First Choice Emergency Room Opens 26th Facility in La Porte First Choice Emergency Room opened its 11th facility in the Houston area
in La Porte, Texas on December 6th. The new La Porte facility is located at 1220 W Fairmont Pkwy, La Porte, TX 77571 and is
celebrate the opening, First Choice Emergency Room made a donation to La Porte High School. Members of the La Porte High School
band and cheerleading squad accepted the donation at First Choice Emergency Room’s ribbon cutting yesterday with the
La Porte Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Louis Rigby. Following the ribbon cutting, First Choice Emergency Room hosted a medical
community open house.
City Working Towards Improving Opportunities To Shop Local
Written By: Jaree Hefner
had a Schlotzsky Texas Original sandwich? Or gotten your child's hair cut at Great Clips? Bought a mattress from Mattress
One? Those, plus a Bright Smiles, will all be new options in 2014 when “The Shops At Spencer” opens at the corner
of Spencer Highway and East Blvd. This retail development, which still has one space for lease, fits in perfect with the City’s
strategic plan that was adopted in April of 2013. In it, City Staff and Council outlined six overall goals for the City. With
an entire City to cover, two out of those six goals relate to Economic Development in La Porte.
The 2013 strategic plan shows the importance being placed on bringing new businesses to the City.
Scott Livingston, the City’s Economic Development Coordinator says that La Porte’s sole focus right now is to
bring in more retail development for the City. Why? Because our citizens need it. In addition to the “Shops at Spencer,”
the City has been working with a developer on a 10,000 - 20,000 square foot retail development at the corner of Spencer Highway
and SH 146 (formerly the Chevrolet dealership). We want the opportunities to shop local to expand and make
life in La Porte more convenient for our residents. As an added bonus, for every $1 you spend in La Porte, you are putting
2 cents back into city services. These services include things like improving your emergency services, street repairs, and
park improvements. It truly is a win win when you shop local, and we are actively working towards expanding those shopping
opportunities for you. To view the strategic plan in its entirety visit www.laportetx.gov/2013strategicplan
La Porte Jobless Rate
Remains at 6.3 Percent
By David Lee Janda, Jr.
The November unemployment rate for La Porte did not waver from the previous month’s rate
of 6.3 percent, according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday, December 20. A year ago La Porte’s
unemployment rate was at 6.1 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate for November 2013 was 7.0 percent while Texas’ rate
was 6.1 percent.
November Housing Data Shows Less Sales, Higher Prices for Area Homes
According to data released by the Houston Association of Realtors, November housing
data shows the number of houses sold in the La Porte-Morgan’s Point-Shore Acres housing area decreased from a year ago.
22 homes were sold in November, compared to 25 in 2012. The average price of homes sold, however, rose 15.1 percent (from
$119,550 in November 2012 to $137,632 now) and the median price for homes sold in the 77571 zip code increased by 5.1 percent,
from $117,502 a year ago to $123,500 now.