One of the City’s newest businesses, Core Mechanical, recently received a special designation. The Inc. 5000 distinguishes America’s fastest growing companies and this year Core Mechanical was #950. This is an impressive feat as there were only 113 on the list from Houston and 425 companies from Texas. Congratulations to Core Mechanical, we are glad to have you in Oak Ridge North!
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The City of Oak Ridge North is happy to announce the Obstacle Warrior Kids will be coming to the Oak Ridge North area in June of 2017. Obstacle Warrior Kids will be located at 27329 Spectrum Way. This will be the third location, other locations include Dallas and McKinney.
Obstacle Warrior Kids is “inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior on NBC… it’s a place for kids to challenge themselves on a variety of obstacles in an indoor, climate-controlled environment.”
As a licensed cosmetologist with an affinity for art, Oak Ridge North resident Kellie Nedd opened South Woodlands Art Gallery and Salon Beaux Cheveux simultaneously in October.
S.W.A.G. hosts works from six artists, including three local artists as well as mixed media artist Victoria Kovalenchikova from The Netherlands.
“I’ve been an artist my whole life, and I wanted to do something for the community,” Nedd said. “I wanted local artists to be able to put their art [here]. It was perfect when we decided to open the salon.”
City of Oak Ridge North Receives Recognition for Transparency Efforts from Texas Comptroller
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that Oak Ridge North is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars program. Oak Ridge North received a star in the area of Traditional Finances, which recognizes entities for their outstanding efforts in making their spending and revenue information available.
Transparency Stars recognizes local government entities that provide easy online access to important financial data.
“By providing meaningful financial data in addition to visual tools and analysis of its revenues and expenditures, Oak Ridge North has shown a true commitment to Texas taxpayers. This effort achieves the goals set by my office’s Transparency Stars program,” Hegar said. “I am pleased to award City of Oak Ridge North a star for its accomplishments.”
“We are very proud of the efforts of our Director of Finance Kristen Woolley, City Manager Vicky Rudy, and the entire City staff for their commitment to transparency in our finances,” said Mayor Jim Kuykendall.
The Comptroller’s office launched the Transparency Stars program in March to recognize cities, counties and school districts making important strides to greater government transparency. Local government entities can apply for stars in the areas of:
• Traditional Finances,
• Contracts and Procurement,
• Economic Development,
• Public Pensions, and
• Debt Obligations.
After receiving an initial star for Traditional Finances, remaining stars may be awarded in any order. For more information on the program, including specific guidelines and information on how to apply, visit the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars website.
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Houston’s #1 Professional Dance Company at TADA
Texas Academy of Dance Arts announces partnership with NobleMotion
September 16, 2016 – Texas Academy of Dance Arts (TADA) is proud to announce its partnership with Noblemotion Dance, featured on the Emmy Award winning ABC TV show American Crime. NobleMotion has been named “Houston’s Best Dance Company” by the Houston Press.
NobleMotion Dance is one of Houston’s premier contemporary dance companies and has received critical acclaim for their “extraordinary athleticism” and “cutting edge” programming. The company’s season consists of three Houston productions a year and regular tours to New York City. NMD brings a fresh perspective to the Houston arts community and its mission of integrating technology with dance is unique to this region. The company has received over 30 positive local and national reviews and was described as one of Houston’s “A-list” dance companies in Dance Magazine.
“The NobleMotion team could not be more excited about our new partnership with Texas Academy of Dance Arts. We are proud to be the Resident Dance Company of TADA and look forward to a wonderful year of collaboration” says Artistic Directors of NMD, Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble.
As the Resident Dance Company of TADA, NobleMotion will provide local dance students with insight into the lives of professional dancers. Merely being in close proximity with professional dancers will in turn enhance the entire dance community in The Woodlands and surrounding areas. Students will be able to watch and learn from these elite dancers through master classes, local performances and intensives and in turn, grow in the world of dance to an entirely new level.
NobleMotion Dance strives to produce work that is emotionally daring and honest; inspires discourse and understanding amongst diverse communities; and integrates dance, theater, and technology in unique ways. Through performances, master class series, pre and post-show talk backs, residencies, conferences, and summer intensives, NobleMotion Dance shares their talent with communities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Woodlands area is very fortunate to now have access to this amazing dance company.
Be watching for NobleMotion at Texas Academy of Dance Arts and other local performance venues. TADA is a National Award winning dance studio serving the Woodlands, Oak Ridge North, and surrounding communities. It offers a variety of children’s and adult dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, leaps/turns, drill, musical theater, Zumba and more. Free boys-only dance classes also available.
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL & OAK RIDGE NORTH CONFERENCE CENTER COMING SOON
Facility to Open Fall 2017
Oak Ridge North, TX (July 28, 2016) – On July 27, 2015 the Oak Ridge North City Council approved a Chapter 380 Economic Development & Reimbursement Agreement with MH 2A L.L.C d/b/a Avalon Hotel Group to construct The Crowne Plaza Hotel & Oak Ridge North Conference Center in the City’s B-2 Secondary and Highway Business District located off Interstate-45 North. On Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 10:00 AM CDT, City officials will join the developer, Avalon Hotel Group, in officially breaking ground on this public/private partnership.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel will feature a restaurant, lounge, roof terrace, video conference room, business center, endless swimming pool, fitness center and high speed internet. This will be the first Crowne Plaza hotel in the IHG system, a new build hotel, to have all the ‘Worklife’ guest rooms to serve the modern business traveler. The hotel is designed to give the guest flexibility to work, connect, restore and re-energize while being in control of their experience. The seven floor hotel development will have 154 guest rooms.
Oak Ridge North Conference Center will connect to the hotel tower and encompass 10,500 square feet. This public/private partnership will create about 75 new jobs for the city. The hotel and conference center are part of a continuing revitalization effort along the Interstate 45 corridor in Oak Ridge North. Two complementary economic development ventures in the corridor, the iFLY Indoor Skydiving and the rebranding of the Bowlero bowling center, will provide hotel guests and conventioneers two interactive entertainment venues nearby.
“The City of Oak Ridge North is thrilled about the opportunity the partnership with Avalon Hotel Group brings to our community,” said Jim Kuykendall, Mayor of Oak Ridge North. “This is an exciting step for the City. This project will benefit both our residents and resident businesses. The hotel will deliver quality full-service amenities, while the conference center will provide a local option for conferences, conventions and business meetings.” The Avalon Hotel Group is a privately-owned real estate company that owns and operates hotels in Louisiana and Texas. Its founding member, Aaron Patel, has over 28 years of experience in hotel development and management. “We would like to thank the Mayor and City Council, the Oak Ridge North Economic Development Corporation Board, and City staff for their support and the opportunity to partner with them on this significant new development to benefit the community and the greater Houston area.”
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If you would like more information about this business endeavor, please contact Heather Neeley at 832-381-3227 or email [email protected]
About Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is part of the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), featuring 741,807 hotel rooms in 5,028 hotels in nearly 100 countries. With over 400 hotels in 65 countries, IHG’s Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand is one of the largest upscale brands in the world.
According to the US Census 1-Year American Community Survey results released September 17, 2015, Montgomery County, Texas is the 7th fastest growing county in the United States. 2013 to 2014 saw Montgomery County add 19,810 residents bringing population to 518,947. For complete details visit the Houston Business Journal article HERE.
Welcome to Oak Ridge North Municipal Operations & Consulting!
Municipal Operations & Consulting (MOC) relocated to Oak Ridge North Commerce Park and began operations this week. With over 125 employees, MOC is now one of the largest employers in Oak Ridge North!
MOC operates and manages Water District’s facilities (MUDs) in compliance with State and Federal requirements. They provide permit-required level of certified operators to properly maintain your treatment facilities to ensure you are delivered nothing but the highest quality of drinking water. Customer Service Representatives handle customer calls regarding new service or issues with service and process payments.
MOC occupies one building currently at 27316 Spectrum Way with a second adjacent building under construction.
For more information on Municipal Operations & Consulting: http://www.municipalops.com
Oak Ridge North is proud to welcome French manufacturer, General Transmissions to Oak Ridge North. General Transmissions manufactures the transmissions used in lawnmowers. This is their first U.S. manufacturing site. They will employ approximately 25 people in Oak Ridge North.
The property is owned by Nickson-Smalley Industrial, located in Oak Ridge North Commerce Park. The deal was brokered by Southwest Realty Advisors. Other similar properties are still available in this successful business park.
For more details visit the Houston Chronicle article HERE.