Community briefs for Aug. 11

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Posted 8/11/22

Community briefs for Aug. 11, 2022.

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Roland Parker of Impress Computers to talk about the biggest mistakes to avoid in technology

Roland Parker of Impress Computers will speak about the biggest mistakes to avoid when it comes to technology at the next Katy Area Chamber of Commerce meeting.

The meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, 814 East Ave., Ste. G.

Topics to be covered include backing up computers, dealing with insecure emails, dealing with outdated software, lack of protection against power outages and surges and no preventative maintenance or monitoring.

Admission is $25 for members, $40 for prospective members. For more information, call the chamber at 281-391-5289.

Wild West Brewfest looking for volunteers

The annual Wild West Brewfest, organized by the Rotary Club of Katy, is seeking sponsors, volunteers, leaders and auction items as preparations continue for the event.

The Rotary Club of Katy has donated proceeds—almost $1 million since its inception—to local schools, organizations and charities. Over 100 brewers will be featured with over 750 different types of beers. The brewfest also features live music, with the Queen Legacy Band closing the event on the final night.

The brewfest is set for Nov. 3-5 and will be held for the first time at Typhoon Texas, 555 Katy Fort Bend Road. Tickets range in price from $25-125. For more information, visit the website wildwestbrewfest.com.

Clothed by Faith helping with clothing donations

Clothed by Faith, 802 Dominion Drive, Ste. 100, is hoping to help 1,500 students get ready for a successful school year. Clothed By Faith gives a week’s worth of school clothing to children and teens across Katy and the Greater Houston area.

The organization is seeking donations that will give these students confidence, hope, and dignity.

For more information, visit the website, the abbreviated URL for which is bit.ly/3ply1gx, or call Clothed by Faith at 281-676-8837.

George touts Fort Bend County to tech company executives

Fort Bend County Judge KP George is encouraging top semiconductor chip manufacturing businesses to extend their operations to Fort Bend County following Congress’ bipartisan approval of the $280 billion “CHIPS and Science Act,” which is aimed at building up America's chip manufacturing and developing other critical technological innovations.

The act authorizes Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of State (DOS) activities to develop onshore domestic manufacturing of semiconductors critical to U.S. competitiveness and national security. Currently, only 12% of chips are manufactured domestically and the United States lacks the capabilities to produce the most advanced chips at volume.

Microchips play a crucial role in the operation of daily consumer products including automobiles, smartphones, medical equipment, washing machines and more.

“Fort Bend County is known for our highly trained employees, strategic international location, and a business-friendly environment. Many major technology companies like Amazon and Texas Instruments already call Fort Bend County home, and appealing to technology manufacturing businesses is important for our local job growth in Fort Bend County, the state of Texas, and the Country,” George said.

George said opening more semiconductor manufacturing plants in Fort Bend County will strengthen American technology and supply chain, giving the nation a competitive edge in the future.

Letters from George were sent to the CEOs of Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Broadcom Corporation, Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics North America.

Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Wild West Brewfest, Clothed by Faith, Fort Bend County

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