HACKETT TOP WINNER
The Humble Artesian League of the American Business Women’s Association named Kristena Hackett as the 2017 Woman of Excellence. Each year Humble Artesian emphasizes the outstanding achievements of their members by making this selection. Hackett is the owner of Source Media Solutions. As the media and IT specialist of a nonprofit organization in Houston for over a decade, she developed skills at every level of the industry, from videography and editing to writing, interviewing, audio mixing and IT services. More information about the leading association for working women and women business owners can be found at abwahumble.org.
TOP COLLEGES IN TEXAS
The personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2018 Best College & University Rankings, along with separate rankings for colleges and universities. The Top 10 Colleges and Universities in Texas (First to tenth): Rice University; The University of Texas-Austin; Trinity University; Texas A&M University-College Station; Southwestern University; Austin College; LeTourneau University; Southern Methodist University; The University of Texas-Dallas; and University of Houston.
RENT U-HAUL AT SHRADER’S
Shrader’s Automotive, 2025 FM 1960 E., has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Humble community. They will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 832-412-2867 or visiting uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Humble-TX-77338/038740. Shrader’s Automotive owner Len Shrader is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Harris County. Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned, large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air.
STATE TAX REPORT
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.36 billion in September, 10.4 percent more than in September 2016. Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in September 2017 is up 5.5 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax revenue is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 58 percent of all tax collections. Motor vehicle sales and rental taxes, motor fuel taxes, and oil and natural gas production taxes also are large revenue sources for the state.
BULLET TRAIN HIRES FIRM
Texas Central has announced that WSP USA is joining the Bullet Train team to provide engineering support as the project moves ahead in its pre-construction phase. Texas Central, developers of the high-speed passenger train between North Texas and Houston, cited WSP’s award-winning experience in designing infrastructure projects. The multibillion-dollar project is a 240-mile line that will connect North Texas and Houston in 90 minutes, with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley. The investor-owned project, which is not taking federal or state grants for its construction or operations, is bringing in partners familiar with Texas, creating jobs and opportunities here.
HOUSTON AIRPORTS RANKED
Houston Airports have topped satisfaction and efficient operation surveys over the past year: Bush Airport was ranked No. 3 among the most improved airports in the world and the No. 9 airport in the world for dining, according to an annual survey conducted by Skytrax. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics ranked Bush Airport No. 8 among the top 29 hub airports in the U.S. for on-time performance in 2016, with more than 83 percent of flights operating on time. Bush Airport was named a Top 5 Favorite Airport for Millennials. For more information about the North America Airport Satisfaction Study, visit jdpower.com/resource/north-america-airport-satisfaction-study.