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 and Cities event. Judge Henry joined Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle, and La Marque Mayor Bobby Hocking on reporting that the state of the economy in Galveston County is strong.

Judge Henry praised the new residential construction in Texas City and the redevelopment efforts in La Marque as signs of that strength. He specifically pointed to the privately-owned Port of Texas City, which develops land in both cities, as a county-wide success.

Judge Henry also lauded the efforts of the county’s own economic development department for their work with the City of Texas City on securing the Gulf Coast Ammonia project, a nearly $1 billion dollar collaborative project between Gulf Coast Ammonia, Air Products, and Eastman Chemical Company.

The plant, when completed, will produce nearly 9% of the world’s ammonia supply, directly integrating Galveston County into the world’s food production system. Additionally, the project will generate $2 million of property tax offset for the taxpayers of Galveston County.