Leaders from the commercial and industrial real estate industry recently traveled to Conroe to discover more about the favorable business climate in the Conroe area. The professionals that gathered at the 18th Annual Greater Conroe Allies Day hosted by the Conroe Economic Development Council (CEDC) saw firsthand the opportunities to grow business in the greater Conroe area.
The day began with CEDC Executive Director, Fred Welch, presenting on the current state of economic development in Conroe. Welch discussed the status of infrastructure improvements, industrial and commercial developments, retention and expansion efforts, a growing local workforce, and available incentives for companies looking to locate in Conroe. Welch specifically focused on how economic development has been a driving force in Conroe’s recent rapid growth.
“Conroe’s strong economic condition has allowed for substantial growth in our area,” Welch voiced to the attendees. “The investments being made here will allow for sustained progress and provide opportunities for those looking grow their business or career.”
Johnson Development Corp’s, Shannon League, succeeded Welch and updated the group on the happenings at Grand Central Park. League discussed the recent grand opening of the park, which welcomed around 2,000 people. League also highlighted the expected economic benefits of Grand Central Park when completed. Research estimates 8,000-14,000 jobs will be created, with a $1-$2 billion tax benefit in property, sales, and hotel taxes from the current mixed use strategy. The location and lifestyle offered to residents has been the biggest selling point for those interested in Grand Central Park.
“Grand Central Park’s location is very desirable for companies and residents, alike. Conroe is thriving and we expect Grand Central Park to foster the area’s development,” said League.
Following Welch and League, CEDC Deputy Director, Danielle Scheiner, conducted a bus tour featuring visits to Conroe Park North, Deison Technology Park, and Grand Central Park. Passengers were able to get a good look at the newest development in the Conroe area. The growth in Conroe Park North and the business-ready infrastructure of Deison Technology drew the attention of those on board.
“Conroe’s business friendly climate has allowed for economic success and I am happy we were able to show that off at Allies Day,” said Scheiner. “We were also able to display that Conroe has the capacity to continue the growth.”
Rounding out the day, the CEDC gave their allies the opportunity to enjoy lunch and golf at Walden Yacht Club and Walden on Lake Conroe Golf Club. Mayor of Conroe, Toby Powell, CEDC Board Chairman, Steve Pilgrim, and CIDC Board Chairman, George Waggoner, took time at lunch to thank the group for their attendance and helping to drive Conroe’s economy.
The CEDC joins the mayor and chairmen in their appreciation of the partners who attended Allies Day and remain committed to promoting Conroe. Conroe continues to be a great place to live, work, play, and learn and the GCEDC looks forward to working with its allies to promote Conroe’s growing list of assets.