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Lisa Mutchler with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)/Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center's (TMAC) came to the Gulf Coast Economic Development District to discuss the services they offer to stimulate economic development in the Texas Gulf Coast region. TEEX has 21 years of experience helping Texas businesses by identifying and analyzing constraints to top and bottom line growth. TEEX/TMAC offer prescriptive trainings, customized trainings, cyber security analysis, certified safety training, and advanced manufacturing training, among other services. Learn more at TEEX/TMAC.
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Actions
The following articles highlight actions the Gulf Coast Economic Development District (GCEDD) is undertaking in the region to advance the strategies and actions in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).
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Greater Houston Freight Mobility Committee

On July 11, the Houston-Galveston Area Council hosted the first meeting of the Greater Houston Freight Committee, a standing advisory group formed to provide industry and public sector input on freight movement in the region. The focus of the meeting was the committee's goals and objectives and identifying freight transportation infrastructure improvement needs.

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Workforce Solutions Creates Incentives for Relocation

After an unexpected closing in Brazoria County, the Alvin Economic Development Corporation faced a challenge attracting an employer to reopen the newly vacant call center.  One of the relocation incentives Alvin EDC offered was employee re-training from Workforce Solutions. The training incentive, as part of the incentives package Alvin EDC developed, was sufficient to entice the new employer to reopen the call center in Alvin. To find out more about what Workforce Solutions can offer, contact Susan Dixon or Ann Pham at Workforce Solutions.

Upcoming Events news

IEDC Annual Conference
September 25-28, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio

NADO 2016 Annual Training Conference
October 15 - 18, 2016, San Antonio, Texas

Urban Land Institute Fall Meeting
October 24-27, 2016, Dallas
Upcoming Developments

Daikin North America
Daikin North America LLC's $417 million manufacturing facility, the Daikin-Goodman Comfortplex Campus, is expected to open this fall in Waller County. The new 4.1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility, fronting U.S. Highway 290, is expected to employ more than 6,000 employees by mid-2017. The new campus is expected to generate $3.9 billion in annual economic impact for the Houston region, and it is spurring new development in the area.

An undisclosed tenant, speculated to be furniture giant Ikea, closed on a 1-million-square-foot lease for its first distribution center on the Gulf Coast.  The lease is in Clay Development's Cedar Port Industrial Park near the Port of Houston. Ikea will occupy two of the three 500,000-square-foot, rail-served distribution buildings that Clay Development is building in the park.

The Pinto Business Park, at the southwest corner of I-45 North and Beltway 8, will soon play host to a new Amazon Distribution Center $136 million facility. "With Houston's legacy as a pioneer in innovation and exploration, we are proud to become a member of the community with the announcement of a new fulfillment center in the region," said Akash Chauhan, Amazon's vice president of North American operations. "We are excited to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs and to become a member of the business community." The 855,000-square-foot Houston fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

CenterPoint Economic Development
CenterPoint Energy provides economic development organizations with resources and services to help your community identify, pursue and land job-creating, wealth-generating economic development projects. CenterPoint provides information of available sites in its service area, including the following counties:  Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend - Industrial/Office, Fort Bend - Retail, Galveston, Harris - Industrial/Office, Harris - Retail, Liberty, Montgomery - Industrial/Office, Montgomery - Retail, and Waller


Broadband Webinar Series  
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) continues its series of monthly webinars to gather input on the Community Connectivity Initiative, providing communities with self-assessment tools and information to better understand policies and programs supporting broadband internet connectivity. The next webinar in this series will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, August 11.

IEDC Disaster Preparedness Webinars  

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) will host the following free Disaster and Economic Recovery webinars: Securing Capital for Recovery and Redevelopment from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, August 25; Building Resilience in Rural and Small Communities, Thursday, October 13; and Guiding Your Community Image and Brand Through Disasters, Thursday, December 8.

H-GAC to Launch Our Great Region Awards

Does your organization have an outstanding local project for transportation, environment, economic development, resiliency, housing, or healthy communities? If so, consider applying for the new Our Great Region Awards. Our Great Region Awards will recognize outstanding projects in the region that advance the goals and strategies identified in the Our Great Region 2040 plan. Plans, programs, projects, or policies since January 1, 2013, that have furthered or implemented a strategy of the Our Great Region 2040 plan within the 13-county region will eligible to submit. Any organization may apply for the award(s). More information will be released later this month, including specific award criteria. Award submissions will open in early September. Sign up here to be notified of updates.

Needed to Update LID Mapping Tool
H-GAC is looking to update our Designing for Impact Low Impact Development mapping tool. This tool highlights over 60 LID projects across the 13-county Houston-Galveston region. Users can simply click on a site on the map to learn more about the LID features and view photos of each project. If you know of any development projects using LID practices that are not currently mapped, please click here to provide information. For information, contact Mary Martha Gaiennie at 713-993-2468.  


Regional Economic Trendstrends
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Updated for 2016:
Regional Economic Indicators
The Gulf Coast Economic Development District is committed to providing the economic data you need to promote economic development in your jurisdiction. We have updated the economic data on  real estate, employment, and county-by-county trends for 2015. Workforce Solutions offers Labor Market Information for the region, including the following data:  Economic & Employment Data, Gulf Coast Regional Data, Economic Profiles and Monthly/Quarterly Reports by County and Metropolitan Statistical Area, Regional Unemployment Rates, and Historic Employment Data.
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The Regional Land Use Information application allows users to view forecasted land use for the 8-county H-GAC region.
H-GAC Releases 2016 Annual 
Regional Growth Forecast
H-GAC released its 2016 annual r egional growth forecast estimates on May 5. This release includes data on population and jobs down to the Transportation Analysis Zone (TAZ) and Census Tract level. The data is available to download, as well as for display as maps and tables. More information is available here.
Funding Opportunities

TDA 2017-2018 Community Development Fund Grants
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) 2017-2018 Community Development Fund applicationguidelines, and regional guidebook are now available. Rural Texas cities may be eligible for water, wastewater, drainage, and street improvement grants through TDA's Community Development Grants. The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 9, 2017. Training opportunities are available for this funding program.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting grant applications to provide investments that support construction, nonconstruction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA's Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to forward economic prosperity in distressed communities. There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new funding opportunity notice.

H-GAC's Community Enhancement Grants are designed to help municipalities, counties, and non-profit organizations enhance public spaces, such as gateways, parks, waterfronts, and business districts. 


The SBA 504 Loan Program provides long-term business expansion financing for real estate, construction, and equipment purchases.  


The EDA Business Loan Fund assists businesses in areas impacted by Hurricane Ike.  


The EDA Government Loan Fund assists government in areas impacted by Hurricane Ike.

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