“The spillway damn is potentially the most important project we currently have to protect the residents in the Lake Houston Area” Kingwood BizCom recap

April 8, 2021 BizCom Event Recap Blog

Miss our event? We got you covered! Speaker highlights and full video are attached below.

 

Representative Dan Huberty, Texas State Representative for District 127

During the 87th Texas Legislative Sessions, topics being discussed are:

  • House Bill 3: Reformative Education BilL
    • Agreed to fully fund the economic cost for HB 3
    • Great opportunity to educate the children differently, while making sure they are able to fund these educational opportunities
  • Lake Houston dredging program for the San Jacinto River in the next few weeks
  • House Bill 2000: relating to the funding of utility reliability projects
    • Electricity Grid, Water & Broadband

Huberty predicts that the Governor will call multiple special sessions this summer to handle the variety of topics and solutions that need to be addressed, including how to best support Texas businesses.

“I am happy to be your representative in Texas. It’s always great to come back to Houston. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to serve you and always appreciate the opportunity to visit with you. God Bless Texas.”

Skip to 12min 38sec to hear more about the issues being discussed in the 87th Texas Legislative Sessions. 

 

Commander Larry Baimbridge, Houston Police Department- Kingwood

Recently transferred from Tactical Observations Division as the SWAT Commander. Baimbridge has 29 years of experience around all the departments. He is excited to be out in Kingwood.

Top three priorities for the Houston Police Department

  1. Bring additional training
  2. Address the issue of flooding, prepare the officers if there should ever be another rescue situation
  3. More community surveillance to better protect the large Kingwood/ Lake Houston area

Skip to 27min00 to hear more from the new HPD Kingwood commander

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin, City of Houston, District E in Kingwood

COVID vaccine update: Kingwood (77345) has the highest percentage of vaccinated adults in the Greater Houston area with 41% of the population having had both doces of the vaccine. The Lake Houston Area is on their way to herd immunity.

Mouthbar dredging: The first phase will remove accumulated materials near and at the mouth bar on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. During phase one of this project, it is expected that a minimum of 400,000 cubic yards (CY) of material will be removed. To date, DRC has removed over 385,000 cubic yards of material from the mouth bar.

Lake Houston Spillway gates: The dam should be finished by early 2023. It was delayed because of some comprehensive environmental studies. Martin is working with the states of Texas and the federal government to ensure residents downstream of the dam are not negatively effected by the project.

 “The spillway damn is potentially the most important project we currently have in the City of Houston to protect the residents in the Lake Houston Area.”

Woodridge Village in Kingwood: The complex three-way purchase of Woodridge Village from Perry Homes was successful. Almost three acres of land will be turned into a giant storm detention facility along with a couple of other projects lined up with that [the Kingwood Diversion Ditch, Ben’s Branch and Taylor Gully].

UP NEXT:  Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin plans to hold a public forum in the near future, once it is safe to meet in person again to present the ideas and concept about what the lake Houston spillway dam and the additional ten spill gates.

 

Skip to 29min38sec to hear more about all of the projects and bonds Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin is working on in  the City of Houston, including draining coverage and flood protection.

 

Dr. Fagen, Humble ISD, Superintendent

North Agricultural Science Center groundbreaking was in November 2020 at the corner of Mills Branch Rd and Ford Rd.

  • The Ag Science Center provides FFA students with a place to raise their animals in hopes of winning scholarship money for higher education

The new North Transportation center also broke ground in November 2020.

  • The building will be complete in July 2021 providing an easy access place for educators and drivers along with a place for school bus driver training

Flood mitigation efforts for Kingwood High School have been carefully designed to keep all water out of the building with airtight mechanisms. To see more of the state-of-the-art technology visit the Humble ISD website.

To see a complete list of upcoming Humble ISD projects and renovations, you can watch the latest School Board workshop posted on HumbleISD.net.

Skip to 40min10sec to hear all about the projects and updates from Humble Independent School District.

 

Stan Sarman, Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority, Chairman

Northpark Drive overpass project:

  • Six lanes with an overpass over the railroad tracks and a service road
  • Plans are 90% complete. Should be done by end of May or early June.
  • Obtaining the right of way

Northpark Reconstruction & Improvement project:

  • 80% federally funded through HGAC
  • Under design now, consultants on board, and everything is constructed
  • Plans and funds to be set by early 2023
  • Will include an underground pedestrian tunnel
  • Raising above the 500-year flood plain

Skip to 50min08sec to hear more details about the upcoming Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority plans.  

 

Dr. Nasra, Kingwood High School, Principal  

Kingwood High School is still looking for volunteers to help their MOONSHOT initiative to have all Kingwood HS graduates complete at least one internship related to their personal career path prior to graduation. MOONSHOT will prepare students for college, career, and life after high school.

In addition to the upcoming Mock Interviews, Humble Independent School District has created many other learning experiences for the students. To be included in ongoing communications from the school, including possible Guest Speaking opportunities, mock interviews, and chances to build connections between students and partners for internships, job shadowing, and/or employment, please complete this Industry Partner Interest Form >> https://forms.gle/DQ9nGXjPeB9cUvNL9

Skip to 59min23sec to learn more about the Kingwood Highschool’s innovative programs.

 

 

Kingwood BizCom Sponsors

As always, we depend on our business sponsors to make programs like BizCom available for our members and our greater Lake Houston Area community.

Co-Presenting Sponsors: HCA Houston Healthcare & Generation Park

Gold Sponsors: HEB-Kingwood Market, Whataburger, Service Master Restoration & Cleaning, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, & The Auberge at Kingwood.

Silver Sponsors: K&S Sportswear & Frost Bank

If your business is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Partnership Lake Houston Development Director, Carol Poston at cposton@lakehouston.org. Your sponsorship funds support the efforts of Partnership Lake Houston which enables us to help businesses recover and succeed. Now, more than ever, small businesses need the help, resources, and guidance the Partnership provides. If your business has not been negatively impacted by the pandemic, please consider sponsoring a program OR sponsor a membership for a small business.

The April 8, 2021 BizCom logistics & production were done by DNA Studios, LLC.

Emcee and Kingwood BizCom committee chair: Jennifer Carney of Carney Tutoring.