Katy Area EDC launches free platform for updates on open businesses

Texas Roadhouse at 20840 Katy Freeway, Katy, is one of more than 300 local businesses that have listed themselves on the Katy Area EDC's new free platform of open businesses operating during the coronavirus pandemic. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Roadhouse at 20840 Katy Freeway, Katy, is one of more than 300 local businesses that have listed themselves on the Katy Area EDC's new free platform of open businesses operating during the coronavirus pandemic. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas Roadhouse at 20840 Katy Freeway, Katy, is one of more than 300 local businesses that have listed themselves on the Katy Area EDC's new free platform of open businesses operating during the coronavirus pandemic. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)



To help residents and the business community navigate the reopening of the economy, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has launched a new digital tool.

On ZoomBusiness, created by GIS Planning, local businesses can list themselves as open with their hours, pickup options, websites and promotions, according to an April 29 press release. Residents can search the platform for businesses open near them via search, filters and map functions.

The platform is a free resource, per the release. Find ZoomBusiness here.

“As an organization, our goal is to serve and better the Katy area community,” Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour said in the release. “During this unprecedented time, the need for accurate data is critical. Through our partnership with GIS Planning, we are able to offer these resources free of charge.”


As of 9 a.m. April 30, the platform features 314 local businesses from banks to restaurants to hotels to engineering firms.

We look forward to a return to normalcy but in the meantime, we remain committed to helping our community however possible,” LaCour said in the release.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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