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Cy-Fair housing prices remain high due to low inventory, rising mortgage rates

With insufficient inventory in the single-family housing market and an influx of buyers, Cy-Fair’s average home price increased nearly $120,000 from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 to this April.

Spring | Klein

Spring businesses battle inflation, supply shortages

Spring-area businesses have proven to be resilient during the ongoing pandemic, local stakeholders said, and the economy has begun recovering even as inflation, labor shortages and supply chain issues remain.

The Woodlands

Property values spike across The Woodlands area in 2022

From 2021-22, the average market value of properties increased 29.8% and 21%, respectively, in Montgomery and Harris counties.


Cy-Fair ISD approves raises for all staff in 2022-23 budget

The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees approved the 2022-23 budget with unanimous support June 13, including 2% salary increases for all employees as well as a $1,000 stipend for full-time professionals and a $2,000 stipend for full-time paraprofessionals and hourly workers.

Tomball | Magnolia

Annual report shows Tomball Economic Development Corp. added 240 jobs in Tomball in FY 2021-22

The TEDC also approved nine grants in the 2021-22 fiscal year.


Cy-Fair fire departments ramp up staffing efforts as demand increases

Fire departments in the Cy-Fair area are adapting to staffing challenges as the number of volunteer firefighters has declined over the past three years while the annual number of responses by each department serving Cy-Fair have increased.


Black women in Harris County face greatest risks of pregnancy complications

Barriers to accessing and paying for health care have led to higher rates of maternal mortality in Texas than other parts of the U.S., experts said, with Black women and women older than age 35 facing the highest risks.

Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Local food banks struggle to meet growing demand amid supply chain issues, inflation

More than two years after the coronavirus pandemic first hit the Greater Houston area in March 2020, food banks are still struggling to meet the growing demand for their services as volunteers are slow to return and donations become scarce.

Tomball | Magnolia

New CTE courses, Lone Star College programs keep up with workforce needs in Tomball, Magnolia

Educators in Tomball and Magnolia are expanding opportunities to prepare students for local workforce needs with new career and technical education pathways and postsecondary programs launching this fall as well as the Lone Star College-Magnolia Center in the works.

Tomball | Magnolia

Property values spike locally in 2022 across Tomball, Magnolia

From 2021-22, the average market value of properties increased 21% and 29.8%, respectively, in Harris and Montgomery counties, according to data from the counties. In comparison, the average market value for properties has risen no more than 15.4% year over year within Harris County and no more than 11.2% in Montgomery County in the years prior since 2010.

Bay Area

Bay Area struggles with supply chain issues, employment gaps

It has been over two years since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the Houston area, and Bay Area business owners said they continue to feel the effects on supply chains, inflation and labor shortages.


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.

Conroe | Montgomery

Property values spike across Conroe, Montgomery in 2022

The average market value of properties in Montgomery County spiked 29.8% from 2021-22, according to data from the Montgomery Central Appraisal District. In comparison, the average market value for properties with homestead exemptions has increased no more than 11% year over year in Montgomery County since 2011.

Spring | Klein

Spring oil and gas job creation lags as prices at the pump rise

While Greater Houston-area employment has been rising since early 2021 and the price of oil has spiked in recent months, local oil and gas jobs—particularly in manufacturing—have dawdled behind, industry experts said.

Pearland | Friendswood

Pearland launches innovation hub aiming to connect small businesses, entrepreneurs in city

The city of Pearland is seeking to connect and aid local business owners and entrepreneurs.

Bay Area

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership: Future of southeast Houston's economy is bright

Despite inflation, rising gas prices and increasing property values straining Houston residents’ wallets, the Bay Area’s economy is in a great spot, said Dan Seal, executive director of special initiatives for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.

The Woodlands

Market Street navigates retail challenges with new slate of offerings in 2022

Market Street officials have announced new openings for vacancies that have occurred in the past two years, including a new entertainment venue, retailers and high-end restaurants.

Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

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.

Sugar Land | Missouri City

Supply chain remains challenge for local businesses

A local look inside business supply chain challenges