Live from Destin Beach in Florida it was – the Kingwood BizCom.
Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin took time from his family vacation to discuss a multitude of topics with more than 120 virtual viewers of the Lake Houston Chamber’s BizCom Aug. 6.
“We’ve got 51,611 City of Houston residents who tested positive, 23,000 active cases, 28,000 who were resolved and, unfortunately, 500 deaths,” Martin said. “This is all a result of opening up the state too early on May 1 and the Memorial Day protests, but we’ve gone back to what we should be doing, and the trend line is good.”
The city and Harris County also are headed in the right direction, according to Martin, regarding the purchase of the Montgomery county land just north of Elm Grove Village. The city has submitted a grant to the Texas Water Board to provide remediation and mitigation. Work on the Kingwood Diversion Ditch and Taylor Gully “… will pull water away from Ben’s Branch to prevent flooding in that part of Kingwood,” Martin said.
The new flood gates at Lake Houston should be operating by early 2023, Martin said. “This is a project that normally would take 10 years and we’ll have it done in five years or less.”
Dee Price proudly displayed photos of River Grove Park’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey’s impact. More than 360 truckloads of sand were carted away, said Price, president of Kingwood Service Association (KSA). Recovery took two years because of the Army Corps’ dredging. Once dredging was completed, KSA removed vegetation dredged and in the area along the River Grove boardwalk and the boat ramp.
A spirited video displayed the excitement of Kingwood High School students in returning to school. Kingwood High Principal Dr. Michael Nasra followed with the introduction of Seaver Sasso. He is a 2020 Kingwood High graduate and valedictorian who participated in the school’s Moonshot Program by interning at Apache Corporation.
“We’re looking for businesses to partner with us and provide internships and real-life experiences for our students in their particular field of interest,” Nasra said.
Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen also spoke at Kingwood BizCom, praising teachers for quickly and seamlessly switching to online teaching, and attending redevelopment training throughout the summer.
A parent survey revealed that 55% of parents who responded now want their children to return to school. Fagen said the survey will remain open, allowing parents to update their preferences.
“We understand that information is constantly changing, and parents are reviewing what is best for their kids,” she said. “We want school to be safe for students and for staff.”
While announcing dates for elementary, middle and high school students to return to class, Fagen said the “… to-go place for information is humbleisd.net. Often, the information is old in just a few days. We will adjust as we get direction from the state. We’re glad to have everyone – students and staff – back.”
Three speakers introduced themselves or their company.
TACHUS is a Woodlands’-based internet provider entering the Lake Houston market, according to co-founder Carter Old.
“We have created the internet provider that we always wanted,” Old said. In 18 months, TACHUS has provided internet service to 30,000 Houston-area homes.
“We’re partnership oriented, working with homeowner associations,” he said, “and King’s Manor is our first village.” Old stressed the TACHUS fiber-optic network is 21st-century technology and broadband increases a home’s value.
The Community Response Task Force (CRTF) is a networking group of Lake Houston business, political and community residents. “We want to prepare our community for the next incident,” said President Philippe Cras. “The Lake Houston community’s biggest asset in disaster survival is a good personal network like CRTF.”
Cras encouraged BizCom viewers to attend their monthly meetings, currently held the second Friday of every month at Rosewood Funeral Home Atascocita. Visit crtf.org for more information.
The new CEO of FamilyTime, Christina Allen, introduced herself. The crisis and counseling center will distribute school supplies to the children of their clients as well as food and personal hygiene products for the adults.
View the Kingwood Virtual BizCom on the Lake Houston Chamber’s YouTube channel. Check the Lake Houston Chamber’s website for information on future virtual meetings. The next BizCom is the Summer Creek BizCom Thursday, Sept. at 11 am. Visit lakehouston.org to register or for more information.