In the Summer of '95, George W. Bush Was Governor, the Houston Rockets Were NBA Champions & Westchase District Was Born
 
Reflections of 25: the original Act signed by Gov. Bush on display in Westchase District's conference room.
Westchase District officially turned 25 this past August. And our incredible journey began in the summer of 1995 during a time for celebration in Houston.

Just days before the Houston Rockets won the NBA Championship, a little known, but historically significant occasion took place in Austin when then-Governor George W. Bush signed legislation creating Westchase District on June 12. The legislation, passed by the 74th Texas State Legislature, became effective on August 28. 

August 29 marked the first official meeting of Westchase District's Board of Directors. Since that time, Westchase District has grown into one of the region's best business districts and neighborhoods.

Stay tuned here and on the District's Facebook and social media where we will share more moments over the District's two and half decades of making a robust economic impact in an area that flourishes with highly-sought amenities for work and living.


City of Houston Small Business Economic Relief Grant Applications Due this Friday, Sept. 4

Through the CARES Act, the City of Houston has $15 million in grant assistance
for small business. But applications are due soon.

Small businesses who need immediate and short-term grant assistance because of the economic impact of COVID-19 have until September 4 to apply for capital and technical assistance. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council approved $15 million for the City of Houston Small Business Economic Relief Program. The grant program is funded through the Federal CARES ACT.  Learn more and apply here.


WHAM Virtual Dinner Set for September 17

Author Evelyn Husband-Thompson is keynote speaker.
West Houston Assistance Ministries' 2020 Faith, Hope, and Love Virtual Dinner will be on September 17 at 6 p.m. WHAM has designed the event so that you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. Dinner guests can order a catered gourmet dinner for pick up and then connect to the event virtually.

The benefit dinner will honor Jon Branson with the Penrod Volunteer Award and Phillips 66 with the Community Builder Award. The program features keynote speaker Evelyn Husband-Thompson, author of High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband.

Proceeds will benefit WHAM as COVID-19 has tripled the number of people the organization usually helps. Purchase tickets or sign up to sponsor here to help WHAM meet its goal of raising $150,000.


 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)


Vertical Herban Greens' Hydroponics Method 
Grows Quick, Fresh Produce

Sure hydroponics sounds hi-tech, but there's evidence of this growing method dating back to Ancient China. With hydroponics, edible plants can be grown indoors and without soil. In some cases, gravel and nutrient water are used. For instance, the U.S. Army successfully used it to grow crops on barren Pacific Islands in 1943, and in recent decades NASA has conducted hydroponics research using LED lighting mimicking the Martian environment to grow plants. In 2007, a farm in Willcox, Ariz., produced more than 200 million pounds of hydroponically-grown tomatoes. 

New vendors Kimberly and Michael Youngblood of Vertical Herban Greens (VHG) have perfected hydroponics with the aim of also creating sustainable products with less carbon footprint.

Michael Youngblood (top right) was raised on a Missouri farm and studied biology in college. His hyper produce such as mini green and red lettuce plus a variety of greens
are locally-grown.

Their goal is to get it from farm to market in one day, eliminating the need for long haul shipping where produce travels 1,500 miles and takes up to two weeks to reach grocery stores. The end result is a fresher product that can be grown anytime of the year.

VHG uses a vertical growing system in a 40-foot refrigerated shipping container. No pesticides or herbicides are ever used. Its Freight Farm Greenery technology features specialized humidity controls, LED lighting and trickle down water irrigation. VHG's produce line includes lettuce varieties: bibb, butterhead, crisp, romaine, leafy green and red lettuce. Its greens include kale and Swiss chard. The Youngbloods also grow herbs like genovese basil and offer microgreen varieties in broccoli, sunflower, radish, pea, arugula, leek, kale and fava bean. Pick up a bag and taste it for yourself.

 


Join Us! Westchase District is Now Hiring for 
a Part-Time Administrative Assistant


Want to join a top notch team? Westchase District is accepting applications for a part-time administrative assistant.

Westchase District is seeking a part-time administrative assistant in its finance office, Monday-Friday for four hours per day. This challenging position is responsible for accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and other financial duties. Quickbooks experience of at least three years is a must. Having a real estate background is helpful. Candidate should have at least three years' professional office experience, some college credit and advanced computer skills including Excel, Word and Microsoft Office. Position is perfect for someone looking for an opportunity to get back into the workforce in a great office environment. Submit resume via email. Westchase District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. View the complete job description.

This Week's Bounce Back Westchase Offers

You can get free items and discounts which are offered weekly at bouncebackwestchase.com
It is quick and easy to get the offers. Simply sign up and receive offers every week. Some notable specials for this week: 
  • Blake's BBQ and Burgers - FREE Drink w/entree 15% off catering
  • Westchase Auto Repair - $49.95 Full synthetic oil change + FREE tire rotation
  • Supercuts - $10 Kids Cuts on Tuesdays

View a complete list of specials. If you have a business with an offer, sign up here for free and reach up to 20,000 potential customers every week.  

  

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

 

Have District-related news on how your business or organization is responding to COVID-19? 

Send it with your contact info to:cjacinto@westchasedistrict.com. 

 

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