Save the Date: February 12 for "Westchase Today & Tomorrow"

Some of the top names in commercial real estate will headline Westchase District's "Westchase Today & Tomorrow" event.

Philip Schneidau (Woodbranch Management), Michelle Wogan (Transwestern), Stacy Hunt (Greystar), Swapnil Agarwal (Nitya Capital) and Kelly Hall (Harvey Builders) will participate in panel discussions concerning their respective sectors in Westchase District's real estate market.

Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland will offer a keynote address and Westchase District staff will also present updates on the various projects underway in the area, including the reconstruction of Walnut Bend Lane, improvements to Westheimer Road and two parks that are currently under development.

Here are the event details:   Wednesday, February 12, 2020
8:00 to 10:30 am
Houston Marriott Westchase
2900 Briarpark Drive

Property Owners Will See Lower Taxes in 2020

Check your tax bill for 2020 and you may be in for a pleasant surprise.

Westchase District property owners will see measurable reductions in their 2020 taxes, thanks to lower rates being established by local taxing authorities. Property owners in Alief ISD will see their taxes drop from $2.74/$100 valuation to $2.61/$100 valuation.

Property owners in 
Houston ISD will see their taxes   drop from $2.62/$100 valuation to $2.51/$100 valuation. 

Those figures also include rate reductions by the City of Houston and Harris County. That means the owner of a $1- million property in Westchase District will see their overall tax bill decline (assuming the property assessment is unchanged) by $1090.19 if they're in HISD and $1249.19 if their property is in AISD.

The lower tax rates are a result of changes made during the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature. House Bill 3 increased the state's share of education funding by raising the basic allotment per student by more than $1000 and increasing funding for certain student populations (e.g. dyslexia, dual language.) Additionally HB 3 compressed property tax rates by 7 percent, allowing districts to retain more money and pay less to the state through recapture.

Welcome Chester Jacinto to the Westchase District Team

Chester Jacinto joins the staff of Westchase District as our new Communications Director. He has worked in communications and public relations throughout his professional career, including marketing communications for higher education, healthcare and biotech, large nonprofits, small to large business enterprises, as well as international and specialty PR firms. Most recently, he served as Communications Specialist for Houston Hospice.

Chester joins our communications and events team. He'll lead efforts to produce The Wire and Westchase Today. He'll help keep our websites up-to-date, engage with commercial real estate brokers, promote the Westchase District Farmers Market and contribute to our ad campaign strategies.

Welcome Chester!

  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)

Only ONE Market before Christmas 

This Thursday, December 19 marks the last chance for Santa's helpers to pick up some holiday cheer at the Westchase District Farmers Market.

We have pecans and eggs for your holiday baking, vegetables and meats for your holiday meal and tamales for Christmas Eve.

We also have great gifts for your colleagues, friends and family members.

Pick up an award winning wine from Houston Winery for your holiday meal or as a gift. The Purple Alien wine is a best-seller.

Business Leaders Analyze 2020 at
"West Houston Outlook"

Make plans now to attend the West Houston Outlook, a half-day conference plus lunch sponsored by the  Houston West Chamber of Commerce.

This event is designed to help large and small business owners prepare for the coming year.  With a combination of insight from one of the top economists in the area and a panel of key executives from the most important business segments, owners, managers and executives will be up to date on economic trends affecting 2020

Guests will experience four morning business forums focusing on healthcare, technology, finance and marketing. Immediately following the forums, lunch will be served featuring a keynote address by Jesse Thompson, senior business economist at the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. But wait there's more! After his remarks, Thompson will be joined by a panel of experts who will address specific economic sectors and their outlook in 2020.

The event is Friday, January 24, 2020 from 8 am to 1 pm at Norris Conference Center, 816 Town and Country Boulevard. The event always sells out, so plan now to attend.

Tickets for HWCOC members are just $99. Or your business may want to consider sponsoring a table of 10 for between $1000 and $3000. Other sponsorship opportunities are available. Email the Chamber for more information.

Christmas and Hanukkah to be Celebrated in Westchase

It's the holiday season, and that means Westchase District churches and our area's synagogue will host special services and programs. Here's a summary:

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church , 2400 Wilcrest Drive
Tuesday, December 24
5 pm Candlelight Christmas Eve service
7:30 pm Candlelight Christmas Eve service

Congregation Or Ami , 3443 Wilcrest Dr.
Sunday, December 29 (last night of Hanukkah)
5:30 pm Menorah Madness
This lively celebration features latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and other light snacks, plus casual Hanukkah games. Bring a menorah and lots of candles for the communal lighting. Free to the public, but please RSVP to participate. Call 713-334-4300 or email.

First Methodist Houston, 10570 Westpark Drive
Sunday, December 22
9 am Carols from Around the World
11:11 am The Source Family Christmas Eve Celebration featuring worship, followed by outdoor fun and pictures with Santa
Tuesday, December 24
5 pm Candlelight Christmas Strings (Family Service)

Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee Lane
Tuesday, December 24
3 pm *Kids Christmas Celebration (Sanctuary)
*Bring canned food items to create a canned food Christmas tree to be donated to West Houston Assistance Ministries
3 pm Traditional service with Communion (Founders' Chapel)
5 pm Contemporary service with candle lighting (Sanctuary)
7 pm Grace en Espanol with Communion and candle lighting (Founders' Chapel)
7 pm Traditional service with candle lighting (Sanctuary)

Jireh Bible Church, 3557 Walnut Bend Lane
Sunday, December 22
11 am Pre-Christmas worship celebrating "Grace and Peace"

Tuesday, December 24
4 pm Nativity of the Lord (English) preceded by caroling at 3:30 pm
7 pm Nativity of the Lord (Spanish) preceded by caroling at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 25
12 am Nativity of the Lord (English) preceded by caroling at 11 pm
10 am Christmas Day mass (English)
12 pm Christmas Day mass (Spanish)

West Houston Christian Center, 11300 Wilcrest Green Drive
Tuesday, December 24
6 pm Candlelight Christmas Eve service

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! The Wire will return on January 8, 2020.

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
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  • Public Safety
  • Planning and Development


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