The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation recently awarded its first Sugar Land Legacy Awards to Les Newton, president of Planned Community Developers, and Fluor.
The awards recognize those who have made a significant, lasting impact on economic development and overall prosperity in the city. The first-ever recipients were announced at a business luncheon in Sugar Land.
Newton was acknowledged for his decades of work in development, including leadership that resulted in some of the city’s first major commercial investments, projects that provided important sales tax revenue, as well as one of the city’s most prominent destination activity centers.
“Without Les Newton’s leadership and cutting edge vision more than 10 years ago, Sugar Land would not be home to the award-winning $250 million mixed-use project we all know as Sugar Land Town Square,” said Sunny Sharma, Sugar Land Legacy Foundation president. The project has been the centerpiece of Sugar Land’s recognition as a major destination within the Houston region for more than a decade – a crucial part of the city’s economic success.
Fluor received recognition in the Organization category. As the city’s largest employer, Fluor made the decision to move to Sugar Land in the 1980s and has contributed to Sugar Land’s recognition as an employment center within the region.
“Fluor has demonstrated a commitment to investing in the quality of life in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County,” said Sharma. “Their employees dedicate thousands of volunteer hours annually and raise funds for local nonprofits.”
Fluor recently presented a $1 million grant to the University of Houston College of Technology to establish an Industrial Construction Management Education Partnership focusing on research and professional development.
Their contribution is the largest in the University of Houston Construction Management program’s history and is a continuation of a partnership between Fluor and the University of Houston that began in 1991.
“The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation is proud to establish a vehicle to encourage, identify, recognize and honor individuals and businesses that do so much and passionately give back to our communities to improve in the areas of economic, cultural arts, parks and recreation and overall quality of life for our city and its citizens,” said Sharma. “These awards not only honor them but also preserve their legacies for future generations.”
The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation Board of Directors selected recipients from nominations based on their commitment, business experience, tenure, service and leadership in Sugar Land.
Sugar Land City Council created the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation in 2010 to assist in the development of city-owned capital projects and promote community investment in facilities and activities that enhance the long-term prosperity and quality of life for Sugar Land residents.
Past projects from the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation include the Remembrance Tower and Honor and Remember engraved brick pavers located within the Veterans Memorial area at Sugar Land Memorial Park, the universally accessible playground in Sugar Land’s First Colony Park, Eldridge Park Trail improvements, City Park skate park enhancements and memorial and the installation of several sculptures throughout Sugar Land. The foundation focuses on “planned giving opportunities” that do not compete with the fundraising efforts of Fort Bend County’s many charitable organizations.