Galveston County Economic Development

February 2020 Update

 


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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Galveston County Explores Opportunities in Space

Galveston County Explores Opportunities in Space

This week, Galveston County’s Department of Economic Development attended the annual SpaceCom Conference & Exposition. This event brings together America’s commercial space enterprises with governmental departments with a shared goal…

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Galveston County Economic Development Explores Education and Energy in Greater Houston

Galveston County Economic Development Explores Education and Energy in Greater Houston

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, Galveston County’s Department of Economic Development attended the Houston Region Economic Development Alliance  (HREDA) quarterly meeting at San Jacinto College’s LyondellBasell Center for PetroChem, Energy…

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Pelican Island Land Available

Pelican Island Land Available

One hundred and fifty years ago, Pelican Island was a wind-swept sand dune and shell reef, with only a few feet hundred feet of dry soil. Today, the island is…

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Fall 2019 Galveston County Buildings & Sites Handouts

Fall 2019 Galveston County Buildings & Sites Handouts

The Fall 2019 Building and Sites handouts are available for download. Because we have so many sites available in Galveston County, we've broken it into two versions, one with commercial…

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Port of Galveston Master Plan Slide Deck Available

Port of Galveston Master Plan Slide Deck Available

After more than a year of research and analysis, the final draft of the Galveston Wharves 20-Year Strategic Master Plan has been completed and is being reviewed by members of…

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BAHEP Business Development Update – 10/19

BAHEP Business Development Update – 10/19

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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Foundation Breaks Ground on Green Kemah Headquarters

Foundation Breaks Ground on Green Kemah Headquarters

The headquarters will be the first office building in Texas to meet the Living Building Challenge requirements, the world’s most rigorous green building certification. The Galveston Bay Foundation broke ground…

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City of Friendswood Cuts Tax Rate by a Cent

City of Friendswood Cuts Tax Rate by a Cent

The City's "Work Here Live Here" Program is Working Friendswood City Council recently approved a one-cent property tax rate drop to 52.14 cents per $100 valuation as part of its…

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Houston LNG Co Takes Investment for Texas City Project

Houston LNG Co Takes Investment for Texas City Project

1,000 Acre LNG Terminal in Texas City Under Development Houston-based NextDecade Corp. nabbed a new investment for its planned liquified natural gas export facility in South Texas. NextDecade and the…

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City, County Officials See Opportunity for Economic Growth

City, County Officials See Opportunity for Economic Growth

Galveston County is Positioned for Growth. Both the island and the rest of the county might be uniquely positioned for economic development, so long as local leaders can enhance quality…

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Galveston County Bests State Life Expectancy

Galveston County Bests State Life Expectancy

At nearly 81 years, Galveston County's life expectancy is among the highest in Houston. Earlier this month, the Episcopal Health Foundation released its newest life expectancy findings based on your…

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Greater Houston's Economy Larger Than 183 Countries

Greater Houston's Economy Larger Than 183 Countries

If Greater Houston were a country, they'd be the 28th largest by economy in the world. As of 2017, the most recent data available, Greater Houston's GDP was $490.1 billion,…

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Carnival Cruise Line Bringing Fourth Ship to Galveston

Carnival Cruise Line Bringing Fourth Ship to Galveston

Carnival's local business will expand by 33 percent and increase its number of guests departing from Galveston to about 900,000 per year. Everything is bigger in Texas – including Carnival…

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