Dan Huberty, Texas State Representative District 127 spoke about the legislative session happening on January 12. They are working on ways to open the Capitol safely, however, it is likely that the thousands of people usually in attendance will not be there this year. Huberty said, “from our perspective, there’s not going to be as many bills, there’s not going to be as many opportunities to have public testimony and things of that nature because I don’t think there’s going to be as many committee meetings.” The main components of the session will be the budget and redistricting.
Additionally, he touched on public school financing, support for first responders, and flood mitigation funding in the Lake Houston area, including the dredging program that started after Harvey. A long-term program needs to be created that would allow them to have authority over Lake Houston and continue dredging on an annualized basis. He plans on coming up with a permanent solution to flood mitigation.
SDI Realty Managing Partner, Charles Shears gave updates about the Kings Crossing Shopping Center redevelopment project located at the intersection of West Lake Houston Parkway and Kingwood Drive. The development will bring life to the area with plans to bring in new restaurants and will continue their partnership with HEB. The elevation of the parking lot will have a completely new look. Current tenant stores will be renovated along with plans to add new ones. Although Coronavirus has caused almost six months of delay, the project should be completed by the end of 2021.
Mario Castillo, Interim President of Lone Star College Systems announced a new grant for small businesses to receive free business courses specifically for their employees. Additionally, he said that a committee has been formed and the search for Dr. Katherine Persson’s successor has officially started. The committee will review resumes in the spring and hope to have the president established by mid-to-late summer for the fall semester.
Speakers also included:
Lori Weiland, Sales Director of Fountainwood Lake Houston gave a virtual tour of the construction of the new facility; Tony Austin, Director of Kingwood Town Park discussed how people have safely utilized the Town Center Park during the pandemic and a few upcoming events; Lisa Drabing, Kingwood Park High School Principal spoke about what is happening within Kingwood Park and then highlighted their Tiny Homes Project.
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors- we could not hold these events without you!
Presenting Sponsor: HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood
Gold Sponsors: H-E-B Kingwood, Insperity, McAlpine Interests, McCord Development – Generation Park and Whataburger- Humble
Silver Sponsors: K&S Sportswear, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Sterling McCall Honda
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