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Texas leaders woo people moving to Exxon Mobilís new campus
Fuel Fix ^ | May 13, 2013 | Bryan Kirk

Posted on 05/13/2013 6:54:40 AM PDT by thackney

Officials with the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce and Houston Northwest Chamber, the city of Tomball, and the Klein and Spring school districts went to Virginia recently to serve up a little Texas hospitality to Exxon Mobil employees who will be relocating to the new campus in 2014 and 2015.

An estimated 3,000 employees and their families attended the “Let’s Discover Houston Fair” in late April at the Exxon Mobil headquarters for Downstream Operations in Fairfax, Va., to learn about the communities, schools and the amenities in the Greater Houston area.

“What Exxon Mobil put together to bring us there speaks volumes about the quality of employer they are; to go to that expense for their employees, to make them feel welcome and to make them feel more at ease …it’s just incredible,” said Tomball mayor Gretchen Fagan, who attended the event.

Exxon Mobil officials announced in 2011 it was closing the Downstream campus in Fairfax, and moving 2,100 employees to a 385-acre campus in Spring.

“The atmosphere was awesome. It was such a great trip,” said Sandy Barton, membership coordinator for the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce.

“Literally thousands of employees and their families, who are considering relocation, visited us at our booth.”

“The general mood (of the employees) was very positive,” Barton said.

“Most of these employees are looking at this as a positive move and they are very excited. They are looking to move into the Houston northwest area and they love the climate in Texas compared with Virginia.”

School districts

Employees obtained information about the communities and school districts in the area.

The Exxon Mobil campus is in the Spring school district.

“Spring ISD is the new home of Exxon Mobil,” said Regina Curry, associate superintendent for public relations and technology for the district.

Judy Rimato, associate superintendent of communication and planning for Klein ISD, said many employees had a lot of questions about Klein ISD and other school districts.

“We stressed the importance of choosing a quality district with the programs that would be the most beneficial to their children before choosing a neighborhood,” Rimato said.

“Many of the parents had already done their homework and were familiar with what Klein ISD has to offer.

“Others were confused about how independent school districts are organized in Texas because they have county districts in Virginia.”

Home prices

Some employees were concerned about finding a home and were impressed with the lower home prices in the various communities, when compared with home prices in Fairfax.

Maybe Tomball?

Those employees will be looking for a place to live, and with nearly 30 new housing starts in Tomball, some could become residents, Fagan said.

“One of the neat transitions Tomball is in right now is that we have areas where houses are ready to be built,” she said.

“I was looking over my notes, and one guy said he missed that small town feel, so I think the people who look to us, will look for the small town atmosphere.”

Event gets high marks

Patrick McGinn, spokesman for Exxon Mobil in Fairfax, said employees who attended the fair gave the event very high marks.

“Feedback from those who attended the fair said they appreciated the wide variety of information that was available about the amenities, services and lifestyle opportunities available in the Houston area,” McGinn said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: energy; houston

1 posted on 05/13/2013 6:54:40 AM PDT by thackney
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2 posted on 05/13/2013 6:56:10 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Cool!


3 posted on 05/13/2013 7:10:23 AM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: thackney

Awesome.


4 posted on 05/13/2013 7:12:27 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (God Bless America)
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To: thackney

Coolio!


5 posted on 05/13/2013 7:14:44 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: thackney

2,100 employees

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That will be a great boost for the entire region with a potential of some 7000+- population added almost at once.


6 posted on 05/13/2013 7:22:37 AM PDT by deport
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To: thackney

Anyone who would choose Fairfax over The Woodlands is an idiot. Great communities and excellent schools.

Only negative is if you need to commute to downtown Houston, but that’s not a problem in this situation.


7 posted on 05/13/2013 7:22:55 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: thackney

Great aerial photo and article — I’m not much of a fan of the Houston area, especially the traffic, but trading the Metro DC area for Houston seems to be a positive swap.


8 posted on 05/13/2013 7:55:41 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45
especially the traffic

That was the worse part moving back here from Alaska.

9 posted on 05/13/2013 8:21:34 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: deport

When it’s completed in mid-2015, the development will house 10,000 people.

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/04/21/aerial-photos-of-the-exxon-mobil-campus/


10 posted on 05/13/2013 8:24:32 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

If 10,000 employees in the facility that should allow for local hires.

The area west of I45 over to 290 is developing. If they ever get 290 expanded between 610 and Beltway 8 that will really help the commute situation out that direction. But this development shouldn’t have that problem as they are located north of the future Grand Pkwy.

Those people relocation from Fairfax will have some adapting to do with the heat/humidity/hurricanes and skeeters. But most will like it once they get settled in, imo.


11 posted on 05/13/2013 12:29:55 PM PDT by deport
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To: thackney

There may be more active construction cranes on that site than there are in the city of Atlanta these days.


12 posted on 05/14/2013 5:58:42 PM PDT by PAR35
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