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Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.


Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce swears in 2021 board of directors Jan. 14

This year, former chair-elect Crystal Molen will serve as board chair, while former board chair Tom Petrick will serve as a board member.


Here's what small businesses should know about the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program

A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program has been approved by Congress and aims to continue distributing financial relief to small businesses. Here is everything you need to know about the second round of the loan program.



Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addresses COVID-19 vaccine, economic effects

The governor explained what Texas has learned from the pandemic and how that will affect legislative priorities.


Q&A: How the pandemic could change Houston’s restaurant industry long term

From ghost kitchens to margaritas to go, experts believe some restaurant trends from 2020 are here to stay beyond the pandemic.


Employment forecast: Houston’s economy has ‘a long way to go’ to fully recover from COVID-19 recession

Patrick Jankowski said he projects between 35,000-52,000 new jobs will be added to the Houston region in the coming year, but it all depends on whether the COVID-19 virus can be contained.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise to relocate headquarters from Silicon Valley to Springwoods Village

Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced Dec. 1 plans to relocate its headquarters from San Jose, California to a brand new campus in the Greater Houston area, which is under construction in CityPlace at Springwoods Village.



Imelda hovers over first public hearing on proposed Harris County tax rate increase

With Harris County commissioners poised to adopt the first tax rate increase the county has seen since 1996, court Democrats and Republicans remained at odds following the first public hearing on the proposed increase Sept. 20. In the wake of Tropical Depression Imelda, disaster recovery was also at the top of mind for people on both sides of the debate.


Cy-Fair ISD board approves lowering property tax rate for 2019-20

Correction: The original version of this post stated the maintenance and operations rate was $1.44 in 2018-19 and has since been updated to reflect the M&O rate was $1.04. 


Q&A: Bobby Lieb, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce president

On June 1, Bobby Lieb, the former Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce ’s vice president and director of community and economic development, stepped into his new role as chamber president. Lieb replaced Barbara Thomason who left to pursue her private business after serving 14 years.


Texas shoppers to save millions during tax-free weekend, Aug. 9-11

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify the 8.25% sales tax charge refers to the state and local charges.



Changing how federal poverty line is calculated could limit benefits for Spring, Klein residents 

In May, the United States Office of Management and Budget began requesting public comment on the strengths, weaknesses and best practices of various Consumer Price Indexes, which affect how the federal poverty line is calculated.


UPDATED: Cy-Fair ISD adopts $27.5 million deficit budget to raise employee salaries in 2019-20

Cy-Fair ISD’s board of trustees officially adopted a $992.3 million budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year Thursday, June 27. The budget includes a $27.5 million deficit, according to the district’s incoming Chief Financial Officer Karen Smith.


As state Legislature works to reform school finance, Cy-Fair ISD could adopt another deficit budget in 2019-20

Based on preliminary estimates, Cy-Fair ISD officials plan to adopt a $990 million budget next month for the 2019-20 fiscal year, including a $4 million budget deficit.


BREAKING: Bobby Lieb named new Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce president

Bobby Lieb has been named president and CEO of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce by its board of directors, effective June 1. Lieb, who currently serves as vice president of the chamber, is replacing Barbara Thomason, who is retiring May 31 after 14 years in the position.



Texas shoppers pay no sales tax on emergency preparedness supplies this weekend, April 27-29

As hurricane season approaches in Texas, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced a statewide sales tax holiday this weekend, April 27-29, on emergency preparedness supplies.


H-E-B President Scott McClelland: Online delivery not end-game but key focus in grocery industry's future

Despite talks of a food retail market run entirely by Amazon, H-E-B President Scott McClelland said brick-and-mortar stores are here to stay. However, McClelland added that grocery stores must adapt to the growing presence of online food delivery services to remain competitive.


Greater Houston Partnership: energy industry stabilizing but will not drive job growth in Houston

Following two years of recovery in 2017 and 2018, job growth in Houston is expected to level off and remain stable for 2019, said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. Houston will see an increase of 71,000 jobs this year compared to 73,000 last year, Jankowski said.


JUST ANNOUNCED: Spring Klein Chamber of Commerce President Brooks Williams resigns

The Spring Klein Chamber of Commerce announced Feb. 14 that Chamber President Brooks Williams resigned from his position, effective Feb. 13.



BREAKING: Cy-Fair ISD board approves placing $1.76 billion bond referendum on May ballot

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees unanimously adopted an order Monday, Feb. 11, calling a bond election May 4 for a $1.762 billion bond referendum.


Revitalization efforts along FM 1960 ramp up despite funding challenges

Residents and business owners concerned about the aesthetic and practical appeal of FM 1960 are preparing to relaunch efforts this year to improve the corridor, which several studies in the past decade have described as plagued by vacant or deteriorating buildings, traffic congestion and declining visual appeal.


Texas lawmakers unite against Trump's potential use of Hurricane Harvey funds for border wall

More than 20 Texas lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have signed an open letter urging President Donald Trump to avoid using the $15 billion in federal funding appropriated for Hurricane Harvey relief as a means to pay for a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and end the ongoing government shutdown .


See how the government shutdown is affecting residents in the Greater Houston area

As the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history continues, local agencies and residents have begun …