Who runs the East Montgomery County Improvement District?
EMCID is managed on a daily basis by Frank McCrady, President and CEO. He reports to a board of eight publicly elected officials from the area. These eight elected officials serve for a period of four years.
What is located inside the EMCID Complex?
The EMCID complex serves as the home of the East Montgomery County Improvement District, the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center, Montgomery County Youth Services, and Lone Star College – EMCID Center. LSC - EMCID Center has more than 800 seniors enrolled in their Academy for Lifelong Learning and offers numerous free courses taught by volunteers.
What are the geographical boundaries of the District?
The easiest way to visualize EMCID's geographical boundaries is to combine the school districts of New Caney and Splendora. Our boundaries parallel the combination of these two school district boundaries excluding areas which are located outside of Montgomery County or areas which have been annexed by the city of Houston. Our district boundary is 158 square miles and is the largest Improvement District boundary in the nation. Maps are also available in our office and online.
How is EMCID funded?
East Montgomery County Improvement District is funded by a one and a half cent sales tax on taxable goods and services within the district boundaries.
What does EMCID do with the taxes it collects?
Each year our Board prepares a budget and allocates funding for three main areas. These areas are economic development, community development, and a local scholarship program.
- Economic development focuses on bringing in new job and employment opportunities to the area, as well as, programs which can enhance the overall economic well being of our area and vitality of our local small businesses. See success stories under economic development for successful projects we have funded.
- Community development focuses on programs which can enhance or increase the quality of life of our area. Programs such as public safety, community services, recreational opportunities, and funding for youth programs are examples of projects which we have funded in the past. See success stories under community development for successful projects we have funded.
- Our educational initiatives have received national attention. The East Montgomery County Scholarship Foundation (EMCSF) will provide a $1,000 scholarship for every student graduating from New Caney ISD, Splendora ISD, or any individual receiving a GED, or any individual home schooled or private school residing within the district boundaries. This scholarship can currently be utilized at any college within the Lone Star College System or by our Direct Reimbursement Program. The EMCSF also makes available each year 20 merit-based scholarships to college students and offers a paid internship to three high school seniors.