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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.

Danny Baker opened uScore Soccer with his brother Lee Baker in March 2014.

Matt Stephens

uScore Soccer

Brothers’ soccer leagues booming in Spring more »

Jan 14, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

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

Tuition rates on the rise for local, statewide colleges

Tuition continues to increase for colleges and universities statewide as enrollment grows at higher education institutions across Texas. more »

Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM The Woodlands

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

Noble Energy CEO David Stover discusses the company at the Economic Outlook Forum on March 27.

Photo by Matt Stephens

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

Jim Robertson formed the Cypress Creek Greenway Project in 2004 around the same time he retired.

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Jim Robertson

Cypress Creek Greenway Project chairman more »

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

Tiffany Smith (left) co-owns Copperfield’s Books, which is operated daily by her mother, Donna Maxwell.

Photos by Matt Stephens

Copperfield’s Books

Mother, daughter team up to save business more »

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein

The Urban Land Institute has made a recommendation to turn the 50-year-old Astrodome into a multiuse park.

Photo courtesy Urban Land Instit

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 »

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

KISD calls for $498.1M bond referendum May 9

Bond package would fund three new schools more »

Apr 8, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein 2 Comments

On June 25, Harris County commissioners heard a proposal about the potential next steps for the Astrodome, which was deemed unfit for occupancy in 2009.

Courtesy Reliant Park

Update: Panel report suggests converting Astrodome into $240-million multi-use park

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

Mar 30, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein 5 Comments

Mike Turco spoke with Community Impact about groundwater and subsidence issues in the Katy region.

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Coffee with Impact - Mike Turco

Population growth in the Greater Houston area continues to put a strain on groundwater resources throughout the region. more »

Mar 26, 2015 12:00 AM Katy

Parks, pathways bloom along Cypress Creek as part of greenway project

Rapid development in north Harris County in the last decade is prompting the addition of parks and trails along Cypress Creek. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

From left, Mike Turco, general manager of the Harris/Galveston and Fort Bend subsidence districts and Al Rendl, president of the North Harris County Regional Water Authority, participated in a panel on water issues Feb. 18.

Photo by Connor Hyde

Groundwater, subsidence organizations

Population growth in the Greater Houston area continues to put a strain on groundwater resources throughout the region. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM Cy-Fair

Legislation filed to better regulate noise in unincorporated Harris County

Law enforcement officials in Harris County could have additional tools to address noise pollution if a new law is passed by the Legislature this session. more »

Mar 18, 2015 12:00 AM , Cy-Fair

Coffee With Impact–Local water organizations

Population growth in the Greater Houston area continues to put a strain on groundwater resources throughout the region. more »

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM The Woodlands

Congress battles to solve Highway Trust Fund deficit

Although Texas voters approved Proposition 1—a constitutional amendment which could provide $1.7 billion to state transportation projects in 2015—on Nov. 4, Texas and the rest of the country have an even more significant long-term transportation fund more »

Mar 11, 2015 5:05 AM , Georgetown

From left: Mike Turco and Al Rendl discuss existing and future issues with groundwater and surface water throughout the Greater Houston area, including Harris and Fort Bend counties.

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Local water organizations

Houston leaders discuss future of groundwater resources more »

Mar 11, 2015 12:00 AM Spring | Klein 1 Comments

Feds to address Highway Trust Fund

Although Texas voters approved Proposition 1—a constitutional amendment which could provide $1.7 billion to state transportation projects in 2015—on Nov. 4, Texas and the rest of the country have a long-term transportation funding problem. more »

Mar 11, 2015 12:00 AM , Lake Travis | Westlake