By Vanessa Holt, Community Impact
Residents of The Woodlands may be familiar with the name of entrepreneur George P. Mitchell, who founded the community in 1974. But some who knew him said they hope the public institutions named after him—including, most recently, a section of I-45—will serve to remind residents of his vision for a sustainable master-planned community.
Mitchell, who died in 2013, would have turned 100 on May 21, and The Woodlands also reaches a
milestone this year, marking 45 years as a community in October. Having amassed wealth as the founder of Mitchell Energy and Development Corp. in the mid-20th century, Mitchell was known for pioneering a successful approach—fracking—to extract natural gas from shale. But locally, he is known for bringing his community vision to fruition with the development of The Woodlands. READ MORE