Dane Carlson can see economic potential for Hitchcock and for La Marque, he said. There’s space for manufacturers and support services for industries in Texas City and Galveston. There’s appeal in being close to the beach, and to Houston, and he thinks this is where people and where businesses want to move.

Now, it’s his job to sell that.

“I’m like Zillow,” Carlson, the county’s new director of economic development, said in an interview last week. “My job is to get eyeballs on the sites.”

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