Community Impact - Tomball-area improvent, construction projects

- There are big plans in the works for vacant land near Tomball. Students at Lone Star College-Tomball will get to practice on an actual rig when a new oil and gas training center opens in the fall of 2017. 

“What’s also unique is the rig will sit over a well,” said president Leigh Ann Nutt. She believes the timing is right despite the oil slump. “All of our industry partners tell us by the time we open in fall 2017 they anticipate they'll be hiring again and ready to send students to us to get those basic skills."

The training center will be built on the edge of Tomball near State Highway 249 and the Grand Parkway. There are also plans for an entirely new Harris County campus. It’ll likely replace the outdated Cypresswood annex.  The County has purchased 130 acres of land for new buildings to house employees, the constable's office and the justice of the peace.

“The expansion is needed,” said Youlia Bussinger, director of The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts. The museum is hoping to be part of the new county campus. “Expanding to a new facility is really something to complete and accomplish the vision.”

The museum will soon launch fundraising efforts for a larger building with a permanent collection.   

“Art is so important in our lives and carries on through adulthood,” said Bussinger. The current location on Cypresswood will stay open, enabling the museum to serve students and families in two different locations in northwest Harris County.

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