Fort Bend among top counties for job growth

21 08 2012

Olivia Pusinelli wrote the following article which was published by the Houston Business Journal on Tuesday, August 21st.  The article provides an overview of a new CNN Money survey which ranks a total of 25 U.S. Counties based on job opportunities and quality of life.

Fort Bend and Montgomery counties have made CNN Money’s “Where the jobs are” list.  With 78.1 percent job growth between 2000 and 2011, Fort Bend County comes in at No. 2 out of the 25 counties on the list. CNN Money notes that a favorable tax structure, strong school system and proximity to Houston help attract businesses such as Fluor Corp. (NYSE: FLR), Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB) and CVR Energy Inc. (NYSE: CVI).

Montgomery County ranks No. 4 with 63.5 percent job growth. CNN Money cites expansions at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: APC) and Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) as evidence of opportunities in The Woodlands area. Exxon’s 385-acre corporate campus south of The Woodlands is expected to have 10,000 employees by 2015.

Other Texas counties also take top spots, with Williams County near Austin at No. 3 with 73.9 percent growth, Collin County near Dallas at No. 6 with 55.9 percent growth, and Denton County near Dallas at No. 7 with 53.4 percent growth.





New Hurricane App Brings Red Cross Safety Information to Smart Phones

16 08 2012

A new American Red Cross Hurricane App puts help right into the hands of people who live in or visit hurricane prone areas. Best of all, it’s free and available for both iPhones and Android phones. To download the app click on the following link, http://www.redcross.org/hurricaneapp

The Red Cross app gives people real time information for hurricane threats where they are located-whether it’s the community where they live or the places they love to vacation. The app has a number of features that let people share vital information with their Facebook friends and Twitter followers. People who need to get out of harm’s way quickly can tap the “I’m Safe” button to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and loved ones know they are okay. These features that will help friends and families stay in touch during hurricanes, reducing much of the fear and uncertainly for loved ones and property owners far away.

The Red Cross app also gives people the ability to receive location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and its territories and share those on their social networks too. Even if someone doesn’t live full-time in a threatened area, users can receive alerts for vacation spots, places where they winter or where loved ones live. It’s a feature that can give peace of mind to frequent travelers and those with elderly relatives or college students in coastal areas.

Other features include:

• Toolkit with a flashlight, a strobe light and an audible alarm;
• Locations of open Red Cross shelters;
• Simple steps and checklists to create a family emergency plan; and
• Preloaded preparedness content that gives instant access to critical action steps even without mobile connectivity.

National Red Cross experts in health, safety, and preparedness have thoroughly reviewed and field tested the information and advice provided in this app. The Hurricane App comes on the heels of the release of highly successful Red Cross First Aid App, which has had nearly 600,000 downloads in its first six weeks. While apps can prepare you for disasters, downloading the First Aid app is not a substitute for training. To learn more about Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED courses or to register, visit redcross.org/takeaclass

 





Fort Bend County is StormReady!

12 08 2012

At the August 9th Fort Bend County Commissioners Court meeting, officials from the National Weather Service presented Judge Robert Hebert and Fort Bend County with a certificate indicating that the County is now StormReady.  For more information about the StormReady designation, please see my previous blog entry.

The photo below includes:  Gene Hafele from the National Weather Service; Alan Spears, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator; County Judge Robert Hebert; Jeff Braun, Emergency Management Coordinator; Deputy Richard Swonke, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office; and Captain Danny Jan, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.