Grow Northwest Economic Development Initiative
2016 Financial Reports
Safety & Security
The Safety & Security Task Force meets monthly and developed an approximate estimate for the cost of placing a law enforcement team for hot-spot commercial areas in the area. When the community is ready to fund this effort, it will be implemented. The Task Force is also reviewing potential of a commercial establishment security check-list that volunteers may be able to execute through on-site business visits.
1) In July 2016, The Board approved a proposal that the Chamber, through the Safety & Security Task Force, will partner with H.O.P.E. Haven to launch a campaign to reduce donations to homeless panhandlers as it enables their poor choices. The campaign is “Don’t Give Change – Be the Change!” With Board approval, the Chamber will partner to reduce crime through the reduction of homelessness and panhandling.
2) The Houston Northwest Chamber applied to the Insurance Council of Texas to receive 100 Hide-Take-Lock Signs to be distributed to area retail and commercial establishments to help deter the burglary of motor vehicles. The first sign will be “dedicated” at the SClay property on the southeast corner of Kuykendahl and Cypress Creek Parkway on Thursday, May 25th at 10am. Media and the public are welcome to attend. Others wanting to install these signs on their property my email their request to BarbaraT@HoustonNWChamber.org , indicating how many are needed and how and where they will be posted.
The Chamber Board secured the services of Convergent Non-Profit Solutions, an economic development fund-raising organization to mobilize the Grow Northwest Capital Campaign. As of December 2016, over $600,000 had been raised and investments of about $500,000 are pending.
Robert Lieb, Community and Economic Development Director, will be responsible for Economic Development activity effective May 8, 2017. Read his Bio
Community Image & Branding – Cypress Creek Community
1) Monument Signage
This project area has had the most tangible movement. D/G Studios, a local renowned sign design firm, was secured to develop sign concepts and a community master plan. This master plan is complete and available at the Chamber for viewing. Grow Northwest is seeking HOAs and utility districts to maintain the signage and landscaping around the sign, once installed. Chaparral Management and Retail Properties Group have pledged funds to help bring the first two ‘Cypress Creek Cultural District’ monument signs to the community in summer 2017!
Cost for Master Plan not including
Cypress Creek Cultural District = $17,568
Cost for Cultural District Master Plan = $ 4,814
Cost for Signage Redesign for
County Compliance = $ 7,936
2) METRO Bus Stop Branding
The Houston Northwest Chamber on behalf of the Livable Center Stakeholder Group made application to METRO to permit the decorative leaf icon to be affixed to METRO bus shelters along Cypress Creek Parkway. Businesses near each shelter are asked to “adopt” the shelter nearest them, to keep the area around it clear of trash and to report any mis-repair of the shelter. Interested businesses may contact the Chamber to become involved, 281-440-4160. Cost to be determined.
3) DP Marketing Strategies was secured to develop a community marketing plan, a pop-up banner
and the first branding collateral that was taken to a Small Business Expo earlier this year.
Cost of all projects were $6,236.
Tim Puthoff, CEO Houston Northwest Medical Center, Campaign Co-Chair
Keith Barber, CEO Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Campaign Co-Chair
Dr. Jim Cain, Campaign Communications Chair
Kathie Edwards, Westpark Communications, Campaign Leader Division Chair
Crystal Molen, Molen & Associates, Developer Division Co-Chair
George Peckham, Office Systems of Texas, Developer Division Co-Chair
Pam Hughes, Heritage Texas Properties, Builder Division Co-Chair
Ross Radcliffe, Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley PLLC, Builder Division Co-Chair
Shah Ardalan, Lone Star College – University Park
Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Harris County Pct 4
Judge Lincoln Goodwin, Harris County JP, Pct 4
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Harris County Sheriff
Rep. Kevin Roberts, Texas House District 126
Dr. Rodney Watson, Supt, Spring ISD
Barbara Thomason, Staff Liaison