North Houston Economic Development

Contact: Elizabeth Balderrama
Elizabeth.R.Balderrama@LoneStar.edu
832.813.6252

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Commercial Property in North Houston

The North Houston Economic Development Center has partnered with Xceligent to provide a verified commercial real estate search engine in the north Houston region.

Workforce

The North Houston Region's workforce is skilled, educated, and ready to work. The region's 2017 median age is 34.

Texas is a right-to-work state. For information about the Right to Work laws in the state of Texas, please visit the Office of Attorney General website.

2017 Civilian Population 16+ in Labor Force
Civilian Employed 93.8%
Civilian Unemployed 6.2%
2017 Employed Population 16+ by Industry
Total 16+ Population 1,035,038
Services 44.7%
Retail Trade 11.2%
Manufacturing 10.3%
Construction 8.7%
Transportation/Utilities 7.6%
Finance/Insurance/Real Estate 5.8%
Agriculture/Mining 3.1%
Wholesale Trade 4.2%
Public Administration 3.3%
Information 1.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2010 Summary File 1. Esri forecasts for 2017.

Learn more about the workforce here: North Houston Region Workforce

Workforce Development

When training is needed, there are multiple resources for providing training and workforce development.

Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation. In fall 2016, there were over 85,000 credit students enrolled. Combined with the thousands more who take continuing education and leisure learning classes throughout the year, the college has about 95,000 students.

Lone Star College

  • Provides specialized, trade specific training in oil and gas, alternative energy, or mechanized production industries at the new state of the art Lone Star College Energy & Manufacturing Institute. 
  • Is a primary provider of nurses and health care workers and leading provider of fire fighters and EMTs in the Houston area.
  • Provides opportunities for Bachelor's and advanced degrees through its university centers.
  • Is a Top 5 producer of associate degrees nationwide.
  • Provides a $3.1 billion annual economic impact to the local community.

Lone Star Corporate College

Lone Star Corporate College partners with global corporations to provide customized training, open enrollment courses, and professional seminars. We focus on the energy, computer technology, and advanced manufacturing sectors, but also provide training for retail, hospitality, school districts, health care organizations, non-profits, and many other industries.

For more information, call 281.296.7827 or e-mail: CorporateCollege@LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College Energy & Manufacturing Institute (LSC-EMI)

LSC-EMI is a resource in a multitude of industries including oil and gas, alternative energy, power generation and distribution, chemical plants and refineries, industrial and commercial maintenance, mechanized and automated production industries, welding, applied research and development, and many more.

The LSC-EMI offers customized, hands-on, competency-based technical training and education.

Workforce Solutions

Workforce Solutions is the public workforce system for the 13-county Houston-Galveston region. Workforce Solutions partners with businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations, and community leaders to find solutions to labor needs of industries vital to the region and its economy.

Employee training programs funded by the Texas Workforce Commission include:

Incentives

The state of Texas invests in the future by offering incentives to companies who are creating jobs and driving innovation.

For a summary of the most utilized state and local incentives: Texas State Overview Incentives & Programs(pdf)from the Texas Governor's Office and Local Incentives(pdf) from the Greater Houston Partnership.

Taxes

Income Tax

Texas has no personal or corporate income tax.

Texas Franchise Tax Rates

  • 0.75% for most entities
  • 0.331% for qualifying wholesalers and retailers
  • 0.375% for those entities with $20 million or less in Total Revenue (annualized per 12 month period on which the report is based) electing the E-Z Computation

Additional information is available through the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Office.

Sales Tax

The state sales tax rate is 6.25%. Certain city and local taxing entities may levy up to 2.00% sales tax in addition to the state sales tax.

The Tax Rate Locator on Texas Window on State Government website allows you to enter a specific address to determine the taxing jurisdiction(s) at that address.

Property Tax

Learn more about Texas property taxes here: North Houston Region Taxes

Mobility and Transportation

We know how important it is to be able to move your products, your people, and your customers. Our transportation network is continually increasing to meet the demands of our region.

The Houston region is the crossroads for Interstates 10 and 45. Other major highways serving the North Houston Region are U.S. 59/I-69, U.S. 290, and Texas 249. Beltway 8, Houston's second regional loop, serves North Houston. The Grand Parkway, which is scheduled to open 2015 and will be the third loop in the region, will greatly enhance mobility throughout the North Houston Region.

Beltway 8 and the Grand Parkway provide toll lane options. The Hardy Toll Road is a north/south option from I-45/The Woodlands in the north down to Bush Intercontinental Airport and continuing south to the east side of the North 610 Loop.

Houston's highway system utilizes many barrier-separated high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and 32 Park & Ride lots with access to Metro's direct bus service to major employment centers and van/car pools.

Air

Businesses in our region have convenient access to a major international airport serving domestic and international airlines. The region also has two municipal airports that serve businesses and executives.

  • George Bush International Airport
    2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, TX 77032
    Bush Intercontinental is located approximately 23 miles north of downtown Houston, near the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8 North). IAH currently ranks 5th in the U.S. with scheduled non-stop domestic and international service to more than 170 destinations.
  • David Wayne Hooks Airport
    20803 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring, TX 77379
    David Wayne Hooks Airport, one of the largest private airports in the U.S., specializes in general, business, and military aviation services. For 50 years, Hooks Airport has developed and maintained first-class facilities, while Gill Aviation has grown to become one of the most respected names in FBO services.
  • Conroe North Houston Regional Airport
    10260 Carl Pickering Memorial, Conroe, Texas 77303
    Lone Star Executive Airport, owned and operated by Montgomery County, serves the needs of corporate aviation and our local aircraft owner/pilot population in the North Houston Region, including The Woodlands and Conroe area. The FAA designated Lone Star as a reliever airport to George Bush Intercontinental Airport and recognizes it as an airport of national significance for its role in handling non-airline traffic.

Port Houston

Port Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities located just a few hours by ship from the Gulf of Mexico. Consistently ranked first in the U.S. in foreign waterborne tonnage, the port is also frequently ranked first in U.S. imports and U.S. export tonnage, and second in U.S. total tonnage. It is also the nation's leading breakbulk port. 

  • Port of Houston
    111 East Loop North
    Houston, Texas USA 77029
    (713) 670-2400

Rail

The Houston area, and the Gulf Coast in general, has an expansive railway system with numerous hubs that is one of the most significant freight-railways in the U.S. Find rail served properties here.

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Fast Facts
  • 11 in-district ISDs and 6 out-of-district ISDs
  • More than 3,000 square miles of towns, districts, and communities
  • Population of 2.3 million (2017)
  • Projected population of 2.6 million (2022)
  • Median age, 34 (2017)
  • Projected median age, 34.4 (2022)
  • Average household income, $95,964 (2017)
  • Projected average household income, $108,638 (2022)
Contact Information
Elizabeth Balderrama
Interim Director
832.813.6252

5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381