We all know that Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States. According to estimates by the U.S. Census, the greater Houston area is home to almost 6 million people. But Houston is so much more than just numbers and the communities that lay outside and among the sprawling city limits have a significant impact on this city and its growth.

FOX 26 is beginning a new initiative called FOX 26 LISTENS. It’s all about our communities, our neighbors who are separated by city limits signs and yet a part of Houston all the same.

We’ll be coming to your towns to learn about the issues that are important in your area, the concerns of the community and what can be done to help. We’ll also be showcasing the people and the locations that make your town special and a great place to live.

We’re starting with Katy, over the next week you’ll see stories highlighting different features of the Katy area and on May 14th FOX 26 LISTENS will host a town hall meeting for Katy area residents to talk with their community leaders about the issues that are important to them.

Some of the distinguished Greater Katy community leaders on that panel include:

– Mayor Don Elder, City of Katy  – Alton Frailey, KISD Superintendent  – Chief Bill Hastings, Katy Police  – Frank Lombard, Katy Economic Development Council  – Johnny Nelson, Katy City Administrator  – Pastor Watkins, PowerHouse Christian Center  – Ann Hodge, Katy Chamber of Commerce  – Jennifer Archer, Parks and Recreation Director

Katy resident and FOX 26 News anchor Tom Zizka will be there and we invite other Katy residents to join us at the Powerhouse Christian Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 to share your views about your town.

You can also watch the meeting live and chat at .

The Powerhouse Christian Center is located at 1818 Katyland Drive.