Galveston County Economic Development

October 2019 Update

 


Port of Galveston Going Green

Port of Galveston Going Green

Port of Galveston joins Green Marine certification program The Port of Galveston is going green with a number of environmental initiatives, including membership in Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental…

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Man-Made Lagoon Growing Quickly in Galveston County

Man-Made Lagoon Growing Quickly in Galveston County

The largest man-made lagoon in Texas is fast taking shape in Texas City. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yJgDAeFDY8 The beginnings of a 12-acre, man-made lagoon stretch out across land near Interstate 45, a testament…

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Gulf Coast Workforce Board 2019 Report Card Published

Gulf Coast Workforce Board 2019 Report Card Published

On Thursday, Galveston County’s Department of Economic Development participated in the Gulf Coast Workforce Board - 2019 Report Card Roundtable. This event highlighted how our region’s economic capabilities fared in…

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What is the Capitalization Rate?

What is the Capitalization Rate?

The cap rate is a measure used to compare different real estate investments. Often referred to as the “Cap Rate’, the capitalization rate refers to the measurement of one’s principal…

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Lago Mar Tax Zone Seeks Extended Deal with County

Lago Mar Tax Zone Seeks Extended Deal with County

Twelve years after approving a special tax district to help build a master-planned community in Texas City, Galveston County is considering giving the development more time to reach its full…

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Naming Your Business

Naming Your Business

When starting a business, many entrepreneurs get stuck. Not in figuring out where best to source their raw materials, or stuck figuring out their process for creating finished products or…

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$2M Grant Brings Business Incubator to Galveston

$2M Grant Brings Business Incubator to Galveston

UTMB / GEDP relationships bears fruit for startup ecosystem on Galveston Island Galveston will soon see evidence of a new emerging technology business incubator in the old Customs House building…

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La Marque Seeks Grant to Fund Downtown Improvements

La Marque Seeks Grant to Fund Downtown Improvements

The city is making a bid for a government grant to improve sidewalks and disability access in its downtown district. The city has applied for a $350,000 community development block…

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Judge Henry:

Judge Henry: "Galveston County Ready to Tackle the Future"

Today, Judge Mark Henry addressed the members of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership at their annual State of the Counties event. According to Judge Henry, "Galveston County stands poised…

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Galveston County Startups Can Grow with NASA's Tech Licensing Program

Galveston County Startups Can Grow with NASA's Tech Licensing Program

The NASA Johnson Space Center Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office is ready to make connections and licensing agreements work for you. Let's say you're a [Galveston County or] Houston startup…

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Houston/Galveston: 6th Most Affordable Place to Start a Business

Houston/Galveston: 6th Most Affordable Place to Start a Business

The Houston/Galveston metro has been ranked the 6th most affordable place to start a business in the United States. With an estimated 6.89 million residents spanning 8265.8 square miles. According…

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2019 GEDP Economic Development Summit

2019 GEDP Economic Development Summit

Galveston Economic Development Partnership invites you to join us for the 8th annual Economic Development Summit on Friday, October 25, 2019, at the Aggie Special Event Center at Texas A&M…

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Explore the Pipelines of Galveston County

Explore the Pipelines of Galveston County

Under the streets of Galveston County exists the unseen world of an interconnected network industrial gas pipelines. These pipelines flow from all over the region into a through the county,…

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Texas A&M Galveston Upgrades Ship Simulator

Texas A&M Galveston Upgrades Ship Simulator

$81,000 of upgrades were recently completed on the school's full-mission bridge simulator. The simulator provides invaluable training to the university's Maritime Academy cadets, as it can prepare them for a…

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The Economic Impact of NASA's Johnson Space Center

The Economic Impact of NASA's Johnson Space Center

Located just south of Houston and north of Galveston County, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) is the seat of human spaceflight operations for the National Aeronautics and Space…

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Galveston County Cuts Property Taxes, Again

Galveston County Cuts Property Taxes, Again

For the ninth year in a row, Galveston County has reduced property taxes. The Galveston County Commissioners Court adopted a budget for Fiscal Year 2020 in a unanimous 5-0 vote…

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Port of Galveston Ranked #1 Cruise Port

Port of Galveston Ranked #1 Cruise Port

Family Vacation Critic recently released their list of the top 13 cruise ports worldwide. Galveston was ranked number 1! Their criteria for ports to review included not just departure and…

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Galveston Company to Process Low-Sulfur Ship Fuel

Galveston Company to Process Low-Sulfur Ship Fuel

A Galveston fuel storage operator plans to run a 50,000-barrel-a-day crude processing facility to make ship fuel as the maritime industry prepares for a significant tightening of emission standards. Texas…

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Understanding the Texas Farm to Market Road System

Understanding the Texas Farm to Market Road System

The Farm to Market Road System is the largest secondary highway system in the United States. Established in Texas through legislation in 1949, Farm to Market Roads exist as secondary…

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TxDOT Keeps Grand Parkway (SH99) in 10 Year Plan

TxDOT Keeps Grand Parkway (SH99) in 10 Year Plan

A Message from County Judge Mark Henry Residents and Stakeholders, The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) voted on the final version of the 2020 Unified Transportation Program (UTP) this morning,…

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Presentation: Texas Abatements, Reinvestment Zones & Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones

Presentation: Texas Abatements, Reinvestment Zones & Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones

Late last month, the Galveston County Economic Development Department staff attended a presentation by Frank Alvarez, Senior Analyst, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, at Lone Star College to learn more…

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Houston / Galveston Job Growth July '19: Double National Rate

Houston / Galveston Job Growth July '19: Double National Rate

Among the 12 largest metro areas in the country, Houston ranked second in the nation for its rate of annual job growth of 3 percent in July, only beat out by Dallas,…

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RV Park Development in Galveston County

RV Park Development in Galveston County

Galveston's County permitting process for building a new RV / mobile home park in unincorporated parts of the county is simple and straightforward. In total, the county will require four…

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Hot Projects in Bay Area Houston

Hot Projects in Bay Area Houston

The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership publishes its Hot Projects update multiple times per year. The August 2019 edition is below. To download a PDF version, click here.    …

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Education & Industry Launch New Center for Petrochemical, Energy and Technology

Education & Industry Launch New Center for Petrochemical, Energy and Technology

The center at San Jacinto College in southeast Houston will train about 2,800 students with the knowledge and experience necessary to work at one of the 132 plants within a…

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