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The 12-county Greater Houston area is one of the largest and most diverse business regions in the nation. Houston's strategic, central location coupled with the infrastructure of four of the country's largest ports, two international airports and major highway and rail service make this a dynamic hub for a large cross-section of industries. The various counties also bring their own characteristics and incentives that attract sectors from advanced manufacturing to biotech. Explore what makes each area of our region unique. 

The 12 Counties of the Greater Houston Region

Austin County
Brazoria County
Chambers County
Fort Bend County
Galveston County
Harris County
Liberty County
Montgomery County
San Jacinto County
Walker County
Waller County
Wharton County

County Spotlight: Montgomery

Montgomery County is located in East Central Texas and is one of the 12 counties in the Gulf Coast Region. The county is on Interstate 45 and Interstate 59 approximately 45-miles north of downtown Houston. Montgomery County covers 1,047 square miles and the county seat is Conroe. The county's leading employment sectors include retail, education and health care. Montgomery County is home to Lake Conroe, a popular recreation area less than an hour away from Houston.






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Quality of Life, Workforce Fuels Montgomery County's Growth

Montgomery County’s rapid growth in population and business activity was the focus of the Partnership’s Future of the Houston Region event this week. Montgomery County’s reputation of green space, top-rated schools, and a talented and diverse workforce have attracted new residents and companies to the area. The county’s population has grown more than 37% to nearly 650,000 residents in the past decade and is the third fastest-growing county in the greater Houston region. Mark Keough, Montgomery County Judge; Gil Staley, CEO of The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership; Jim Carman, Houston Region President of The Howard Hughes Corporation; and Danielle Scheiner, Executive Director of the Conroe Economic Development Council, participated in a panel discussion moderated by Stephen Head, Chancellor of the Lone Star College System. The panelists attributed Montgomery County’s success to its suburban environment. Staley said “more and more companies are asking for suburban environments” where their employees can work, live and play. Staley added The Woodland’s strong workforce has also been “paramount” in their ability to attract companies. Sixty-three percent of The Woodlands’ population has a bachelor, graduate or professional degree. Those two factors are what drove Cellipont Bioservices to relocate their headquarters from California to the Research Forest area. The cell therapy company recently broke ground on its headquarters and research facility.  The Woodlands, which is rated the best city to live in America by, isn’t the only area in Montgomery experiencing significant economic development activity. Vaccine industry leader VGXI, Inc., recently celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters and manufacturing facility at Conroe’s Deison Technology Park. Scheiner said the idea behind the 248-acre park was to create a space where companies could scale up, and VGXI’s move to Conroe from its original operations in The Woodlands is proof of that.  “Life sciences for sure is an area that we’re seeing a lot of growth in. We’re excited about that,” Scheiner said. The growth in these key industries, such as life sciences and technology, significantly contributes to the entire Houston region’s progress. “The Partnership is proud to continue working closely in alliance with county judges, local economic development organizations and other county leaders from across the region in order to continue creating opportunities for businesses to expand and relocate to the area, and ultimately, to continue making our mission of making Houston one of the best places to live, work and build a business possible,” Chief Development Officer Katie Pryor said.  The panelists also pointed to challenges as the county experiences rapid growth. Keough said investing in infrastructure will need to be a focus to continue to provide a high quality of life and keep attracting reputable companies to the area. 
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Major Transportation Projects Signaling Rapid Growth in Counties Surrounding Harris

It’s no secret that many of the metro region’s outlying counties are experiencing growth. All you have to look for are the traffic cones and the new homes springing up in places like La Marque, Cinco Ranch and Fulshear. Fort Bend and Montgomery counties alone experienced explosive growth from 2010 to 2020, with 254,331 and 170,605 new residents, respectively. Here’s a look at the Texas Department of Transportation’s major projects underway or expected to start this year in several counties surrounding Harris. While a bit of patience will be required of residents in these counties for the next couple of years, the end result should help ease transit as the region grows.  Walker County The I-45 Central Walker County Project aims to improve statewide connectivity by alleviating congestion and enhancing freight mobility. TxDOT says this portion of the freeway was constructed in the early 1960s, so it needs some upgrades given that I-45 connects Dallas and Houston and serves as the primary hurricane evacuation route. Construction on the first segment is currently underway. The 4.4-mile project goes from SH 19 to SH 30. Construction on a second segment is expected to start in 2026 which will continue improvements along I-45 through FM 1696. The improvements include widening I-45 from four to six lanes, reconstructing existing bridges and adding interchanges and collector-distributor roads. The total cost for the first segment is expected to be $200 million. Montgomery County State Highway 105 in Montgomery County is undergoing some major improvements already. In 2021, TxDOT started on the first section of improvements from FM 2854 to I-45. The improvements include upgraded traffic signals, sidewalks and raised medians. Improvements east of I-45 will go from 10th Street to the San Jacinto County line. The project along SH 105 is split into three sections with an expected combined total of $183 million. Improvements include widening SH 105 to four lanes and adding sidewalks and bicycle lanes. Montgomery County’s population grew 37% from 2010 to 2020, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. TxDOT says improvements along the corridor are needed due to continued projected growth. Construction is currently underway on at least three new master-planned communities in this part of the region. Waller County If you’ve taken a drive down I-10 west of Katy, you know that area has experienced major growth. TxDOT is already working on several projects along I-10 from Brookshire to west of Sealy to make the freeway at least three lanes from Houston to San Antonio. This year TxDOT could start construction on another section of I-10 from FM 359 in Brookshire to Mason Road in Harris County, a total of 13 miles. TxDOT estimates that by 2040, traffic is projected to grow by 65% compared to numbers collected in 2016. The goal is to widen portions of the interstate and reconstruct it to add  managed (toll, HOV or express) lanes. The estimated construction cost is $555 million. The improvements would be made in at least three phases moving east to west, according to TxDOT.  The Signorelli Co. will start building a 365-acre master-planned community north of Brookshire later this year. The Bluestern development will feature more than 1,300 single-family homes. Construction is slated to start in the second quarter of 2022. Other residential builders have at least three other developments underway. “Waller County is rapidly growing, quickly becoming a major destination to live, work, and play for families of all sizes,” said Jeff Dewese, Senior Vice President of Land at The Signorelli Co., in a statement. Galveston County TxDOT plans to complete final designs for improvements along I-45 from the Galveston Causeway Bridge to 61st Street this year. Plans include adding one additional main lane in each direction, adding frontage road lanes in certain areas, and adding bike lanes and sidewalks. According to TxDOT, the changes are needed to improve the hurricane evacuation route and keep up with current and projected growth. TxDOT estimates the project will cost around $115 million. Construction is slated to begin in 2023 and is expected to take three to four years to complete. Learn more about the 12 counties of the Greater Houston Region.   
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