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Here's what small businesses should know about the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program

A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program has been approved by Congress and aims to continue distributing financial relief to small businesses. Here is everything you need to know about the second round of the loan program.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addresses COVID-19 vaccine, economic effects

The governor explained what Texas has learned from the pandemic and how that will affect legislative priorities.


Q&A: How the pandemic could change Houston’s restaurant industry long term

From ghost kitchens to margaritas to go, experts believe some restaurant trends from 2020 are here to stay beyond the pandemic.



Employment forecast: Houston’s economy has ‘a long way to go’ to fully recover from COVID-19 recession

Patrick Jankowski said he projects between 35,000-52,000 new jobs will be added to the Houston region in the coming year, but it all depends on whether the COVID-19 virus can be contained.


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.


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.


Office, industrial construction dots the horizon in Tomball, Magnolia

The Tomball and Magnolia communities are home to more than 30 properties built since 2016 or planned in 2019 for office, warehouse and industrial use, according to an analysis of available listings from LoopNet.


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 …


MAP: Tomball, Magnolia nonprofits broaden scope to meet growing needs as some residents face challenges affording basics

Correction: Spelling has been corrected throughout for the name of TOMAGWA's executive director, Lee Ann Kroon. The proper name of the organization is TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries.



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 …


Montgomery County approves $344.4M budget, flat property tax rate for 2019 fiscal year

Despite an overall budget increase of 4.8 percent and the addition of 34 new county employees, Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved a 2019 fiscal year budget that keeps the existing property tax rate of 46.67 cents per $100 home valuation.


Harris County releases final list of $2.5 billion flood control projects for Aug. 25 bond package, early voting begins Wednesday

Harris County will ask voters to approve a $2.5 billion bond referendum Aug. 25 to fund projects for the Harris County Flood Control District through 2035.


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.


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.


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.


Real Estate Trend: City of Magnolia looks to welcome mixed-use development

Magnolia City Council approved amending the city’s zoning districts and land-use regulation to allow for mixed-use commercial and residential projects during its May 8 meeting. Tana Ross, the city’s economic development coordinator and planning technician, said the move could drastically change the types of developments available within city limits.