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Businesses, restaurants in Tomball, Magnolia look to end of pandemic unemployment benefits for relief

“We’ve gone up to offering $16 an hour. We are just a very small business; we’re a food truck," said Miguel Camacho, owner of Señor Burrito Co. "We’re still not able to find someone to fill those positions.”


1:04 PM Aug 23, 2021 CDT

Tomball, Magnolia to address tourism, infrastructure with federal relief funds

The cities of Tomball and Magnolia will receive a combined total of more than $3 million in federal funds to assist with economic shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Statewide job fair aims to connect Texas veterans and their families to employers

The job fair is coming to local Texas Workforce Solutions offices, some of which are having early admission for veterans and their families.



Harris County commissioners propose lower tax rates with split vote

While the proposed tax rate is lower than the current rate, tax payers may actually end up paying more since the values of homes statewide increased this year, according to County Administrator David Berry.


Houston economist: Delta variant could hinder region's job growth

Patrick Jankowski of the Greater Houston Partnership said while the region has recovered about 59% of jobs lost during the pandemic, Houston is falling behind other major metropolitan areas when it comes to economic recovery.


Harris County to launch $30M small-business relief fund Sept. 20

Small businesses throughout Harris County will soon be able to apply for COVID-19 relief grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000.


Metropolitan Transit Authority outlines light rail funding developments, COVID-19 ridership effect on METRONext

At a North Houston Association transportation committee meeting, METRO President Tom Lambert provided an update about the METRONext Moving Forward plan.



Montgomery County commissioners vote on proposed tax rate, set date for public hearing on FY 2021-22 budget

A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20 to adopt the final budget and tax rate for the 2021-22 fiscal year.


$30M COVID Relief Fund opens for Harris County residents as eviction moratorium ends

Sourced by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible residents will receive a one-time payment of $1,500 to support urgent needs.


Unemployment, strong housing sales mark 2021 Houston economy, Greater Houston Partnership says

While Houston job recovery lags due to the pandemic, area home sales are strong, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.


Greater Houston area's craft brewery count grows 344% since 2013

According to NAI Partners, the Greater Houston area has 71 craft breweries.



Surge in online shopping strains Houston’s distribution channels

Online spending in the U.S. was up 44% from 2019 to 2020, and transportation expert Bill Eisele said this uptick has put a strain on the region’s transportation system.


‘The supply channels cannot handle the demand’: Why contractors are experiencing supply shortages

Because of an increased demand for lumber, steel, copper and even appliances, more than 70% of contractors nationwide faced supply shortages in the first quarter of this year.


'Our most vulnerable Texans': Every Texan analyst talks labor market lag, effect of ending federal unemployment supplement

Jonathan Lewis, a senior policy analyst with Austin-based nonprofit Every Texan, discussed challenges businesses are facing in finding employees.


Gov. Greg Abbott announces end-date for Texans to receive federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.



Harris County residents have until May 17 to protest property values

High demand for residential properties along with a shrinking inventory of homes translated into a roughly 8%-10% increase in residential values on average across the county this year


USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.


DATA: Texas metros lead the nation in return to in-person work since start of pandemic

About 37% of Houston office employees had returned to in-person work as of the end of March, as compared to an average of less than 25% in other major U.S. metros.


'A developer couldn’t have placed Tomball in a better location if they really tried': Commercial, industrial growth in city of Tomball to create nearly 450 jobs

Several companies are moving into the Tomball Business & Technology Park, including a new brewery and restaurant opening in late 2021, said Kelly Violette, executive director of the Tomball Economic Development Corp.



‘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.


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.