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‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.


Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.


Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.



Pandemic-induced retail conveniences are here to stay, official says

According to Jazz Hamilton, first vice president with the Retail Brokerage Services group for CBRE, between January and November of 2020, consumers spent almost $550 billion online—a 33% increase from 2019.


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.


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 …


Hwy. 288 driving another wave of economic expansion

With substantial completion of the Hwy. 288 toll lanes project less than a year away, residents and business owners alike are eager to see fewer lane closures and construction cones. But in the wake of the project, even more development is expected to come to the already built-up corridor.


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.



Shadow Creek Ranch 20 years later: How a unique partnership paved the way for development

In the mid-1990s, Carlo Ferreira, a Las Vegas developer, was invited to Houston to look at the emerging opportunities in the area. With development already cropping up around the city, Pearland caught his eye.


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.


10 business and restaurant updates for Pearland, Friendswood in October 2018

Here are 10 local businesses and restaurants making moves in the Pearland and Friendswood area in October 2018.


Virgata breaks ground on Friendswood project that will include Chick-fil-A site

Longtime developers with Friendswood-based Virgata Property are breaking ground on their first project in the city in mid-October.



International firm Endress+Hauser to build regional center in Pearland

Industrial automation firm Endress+Hauser will build a 100,000-square-foot facility in Pearland's Lower Kirby District in 2019, the Pearland Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday.


Pearland ranked No. 3 for growth in WalletHub study of 515 U.S. cities

Another ranking has put Pearland near the top of U.S. cities for its track record of growth and economic development, with the city coming in as the third-fastest growing city overall in a WalletHub study released Oct. 1.


What you need to know about the sales tax holiday this weekend, Aug. 10-12

Every year, the Texas Legislature sets the dates for an annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing. This year’s sales tax holiday is Aug. 10-12.


GUIDE: How would Harris County's proposed $2.5 billion bond referendum affect property tax bills?

Almost a year after Harvey dropped a trillion gallons of water across the Greater Houston area last August, Harris County is petitioning voters for a $2.5 billion bond referendum, which would fund flood control projects across the region and raise property tax rates if approved by voters Aug. 25.



Friendswood ISD safety committee recommends exploring school marshal program

After a month of meetings, the Friendswood ISD School Safety Advisory Committee shared preliminary recommendations with district trustees Monday, including hiring safety monitors, addressing building access and further exploring a school marshal program.


UH Law Center launches new post-Harvey relief program

The University of Houston Law Center received a $205,000 grant from the Greater Houston Community Foundation on July 12 that will allow the law center to launch its Hurricane Consumer Assistance Program.


Pearland Town Center marking 10 years as retail, dining hub

Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway St., is celebrating its 10th year as the city's largest retail and …


Harris County gets $4.5 billion in federal funds for flood-control projects

Harris County has acquired about $4.5 billion in federal funds for flood prevention projects across the area, bringing the county closer to solving its numerous flooding issues, officials said Monday.



Pearland relaxes rules on dogs at restaurants, expands food truck permits

In two updates to the city's health code that took effect May 26, the city of Pearland has made it easier for restaurant owners to allow dogs and for food truck operators to run their business year-round on one permit.