Spring - Klein

Stay informed about the latest local news in Spring and Klein, including Harris County updates, SISD and KISD coverage and the latest development and business updates at City Place and Vintage Park.

6:36 PM May 25, 2017 CDT

8 stats to know about Super Bowl LI's economic effect on the Greater Houston area

The Houston Super Bowl Host Committee released a finalized economic report Thursday, showing multiple facets and highlights the Greater Houston area experienced as a result of hosting Super Bowl LI in February.

REPORT: Here's how many homeless individuals are in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties

Officials and volunteers gathered to count and survey homeless individuals in Houston Jan. 23.

Greater Houston Partnership director predicts 'slow but steady' economic recovery for region

Jenny Philip, director of research with the Greater Houston Partnership , spoke about the state of the region’s economy at the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday. She studies economic trends in the area including unemployment, energy, real estate, transportation and education.

2017 property values have been set; see how values are trending in Harris County

Residential property owners in Harris County have been sent assessed values for 2017, and notices for commercial and industrial property will soon follow. The county began accepting protests as of May 15.

Spring and Klein business owners complain of permitting delays

The commercial permitting process in Harris County is meant to ensure public safety, but some Spring and Klein business owners say the existing system is inefficient and overly complicated, leading to long delays before the business owners can open their doors.

National Small Business Week: 3 questions answered about the Small Business Development Center

At the Small Business Development Center, Senior Consultant Karen Sharp and her colleagues work to help their clients “evolve to the next level of business." Lone Star College houses the center and emphasizes the importance of strong businesses that create jobs and bring more people to the community, Sharp said.

Prepping for flood season? Save on supplies this weekend

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts office has declared this year's Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday will run from 12:01 a.m. on April 22 to midnight on April 24. Although there is no limit on the number of items Texas residents can buy during this time frame, there are some restrictions on qualifying items. Here is a list of some of the items that are tax-exempt this weekend:

5 essential things to know for Tax Day on April 18

Tax Day, or the deadline for filing taxes on income earned in 2016, is April 18.

STEAM programs unite art and science education

Demand for higher education instruction in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, may be surging because of the earning potential of those professions. However, local educational institutions are devoting more resources to arts programs—part of a growing STEAM curriculum—that encourage creative innovation.

5 takeaways from Friday's Economic Outlook Forum at Southwestern Energy's headquarters

The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Forum was held Friday at Southwestern Energy's headquarters in Springwoods Village, featuring speakers from government, business, education and technology sectors discussing what is on horizon for their respective industries.

5 things to do this weekend in Spring and Klein, March 31-April 2

The biannual wine and art festival in Old Town Spring is this weekend as well as the opening of a new area park and a pet adoption event.

5 things Spring and Klein residents should know this week, March 27-31

1. Harris County Commissioners Court will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the courtroom on the ninth floor of the Harris County Administration Building, 1001 Preston Street, Houston. A copy of the agenda can be viewed here .

Lawmakers file property tax bills

Some Texas lawmakers are prioritizing taxpayer relief this legislative session, which began in January, but local government officials are worried about what it could mean for their budgets.

Office building vacancies on the rise throughout Houston

Office space vacancy rates have risen in the wake of the oil and gas slowdown that began in 2014, with more than 22 million square feet of space available across the Greater Houston area, and industry experts say recovery is not around the corner.

Kelsey-Seybold leader stepping down after 37 years

After 37 years with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Dr. Spencer Berthelsen will step down as managing director and internal medicine physician Friday.

Construction on refinery project by Woodlands-based Raven Petroleum slated to begin this spring

Construction on the first large refinery in the U.S. in the past four decades, built by The Woodlands-based company Raven Petroleum , is slated to commence this spring, officials said.

JCPenney announces 130-140 store closures

Plano-based JCPenney Co. is planning to close 130 to 140 stores and two distribution centers as the increasingly online-retail-focused company aims to invest capital in fewer storefronts.

7 tips for citizen lobbyists from a former state legislator

The Alliance of North Houston Chambers of Commerce presented a workshop for citizen lobbyists on Wednesday morning with Peggy Hamric, a former state representative for District 126 in the Spring area.

Industry experts have “cautious optimism” about Houston’s economic future

About 74,000 Houstonians lost oil production, oil services, wholesale trade and engineering jobs among others as a result of the oil price bust in 2015, according to one economic development expert who says he could have never anticipated the downturn.

Spring ISD offers pay raise to attract new school bus drivers

Spring ISD bus driver Andrea Crafton prepares to pull out of the district's transportation lot.