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Map of H-GAC region in EDA Disaster Recovery Funding
FEMA-4272 Disaster Declaration
Economic Development Administration
Disaster Recovery Funding

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking public entities that need economic development disaster recovery assistance related to 2016 Texas Disaster Declarations 4255, 4266, 4269, and 4272; which include Austin, Brazoria, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, Walker, and Wharton counties. If you have a project to aid in the economic recovery from one of these disasters that needs funding, contact EDA representative Robert Peche.

The Texas Joint Interim Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System

The Texas Joint Interim Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System held a hearing on October 5, to hear testimony on protecting the Houston-Galveston region from hurricane storm surge. The committee heard from Rice University's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center. Testimony included information regarding multiple elements that would be needed to provide protection for the bay with a coastal barrier and an in-bay system. To read more about the hearing, visit

Building a Community Development Taskforce

The Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism hosted two workshops in the region focusing on economic development strategies and programs for Texas communities. Workshops were held on November 7 in El Campo, Wharton County, and on November 15 in Cleveland, in Liberty County. Presentations included information on the Texas Enterprise Fund, Event Trust Funds, Texas Product/Business Incubator FundTexas Leverage Fund, Texas Industry Development Loan Program, Texas Enterprise Zone Program, Industrial Revenue BondsGovernor's University Research Initiative. Other presenters included the Economic Development Administration, the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Texas Workforce Commission, the USDA, the Small Business Administration, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and SelectUSA. For more information, contact Betty Russo from the Office of the Governor.

Regional Building Inventory Snapshot
The Regional Building Inventory Snapshot analyzes development patterns.
H-GAC's Regional Building Inventory App

H-GAC's new interactive web application, the Regional Building Inventory Snapshot (2015) , explores the 2015 regional building inventory and analyzes the development patterns based on a building's year of construction, building type, housing units, and nonresidential square feet.
The app is powered by H-GAC's Building Inventory Database, based on appraisal data collected and processed from individual County Appraisal Districts in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties.  The Regional Building Inventory Snapshot app is available at using filter keywords "Land Use" and "Planning." 

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Actions

The following articles highlight actions underway or available for the region to advance the strategies and actions in the Gulf Coast Economic Development District (GCEDD) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).

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Greater Houston Freight Committee

The Greater Houston Freight Committee met on October 24 to review and approve the Critical Urban Freight Corridor network, to get input for the Harris County Truck Route Study, and to provide updates on the Ports Area Mobility Study. The Greater Houston Freight Committee is actively seeking input from the economic development community and private industry on road segments critical to freight movement in need of investment. If you have a road segment that meets this description, please contact Joshua Owens.             

Access to Broadband for Fueling Workforce Development and Enhancing Job Skills

Broadband has become an indispensable driver of economic growth and workforce development, creating new opportunities for Americans to participate in the modern, global economy and changing the way they find and do their jobs. Broadband provides channels for sharing information, learning new skills for career advancement, and completing basic job functions in a number of professions. National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program can help communities address this need for broadband. Contact to learn how broadband can help shape and strengthen the skills of your community's workforce and position them for success in the digital economy.  

Upcoming Events

IEDC Disaster Preparedness Webinars  
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) will host its final free workshop of the year, Guiding Your Community Image and Brand Through a Disaster, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Revitalization Roundtable
Save the date for the next Bringing Back Main Street Revitalization Roundtable from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the Jennie Riley Community Center, 322 N. Fourth Street, La Porte. For more information on the upcoming roundtable, contact Cheryl Mergo.

IEDC's Leadership Summit
The International Economic Development Council's Leadership Summit will be in Jacksonville, Florida January 29-31, 2017.

University Center Showcase
Learn about the Economic Development Administration's University Center Economic Development Program at the University Center Showcase March 9-10, 2017 in Ruston, Louisiana, at Louisiana Tech University. 

Upcoming Developments

Tianqing Group Real Estate Co. Ltd., one of the largest real estate developers in China, has partnered with Houston-based DC Partners to develop the project which would rise on 6 acres at the southeast corner of Allen Parkway and Gillette Street.

McCord Development plans to build a new hotel, apartment complex, and office/retail building in Generation Park, a business park northeast of Houston.

Lone Star College-Kingwood breaks ground on Process Tech Center. The 40,000-square-foot facility on 8.3 acres on Lockwood Road near Beltway 8 and West Lake Houston Parkway is planned to open in 2017.

Target will anchor the Woodlands-area Grand Parkway extension at the Grand Parkway Marketplace, a 400,000-square-foot retail center at the intersection of Spring Stuebner and Kuykendahl roads. Phase two will be anchored by Hobby Lobby and Academy.

Nine more stores have been announced in Fairfield Town Center. Developer WP Glimcher announced a second round of stores in the 600,000-square-foot lifestyle center.

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.
2040 Regional Growth ForecastRGF2040
Screen Shot of Regional Land Use Information System
The Regional Land Use Information application displays forecasted land use for the 8-county H-GAC region.
H-GAC's 2016 Annual 
Regional Growth Forecast
H-GAC released its 2016 annual regional 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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