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 Everything Else! Retail / Hospitality Development Plans are in the works for the second phase of Virgata Commons, a mixed-use 14-acre project in Friendswood. Construction […]

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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 deal is one of the largest financial agreements in the island’s contemporary history. The contract guarantees construction of a $100 million terminal at Pier 10 […]

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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 port.     “Galveston’s growing popularity as a cruise homeport is great news for the port and the Galveston community,” said Rodger Rees, Galveston Wharves port […]

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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 2018, a 13.3 percent increase from 2016 and up 126 percent since 2010. That makes Galveston one of the few ports nationwide to increase embarkations […]

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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 the Wharves Board of Trustees. This plan will give the port a sustainable, unified vision and direction guided by solid data, sound business decisions, and […]

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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 Everything Else! Commercial / Office / Industrial Development New developments Two new buildings in Friendswood’s Downtown District — Lease negotiations are underway with several companies […]

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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 of life, officials said Friday during the annual Galveston Economic Development Partnership’s Economic Development Summit. The summit, which brings together people from across the county […]

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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 location in Texas. Key factors of one’s quality of life contributed to the overall health of a population, including: housing, community, income, and education level. […]

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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 Cruise Line – which announced today that it will have four ships homeported in Galveston, year-round, beginning in 2021. Building on its position as the […]

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