Katy Business Aug 2015

| August 1, 2015

Olivia Montagna

Olivia Montagna

‹Cane Island Names New Lifestyle Coordinator

The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island has named Olivia Montagna as lifestyle coordinator. She will plan resident-only activities including movie nights, wine and cheese events, fun runs, walks and holiday festivals.

“Having Olivia on board as the community’s lifestyle coordinator is like having a personal assistant round out a family’s schedule,” notes Dan Naef, president of Rise Communities, developer of the 1,000-acre community. “It’s one more reason families are going to love Cane Island.”

Montagna joins Cane Island as its first residents make plans to move into their luxury homes by the end of summer.

Moreover, construction continues on the community’s Welcome Center, Recreation Center, family pool with adjacent splash pad and poolside cafe. Crews also are busy with the construction of a glass-walled conservatory for exhibits and private events, two-story fitness center, yoga studio and multi-purpose room commercial kitchen.

Cane Island’s first phase also includes the build-out of an amphitheater, adult pool and two spacious tree houses with decks offering elevated views of the amphitheater and a $1 million mobile projection system. Open green spaces, pocket parks and play areas which pay tribute to the area’s rich history in railroads, oil and gas, farming and other industries also are planned.

“Many of these amenities will serve as the settings for our resident events,” says Montagna. “That’s the beauty of Cane Island – everything a family needs is right here.”

Cane Island will offer new homes from the $200’s to the millions from Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Ryland Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers and Trendmaker Homes.


‹Katy Area EDC Welcomes Chris Tanea As Marketing Manager

The Katy Area Economic Development Council has announced the hiring of Chris Tanea as the marketing manager for the organization. The marketing manager, a newly created full-time position, will lead branding, marketing and public relations efforts for the KAEDC to help drive development and growth in the greater Katy area. Tanea started his role with the organization on June 8.

A graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in communication, Tanea previously served as the community relations coordinator for the Bartlesville Public School District in Bartlesville, Okla., for three years.

“I am extremely excited to begin my role with the Katy Area Economic Development Council, and I look forward to playing a part in the continued growth of the Katy area,” said Tanea.

He can be reached at 281-396-2200 or christanea@katyedc.org. For more information, visit katyedc.org.


A veteran is reunited with his war dog.

A veteran is reunited with his war dog.

‹Rover Oaks Pet Resort Raises  Over $34k For U.S. War Dogs

Rover Oaks Pet Resort just wrapped up its fifth annual Operation: War Dogs fundraiser for nonprofit organization Mission K9 Rescue, the Houston chapter of the United States War Dogs Association (USWDA). The fundraiser began on Memorial Day and ended on July 4. This year, Rover Oaks raised a total of $34,575 for Mission K9 Rescue. To date, Rover Oaks has raised over $70,000 for this organization.

Mission K9 Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the service of war dogs, including retiring and retired military working dogs and contract working dogs. They provide monetary, transportation, adoption, and professional assistance for these retired hero dogs. Over the past year, Mission K9 Rescue has reunited many hero dogs with their handlers, and worked tirelessly to find adoptive homes capable of meeting the needs of a retired military working dog. Videos of some of these reunions can be viewed on their website.

“Rover Oaks is in a unique position to help an organization like Mission K9 Rescue because of the types of clients that utilize our services,” said Steve Smith, owner of Rover Oaks Pet Resort. “Our clients believe that pets are members of the family and should be treated as such. Their overwhelming response to this fundraiser shows that they feel the same way about the war dogs who have loyally served to protect our country.”

During the fundraiser, Rover Oaks encouraged clients to donate by giving away a free night of lodging to anyone who donated $100 to Mission K9 Rescue. They also encouraged other pet care facilities to participate in the fundraiser. As a result, a group of 10 other pet industry leaders from across the country launched fundraisers of their own to benefit war dogs.

Mission K9 Rescue founder Bob Bryant said, “Rover Oaks stepped up to the plate and hit a home run for war dogs everywhere. These donations provide for care, boarding, transportation, and development. Without organizations like Rover Oaks, we would be very limited in our ability to effect positive change for United States war dogs.”

“We are so grateful to Rover Oaks for this amazing fundraiser,” said Kristen Maurer, president of Mission K9 Rescue. “This money helps us continue to rescue and care for more war dogs and achieve our mission. These dogs do so much for mankind, and this fundraiser allows us to continue to give back to them.”



‹Trendmaker Opens Model In Cane Island

Trendmaker Homes has opened its fully-furnished, luxury model home in Katy’s Cane Island, where the Houston homebuilder has debuted a larger version of one of its most popular plans more suitable for the master-planned community’s larger homesites.

Built with a stucco and stone elevation, Trendmaker’s new model home in Cane Island features five bedrooms with a first-floor master suite, 4.5 baths, spacious casual dining area, study, game room, media room, hidden storage area, a three-car garage and covered patio. The new home also features a second bedroom on the first-floor, ideal for use as a guest room, a baby’s nursery or mother-in-law suite.Trendmaker Home’s model in Katy’s Cane Island is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.

Trendmaker will also add 22 new luxury homes in one of Cane Island’s secluded, gated sections on 80-foot and larger homesites. Several coveted cul-de-sac homesites also are available. Starting in the $550’s, the homebuilder’s one and two-story, four and five-bedroom plans range from 3,614 – 4,787 square feet. A 1.5-story plan also is available.

Along with the new Trendmaker model home, Cane Island offers a new model by Perry Homes, now open daily, with others by David Weekley Homes and Coventry Homes opening later this summer. Ryland Homes, Shea Homes and Toll Brothers also will open fully furnished models.

To reach Cane Island from I-10 heading west, take the Pin Oak exit, turn right on Pin Oak, then left on First Street. Drive 3/4 mile and follow the signs to Cane Island’s builder sales offices. Cane Island will be conveniently accessible via the soon-to-be completed Cane Island interchange at I-10. Visit trendmakerhomes.com/caneisland‎for more information.


‹UH System To Expand In Katy With $46.8 Million Project

The UH System will soon be expanding in the Katy area by acquiring new land and constructing a state-of-the-art academic building. The new facilities and the establishment of future programs will help meet the increasing demands for higher education spurred by a growing population, top-ranked school system, and thriving economic, residential and business development in the area.

The project was allocated $46.8 million in Capital Construction Bonds (previously called Tuition Revenue Bonds, or TRBs) during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature. Paula Myrick Short, UH System senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, said expanding on a new site was critical to the System’s strategic initiatives in the area.

“We will be looking for a new site to build in Katy — one that offers convenient access for students and the opportunity for future growth,” said Short.

The current facilities at UH System at Cinco Ranch include a 37,000-square-foot building where 20 degree plans are offered, but the academic center is landlocked by development, with no room for growth.

“In addition to constructing a state-of-the-art facility, we will continue to bring programs that meet the specific educational needs of the businesses and residents who are fueling the growth of this area,” said Jason Smith, UH System vice chancellor for governmental and community relations.

Lance LaCour, president and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC), says the population of the greater Katy area is roughly the size of Pittsburgh, which supports seven universities. The Katy Area EDC, Katy Area Chamber of Commerce and the area’s Legislative delegation worked to bring the Capital Construction Bonds and the construction of a new UH System site to a vote.

“As the local point organization, we have been diligently working to make the University of Houston expansion in Katy a reality, and we are thrilled to see it come to fruition,” said LaCour. “The increase of educational opportunities, particularly in higher education, is vitally important to the continued growth and success of the Katy area. We look forward to assisting the UH System with site selection and project implementation.”


(L-R): Katy ISD choir teachers Tracey Patterson from Morton Ranch, Sara Proodian from Taylor and Christin Reinartz from Tompkins recorded the soundrack for “I Volunteer.”

(L-R): Katy ISD choir teachers Tracey Patterson from Morton Ranch, Sara Proodian from Taylor and Christin Reinartz from Tompkins recorded the soundrack for “I Volunteer.”

“I Volunteer” features Katy ISD high school dance teachers (l-r): Darby Boyd, Taylor; Christine Deci, Cinco Ranch; Melissa Decuir, Seven Lakes; Rosey Fortenberry, Tompkins; Patty Henson, Katy; April Hunt, Morton Ranch and Heather Iovine, Mayde Creek.

“I Volunteer” features Katy ISD high school dance teachers (l-r): Darby Boyd, Taylor; Christine Deci, Cinco Ranch; Melissa Decuir, Seven Lakes; Rosey Fortenberry, Tompkins; Patty Henson, Katy; April Hunt, Morton Ranch and Heather Iovine, Mayde Creek.

‹Katy ISD Partners In Education Wins Crystal Award

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education won its third Texas Schools Public Relations Association Crystal Award for the 2014-2015 video “I Volunteer,” the district’s annual invitation to volunteer. The TSPRA’s Crystal Award is given for a multifaceted promotional program and was presented at its annual conference in Austin last February. This celebrates the third year in a row the Crystal Award has been given to Katy ISD Partners in Education’s volunteer video. The 2013-2014 video “Hey VO!” was recognized last year and “Call Me Maybe” was the first Crystal Award winner in 2012-2013.

Partners in Education also received a Silver Star Award for its marketing brochure and a Gold Star Award for the 2014 KEYS Mentor Program Commemorative Artwork, created by students at Seven Lakes High School. Another Gold Star Award recognized the Liaison Brochure, a guide for Katy ISD leaders of Partners in Education programs.

The coming school year’s volunteer video is already in production with an anticipated debut in August. All previous TSPRA Crystal award-winning videos may be viewed on the Partners in Education YouTube or Facebook pages located at katyisd.org/dept/pie.

With more than 22,000 volunteers donating over 968,380 hours in Katy ISD, Partners in Education brings the community into the classroom through five initiatives: Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), Keep Encouraging Youth towards Success (KEYS), Junior Achievement, School-Business Partnerships and Sister Schools. To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab on katyisd.org.

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