Galveston County Economic Development

August 2019 Update

 


The Benefit of Locating in a Galveston County Foreign Trade Zone

The Benefit of Locating in a Galveston County Foreign Trade Zone

Foreign Trade Zones allow companies to bring items onto US soil without paying a duty tax, allow them to store these goods free of tariff charges, and to use parts…

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Houston Economy at a Glance - August 2019

Houston Economy at a Glance - August 2019

This month’s edition of the Greater Houston Partnership's Houston: The Economy at a Glance provides a mid-year economic update, discusses the impact of recent tariffs, looks at the rise of venture capital,…

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Examples of Commercial Property Available Across Galveston County

Examples of Commercial Property Available Across Galveston County

Galveston County is home to a variety of different communities each with their own unique characteristics. Some examples are below. Bayou VistaBayou Vista's local economy employs roughly 977 people with…

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Houston Developer Plans for Texas City Multifamily Complex on Former Church Site

Houston Developer Plans for Texas City Multifamily Complex on Former Church Site

Houston-based Smart Living plans to build a 234-unit apartment complex on the former site of the First Baptist Church of Texas City at 3210 Gulf Freeway. Smart Living recently purchased…

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Response to Proposed Removal of Grand Parkway Segments B and C from 2020 UTP

Response to Proposed Removal of Grand Parkway Segments B and C from 2020 UTP

The following letter was sent in as a public comment on TxDOT's 2020 Unified Transportation Program. Dear Sirs:   I am writing today regarding TxDOT’s proposed de-authorization and removal of…

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Port of Galveston: Wind Up, Grain Down

Port of Galveston: Wind Up, Grain Down

The demand for clean energy brought some increase to cargo business at the Port of Galveston in the second quarter of 2019, port officials announced this week. But continued struggles…

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Galveston County Included in the Top 20 Metro Areas Nationwide

Galveston County Included in the Top 20 Metro Areas Nationwide

In a recent ranking of metropolitan areas by Reuters Greater Houston (including Galveston County and the rest of the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land MSA) was recognized among the top 20 “superstar”…

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Dickinson To Get $3M in Federal Grant for Public Market Project

Dickinson To Get $3M in Federal Grant for Public Market Project

The city’s plan to build a public market, which would feature food and wares from local restaurants and businesses and create a strong downtown center, got a big financial boost…

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Galveston County in Space: Friendswood's Astronauts

Galveston County in Space: Friendswood's Astronauts

The Galveston County city of Friendswood, not only has an astronaut for a mayor, but now has three of its residents are out of town. They're at the International Space…

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Average Homes of Galveston County

Average Homes of Galveston County

We're often asked what's the average home like in Galveston County? What does it cost? Here's your answer: Bayou Vista In 2018, Bayou Vista was estimated to have a population…

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Message from County Judge Regarding Grand Parkway

Message from County Judge Regarding Grand Parkway

To All Galveston County Residents, As many of you know, the Texas Department of Transportation (Txdot) has scheduled a public hearing at 10:00am on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at the…

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Houston/Galveston Home Sales Surpass Dallas

Houston/Galveston Home Sales Surpass Dallas

According to the latest data from HomesUSA.com, the average number of new home sales in Houston surpassed Dallas as the top Texas market in June. The company, which compiles information…

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Houston / Galveston Business Startup Guide

Houston / Galveston Business Startup Guide

This booklet includes helpful tips, hints, and resources for starting or growing a small business. Our goal is to assist the business owner / executive as they navigate their entrepreneurial…

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Houston/Galveston Venture Capital up 115% Year-Over-Year

Houston/Galveston Venture Capital up 115% Year-Over-Year

Entrepreneurs in the Houston area received $250.8 million in venture capital during the second quarter of 2019, up 115 percent from the $116.8 million reported for the same three-month period…

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Friendswood and League City Ranked Top Cities in Texas

Friendswood and League City Ranked Top Cities in Texas

Ranked on five factors, Friendswood & League City are top-25 cities in the state of Texas. Two Galveston County cities, Friendswood and League City ranked #19 and #24, respectively. Houston,…

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Clear Creek ISD Approves Record Pay Raise for Staff

Clear Creek ISD Approves Record Pay Raise for Staff

The Clear Creek Independent School District has announced a significant compensation package for its nearly 5,000 employees. The compensation package includes a 4% to 9.49% pay raise for classroom teachers,…

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Galveston County's Logical Location

Galveston County's Logical Location

We're in the place you want to be: Galveston County is a great place for logistics. Galveston County is located in Greater Houston, Texas: the center of North America, and…

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Galveston County's Northern Border From the Air

Galveston County's Northern Border From the Air

It should be obvious that Galveston County's southern border is on the water. After all, Galveston Island is barrier island off the Texas Gulf Coast, about 50 miles southeast of Houston. But what you…

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Design Work to Start on Major Two Galveston Road Projects

Design Work to Start on Major Two Galveston Road Projects

Initial planning work is set to begin soon on two heavily trafficked streets in Galveston. The city of Galveston and Galveston County are beginning the design and engineering work for…

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Galveston County Sales Tax

Galveston County Sales Tax

One hundred twenty-four (124) Texas counties (including three in Greater Houston) impose sales taxes. Galveston County isn't one of them. Galveston County's sales tax rate is 0%. City Sales Tax…

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Summer 2019 Buildings & Sites

Summer 2019 Buildings & Sites

The Galveston County Buildings & Sites handout has been updated. Download it here. As always, the live list is here.

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Galveston County's Opportunity Zones, Explained

Galveston County's Opportunity Zones, Explained

Throughout the United States, large regions have continued to lag behind the economic and industrial growth seen their neighboring communities. Even within these successful communities, a number of tracts remain…

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Water Service in Galveston County Cities

Water Service in Galveston County Cities

Water and sewer service in Galveston County is provided either by cities, or by water districts (municipal utility districts, water control and improvement districts, or special utility districts.) Rates and information…

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Hitchcock Highlights Newsletter: Summer 2019

Hitchcock Highlights Newsletter: Summer 2019

Hitchcock Highlights is the the joint newsletter of the Hitchcock Economic Development Development Corporation and Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce. The summer edition Hitchcock Highlights is out. Read it here.

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Port of Galveston Reports Record Revenues

Port of Galveston Reports Record Revenues

Independent auditor reports clean audit. The Port of Galveston’s 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), released in June and confirmed by an independent audit, shows record operating revenues for fiscal…

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