Bill.com to Occupy 25,000 Sq. Ft. at CityWestPlace


Bill.com, the digital business payments company based in Palo Alto, California, is expanding its operations to Houston and will move into 25,000 square feet of office space at CityWestPlace later this spring. The company initially will operate out of TechSpace coworking offices in the same complex.

A leader in the financial technology, or fintech, industry, Bill.com develops software to manage billing, invoices and payments. It processes more than $60 billion in payments annually. In a press release, the company said it is actively hiring a team including developers and customer support professionals with other roles to follow. The Houston Chronicle reported that the company aims to hire about 125 employees over the next three years. It will initially ramp up for engineering and customer service, but will hire for other roles once it moves into permanent office space.

"Having lived in Houston, I know first hand the quality and depth of talent available in this thriving university environment and known technology hub. It's a great combination for the tough challenges and problem solving that we need to innovate in the fintech space," said Vinay Pai, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Bill.com.


Landscaping Completed at Beltway 8 and Westpark

NB BW8 at Westpark - Before
BEFORE: November 2018
AFTER: February 2019
Earlier this month, workers completed landscaping improvements along both the northbound and southbound slopes between the frontage roads and the West Sam Houston Tollway between Richmond Avenue and Westpark Drive. 

The improvements - which beautify the space and help with drainage control - included adding Bull rock, Asian Jasmine, Drift Roses, Indian Hawthorne, Dwarf Oleander and Crepe Myrtles. As part of the District's efforts to conserve water, workers also installed Rain Bird smart controllers by Water Logic, which determine when best to irrigate, based on weather conditions and landscape needs.

The landscaping almost completes beautification of the portion of the frontage roads that run through Westchase District, a project that began in 2001. Later this year, workers will landscape the final remaining section along southbound Beltway 8, between Valley Forge Drive and Briar Forest Drive.

District Works to Combat Apartment Application Fraud

Tenant prospects are presenting fraudulent forms of identification at apartment communities nationwide, resulting in millions of dollars in losses to the multifamily industry. 

To help combat this disturbing and growing trend, Westchase District recently hosted a series of meetings with apartment property managers to share best practices on how to spot fake IDs.

"Fraud has evolved in recent years with the selling of illegal, online 'rental approval packages' that provide phony IDs, pay stubs and job references," said Don McKinney, Westchase District's vice president of public safety. "Fortunately, there are services that exist to help weed out fraud and scan the magnetic strip on a person's ID before they even see a model unit. By educating apartment managers and their staffs, we hope to equip them and ensure that dishonest applicants will learn they can't get away with it in Westchase District."

  Thursdays @ 3 p.m.  *Rain or shine* St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church
10503 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77042 (at Rogerdale, just west of Beltway 8)


Master Gardeners at Market This Week

The weather this week might be unsettling, but our vendors will be settling in this Thursday just for you. Also on hand this week at the market, our friends from the Harris County Master Gardeners will help make sense of it all. Come with your questions about how to prepare your front yard kitchen garden for spring, learn about their upcoming fruit tree and tomato sale, or just chat about spring vegetables with the experts. 

Plus, enjoy fresh, local products from more than two dozen vendors who are eager to chat about their areas of expertise, as well as offer you samples. Just make sure to bring a jacket!

 

You've Got Questions, They've Got Answers: The Harris County Master Gardeners will be at the market this week, ready to listen and advise.

Comment on, Support District Projects Before Feb. 28

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is currently accepting public comments on three potential mobility projects in Westchase District that may be eligible for federal funding through H-GAC's Transportation Improvement Program.
  1. Deerwood Shared-Use Path
  2. Elmside Sidepath 
  3. Meadowglen West
To learn more about these projects and the benefits they would bring to the community, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page .

These three projects are competing with hundreds of other projects for funding approval. Public comments can help inform the process and overall project scores.

You can show your support by submitting comments before February 28 encouraging H-GAC to select these projects for funding.




District Partners with WHAM for 1K, 5K Runs April 13 


West Houston Assistance Ministries is excited to announce their first-ever Spring Dash 1K and 5K Run/Walk event, taking place at 7:45 a.m., Saturday, April 13. The timed race will start at 10501 Meadowglen Lane and will lead participants along the Westchase District trail system.

It's only $20.50 to sign up for the 1K run/walk, $38.00 for the 5K run/walk, or $32.50 to support WHAM's event from home while you sleep in instead. All registered participants will receive a t-shirt and a goodie bag. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Mercedes Santos-Garay, 832-266-1489.



About Westchase District
Westchase District is a municipal management district funded by local property owners in a 4.2 square-mile area centered on Sam Houston Tollway between I-10 and US-59 on the west side of Houston, Texas. 

The district promotes growth by enhancing: 
  • Mobility
  • Beautification 
  • Public Safety
  • Planning and Development

 

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