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Matt Stephens

Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2012 but has been reporting on The Woodlands and South Montgomery County since March 2010. His reporting focuses primarily on local government, transportation, economic development and local businesses. Matt grew up in Tomball, Texas, and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

ESD No. 16 sales tax election narrowly passes

After failing to receive voter approval in previous attempts, the Harris County Emergency Service District No. 16’s proposition to receive the 1 percent of available sales tax revenue within the district passed May 9, according to ESD No. 16. more »

May 9, 2015 12:00 AM Vote Houston Metro

Lone Star College considers November bond election

More than a year after the Lone Star College System’s nearly $500 million bond package failed to receive voter approval, the community college system may try to garner support for another bond referendum in November to help accommodate current and fu more »

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Annexation agreements provide millions to MUDs, city of Houston

In a region devoid of a central form of governance, limited purpose annexation agreements between the city of Houston and municipal utility districts have helped fund millions of dollars in improvements in Cy-Fair. more »

May 20, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Report suggests turning Astrodome into $242 million multiuse facility

An Urban Land Institute advisory panel report has recommended Harris County turn the 50-year-old Astrodome into a massive indoor, multiuse park that could cost more than $242 million to construct. more »

May 13, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Annexations provide millions to MUDs, city of Houston

In a region devoid of a central form of governance, limited purpose annexation agreements between the city of Houston and municipal utility districts have helped fund millions of dollars in improvements in Spring and Klein since 2003. more »

May 13, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Grow Northwest fundraising surpasses $300,000, proposed bill could help fund improvement initiative

Thanks in part to a $100,000 donation from the Lanier Law Firm, the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has raised $350,000 for its Grow Northwest initiative. more »

May 13, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Home of Hope

Of the hundreds of thousands of children estimated to be part of the sex trafficking industry across the country, there are 300 beds nationwide suitable for victims under the age of 18, according to Home of Hope President Rodney Daniels. more »

May 13, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Constable Hickman named interim sheriff following Garcia’s resignation

Ron Hickman, Harris County Precinct 4 constable since 2000, was appointed to interim sheriff by Commissioners Court May 12 after former Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced his resignation to run for mayor of Houston in November. more »

May 13, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

ESD No. 16 sales tax election narrowly passes

After failing to receive voter approval in previous attempts, the Harris County Emergency Service District No. 16’s proposition to receive the 1 percent of available sales tax revenue within the district passed May 9, according to ESD No. 16. more »

May 9, 2015 12:00 AM Vote Houston Metro

Leaders discuss growth in northwest Harris County at economic forum

Houston may be the fourth-largest city in the country, but it is surrounded by an unincorporated area that would itself be the fourth-largest city in the country, according to Jack Cagle, Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

ESD No. 16 seeks voter approval for 1 cent sales tax in Klein area

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 16 has placed a proposition on the May 9 ballot for Klein area voters to decide whether to use an available 1 cent of sales tax revenue in portions of the region. more »

Apr 15, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein