– Humble High Principal Ulrich to retire –

There were tearful goodbyes and joyful hellos during the Lake Houston Chamber’s Humble BizCom May 2 at Humble High School.

The tearful goodbye was for Principal Donna Ulrich who hosts the BizCom three times a year. She announced her retirement after being at the helm of Humble High for three years.

Humble Mayor Merle Aaron and Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman, right, wish ‘God’s Speed’ to Humble High Principal Donna Ulrich, who is retiring at the end of the school year. At the Humble BizCom, Ulrich bragged on Humble’s T-STEM program while Trautman described her newly instituted method for voters to find their five closest voting locations, and Aaron declared that the city’s best days are yet to come.

“In the years she’s been at Humble High, we’ve seen her pride, her love and her energy, and always for the kids,” said Trey Kraemer, Humble ISD assistant superintendent. “Donna’s left Humble High School a better place.”

Ulrich, an Humble ISD graduate, thanked district voters who approved the latest bond issue that will allow Humble to renovate the library and cafeteria and build a new competition gym.

“We have our first graduate from the T-STEM (Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy, appropriately a female who will major in engineering once she decides if she’ll go to the University of Houston or Prairie View A&M,” she said.

Her next career, Ulrich announced, will be grandmother to her two grandchildren, one recently born.

 

Humble BizCom Chair Scott Brady, right, welcomes Colin Gary of Outreach Strategists and Kennedy Purser with Commissioner Jack Cagle’s office. Gary and Purser explained Project Recovery-Harvey and how Harris County residents can receive financial assistance for flood damage. Photos by Tom Broad

The joyful hello was for the 111-acre Park Air 59 industrial development at the northeast corner of Will Clayton Pkwy. and U.S. Highway 59 in Humble.

Ben Allen, development manager for Archway Properties, boasted that the 685,400-square-foot logistics center is one of Houston’s largest and highest. The center does not yet have a tenant. Already operating at Park Air 59 is Vital Heart and Vein, a 65,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical office building featuring a surgery suite and housing Houston’s largest cardiology practice.

Grant Pearson, vice president for development with Jackson-Shaw, a real estate-development company, described the company’s 320,000-square-foot, three-building urban industrial development which is within Park Air 59.

Calumet, a synthetic lubricants producer, is moving from its Porter location to a 120,000-square-foot building and Paul Davis, a disaster-restoration company, has leased 36,000 square feet.

An additional 150,000 square feet is left to lease, Pearson said, and Jackson-Shaw is negotiating with the city to build an additional 200,000-square-foot facility that is yet to be announced.

Also speaking at Humble BizCom was Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman, who described the new, easy way to find where to vote.

“Go to our website, Harrisvotes.com, and fill out the form. You’ll receive at least five locations nearest you,” Trautman said, “and each location will have a red, yellow or green icon.”

The green indicates that voting is quick at that voting center. The yellow indicates there are more people at that center. The red tells the voter that voting is heavy at that center and it would be better to choose another location.

Colin Gary of Outreach Strategists encouraged Harris County residents who live outside Houston city limits and who were harmed by Hurricane Harvey to apply for some $200 million now available.

“It’s taken two years, but the money is here and it’s available to those who need repairs or who have already made repairs,” said Gary. “You must apply online, however, at Harrisrecovery.org, or call 832-927-4961 and we will direct you to an intake location.”

While this program is available only for residents outside Houston, the city has received its own $200 million grant to assist residents who live inside the city.

The rebuilding continues at Memorial Hermann Northeast. COO Noel Cardenas said that the Humble hospital will update and refurbish two cath labs, build out a new interventional radiology lab, renovate the west entrance, begin a bariatrics program, and update and refurbish the hospital’s operating rooms.

The next Humble BizCom will be Oct. 3 at Humble High School. Attendance is free with boxed lunches, but registration is required by visiting lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.