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The Woodlands Business February 2018


Dockless bike-share program and app makes getting around The Woodlands even easier and more fun.

Dockless bike-share program and app makes getting around The Woodlands even easier and more fun.

MOBIKE ROLLS INTO THE WOOD­LANDS AS FIRST DOCKLESS BIKE-SHARE PROGRAM IN REGION

Mobike, the world’s largest smart-bikeshare platform recently launched operations in The Woodlands during a celebration event with Township leaders and the Township Board of Directors at Town Green Park following the unanimous approval of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the company and The Woodlands Township. Mobike’s operation in the Township is Houston Metro’s first dockless bike-share program.

The Woodlands Township Chairman of the Board Gordy Bunch said a bike-share program makes great sense for The Woodlands. “The Woodlands is a health-conscious community and features many great outdoor activities for fitness with more than 200 miles of pathways and more than 130 parks,” he said. “There are so many great places to see and visit by bicycle. We’re pleased Mobike wants to launch its first concept in Texas here.”

Using custom-designed bikes equipped with GPS and smart-lock technology, Mobike enables users to find a bike nearby, reserve and unlock it, all using an app on their smartphone. Users can download the Mobike app through the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store: mobike.com/us/download. Once in the app, users can sign up with their phone number and preferred method of payment.

By clicking on the profile icon in the upper left corner, Mobike users in The Woodlands can get three free rides by entering case sensitive promo code TheWoodlands under “My Coupons.” The cost to rent the bikes is $1 per 30 minutes. To unlock the bike, users can scan the QR code on the bike. After reaching their destination within The Woodlands Township Town Center limits, users return the bike to any public parking area and manually lock the bike, which automatically makes the bike available to the next rider.

Bruce Rieser, chairman of Visit The Woodlands, said the tourism entity has been looking for a good solution as it promotes the great outdoors. “Our tourists and meeting planners consistently talk about the great trails and pedestrian-friendly downtown area found in The Woodlands,” he said. “Our hotel guests and visitors will now be able to rent a bicycle at a very low cost and discover this great destination.”

The collaboration was led by Houston native Will Rub, now the Houston operations manager for Mobike, and John Powers, the assistant general manager for The Wood­lands Township.

The bikes are powered by unique high-tech features including non-puncture airless tires, bike status sensors and built-in GPS locators. Changes were made to the bike to specifically serve the U.S. market, including the shape of the bike and the size of the tires.

For more information about The Woodlands Township, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call 281-210-3800. For more information about Mobike, visit mobike.com.

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Ravenna Homes is the first homebuilders to be announced in The Woodlands Hills, a new master planned community located 13 miles north of The Woodlands.

Ravenna Homes is the first homebuilders to be announced in The Woodlands Hills, a new master planned community located 13 miles north of The Woodlands.

THE HOWARD HUGHES CORPORATION WELCOMES FIRST HOMEBUILDERS IN THE WOODLANDS HILLS

The Howard Hughes Corporation has announced the first homebuilders in The Woodlands Hills, Houston’s newest master planned community located 13 miles north of The Woodlands in Conroe and Willis, with the debut of Ravenna Homes and Westin Homes. The Woodlands Hills, a 2,000-acre development, is the latest addition to the acclaimed MPC portfoilio of The Howard Hughes Corporation, which includes The Woodlands and Bridgeland, two award-winning master planned communities located in the Greater Houston area.

“We are excited to welcome Ravenna Homes and Westin Homes as the first homebuilders in The Woodlands Hills. Both Ravenna and Westin have an excellent homebuilding background and will offer the high quality standards and design principles that have made The Woodlands and Bridgeland two of the most successful master planned communities in Texas and the nation,” said Heath Melton, vice president of Master Planned Communities.

Texas homebuilder Ravenna Homes will present its collection of new luxury single-family homes on 65-foot homesites in The Woodlands Hills. Ravenna Homes currently also offers new homes in Bridgeland. Westin Homes, a leading builder in Houston, will feature two of its new home series on both 65-foot and 75-foot homesites in The Woodlands Hills. Westin Homes currently also offers new homes in both The Woodlands and Bridgeland.

The Howard Hughes Corporation will host a Grand Opening celebration for The Wood­lands Hills in spring 2018, showcasing the first single-family model homes. The Woodlands Hills will ultimately include more than 4,500 residences.

The forested community of The Woodlands Hills is set within a gently rolling terrain and will feature approximately 112 acres of open space, 20 neighborhood parks along with a 17-acre Village Park.

Located on FM 830 on the west side of I-45 with the property boundary extending north to FM 1097 and south to League Line Road, The Woodlands Hills offers easy access to I-45, the Grand Parkway and the Hardy Toll Road. It is in close proximity to businesses and healthcare in The Woodlands. For more information, visit TheWoodlandsHills.com.

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Haley Garcia

Haley Garcia

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESER­VICES/ANDERSON PROPERTIES ANNOUNCE HALEY GARCIA ON TEAM

Haley Garcia, along with her team of agents and staff have joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Anderson Properties as the firm continues to expand.

“On behalf of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties we are ecstatic to have Haley Garcia and her team join our office in The Woodlands,” said Cindy Hamann, president of Growth and Business Development. Haley is a remarkable top producer who puts her client’s needs first. Having her and her team partner with us is an honor and I know she will continue her success and clients will benefit from our National Franchise Luxury Exposure.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was honored in J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Survey for “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms.” They offer unique tools to their clients when looking for their next home. More data, more properties, and more neighborhood information are some of the advantages to working with Berkshire Hathaway HomeSer­vices.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Garcia. “This partnership will provide me and my team with nationwide tools to provide our clients exposure far beyond The Woodlands and Hous­ton. They understand the importance of loyalty and identity in this industry, allowing agents to maintain independence and creativity, which is crucial to growing in the current market.”

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VISIT THE WOODLANDS NAMES JOSIE LEWIS CONVENTION DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Josie Lewis has been named Convention Development Manager for Visit The Woodlands, the marketing entity that is elevating The Woodlands in the multi-billion dollar travel and tourism industry.

As Convention Development Manager, Lewis will lead the sales efforts to promote The Woodlands as a premier meeting and event destination. The Woodlands has 14 hotels and 11 million square feet of leisure, dining, and entertainment venue space. Tourism generates $27.8 million in local and state tax revenue for The Woodlands and supports over 3,900 jobs for The Woodlands, according to the Texas Office of the Governor.

“The meetings industry is a key driver of economic value for The Woodlands, in terms of creating jobs and revenue for The Township,” said Bruce Rieser, chairman of Visit The Woodlands. “With our strong corporate and business environment, meetings also play a key role in conducting business, creating innovation and collaboration. From walking trade show floors to sharing ideas in a group settings, to launching new ventures, the unique value of meetings in The Woodlands cannot be replicated by conference calls or emails.”

“I look forward to working alongside our partners to show meeting planners everything The Woodlands has to offer,” Lewis said. “The Woodlands is an incredible destination and have a great flow of business meetings here. We look forward to advancing the sales effort in promoting The Woodlands for meetings.”

Lewis was formerly the Convention Development Specialist for Visit The Wood­lands, a position she held for nearly two years. She developed many relationships with meeting planners and local hotels which allowed her to grow the convention and meeting business in The Woodlands.

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BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESER­VICES/ANDERSON PROPERTIES ANNOUNCE HALEY GARCIA ON TEAM

Haley Garcia, along with her team of agents and staff have joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Anderson Properties as the firm continues to expand.

“On behalf of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties we are ecstatic to have Haley Garcia and her team join our office in The Woodlands,” said Cindy Hamann, president of Growth and Business Development. Haley is a remarkable top producer who puts her client’s needs first. Having her and her team partner with us is an honor and I know she will continue her success and clients will benefit from our National Franchise Luxury Exposure.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was honored in J.D. Power’s 2017 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Survey for “Highest Overall Satisfaction for Repeat Home Sellers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms.” They offer unique tools to their clients when looking for their next home. More data, more properties, and more neighborhood information are some of the advantages to working with Berkshire Hathaway HomeSer­vices.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Garcia. “This partnership will provide me and my team with nationwide tools to provide our clients exposure far beyond The Woodlands and Hous­ton. They understand the importance of loyalty and identity in this industry, allowing agents to maintain independence and creativity, which is crucial to growing in the current market.”

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VISIT THE WOODLANDS NAMES JOSIE LEWIS CONVENTION DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Josie Lewis has been named Convention Development Manager for Visit The Woodlands, the marketing entity that is elevating The Woodlands in the multi-billion dollar travel and tourism industry.

As Convention Development Manager, Lewis will lead the sales efforts to promote The Woodlands as a premier meeting and event destination. The Woodlands has 14 hotels and 11 million square feet of leisure, dining, and entertainment venue space. Tourism generates $27.8 million in local and state tax revenue for The Woodlands and supports over 3,900 jobs for The Woodlands, according to the Texas Office of the Governor.

“The meetings industry is a key driver of economic value for The Woodlands, in terms of creating jobs and revenue for The Township,” said Bruce Rieser, chairman of Visit The Woodlands. “With our strong corporate and business environment, meetings also play a key role in conducting business, creating innovation and collaboration. From walking trade show floors to sharing ideas in a group settings, to launching new ventures, the unique value of meetings in The Woodlands cannot be replicated by conference calls or emails.”

“I look forward to working alongside our partners to show meeting planners everything The Woodlands has to offer,” Lewis said. “The Woodlands is an incredible destination and have a great flow of business meetings here. We look forward to advancing the sales effort in promoting The Woodlands for meetings.”

Lewis was formerly the Convention Development Specialist for Visit The Wood­lands, a position she held for nearly two years. She developed many relationships with meeting planners and local hotels which allowed her to grow the convention and meeting business in The Woodlands.

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Woodforest-entry

WOODFOREST RANKS AMONG NATION’S TOP-SELLING

Following a robust 2017 that saw the introduction of new neighborhoods, amenities and builders, Woodforest is once again ranked among top master-planned communities in both the nation and in Houston.

The South Montgomery County community is ranked as No. 43 on two lists of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities published by real estate research firms John Burns Real Estate Consulting and Robert Charles Lesser & Co. Builders reported 337 home sales in Woodforest during 2017.

It is the sixth consecutive year Woodforest has ranked among the nation’s 50 best-selling communities. “It was a strong housing market throughout the nation last year, and we are honored to hold our place within this bustling industry,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of the 3,000-acre community. “One positive trend the researchers talked about is segmentation — having available homes in starting price points to multi-million dollar custom designs, which is something we have here in Woodforest.”

The tally is based on homes started by builders between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017. Woodforest reported 355 home starts during this 12-month timeframe. “It was a busy year for Woodforest,” Yoakum said. “We introduced several new neighborhoods and builders expanded the number and types of floor plans available in Woodforest. And with the introduction of new amenities and neighborhood conveniences, it’s no wonder that we ranked so high, despite Houston’s fiercely competitive residential market.”

Woodforest was one of five projects by Johnson Development Corp. included among the nation’s top-selling communities and the largest developments in Houston.

Learn more at woodforesttx.com


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