The Woodlands Business April 2017
GRACEPOINT HOMES CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING IN KINGSLEY IN WOODFOREST
Gracepoint Homes, the luxury and affordable luxury homebuilder, is actively building homes throughout greater Houston designed to meet the needs and desires of current homebuyers including location, size of home and finishes. The homebuilder is showcasing its craftsmanship in a new model home opening this week at Kingsley in Woodforest in Montgomery. The community is a Johnson Development Corporation master-planned community
The model home in Kingsley is a painted brick, cottage-styled design series. The homes, priced from the $330,000s, offer elevations, floor plans and a price point to meet the demand of current homebuyers in the Houston area. There are six different home designs with floor plans ranging from 2,400 to 3,000 square feet with add-on options including choices of an additional bedroom, study, game room, and front and rear balconies. Architectural details unique to this series include painted brick, columns and railings, covered front and back porches, gable dormers and carriage-style garage doors. The featured model home – the Travis plan – is complete and ready to tour.
Kingsley, ideally located near Fish Creek Thoroughfare across from the Woodforest Homefinder Lodge, provides homebuyers with easy access in and out of Woodforest. Gracepoint Homes also builds in the Sanderling and Grand Marion neighborhoods of Woodforest from the $400,000s
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LAUREN TRICE NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE WILL HERNDON RESEARCH FUND
Beyond Batten Disease Foundation (BBDF) has announced its recent hire of Lauren Trice, who joins the team as the Director of The Will Herndon Research Fund. In this role, Trice will oversee the management, development and operations for the fund.
“I am honored and humbled to serve during a critical time for the research of juvenile Batten disease,” says Trice. “I believe that with the continued support of our community, we will raise awareness and funds to accelerate the research for a treatment or cure.”
Trice, a resident of The Woodlands, comes to BBDF with experience in various marketing and public relations capacities since 2006. Most recently, she served as the Corporate Market Director for the American Heart Association (AHA) in Montgomery County. In this role, she was awarded the Rome Betts Award of Excellence, which is the most prestigious national staff award given by the AHA.
“Lauren brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and a mission-based focus to our organization that we feel confident will help us meet our ultimate goal to fund a life-saving treatment to save Will and the hundreds of other children affected with this disease,” said Missy Herndon, founder of The Will Herndon Research Fund. “Collaborative research efforts have led us to potentially one of the most promising treatments in the history of juvenile Batten disease. We are grateful to have Lauren leading the local efforts to help see this research come to fruition in Will’s lifetime.”
SUITSUPPLY OPENS AT MARKET STREET – THE WOODLANDS
Suitsupply, the globe-spanning European brand renowned for its focus on expertly crafted men’s tailoring, expanded its operations to Market Street on Feb. 17, making it the fourth location in Texas.
The 3,247-square-foot store joins more than 70 retailers and restaurants at the award-winning mixed-use shopping and entertainment destination. The store will stock the full Suitsupply collection of suits, jackets, trousers, shoes, shirts, outerwear and accessories – both made-to-measure and ready-to-wear, in styles and sizes to cater to any preference all topped off with an in-store tailor for on-demand alterations. Everyone will leave with the perfect fit.
ATPS PRESENTS PILLAR OF PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD TO LISA TRAPANI SHUMATE
America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) presented the second annual Pillar of Public Service Award on March 1 to Lisa Trapani Shumate, associate vice president and general manager of Houston Public Media. The award recognizes the contributions of an extraordinary leader in one of public television’s three pillars of public service: education, public safety and civic leadership.
“Lisa Trapani Shumate and her colleagues at Houston Public Media are true pioneers in public safety, as they’ve taken the decade-long promise of public safety datacasting and put it to work in Houston and Harris County,” said Patrick Butler, president and CEO of APTS.
COUNTY OFFERS HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION
County Judge Craig Doyal announced that commissioners agreed on a 10 percent homestead exemption at a recent Commissioners Court, and said he will propose commissioners go one step further by offering a 1-cent tax decrease in debt service.
Together the proposed exemption and tax rate cut would reduce the county tax payment for the average Montgomery County homeowner (with a home value of $268,685) by about $150. It would be the sixth tax cut in 11 years.
The homestead exemption, the tax rate cut, and other matters will be taken up by the county’s budget committee as the county starts its budget process. The budget committee consists of Judge Doyal, County Commissioner Mike Meador, County Auditor Phyllis Martin, and other staff as needed.
Doyal said one of the goals of the committee will be to identify further savings and budget cuts while protecting core, essential county services such as law enforcement and mobility.
“We will balance tax relief with responsible growth,” Doyal said, using criteria supported by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. The foundation has stated government should not grow faster than the rate of inflation and population growth combined.
The principles which will guide the budget process are as follows:
- Conservative budget management that will not grow the county government more than the growth of the county population and the inflation rate.
- Property tax relief in the form of a 1-cent tax cut in debt service and an additional 10 percent homestead exemption.
- No elected official salary raises.
- Funding core services and responsible government by funding vital county services and making certain the challenges of a growing county are met, including law enforcement, mobility (including maintenance of county roadways and new road projects) and conservative debt management.
CHARITY-MINDED BOUTIQUE PHILANTHROPY OPENS AT MARKET STREET – THE WOODLANDS
Philanthropy, a Christ-centered boutique offering women’s fashions and accessories, opened its doors in March at Market Street near Lens Crafters.
The boutique was created with the belief that a business built around charitable works and grounded in Christ could make a difference in the world.
Philanthropy features stylish clothing and accessories for ladies and strives to be a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that focuses on the power of prayer in an everyday walk with their customers.
Owned by former NFL and University of Houston football player Jackie Battle and his wife Christine, Philanthropy offers three collections: Timeless, Fearless and Priceless. These were meant to reflect the three stages of a woman’s life. Since its inception in 2007, Philanthropy has donated more than $800,000 to local charities in the cities they serve. In addition to Market Street, Philanthropy also has boutiques located in Franklin, Tennesee; Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and St. Augustine, Forida.
STRONG FIRM RECOGNIZED AS COMMUNITY PARTNER WITH EXXONMOBIL
The Strong Firm, P.C., a business law firm based in The Woodlands, has been recognized as a community partner with ExxonMobil for providing pro bono legal services to Houston and Montgomery County areas.
Attorney Bret L. Strong, Founder and Managing Shareholder of The Strong Firm P.C., was recognized at the ExxonMobil 2017 Houston Pro Bono Awards Luncheon held Feb. 22 in Houston.
“The ExxonMobil Law Department has a strong and longstanding commitment to pro bono service, and we value The Strong Firm as one of our key pro bono partners,” said Rob Johnson, Assistant General Counsel – Legal Services, Law Management Pro Bono Liaison, Exxon Mobil Corporation. “Bret Strong and The Strong Firm have a tradition of giving back to the community, and we look forward to continuing to work with them on pro bono matters that assist our neighbors in South Montgomery County.” More information about ExxonMobil’s pro bono program can be found on its corporate website.
Strong added, “We are proud to have had the opportunity to provide pro bono legal services to support ExxonMobil’s stellar community endeavors and we are honored to be recognized by them. Our firm has a strong commitment to supporting the needs of our community. Our philosophy is to give back as we can; not just financially but with hands-on volunteering as well. Getting out and getting involved makes our community a better place to live.”
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