Houston, Spring & Klein, Champions TX –– Grow Northwest, the Community and Economic Development Initiative of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, is planning important changes for the Cypress Creek community, providing that the community supports these efforts by participating in the water bill check-off program. Over the last three years, the Houston Northwest Chamber has worked to host community workshops, weigh in with companies and stakeholders, solicit corporate support, make needed changes to state law, and launch a water bill check-off program in the pursuit of community improvements.
“Now it is time for the citizens of the area to ensure that their utility districts and their neighbors take the necessary step to invest only $2 per month toward Grow Northwest projects”, explains Barbara Thomason, Chamber president.
Grow Northwest projects and priorities were determined in community workshops in 2013. Funds collected now and since that time that are designated for Grow Northwest go into a special account to be used for Grow Northwest projects. Three strategic areas were identified for Grow Northwest implementation:
1) Community Image and Branding
As an unincorporated area lacking a true identity, the real estate community has led the charge to brand the area. Realtors and brokers insist that it is difficult to sell properties in an area with “no name”. Grow Northwest will brand the area “Cypress Creek Community”, allowing areas such as Champions, Gleannloch, Cypress Station, etc. to retain their own identity under this over-arching brand. This will be accomplished by installing monument and street signage in key locations in the community. (see illustration below)
2) Safety and Security
Foremost in citizens’ minds is the ongoing need to increase community safety. No neighborhood is immune from crime, but there are resources that can be allocated to provide better coverage for the commercial areas of northwest Harris County. This initiative pledges to provide more officers to patrol commercial areas and to offer crime prevention programs to equip local businesses with tools for prevention and protection.
3) Economic Development
The community recognizes the need to be able to compete with surrounding areas that have well-funded economic development programs. Our community struggles to compete with other areas to attract and retain the kind of businesses that build community. Grow Northwest would fund a more sophisticated economic development effort in our area.
The water bill check-off program is a voluntary option for water districts to offer to their residents and an option for water bill customers to participate. Utility districts that offer this option may add a box on water bills that allows the household to add $2 per month to their bill. Other districts may add the $2 to the bill and offer customers the option of removing it if they desire. As of this writing, about six utility districts have decided to participate, including Ponderosa Forest Utility District, NWHC MUD 24, and Louetta Road Utility District. Other community-minded utility districts are coming on board every week.
“Whatever the procedure, it is important that as many households as possible participate to ensure our community is moving in the right direction”, Mike Mitchell, Louetta Road Utility District Board member emphasizes.
Adds Thomason, “Grow Northwest is not about any one subdivision or roadway. It is about our wonderful, growing community. We have to act now to ensure our children have the kind of environment in which they would want to raise their families”.
For more information about Grow Northwest projects, go to www.GrowHoustonNW.com or contact the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce at 281-440-4160.
The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has enjoyed over 41 years of service in north Houston, Spring, Klein, Champions, FM 1960, FM 2920, SH 249 and Sam Houston Tollway
Corridors. The Chamber has over 700 members and is committed to its mission of developing successful businesses and a thriving community.