2016 City News Releases

Posted on: January 6, 2016

Sugar Land to Address 2015 Accomplishments, Vision for the Future

Sugar Land, TX – Sugar Land will partner with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce to present a State of the City Address focusing on the City’s 2015 accomplishments. This is the eighth year that the City has presented an annual summary of activities to citizens.

The community is invited to attend the program to be held Jan. 22 at the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, located at 16090 City Walk at the corner of U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 6.

Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., followed at 8 a.m. with a dynamic presentation of 2015 Sugar Land achievements. Some of these include the following:

  • Ambulance service was launched on Jan. 1 after years of rapid growth in Sugar Land necessitated a change in emergency medical service delivery, specifically advanced life support response. City leaders, including Sugar Land's medical director, identified a need to improve response times for advanced life support calls. Five state-of-the-art ambulances, increased paramedic certifications and expanded dispatch operations contributed to improved response times that are well below the target of 8 minutes for the most serious emergency calls.
  • A multi-faceted incentive package was created by the Office of Economic Development in partnership with the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council and was approved by both the Sugar Land City Council and the Sugar Land Development Corporation to secure the retention and expansion of Schlumberger in Sugar Land. The company’s plans to consolidate their U.S. headquarters to Sugar Land will reposition more than 500 jobs to the City and result in more than $200 million in capital improvements.
  • Sugar Land and ACE Theatrical Group broke ground on the Smart Financial Centre, a project expected to change the live entertainment landscape of the region. Construction of the 6,430-seat live entertainment venue will create a facility that will be the first of its kind in the region. A feasibility study shows the project will provide an annual benefit to the community of $26.1 million or a return of $572 million over 30 years. No general fund tax dollars will be spent on the project that is expected to create an iconic venue for the region.
  • Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson and Houston Mayor Annise Parker joined the Cullinan Park Conservancy to celebrate a historic agreement for the future development of Cullinan Park. The property includes a 754 acre nature preserve comprised mostly of forest and wetlands north of Sugar Land Regional Airport. The agreement outlined a process for the property's annexation into Sugar Land and criteria for the maintenance and operation of the park by Sugar Land. The Cullinan Conservancy has committed to fundraising efforts for the park, including a commitment of $10 million during the next 10 years.
  • Sugar Land's Crime Prevention Camera program was launched. The $1.6 million contract for crime prevention cameras at 27 locations, mostly north of U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land, was approved by City Council in 2014. The project creates a network of license plate recognition cameras at entrances and exits to the City to help identify, arrest and convict criminals.

Priorities during 2016 will include a focus on residential, commercial and vehicle burglaries; an emphasis on safe streets and intersections; work toward the possible development of a public safety training facility; implementation of hike and bike trails, Brazos River Park and a festival site; expansion of economic development and tourism opportunities; and continued engagement with the school district to better understand how Fort Bend ISD plans for expected growth and why schools in Sugar Land remain crowded even as the City’s population ages, a demographic fact that should lessen the strain on schools in Sugar Land.

Register for the State of the City Address at www.fortbendchamber.com.

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