Newsletter April #2 2021
BUSINESS NEWS
College of the Mainland to host ceremonial groundbreaking, ribbon cutting and open house for new learning facilities on Friday, April 30

WHO: College of the Mainland will be Laying the Foundation for the Future alongside local elected officials, COM leadership, community partners, students, faculty and staff during a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Industrial Careers Building, as well as a ribbon cutting and open house for the new state-of-the-art STEAM and Administration buildings.
WHAT: Guests will have an opportunity to explore COM’s new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) and Administration buildings, made possible through the 2018 Bond Program. These buildings signify the college’s tremendous progress and innovation as we work to better serve the growing needs of our students and community. Public tours, program demonstrations and light refreshments will be available.
 
WHEN: Friday, April 30:
  • 2 p.m. – Ceremonial ribbon cutting for STEAM and Administration buildings, groundbreaking presentation for Industrial Careers Building with remarks from local leaders
  • 3 p.m. – Open house and building tours
 
WHERE: College of the Mainland STEAM Building, 1200 North Amburn Road, Building 22, Parking Lot F, Texas City, TX, 77591
 
Guests should use the FM 1764 feeder road entrance off Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. Turn into Parking Lot F using the first driveway entrance after passing the lake (look for the digital marquee sign). Click here for event details and directional map.
 
PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Interview and photo opportunities will be available throughout the day.
20 FINALISTS, 1 WINNER, BE THERE FOR THE BIG REVEAL! AWARD & BENEFIT DINNER, THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021 • 5:30 PM
WATERGROVE EVENT VENUE • 3920 GULF FWY, DICKINSON
2021 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS


Mary Bass, Dickinson
Craig Brown, Galveston
Dennis Byrd, Galveston
James Clark, Galveston
Jordan Collins, Galveston
Hank Dugie, League City
Jimmy Flex, Algoa
Michael Gienger, Galveston
Tonia Griffin, La Marque
Bobby Hocking, League City
Lee Esther Holmes, Dickinson
Carrie Hunnicut, Galveston
Judith Johnson, Galveston
Dr. Philip Keiser, Tiki Island
Douglas McLean, Galveston
Dr. Janak Patel, League City
Nakisha Paul, Texas City
Mark Ravelli, Galveston
Judy Slocumb, Dickinson
Justine St. Cyr, Galveston

2021 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Dr. William M. Johnson

TICKETS ALMOST SOLD OUT!
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Citizen of the Year’s charity of choice. LAST CHANCE TO CONGRATULATE FINALISTS!
The finalists also will be featured in a special magazine that will publish May 26 in The Daily News. For advertising and sponsorship information. call 409-683-5202 or email advertising@galvnews.com

College of the Mainland seeking to refinance tax notes in May 1 election

(Texas City, Texas) — Last year, the College of the Mainland (COM) Board of Trustees made the decision to refinance the college’s maintenance note. After hearing voters’ voices last fall, the college has made the necessary adjustments to make the proposal a win-win for all. With that in mind, COM will be placing the refinancing of the college’s maintenance tax notes on the upcoming May 1 voting ballot.
 
To continue effectively serving the growing needs of students and the surrounding community, this election gives the college an opportunity to take advantage of historically low interest rates and refinance its 2017 maintenance tax note – effectively reducing taxes and saving taxpayers more than $4.3 million over the life of the loan. The refinancing could decrease COM’s interest rate from 4 to as low as 1 percent.
 
If the proposition is approved, there would be an overall decrease to the property tax rate. Based on projected numbers, if the refinancing measure is approved, the new tax rate would be an estimated $0.287747 (per $100 valuation) versus $0.290364 (per $100 valuation) if the measure does not pass. The COM Board of Trustees have pledged that the savings that are achieved through refinancing will be passed on to taxpayers through the rate reduction.
 
Registered voters that live within the Dickinson, Hitchcock, Santa Fe and Texas City (including La Marque) school districts are eligible to vote on the proposal because they are within the COM taxing district.
 
Early voting for the upcoming election will take place through April 27. Election day is May 1, 2021. For more information, visit vote.com.edu.

DICKINSON EVENTS
MAY 1
THE FIRST SATURDAY EACH MONTH
10-2
Additional Events
Buccaneers on the Bayou




Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 4 PM CDT
Price: Free
Public  · Open to anyone.
Parade will start at Tropical Gardens/Gum Bayou and will end at the 646 Bridge. Family friendly fun!