Cypress, TX News – Harris County Commissioner Launches Economic Outlook Forum

Cypress, TX (April 7, 2015) – From preserving parkland to building roads, Precinct 4 is working to accommodate growth while improving quality of life for residents, said Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle during the Northwest Houston Works! Economic Outlook Forum.

The annual event, hosted by the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce at Lone Star College-University Park, featured local business leaders and economic experts spanning the Houston area including Noble Energy’s David Stover as the keynote speaker and local elected officials including Congressmen Ted Poe and Kevin Brady.

Kicking off the event, Commissioner Cagle said the Greater Houston area was one of two regions to add more than 100,000 residents. Harris County alone gained almost 89,000 people, more than any other county in the nation while Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas ranked as the fastest growing metro area in the nation with more than 156,371 people who arrived from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014, according to according to the United States Census Bureau.

At the same time, Harris County is expanding green space along Cypress and Spring creeks with a goal of preserving natural habitats, providing outdoor recreation and mitigating flood risk. Now, park goers can hike, bike or ride a horse most of the way from Tomball to Kingwood along Spring Creek, said Cagle.

With the exception of six properties, Precinct 4 has achieved agreements or right-of-ways from FM 2978 in Tomball to U.S. 59 in Kingwood along Spring Creek, the longest contiguous urban forested greenway in the nation. The county has also acquired right-of-ways and formed agreements along the Cypress Creek Greenway from Matzke to Collins parks, he said.

For more information on the forum, visit http://www.houstonnwchamber.org/.