011 and 2012.

The Business Journals ranked 102 markets based on the following six factors (each factor’s formula weight is in brackets):

Concentration of small businesses, expressed as a ratio per 1,000 residents [30 percent]

One-year (2009-2010) percentage change in concentration [10 percent]

One-year (2009-2010) percentage change in the number of small businesses [10 percent]

Five-year (2006-2011) percentage change in population [12.5 percent]

Five-year (2007-2012) percentage change in private-sector employment [12.5 percent]

One-year (2011-2012) percentage change in private-sector employment [25 percent]

Compared to other markets, Houston performed the best in five-year growth in private-sector employment. Its 5 percent growth ranked it No. 3, behind fellow Texas metros Austin (7.53 percent) and McAllen-Edinburg (6.12 percent).

Austin also took the top spot for the overall ranking."


 
FEB
8

This is a great logo for Katy, as shown in http://impactnews.com.


The Katy Area Economic Development Council has given the community a powerful new way to brand itself.

New Katy logo

For those who have not heard, “Energy Grows Here.” More than just a reference to the pipeline of oil and gas companies that fill Houston's Energy Corridor adjacent to Katy along I-10, it refers to the vibrance of the community and the people who make it what it is.

“We really wanted to define Katy more; define the brand,” said Lance LaCour, president and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council.

LaCour said the multiple jurisdictions in the Katy area has a disjointed feel to it with many area residents unsure if they are a part of Katy or not.

“We're trying to create a sense of place that goes throughout the Katy school district,” he said.

It took a team of consultants and KAEDC officials more than a year of research to come up with the three-word slogan and the red and gold leaf-shaped logo.

“We didn't just throw a logo together,” LaCour said.

He said the brand is more than just a slogan and logo. He said its an attitude and an image of what Katy is all about. During the survey period, LaCour said one surveyor asked a group of five people if they knew where they were. Each one gave a different answer and each one was correct (Katy, Houston, Cinco Ranch, Fort Bend County and LaCenterra).

“This will simplify and unify the whole Katy area,” he said.

To aid in the branding effort, the KAEDC hired the marketing firm ChandlerThinks. LaCour said the KAEDC spearheaded the branding effort along with its Placemaker Team.

The Katy brand was made by the KAEDC team, but LaCour noted that the brand is not exclusive to the organization.

“It's a brand for everybody, but the EDC has adopted the brand,” he said.

Businesses, agencies and organizations wanting to use the brand must file an application with the KAEDC and adhere to branding guidelines. That assures the brand and logo will not be misused.

LaCour said the energy theme came from the vitality and enthusiasm of the people and the way they feel about their community. He said it also gives the feeling of growth and stability. Katy City Councilmember Carol Adams, who served on the branding team, said it helps create a sense of community.

“The reason why we thought it was important was because there is a great deal of division in the greater Katy area, north of I-10 vs. south of I-10, old town Katy and everything else—we wanted to create something that would resonate with everyone in the Katy community,” she said. “I think the tag line 'energy grows here' does do that. When you look at our history, the growth over 120 years and the energy in all its forms; tenacity, creativity, ingenuity, education, optimism, experience and how it has manifested in so many ways to bring us to where we are now, it makes perfect sense.”

Mayor Don Elder Jr. said the brand connects Katy's past and future.

“We need to connect what Katy was in the past—a farming, ranching, and petroleum community with Exxon being the big force in the area, with what has now become the Energy Corridor,” he said. “If we can mesh the past with the present, the brand 'Energy Grows Here' will make a difference because energy is where we started and energy is where we are currently headed.”

NOV
8


Voters approve $2.7 billion in bond propositions

By Ericka Mellon November 6, 2012 Updated: November 7, 2012

Houstonians can look forward to a transformed city with new and improved parks, school buildings, fire stations, libraries and job training sites as voters approved a historic $2.7 billion package of bonds Tuesday.

The money will fund construction projects in the city, the Houston Independent School District and Houston Community College.

Despite early predictions of sticker shock, the bond measures drew strong support from voters. The upgrades for HISD and HCC come with property tax increases, expected to start in 2014.

"All of these bond issues sought money to build Houston's infrastructure," HCC trustee Richard Schechter said. "By passing these bonds, Houstonians have sent a message that Houston is going to be a competitor in the global economy."

Voters approved HISD's $1.9 billion measure - the largest bond for a Texas school district in at least a quarter of a century - by an overwhelming majority, according to incomplete results.

"We'll be the only urban school district in the country that all our high schools will be rebuilt from top to bottom since 2000," HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. "For the kids, it's going to change their lives."

Continue:  Voters approve $2.7 billion in bond propositions

NOV
2
This article explains the relocation process quite well.


There are advantages and drawbacks to buying a house from a relocation company.

By Jennifer Acosta Scott of Bankrate.com

Today's homebuyers are familiar with traditional home sales and short sales. But few know about another type of sale: a relocation sale of a home that's on the market because of an employee's out-of-town job transfer.

While the process for buying these homes is slightly different, a relocation sale, or relo, can have distinct advantages for buyers. (Bing: Find a residential relocation specialist)

What is a relo?
A relo is a home sale that is completed with the help of a relocation firm. These firms are hired by companies to help their transferred employees move. A relo firm might help the transferred employee hire movers and find a rental home. If the employee is a homeowner, the relo firm might help the employee sell the home.

 
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