Working Together and Open for Business in Tomball, Texas
Tomball, Texas thrives on community. Helping
neighbors when times are tough is part of the
culture of the city located just 30 miles north of
Houston. This holds true for the Tomball business
community and Tomball Economic Development
Corporation, which have rallied to support one
another during the COVID -19 pandemic. This
commitment to working collectively, described as
Tomball Together, has helped Tomball persevere
and remain open for business.
A collaboration between the Tomball EDC and
the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce,
TomballTogether.com is a one stop shop for Tomball
businesses who need information. TomballTogether.
com has details on how to operate during the
pandemic, including keeping workers employed
and the community served. TomballTogether.com
provides information on federal loan programs,
small business resources, local health updates,
remote working tools, and local restaurants serving
Supporting existing businesses has always been
at the hear t of the Tomball EDC’s strategic
mission. Through incentives like the Business
Improvement Grant and a newly launched Façade
Improvement Grant, businesses in Tomball have
greater opportunity to expand and thrive.
The Business Improvement Grant (BIG) program
is a matching grant program designed to help
property owners and businesses make high quality
improvements to buildings and property in Tomball.
The BIG program encourages investments that
relate to improving aesthetics of the community,
providing a more welcoming business environment,
and increasing commercial property values. In the
past three years, 83 businesses have been aided
and dozens of jobs created by the BIG program.
launched in December 2019 the facade
Improvement Grant (FIG) program is designed with
an eye on Tomball’s cultural hub, Old Town Tomball.
The FIG program offers matching grant funds to
assist significant renovations in the Old Town
Business District. The Tomball EDC reimburses
eligible participants 50 percent of their investment,
up to $50,000, for restoration and revitalization of
building structures that complement a significant
overall façade enhancement.
Several current Tomball businesses have used the
COVID-19-caused business slowdown to make
long-term upgrades funded by grants from BIG
and FIG programs. At a time when small businesses
are looking at ways to stand out, the Tomball EDC
grants provide critical capital for local businesses.
Focus is also placed on existing businesses through
economic development support efforts, another
strategic goal of the Tomball EDC. Events, such
as Tomball Business Roundtables, Job Fairs, and
annual Economic Outlook Luncheon provide
businesses an opportunity to network, recruit
talent, and discover best practices.
Support offered to businesses is key to an increasing
number of companies relocating to Tomball. The
Tomball EDC conveys the business-friendly
atmosphere present in Tomball. This message
allowed Tomball to maintain a robust economic
climate and deliver a strong 2020 performance,
despite challenges of COVID-19.
The 99.5-acre Tomball Business & Technology
Park remains the crown jewel for development
and continues to attract businesses to Tomball.
This summer, two companies announced plans to
launch projects in the master-planned and deedrestricted Park operated by the Tomball EDC. The
Park is fully served with all utilities and located
near major thoroughfares, such as the recently
expanded Tomball Parkway and recently completed
JDR Cable Services is building a 65,000 square
foot facility that will house their United States
headquarters when it opens in February 2021. The
project features 45,000 square-feet of assembly
space and 20,0 0 0 square-feet of office space.
Presently based in Houston, the power cable
design, engineering and manufacturing company
will bring 65 jobs to Tomball.
CCJ Collaborations will bring an exciting business
and entertainment project to the Tomball Business &
Technology Park. Led by veteran Brewmaster Chris
Juergen, the company plans to construct 10,500
square-feet of brewery, restaurant, packaging,
and distribution space on 4.6 acres in the Park.
Scheduled to open in second quarter of 2021, the
project will utilize the distinct wooded landscape
of the Park to create an environment attractive
for business and leisure customers. More than
50 jobs will be created by the hospitality venture.
Heightened demand for industrial space in Tomball
led the Tomball EDC to create other expansion
opportunities. Finalized this spring, the Tomball
EDC purchased South Live Oak Industrial Park,
consisting of two warehouses totaling 41,076
square feet. Visualized for mixed-use development,
the 6.2-acre property provides opportunity for
industrial success close to the heart of Tomball.
Available land and ready-made facilities are a
large part of the draw to Tomball. Competitive
incentives, in addition to the previously discussed
BIG and FIG programs, play another leading role
in attracting businesses.
The City of Tomball and Harris County have attractive
tax abatement programs, while the State of Texas
utilizes the Texas Enterprise Zone Program and
Texas Enterprise Fund to invest in new business. The
Tomball EDC also assists with funding infrastructure
costs for eligible projects and provides financial
assistance in the form of cash grants for projects
that create or retain jobs on a case-by-case basis.
Major road and drainage infrastructure investments
have im prove d Tomball’s connectivity and
sustainability. Local transpor tation projec ts
created roadways to connect Tomball businesses
to new highways and parkways to move people
and product in and out of one of America’s fastest
Tomball’s accessibility is also strengthened by
proximity to George Bush Intercontinental Airport,
a 30 -minute drive from Tomball. David Wayne
Hooks Memorial Airport, located less than five
miles from downtown Tomball, gives businesses a
regional option to utilize for chartered flights and
fixed-based operator (FBO) services.
Businesses looking to ship goods to international
and domestic markets will find Tomball has easy
access to the Port of Houston via rail or truck.
Tomball is serviced by Burlington Northern Santa
Fe (BNSF) Railway.
Improved connectivity has been noticeable in
all construction markets. Matching the speed of
business and infrastructure projects, residential
construction has demonstrated rapid growth. The
City of Tomball recently announced nearly 2,000
new homes are planned for construction.
The influx of housing starts will keep Tomball on
pace to grow its population from approximately
12,0 0 0 to more than 20,0 0 0 by 2030. Growth
in the area immediately surrounding Tomball will
bring the total population of the Tomball region to
more than 100,000 within five years. Population
growth will add to an already robust pool of qualified
workers, offering businesses another reason to
invest in Tomball.
A talented workforce has been a priority in Tomball
for many years. Tomball Independent School District
remains among the highest-rated school districts
in the State of Texas, receiving an “A” grade from
the Texas Education Agency’s in its most recent
Lone Star College-Tomball educates thousands
of students at three campuses, with degrees and
certificates that directly translate into the labor
force. Lone Star College-Tomball is part of the Lone
Star College system; the second largest community
college system in Texas.
With investments in business, infrastructure, and
workforce, Tomball is primed to grow. Tomball’s
strong leadership, with a commitment to helping
existing business and recruiting new businesses,
keeps the city moving forward. In Tomball, every
business is critical, and these extraordinary times
have shown the importance of togetherness among
the business community. Tomball remains open
for business, connected and dedicated to growing