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Posts published in “Day: June 26, 2012”

New Chamber of Commerce formed in North Houston

NORTH HOUSTON– A new chamber of commerce has been formed by Chris Sears, a business coach and former real estate agent for 17 years.

According to Mr. Sears, the new chamber is Northeast Area Chamber of Commerce, formed by him and accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce association 2 months ago.

Sears told the Northeast News that there are currently 55 members in the chamber, and its focus is on small businesses, providing them with resources for their activities.

Membership in the chamber comes with a free phone app for your computer or smart phone, and a free website. A mobile version of this website costs $30 per month, he said. Other benefits of the chamber membership include business coaching.

Membership in this chamber starts at $360 per year, and depending on number of employees in your company, has levels at Silver $900, Gold $2400, and Platinum $5000. Sears claims that you will receive benefits equal to your membership in a two month period. More information is available at 222.thechamber online.com or 832-308-3403.

Sears lives in Atascocita with his wife and four boys, and says his goal is to make a difference in people’s lives. He has functioned as a mediator and consultant to other chambers in the past. His work is based on three tenets, to “generate commerce, embrace culture, and build community.”

Groundbreaking marks phase II of sewer project for East Aldine’s ME/MF project area

Mary Eleanor/Mary Francis next area for new utilities

Officials from several cooperating agencies gathered last Friday morning, under a hot sun, to break ground on a project for new sewer trunk lines in the subdivisions known as Mary Eleanor/Mary Francis.

The ceremony took place at the intersections of Bertrand and Shady Lane. The project will serve about 200 homes on Bertrand and Mierianne Streets.

The project is funded at almost $1.5 million dollars, to replace aging septic systems in the area. $1,193,093 of this money came from a federal HUD fund grant, and $227,225 was contributed by the East Aldine District as “leveraging funds.”

TWDB grant/loan of $10.5m for services in Zone 11

AUSTIN – (June 21, 2012) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution a grant in the amount of $9,909,094 and a loan in the amount of $577,000 to the East Aldine Management District (Harris County) from the Economically Distressed Areas Program to finance water and wastewater services.

The District intends to use the funds for the construction phase of a project to provide first-time municipal water and wastewater services to the 1,585 residents of the Sherwood and Benton Place Communities, in what is known as Zone 11. The East Aldine District is currently constructing trunk sewer lines, a lift station, and water trunk lines in this area east of US59. The grant will allow additional work to bring these lines to individual homes.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the State Water Plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.