Posted by Tomball Lions Club on Jun 08, 2018
Lion President Hardee introduced guest speaker Bruce Hillegeist, President of the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce who provided a very interesting update on residential, commercial, and mobility growth and positive changes in and around the Tomball community. Lions & guest pictured from left to right are: Lion Tail Twister John Phillips, Chamber President Bruce Hillegeist, President Bubba Hardee and Past President Bob. Photo provided by Lion Al Gerhardt.
The current population of the City of Tomball is 11,864 and is projected to be ~20,000 by year 2030.  Currently within a 10 mile radius the population is 420,634 with an average age of 41.  Ten years ago the average age of the population was 32.  Median income of the current population is $53,112 and median household expenses are $62,332.  Employment figures show that 38% of jobs are blue collar and 61% are white collar.  Mobility enhancements include continuing construction on the Hwy. 249 extension of the tolled road over Spring Creek and beyond.  The current schedule is to complete the toll road expansion via FM-105 to Navasota by December 2019.  Work on this “Highway to Heaven” (Aggie terminology) should begin north of Spring Creek in the coming weeks.  TXDOT plans to start improvements on Main St. in Tomball from Hwy. 249 east to Concordia H.S. to eliminate overhead wires, create a raised medium and redo sidewalks on each side.  Efforts are being made to minimize disruption to Main St. businesses.  Tenants continue to locate into the relatively new Tomball Business & Technology Park in the SE part of the City.  Other commercial developments being planned are Tomball Crossing on Medical Complex Dr. south of Academy Sports, the Dancing Falls Development and the Grand Parkway Town Center (construction planned to begin in 2019).  The Fire Ant Brewery and Restaurant should be opening around September 1st of this year at 304 Market St. in a property being developed by the Hutson Group.  City Council approved the master plan earlier this year for relocating the Texas Railroading Heritage Museum to Tomball on property just south of the Historic Depot.  About $3M in funds will be needed to accommodate the relocation with construction to begin ~2-3 years from now.  All in all, a whole lot of positive things are happening in the greater Tomball community.