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HREDA, GHP Spur Into Action to Promote SBA Resources

HREDA, GHP Spur Into Action to Promote SBA Resources

Westchase District continues to find helpful information to share with small business during the COVID-19 crisis. As the Small Business Administration offers guidance, economic development organizations are diligently getting the word out. The Houston Region Economic Development Alliance (HREDA) and Greater Houston Partnership have held weekly meetings focused on SBA resources as thousands of Paycheck Protection Program applications for loans are being processed. While lending institutions like Frost Bank are only serving existing clients, other…..Read More

Westchase District Creates Trail Discovery Games

Westchase District Creates Trail Discovery Games

Westchase District's Library Loop Trail was completed in 2013 as the first leg in what is now a 5-mile system of trails. Since then, the tree canopy has grown and new amenities have been added, making the trail a premier walking and cycling experience for Houston residents and overnight guests in Westchase District. As businesses are shuttered and families are quarantined, the trail system offers a welcome opportunity to walk, hike, ride your bike, spot…..Read More

Productively Working from Home

Productively Working from Home

Working remotely from home has become the "new normal" for many American workers. This paradigm shift has been challenging and takes a special kind of discipline and flexibility. These challenges rise proportionately when your spouse also works from home or your children are out of school. Since working from home will continue indefinitely, let’s take a look at some of the ways productivity can be increased. Avoid working in bed It can be tempting to…..Read More

Together for WHAM: WDCF Donates $10,000, Grace Issues Challenge Match for $50,000, Call for Volunteers

Together for WHAM: WDCF Donates $10,000, Grace Issues Challenge Match for $50,000, Call for Volunteers

The Westchase District Community Fund (WDCF) presented WHAM with a $10,000 donation on April 27. WHAM provides social services including food donations, rent and utilities assistance and employment assistance to individuals and families who have nowhere else to turn. The need for WHAM's services, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, has surged. WHAM has seen an enormous increase of serving 200 families a day, in addition to first responders. Reverend Chris French, Pastor of Missional Living for Grace Presbyterian Church,…..Read More

Westchase District Businesses Reinvest, Reinvent Themselves in New Buildings

Westchase District Businesses Reinvest, Reinvent Themselves in New Buildings

Jim Russ represents the “R” in EHRA Engineering. As the second generation of his family to be part of EHRA, Russ led the 83-year old engineering company into its biggest transition to date: new offices at 10011 Meadowglen. Having been in a company-owned building on Westoffice Drive for 32 years, EHRA moved into the newly-leased space at the beginning of January. Meanwhile, Kelly Hall, CEO of Harvey Builders, was leading his company on a similar…..Read More

District’s Self-Storage Supply is On Par with Houston

District’s Self-Storage Supply is On Par with Houston

Two years ago, the Houston area experienced a self-storage boom where new construction saw 6.7 million square feet added to the market. The city’s strong job and population growth contributed to this healthy industry climate. However, before the pandemic struck, construction began slowing. Developers added 1.3 million square feet of storage in 2019 compared to 3.8 million in 2018. “The three main reasons people use self-storage are death, divorce and displacement, all related to life…..Read More

Salata Perseveres After Remodel and Shutdown

Salata Perseveres After Remodel and Shutdown

Tina MacInnes was operating two of the highest volume restaurants in Salata’s growing restaurant chain system. Then, out of nowhere, COVID-19 strikes. Between the excitement of seeing her customers relish build-your-own salads and a dynamic transformation of her restaurant, a pandemic crashed the economy, putting her business in survival mode. New Year, new look, new challenge MacInnes unveiled a new look for her 10898 Westheimer Road location in January after using the Christmas holiday to…..Read More

Elected Officials Join Business Owners to Support Bounce Back Westchase Campaign

Elected Officials Join Business Owners to Support Bounce Back Westchase Campaign

“We need to stay in business. My employees need their jobs.” Tina MacInnes’ words echo the paramount sense of urgency facing hundreds of thousands of businesses across the nation. A leading Salata franchise owner, MacInnes joined local elected officials and economic development professionals at an event hosted at her restaurant. MacInnes’ message found a receptive audience as they all celebrated the launch of Bounce Back Westchase. The campaign was created by Minuteman Press Westchase and…..Read More

HWCOC Leader Keeps Organization Focused Despite COVID Disruption

HWCOC Leader Keeps Organization Focused Despite COVID Disruption

Like all member-based organizations that serve businesses and the community around the nation, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce (HWCOC) had to adapt. HWCOC is a professional organization that serves West Houston with engaging live events that connect members to economic opportunities. In addition, the HWCOC connects members to important community issues and helps build stronger communities, encouraging its members to stay involved in business, civic and social priorities. Events are held weekly throughout the…..Read More

Houston TranStar Expands Benefit of Local Roadway Flood Warning System

Houston TranStar Expands Benefit of Local Roadway Flood Warning System

Anticipating an active year ahead for storms in the Atlantic, Houston TranStar reminds residents to prepare for the 2020 Hurricane Season by downloading its mobile app, a tool that shows real-time traffic data and estimates areas of roadway flooding risk during heavy rainfall. Developed in partnership with the Harris County Flood Control District and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute after Hurricane Harvey, TranStar’s Roadway Flood Warning System displays real-time data from 283 weather sensors, an…..Read More

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