Galveston County Economic Development

April 2020 Update

 


Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Funding for Small Businesses

Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Funding for Small Businesses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act is a law meant to address the economic fallout of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. We've crafted this six-page infographic to…

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Stay Strong in Galveston County

Stay Strong in Galveston County

Dear Friends, We hope this message finds you well during these unprecedented times. Galveston County's Economic Development Department values the health and safety of our community, local businesses, employees and…

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Coronavirus Pivots Galveston County Businesses

Coronavirus Pivots Galveston County Businesses

This week, The Texas Tail Distillery began producing hand sanitizer from the ethyl alcohol it would normally use to make vodka, said Nick Droege, the president of the distillery. The…

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Galveston County Medical Center Leading Fight Against Coronavirus

Galveston County Medical Center Leading Fight Against Coronavirus

At the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Galveston National Laboratory on the medical branch’s campus, research on SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19, is in full…

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Galveston Wharves Business Steaming Ahead

Galveston Wharves Business Steaming Ahead

Galveston Wharves is projecting record-breaking wind energy cargo and lay-ship revenues for the first quarter of 2020. Port Director Rodger Rees said, “We’re on track to have a record-breaking first…

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Texas SBA Loan Application Now Available

Texas SBA Loan Application Now Available

Earlier today, Governor Abbot announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has now granted Texas’ Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses…

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Banks in Galveston County Work to Help Local Economy

Banks in Galveston County Work to Help Local Economy

Local community bankers are huddling to pull together their own plan for immediate relief to Galveston County businesses and individual customers. A powwow late Wednesday among local bankers is likely…

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Coronavirus Resources for Business

Coronavirus Resources for Business

Report Local Galveston County Economic Development Issues: Please report economic issues relating to coronavirus in Galveston County. Closures, layoffs, significant changes to commercial and industrial real estate, etc. here. Coronavirus…

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Eastman’s Portillo Matute Strives for Excellence in Texas City

Eastman’s Portillo Matute Strives for Excellence in Texas City

BIC Magazine wrote a very positive profile of the great work that site manager Sergio Portillo Matute is doing for Eastman Chemical Company in Galveston County. From the article: Although…

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Friendswood ISD: #2 School District in Texas

Friendswood ISD: #2 School District in Texas

Friendswood ISD is ranked #2 out of the 100 best school districts in Texas. According to reports, more than 10,000 school districts were analyzed using metrics such as student-to-teacher ratios,…

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Texas Leads Nation for Corporate Attraction, Investment; Houston No. 2 Among Major Cities

Texas Leads Nation for Corporate Attraction, Investment; Houston No. 2 Among Major Cities

Texas is the top state in the country for new economic development projects while Houston/Galveston scores the No. 2 spot among the nation’s largest cities, according to the latest rankings…

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Judge Henry Addresses Chamber on Economy

Judge Henry Addresses Chamber on Economy

"The economy in Galveston County is strong." Last week, Judge Mark Henry addressed the members of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce at their annual State of the County…

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Port of Galveston Approves $129 Million in New Projects

Port of Galveston Approves $129 Million in New Projects

The port's board unanimously approved a list of 17 projects, estimated to cost more than $128.7 million, as its top priorities. The list includes improvements to roads on the interior…

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Port of Galveston's Wind Power Business Keeps Getting Bigger

Port of Galveston's Wind Power Business Keeps Getting Bigger

As the amount of energy Texas creates using wind continues to grow, the Port of Galveston is receiving and shipping out even larger wind-turbine blades, reporting larger revenues from wind-related…

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Expanding to League City

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Expanding to League City

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is excited expand to a new location in the Greater Houston metroplex, Alamo Drafthouse League City. Expected to open in late 2020, the theater will be located in…

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Galveston County Leads in 2020 List of Top Houston School Districts

Galveston County Leads in 2020 List of Top Houston School Districts

Friendswood ISD ranked #2, and Clear Creek ISD ranked #5 in a list put out but the Houston Business Journal today. Friendswood ISD, with an enrollment of 6,087, serves the…

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Texas City's Downtown Revitalization Booming

Texas City's Downtown Revitalization Booming

By most all measures, things are picking up at Texas City’s 6th Street Revitalization District, a long-standing project to revitalize a blighted but historic area in the shadow of the…

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$500 Million LNG Fuel Facility Pitched for Pelican Island

$500 Million LNG Fuel Facility Pitched for Pelican Island

Citing an increase in the number of ships running on liquified natural gas, a company has approached the Port of Galveston about building an LNG fuel facility on Pelican Island.…

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Shriners Hospital in Texas Medical Center Relocating to Galveston

Shriners Hospital in Texas Medical Center Relocating to Galveston

The Shriners Hospital for Children will close its Houston location in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and consolidate it into its Galveston hospital in 2021. The Shriners Hospital for Children Galveston is…

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Galveston County Wins $1B Ammonia Plant

Galveston County Wins $1B Ammonia Plant

$1 Billion Investment Brings World-Scale Ammonia Production Facility to Galveston County and Greater Houston On January 8, 2020, in collaborative announcements, Gulf Coast Ammonia LLC (GCA), Air Products and Eastman Chemical…

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BAHEP Business Development Update - 1/20

BAHEP Business Development Update - 1/20

Four times a year, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership produces The Business Development Update newsletter that reports on Commercial / Office / Industrial Development; Retail / Hospitality Development; Residential Development; and Infrastructure News and…

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Port of Galveston Signs $100 Million Deal for Third Cruise Terminal

Port of Galveston Signs $100 Million Deal for Third Cruise Terminal

The Port of Galveston on Wednesday approved a lease agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to build a new cruise terminal at the Port of Galveston. By any definition, the…

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Port of Galveston: 1 Million Passengers in 2019

Port of Galveston: 1 Million Passengers in 2019

The Port of Galveston, fourth busiest cruise port in North America, welcomed its 1 millionth cruise passenger of the year on December 4, 2019, setting a new record for the…

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County Negotiates First Tax Abatement in 9 Years for $800m Gulf Coast Ammonia Project

County Negotiates First Tax Abatement in 9 Years for $800m Gulf Coast Ammonia Project

Operators of a planned offshore ammonia processing plant won’t pay property taxes to the county until 2032 but will pay about $2 million a year in lieu of taxes under…

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Galveston Cruises Up 13%

Galveston Cruises Up 13%

Galveston saw cruise embarkations reach nearly 1 million in 2018, according to a biennial study from Cruise Lines International Association. There were 985,000 embarkations at the Port of Galveston in…

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