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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.



U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw files oil and gas legislation in response to Biden executive order

If passed into law, the congressman's bill would override the president's order, according to a statement.


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.



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.



The Woodlands Township plans 2020 budget amid revenue concerns

The Woodlands Township is formulating its 2020 budget this week, taking into account projected lower sales tax revenue and uncertainty about the future of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in the township as it looks at the likelihood of shortfalls in the next five years.


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.


Anadarko shareholders to vote on Occidental merger in early August

Shareholders of The Woodlands-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. will decide Aug. 8 whether to approve the company's acquisition agreement with Occidental Petroleum Corp. announced earlier this year.




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.


Economic Outlook Conference focused on growth, sustainability in The Woodlands

Following a year of growth and development in The Woodlands area, long-term sustainability was the main focus at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Economic Outlook Conference Feb. 8.





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 …


ELECTION Q&A: Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner candidates discuss flooding, traffic and other issues

Two candidates are running for Harris County Precinct 4 commissioner this November, which covers portions of …