The Woodlands Business October 2015
New Woodforest Sign Makes Artistic Impression
A recent installation in Woodforest noting a new amenity is more a work of art than a “coming soon” announcement. Measuring 11 feet by 9 feet, the oversized placard depicts a colorful, impressionist rendering of Christine Allen Nature Park. The sign is mounted on a custom-built easel, and a gold frame completes the art gallery imagery.
“Planning for the park is still underway, but this artistic sign is our vision for the area — a space where the beauty of nature takes center stage,” said Shannon League, marketing director of Woodforest. Until construction of the park begins, Woodforest residents and visitors are welcome to use the sign as a backdrop for photos, League said.
The 33-acre parcel is located in Woodforest’s “South District” across from the Christine Manor neighborhood. Part of the parkland is designed as a detention pond to manage water in the community.
Woodforest is located five miles north of The Woodlands and offers homes priced from the $200,000s to the millions. For more information, visit woodforesttx.com.
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Luncheon Hosted By Jeffrey H. Shipley
Jeffrey H. Shipley, regional managing director with Wells Fargo Private Bank, hosted a luncheon for local corporate and community leaders to learn more about the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. At the Sept. 8 event, Debbie Sukin, CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital and regional senior vice president, Houston Methodist, spoke about the benefits the new hospital will bring to The Woodlands and Montgomery County. In addition to a Breast Care Center, the hospital will also provide specialized care in cancer treatment, cardiology, neurology, women’s health, and sports medicine. Currently under construction, the medical office building will open in 2016 and the hospital in 2017.
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, a 193-bed facility, is slated to open in Spring 2017. Located at the intersection of TX-242 and I-45, the medical campus also includes a 150,000 square-foot medical office building scheduled to open in early 2016. The new hospital, which will be the eighth in the Houston Methodist system, will offer The Woodlands and Montgomery County a full service, acute care hospital capable of delivering the level of service and care for which Houston Methodist is known.
Students Benefit From David Weekley Homes Back To School Supply Drive
David Weekley Homes hosted a Back to School Supply Drive benefiting the YMCA of Greater Houston. Thousands of items, valued at $14,000, were collected during the two-week drive, which benefited 1,440 children. After collecting the donations, team members sorted the supplies and delivered them to the organization to ensure the supplies would be distributed in time for the students to begin school with the tools needed to be successful.
“The school supply drive was such an easy way for our team members and community to support students, teachers and our local schools,” said Cindy Miller, marketing director for David Weekley Homes. “I opened one of the boxes and the donor’s child had written a personal note wishing the students a great school year, hoping they enjoyed the items he had picked out just for them.”
The drive was an initiative of the company’s CARE program, which is a charitable and volunteer program that partners team members with homeowners, homebuyers and community partners with nonprofits to make a positive impact in the lives of everyone it touches and in all the communities it builds through its purpose, Building Dreams, Enhancing Lives. This is accomplished by company team members volunteering many hours to different organizations in their communities, and the Weekley Family Foundation donating more than $100 million to a variety of organizations in the U.S. and abroad over the past 20 years.
Leadership Montgomery Class Of 2016 Enjoys Opening Retreat
The Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2016 kicked off its year with the opening retreat Sept. 3- 4. The Retreat, sponsored by Entergy Texas, Milstead Automotive, The Nina Marino Team – Keller Williams Realty, and Woodforest National Bank, was held at Camp Allen in Navasota.
Class members arrived at Camp Allen on Thursday, Sept. 3 to a day of team-building activities. LMC Board Chairman Rob Koester and Executive Director Sarah Rhea welcomed the class before they began their day with retreat facilitator Kent Hutchison.. After lunch, the class members got to know each other and bond over afternoon team-building activities at the Challenge Course sponsored by James and Janet Stilwell.
In the evening, the class heard potential project presentations from three local nonprofit organizations. After small group and overall class discussion, the class selected to assist Montgomery County Youth Services with their project. On Friday, the 45 class members explored various learning and leadership styles, followed by class project discussion, an introduction to their leadership series, and reflection.
“The retreat was a great success,” said Rhea. “This is a wonderful group of leaders and we are excited about the year ahead as they begin their journey.”
Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to cultivating the future leaders of Montgomery County. The LMC mission is to prepare emerging and existing leaders to understand local issues, grow their leadership skills and connect with others to better serve Montgomery County.
The Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, the Community Chamber of East Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber, and the Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce are all partner Chambers in the LMC program. Participants are chosen by application process in June of each year.
For more information, visit LMCTX.org.
Market Street Wins Best Overall Table Decoration At Chairman’s Ball
Market Street – The Woodlands recently won Best Overall Table Decoration at the 37th Annual Woodlands Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Ball held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The stylish Market Street Monopoly-themed decorations beat more than 40 other tabletop decorating contest participants and included gift bags from Market Street retailers.
South Montgomery County Fire Department To Add New Fire Station In Harmony Community
The South Montgomery County Fire Department has announced plans for a new fire station, its first since 2012, at the corner of Discovery Creek Blvd. and Tara Springs Drive in the Spring master-planned community of Harmony.
Construction of Station #6 is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016 with an opening planned for a year later when the new facility is expected to help the department maintain its coveted ISO Class 1 rating for performance, staffing, training and water supplies.
The ISO Class 1 rating, earned by fewer than 100 of the nation’s fire departments, is based on statistical information provided by the for-profit Insurance Service Office. As a result, Harmony residents could realize the lowest possible rates on the fire protection portion of their homeowner’s insurance policy, according to Deputy Chief Clint Cook of the South Montgomery County Fire Department.
The new, 9,000-square-foot facility will house two bays, a fitness center for department personnel, kitchen and sleeping quarters for five.
Conroe ISD ACT Composite Score Highest In Over Two Decades
Conroe ISD continues to exceed the State and National averages in ACT scores, and the 2015 District composite average is at the highest level in at least 20 years. The District had 1,406 seniors from the 2015 graduating class take the exam.
“We have much to celebrate,” said Dr. Chris Hines, deputy superintendent. “We are very proud of our ACT results. These high scores reflect that more students are taking more rigorous curriculum. We commend both our students and teachers.”
The District composite average is 24.1, with the State and National averages being 20.9 and 21.0 respectively. Conroe ISD’s average increased by 0.6 percentage points, while the State and Nation remained the same as last year.
Dr. Curtis Null, assistant superintendent of secondary education notes, “These results are the product of the hard work of our students and teachers. CISD’s focus on producing students who are prepared for college and postsecondary success contributes to our continued improvement in ACT scores.”
For more information on college readiness, visit ready.conroeisd.net.