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Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce shares information about small-business relief programs

Community Impact Newspaper sat in on the chamber's webinar in order to share answers to frequently asked questions about the CARES Act.


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Latest coronavirus news in Sugar Land, Missouri City: Confirmed cases in Fort Bend County top 200

Here are the latest coronavirus-related developments from around Sugar Land, Missouri City, Fort Bend County and Fort Bend ISD.

University of Houston’s Sugar Land campus to offer junior-level business courses this fall

Bauer Dean Paul Pavlou said the decision to expand Bauer classes to the Sugar Land campus was in part because more than 25% of students enrolled at Bauer are from the Fort Bend County area.



TSA limits checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport; Houston Airport System expects significant decline in March passengers

With low passenger travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport have been consolidated to make better use of resources and personnel, Houston Airport System officials said.


ROUNDUP: 5 recent coronavirus stories from the South Houston area readers should know

Catch up on some of the latest coronavirus updates for the South Houston area below.


PEOPLE FEATURE: Former intern Mike Goodrum steps into Sugar Land city manager role

Formerly the city manager of Coral Springs, Florida, Goodrum got his start in city government as an intern for the Sugar Land Parks & Recreation Department.


ExxonMobil makes $250,000 donation to local food banks

The energy company said the Houston Food Bank will receive $200,000, including $50,000 in gasoline gift cards. The Montgomery County Food Bank will also receive $50,000.



NONPROFIT: Bright Offerings connects candidates to companies and colleges for apprenticeships

Bright Offerings, a Sugar Land-based nonprofit, has worked to economically empower 75 job candidates through its apprenticeship program in the past two years.


Fort Bend County one of fastest-growing counties in Texas, United States last decade

In the last decade, Fort Bend County's population grew by 38.8%, making it the fifth-fastest-growing county in the state by percent growth.


5 recent business stories from the Houston area readers should know

Read updates on how local businesses are reacting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.


Q&A: Houston-area Realtor describes changes in business during coronavirus outbreak

Prices are more of an indicator of real estate activity during the coronavirus pandemic than location or geography, a local Realtor said.



UT Physicians opens coronavirus testing location in Missouri City

Individuals must have an order from their health care provider and call to make an appointment before arriving for testing.


Struggling to pay April rent? Here are some resources in the Greater Houston area

The deadline for April rent is looming as renters—both in public and private housing—in the Greater Houston area may be struggling financially in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.


Sen. John Cornyn discusses provisions laid out in CARES Act

The $2 trillion package provides funding to help fight the virus and to provide financial assistance for Americans during the pandemic.


Texas sees 77% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28

Texas ranked fifth among states in the U.S. with 275,597 initial claims filed the week ending March 28.



MAP: Where are confirmed coronavirus cases located in Fort Bend County?

Precinct 4, which encompasses most of Sugar Land, is reporting the highest percentage of confirmed Fort Bend County cases.


FAQ: Paying bills in the time of coronavirus

What to know about rent, mortgages and utility bills during the coronavirus


Survey: 53% of Fort Bend County residents feel stay-home order is enough to keep county safe

The survey also examined the effect the order is having on households' finances and respondents’ abilities to work.


Constellation Field in Sugar Land opens as a donation location for personal protective equipment

The Sugar Land Skeeters stadium will be collecting donations 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.



Texas Tribune: Some local elections in Texas moving ahead despite coronavirus spread

A handful of towns and special districts still plan to go ahead with their May 2 votes, arranging polling places despite calls from the president on down directing people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.


First responders, medical professionals across Texas worry about inadequate personal protective equipment supplies

In a survey of emergency service districts across the state, two-thirds of respondents said they were concerned about a shortage of equipment such as masks, goggles and gloves.


Construction on Scanlin Road in Missouri City to begin April 1

City officials estimate the street repairs will take two weeks to complete.


Four takeaways from Missouri City’s March 30 special City Council meeting

Council was presented with a clean financial audit, discussed the search for a new city manager, moved toward postpoining the May 2 election and more.



Fort Bend County extends emergency declaration through April 30

The declaration was initially signed March 12 and has since been extended twice by Commissioners Court.


JUST IN: Fort Bend ISD extends online learning through May 4

The district had previously suspended in-person classes until April 10.