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6:03 PM May 17, 2022 CDT

Houston metro projected to fully recover jobs lost in pandemic, avoid recession in 2022

Patrick Jankowski from the Greater Houston Partnership provided an update on the economic status of the Houston metro and provided insight into recent claims of impending recession.


Partnership Lake Houston CEO set to resign June 5

Lance LaCour first joined Partnership Lake Houston, which functions as a chamber of commerce and economic development entity in the Lake Houston area, as its president of economic development in November before being appointed CEO in January.


Lake Houston-area parents battle rising child care costs as industry faces challenges

Families in the Lake Houston area are facing rising child care costs, while local early education schools are grappling with inflated supply costs due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



East Montgomery County Improvement District announces proposed 200,000-square-foot conference center in New Caney

The East Montgomery County Improvement District Board of Directors announced in an April 6 news release that the district is proposing to build a $108 million, 200,000-square-foot conference center.


New census data shows increases in population, jobs within New Caney ISD's boundaries

The geographic area containing New Caney ISD has grown by roughly 15,000 residents since 2015, which translated to more jobs in most sectors of the economy, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's Annual Community Survey 5-year estimates for 2016-20.


Lake Houston businesses persevere through 2 years of COVID-19 hardships

Businesses in the Lake Houston area have proven to be resilient during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, local stakeholders said, and the economy has begun recovering even as inflation, labor shortages and supply chain issues remain.


Port of Houston expansion plans underway amid increased demand

Maria Aguirre spoke at the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce luncheon about the state of the Port of Houston and discussed ongoing initiatives to bolster the port and the Houston Ship Channel.



City of Humble increases property tax rate, plans for the future in FY 2019-20 budget

The city of Humble approved an increased budget for fiscal year 2019-20 to fund mobility and infrastructure improvements. Humble City Council approved the FY 2019-20 budget on Sept. 12 that includes a $113.53 million total operating expenditure for FY 2019-20—a 1.7% increase from its $111.62 million budget for FY 2018-19.


Higher minimum wage coming to Houston airport workers

Employees at George Bush Intercontinental, William P. Hobby and Ellington airports will see a boosted minimum wage following an executive order signed by Mayor Sylvester Turner on Oct. 9.


Imelda hovers over first public hearing on proposed Harris County tax rate increase

With Harris County commissioners poised to adopt the first tax rate increase the county has seen since 1996, court Democrats and Republicans remained at odds following the first public hearing on the proposed increase Sept. 20. In the wake of Tropical Depression Imelda, disaster recovery was also at the top of mind for people on both sides of the debate.


Texas shoppers to save millions during tax-free weekend, Aug. 9-11

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify the 8.25% sales tax charge refers to the state and local charges.



Airbnb: Agreement with Houston could raise $3 million a year for tourism, arts funds

Under an agreement with the city of Houston effective July 1, Airbnb is now automatically collecting the city's hotel occupancy tax, yielding a potential annual windfall of $3 million for tourism and arts initiatives, the company said.


Texas shoppers pay no sales tax on emergency preparedness supplies this weekend, April 27-29

As hurricane season approaches in Texas, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced a statewide sales tax holiday this weekend, April 27-29, on emergency preparedness supplies.


Greater Houston Partnership: energy industry stabilizing but will not drive job growth in Houston

Following two years of recovery in 2017 and 2018, job growth in Houston is expected to level off and remain stable for 2019, said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. Houston will see an increase of 71,000 jobs this year compared to 73,000 last year, Jankowski said.


Texas lawmakers unite against Trump's potential use of Hurricane Harvey funds for border wall

More than 20 Texas lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have signed an open letter urging President Donald Trump to avoid using the $15 billion in federal funding appropriated for Hurricane Harvey relief as a means to pay for a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and end the ongoing government shutdown .



See how the government shutdown is affecting residents in the Greater Houston area

As the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history continues, local agencies and residents have begun …


Economist: Montgomery County to see job growth, increasing home sales in 2019

Montgomery County is anticipated to see professional job growth and increased home sales in 2019, according to Scott Davis, senior vice president for Meyers Research , LLC. On Dec. 6, the Montgomery County Builders and Developers Division— a branch of the Greater Houston Builders Association—hosted a luncheon to provide an economic outlook for 2019.


Greater Houston Partnership projects Houston to create 71,000 jobs in 2019

The Greater Houston area is projected to create 71,000 jobs in 2019, according to the Greater Houston Partnership's annual Houston Employment Forecast released Dec. 5.


Greater Houston Partnership: Houston must recruit talent, focus on collaboration to maintain economic status

The greater Houston area boasts strong economic assets—it is home to the world’s largest energy center, two international airports and the sixteenth busiest port in the world, and it is the number one region for exports in the country, said Susan Davenport, senior vice president of economic development for the Greater Houston Partnership.



ELECTION Q&A: Harris County judge candidates present views on local issues

Three candidates are running for Harris County judge this November. Community Impact Newspaper asked …