Harris County Sheriff's Office is opening a new 911 call center.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) recently broke ground on a new state-of-the-art call center in the East Aldine District that will span 40,000 square feet and include 50 call stations. Featuring an energy-efficient design that can withstand hurricane force winds, the center will be able to maintain round-the-clock operations and handle 911 communications such as text messages, photos, and videos delivered over the Internet. Every year, the HCSO answers approximately one million 911 and 500,000 non-emergency calls in unincorporated areas of the county. The call center will be complete in about 18 months.
The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce will honor local, state and national elected officials at a reception from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Golf Club of Houston. The public is invited to attend. Reservations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Chamber members $30; $40 for guests. Reservations made after the deadline are subject to availability and will be $35 for members and $45 for guests. For information, contact Chris O’Dell at 281- 446-2128. Register online at LakeHouston.org.
Recently, McCord Development held a topping-out ceremony for 250 Assay St., the first multi-tenant building in Generation Park lifestyle district, Redemption Square. The traditional ceremony commemorating the building steel structure reaching its maximum height featured a tree lifted to the highest point, which was then affixed to a beam at the top of the building. Apache Industrial Services is 250 Assay St. newest tenant. Apache will join McCord Development in relocating its headquarters to the new building, with delivery in June 2017. Each floor of the building features efficient layouts with large offices, useful collaboration spaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views from every corner.
Representative Dan Huberty filed House Bill (HB) 424 relating to municipal annexation recently. In 1996, the residents of House District 127 in Kingwood were forcibly annexed by the city of Houston. Just over  20 years later, Texans continue to see municipalities expand their boundaries by annexing smaller communities that are then required to pay city taxes, but rarely see the services promised by these tax hikes. HB 424 ensures that property rights are protected by allowing areas under the threat of municipal annexation to either approve or deny said annexation. This allows property owners to have more control over their tax rates and community services. If approved, HB 424 would in fact expedite the process of annexation if approved by voters. Under the current system, municipal annexations can take up to two years, but this legislation would allow annexations to be completed within months after voter approval.

State Tax Advisors recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters. The new facility sits on two acres in Kingwood Place West, the rapidly expanding commercial and residential corridor west of I-69 between Sorters-McClellan Road and Northpark Drive. The complex will have a campus feel with crushed granite walkways and a fishing pond. “One of our goals with the new facility is to invest in the community through employment with our bigger facility. We’re hoping to double our headcount in three to five years,” said Managing Partner Riley Epps. The firm looks forward to occupying its new offices, located at 23740 Woodford Place Dr., in the late spring or early summer of 2017.
The City of Houston has launched the 2016 Houston Green Office Challenge, a 10-week voluntary program to recognize businesses and green buildings in the community. Now in its fifth year, the challenge provides training and resources to help building owners, property managers, management districts, and tenants reduce energy and water consumption, increase waste diversion, promote transportation options, and increase engagement between property managers and tenants. The program will focus on activities drawn from seven main categories: education and outreach; energy efficiency; water conservation; materials and waste; interiors, exteriors and purchasing; transportation; and stakeholder engagement. Completing activities earns points, and points move participants up a leader board, with top performers rewarded with prizes and public recognition. It ends Dec. 12. For more information, visit houstongoc.org.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) new interactive web application, the  Regional Building Inventory Snapshot (2015), explores the 2015 regional building inventory and analyzes development patterns based on a building痴 year of construction, building type, housing units, and non-residential square feet. The app also allows users to compare annual development density for both residential and non-residential areas. The app is powered by H-GAC痴 Building Inventory Database, based on appraisal data collected and processed from individual county appraisal districts in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties. The Regional Building Inventory Snapshot app is available at h-gac.com/go/building-inventory  using filter keywords and use・and lanning.
PostNet owners Greg and  Renee Howard  recommend shipping by the following dates to make sure gifts get to their destinations on time. The last days to ship:  FedEx/UPS Ground ・Dec. 16;  USPS Priority & FedEx/UPS 2-Day ・Dec. 21 and USPS Priority Express & FedEx/UPS Overnight ・Dec. 22. Located at 12680 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. #510 and 4830 Wilson Road, Suite 300, Humble, PostNet gives consumers a variety of options to ship packages across the globe via FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service. This way, consumers can compare shipping rates and delivery guarantees between all major carriers and choose the option that's right for them. Read ・ Tips to Avoid  Holiday Shipping Nightmares・at ourtribune.com for complete information.

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