Greenspoint District Wins Economic Development Awards

The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) recently presented the Greenspoint District with an award of merit recognition at the Community Development Awards for outstanding achievement in community economic development.

The District was recognized for its efforts in attracting QuEST Global Services, a leading global engineering services provider, to locate a facility within the District. The new engineering center will provide engineering services and solutions for the upstream oil industry, equipment manufacturers and other oil and gas companies. In addition, the location will serve as QuEST Global’s headquarters for its oil and gas business as it expands its footprint around the globe.

Greenspoint District’s partnership with QuEST Global began with a meeting during a trade mission to Hanover, Germany. Months later, a request came into the District from Governor Perry’s office from an unknown company requesting office space. It wasn’t until QuEST chose Greenspoint that we learned the connections made by the District’s Chief Development Officer Regina Lindsey in Hanover resulted in a new services provider locating in Greenspoint.

TEDC has not been the only organization to recognize the District’s economic development efforts recently. Expansion Solutions magazine recognized the District with two of their Top Five Awards of Excellence. The District earned a designation in the “Logistics and Warehouse Distribution” category for the work done to secure Grocers Supply as a new tenant and the “Data Center” category for the attraction of Data Foundry.

The Top Five Awards of Excellence distinguish economic development organizations that have demonstrated significant progress in the area of development. The recipients are chosen based on the level of support they provide local companies, as well as recent activity and the potential for growth to be created in each area.

Industry awards are not the only accomplishments the District has had cause to celebrate recently. Our own economic development manager, Toby Stephens, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council. This is a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Congratulations, Toby!

The District looks forward to ongoing success as we work to attract new companies to the area and continue to develop relationships with those already in Greenspoint.

This story originally ran in the November edition of Site Solutions, Greenspoint District’s bimonthly newsletter featuring stories about business deals as well as company news from the District’s office, industrial and data center community. To subscribe to this bimonthly newsletter, click here

Greenspoint District Welcomes Business Delegation From Brazil

Greenspoint District recently hosted a select group of Brazilian business owners on behalf of the Governor’s office which planned the trip in conjunction with the Texas Chamber of Commerce in Brazil. The delegates were visiting Greenspoint to explore business opportunities, and included representatives from several industry sectors, ranging from distribution and logistics to health and beauty supply, as well as investors and educational leaders.

The visit was a follow up from a recent trade mission to Brazil where Greenspoint District’s Chief Development Officer Regina Lindsey presented the advantages of locating a business in Greenspoint.

Since the trip, Lindsey has actively worked two projects with contacts in Brazil. Another Brazilian firm also will visit the District in December.

This story originally ran in the November edition of Site Solutions, Greenspoint District’s bimonthly newsletter featuring stories about business deals as well as company news from the District’s office, industrial and data center community. To subscribe to this bimonthly newsletter, click here

Lone Star College Recognizes Small Business Awards Finalists

Lone Star College issued the following press release regarding the Small Business of the Year award recipients who were recognized at a recent luncheon.

Lone Star College SBDC recognizes Small Business awards finalists 

Houston (Nov. 12, 2014) – The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center recognized the finalists for the 2014 Small Business of the Year awards at a recent luncheon held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

The October luncheon is held each year in advance of the awards banquet as an additional opportunity to recognize the 18 finalists. The banquet will be held Nov. 20.

This marks the 28th year in which the LSC SBDC Advisory Council has selected and recognized successful small businesses that make an impact in the local community and on the economy.

“Starting and running a small business take incredible passion and fortitude,” said Sal Mira, LSC SBDC director. “We are honored to be able to recognize these owners for their efforts in helping our local economy remain strong and vibrant.”

BBVA Compass, a leading U.S. banking franchise who has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders, is the title sponsor of LSC SBDC Small Business Awards.

The 2014 28th Annual Small Business of the Year finalists include:

  • From LSC-CyFair – Langham Creek Ace Hardware, Chuck and Arlene O’Malley; Night Light Pediatric Urgent Care, Dr. Anastasia Gentles, Zawadi Bryant and Consuelo Cazares; AAA Plumbers, Cesar Lima and Steve Park.
  • From LSC-Kingwood – Minuteman Press, Connie and Darryal Chandler; Red Door Realty & Associates, Jill Henderson and Christi Harvey; RE/MAX Rewards, Judith Hayes-Christoph.
  • For LSC-Montgomery – Mr. Rooter of Montgomery County, Roger Goertz; Karlins Ramey & Tompkins, LLC, Mike Karlins and Jay Tompkins; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Jesson Gil.
  • From LSC – North Harris – NEUTEX Advanced Energy Group, Inc., John C. Higgins; Orion Smith, Inc/Orion Star Realty, Philippe and Demethra Orion; AEI Engineering, LLC, Nancy Blackwell, Michael Kurzy and John T. Matkin.
  • From LSC – Tomball – Family Farm Health Food Store, Cathy Kilgore and Kathy Norris; FINS/Fun IN Swimming, Inc., Bill and Kathy Goudeket; Klein Wealth Management, Lori Klein.
  • From LSC – University Park – Register Real Estate Advisors, Shannon and Matt Register; Shredding on the Go, James Parker; Virtual Intelligence Providers LLC, Sonia Clayton.

For tickets or more information about the banquet, call the SBDC at 832-813-6674.

The LSC SBDC works with entrepreneurs and existing companies to help them evolve to the next level of business in today’s global economy. SBDC services are available for companies in every phase of the business life cycle, helping entrepreneurs make sound decisions and succeed.

About Lone Star College 

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area of one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Park at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online.

Projects will Enhance Transportation Infrastructure from Freeways to “Feet”ways

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently completed  construction along the Sam Houston Parkway between I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road. Improvements to this stretch of the roadway included the reconstruction of the frontage roads as well as additional lanes to help ease the flow of traffic. The bridge over Imperial Valley Drive was widened to provide three lanes for continuous traffic, and two additional lanes were added in both directions to aid with cars entering and exiting the thoroughfare.

In other District infrastructure news, the two-and-a-half mile Greenspoint Greens Bayou trail, being funded by the Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP), will soon be complete. The trail has been constructed in three phases. When complete, the Greenspoint Greens Bayou trail will intersect with existing trails already running through the District and will run north of Greens Road to Knobcrest on both sides. The trail will pass through the heart of Jack Drake Park, which is being built jointly by Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition and Greenspoint District. Construction on the park is expected to begin in late 2015.

How’s Your Commute? Complete this Survey to Help Address Transportation Challenges

Houston has three of Texas’ most congested highway corridors: I-45 North, U.S. 59 South and U.S. 290. It is projected that our region’s growth, along with construction projects planned for these and other roadways, will likely heighten current congestion levels over the next 10 years.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) has state grant funds to study and improve their commute-related initiatives programs with the aim of managing congestion and helping companies and commuters keep working. To help accomplish this goal, H-GAC has partnered with Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to conduct research into current practices and preferences for both employers and commuters. The finds from this survey will enable H-GAC and its partners to review policy and commuter incentives that aim to improve congestion management by boosting participation in alternative transportation modes.

The survey will only take about 15 minutes. Participation is voluntary and responses will be kept confidential.

Responses to the survey need to be received no later than Nov. 14.

You can complete the survey by clicking here.

This story originally ran in the October 2014 edition of our general Greenspoint newsletter which features news about District amenities, attractions and activities. To subscribe to this bimonthly newsletter, click here

Houston Mayor Annise Parker Speaks at Spring Skate Park Opening

Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) recently held an official opening for the skate park side of the Spring Recreation Area. Speakers at the event included: Sally Bradford, executive director of GGRA; Steve Peltier, GGRA Skate Park Committee; Barry Blumenthal, GGRA Skate Park Committee; Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis, Houston Mayor Annise Parker; and Steve Olson, legendary skateboarder and the artist of “High Noon,” an art piece unveiled during the event. The Greenspoint District sponsored the event. Visit the Greenspoint District’s Facebook page for an album of pictures from the event.

This story originally ran in October 2014 edition of our general Greenspoint newsletter which features news about District amenities, attractions and activities. To subscribe to this bimontly newsletter, click here

Greenspoint Club Collects Toys For Holiday Drive

The Greenspoint Club, located at 16925 Northchase Drive, is the drop-off location for a toy drive benefiting Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM). NAM is a nonprofit agency that works to provide basic necessities by encouraging community members to help those fortunate around them. Toys can be dropped off at the Club Nov. 10 through Dec. 8. You can contact the Greenspoint Club for more information about where to drop off your donations at 281-875-0191.

This story originally ran in the October 2014 edition of our general Greenspoint newsletter which features news about District amenities, attractions and activities. To subscribe to this bimonthly newsletter, click here.