Explore the Pipelines of Galveston County

Under the streets of Galveston County exists the unseen world of an interconnected network industrial gas pipelines. These pipelines flow from all over the region into a through the county, carrying the lifeblood of a variety of industrial processes, including petroleum processing, chemical manufacturing, and oil recovery. The pipeline locations and maps are maintained in […]

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The Economic Impact of NASA’s Johnson Space Center

Located just south of Houston and north of Galveston County, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) is the seat of human spaceflight operations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). JSC is the site of the Mission Control Center (which manages crewed space missions including continuous International Space Station [ISS] operations), and the […]

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Understanding the Texas Farm to Market Road System

The Farm to Market Road System is the largest secondary highway system in the United States. Established in Texas through legislation in 1949, Farm to Market Roads exist as secondary state highway transportation systems connecting rural or agricultural areas to towns and city centers. While the creation of the FM system was built through this […]

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Presentation: Texas Abatements, Reinvestment Zones & Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones

Late last month, the Galveston County Economic Development Department staff attended a presentation by Frank Alvarez, Senior Analyst, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, at Lone Star College to learn more about Abatements, Reinvestment Zones & Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones. The event was hosted by the Tomball EDC, NHEDC, and Lone Star College. On October 9th […]

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There is No One Perfect Location for Every Business

You won’t hear many local economic development organizations admit it, but there is no one best location for all businesses. Although, we economic developers constantly struggle to position our communities and properties as the best location for businesses to locate to. The unfortunate truth for local EDOs is that there is no perfect location for […]

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Download the Texas Business Licenses and Permits Guide

The guide lists over 300+ specific business types, followed by a listing of State Agencies that require licenses, permits, certifications, registrations, and authorizations to operate a business. There is no obfuscation or confusion here in Texas when it comes to business licenses and permits. The Business Permit Office within the Office of the Governor’s Economic […]

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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 Vista Bayou Vista’s local economy employs roughly 977 people with its largest sectors being He largely a sea-side commuter city with few local businesses or investment opportunities due to the size and structure of […]

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