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More than 60,000 people live in the trade area, and the major markets of Houston, Conroe, and The Woodlands are less than thirty minutes away. The area's labor force is one of its primary assets. An abundance of workers with strong work ethics in a broad range of professions are available.

Montgomery County's economy is very strong and continues to strengthen each year. The continued growth of the entire county and especially the anticipated growth in East Montgomery County is very exciting.

Montgomery County is ranked as the 6th fastest growing county in Texas with its population more than doubling in the last twenty years. With a growth rate of between five and six percent per annum the 2010 census population of 455,746 and is projected to top one million in the next twenty-five years.

The East Montgomery County area is fast becoming one of the focal points for development in the greater Houston region. Considering its close proximity to Bush Intercontinental Airport, the Port of Houston, downtown Houston and other regional economic centers the area has seen rapid growth over the last five years.

While this is exciting, it also requires planning. Regional planning is being led by the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC) and involves citizens from across the region meeting to discuss growth issues. Infrastructure and particularly transportation planning is critical to the future of the region.

Several new projects, both residential and commercial, are currently being developed. Instrumental in these projects are regional developers such as Friendswood Development Company, The Signorelli Company and others. Projects include residential subdivisions, commercial tracts, or both in several cases. Home prices range from the $120's to the $800,000's. Significant among these residential developments are Oakhurst at Kingwood, Valley Ranch and Tavola. Numerous nationally known home builders are currently building in these area developments. The Valley Ranch Town Center project will give Porter/New Caney a “downtown” that will attract visitors from surrounding areas.

The growth in East Montgomery County also has an impact on the regional economic well-being as many of the homes that are being built will be purchased by people who will work in Harris County. The proximity to the new ExxonMobil campus in Spring will also have a positive impact on the continued development of residential developments. The growth of available jobs in East Montgomery County will also attract individuals who live outside the area but work here. Growth and development throughout the north Houston region has a significant impact on our area. By working together with our friends and neighbors we can accomplish much!

East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID)

The East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) is located 20 miles northeast of downtown Houston along Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 NAFTA Corridor, amid robust population growth in the region's northeast quadrant.

Created in 1997 through Senate Bill 921 and ratified by local voters, the East Montgomery County Improvement District is at the forefront of economic and community development activities within its 158 square miles located just north of the Montgomery/Harris County line, Kingwood, and the northern city limits of Houston, making it the largest improvement district in the nation. The District collects a $.01 - $.015 sales tax on all sales taking place within its borders. These monies are in turn used to promote and maintain economic and community development activities in East Montgomery County.

EMCID collected $7,085,614 in annual sales tax and other revenues during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The District's Operating Budget is allocated to three objectives: Economic Development, Community Development and Educational Scholarships.

Our economic development program provides cash, land, infrastructure and other forms of incentives in return for jobs being created in the District. Our community development program provides funding for local non-profit and community needs to enhance the quality of life for residents. Finally, our educational scholarship program provides $1,000 to every graduating high school student or GED recipient within the District to further their education through college courses. It also provides 20 $500 merit-based scholarships for current college students who graduated from schools in East Montgomery County and want to continue their college education.

The East Montgomery County Improvement District is led by President & CEO, Frank McCrady, and eight elected Board of Directors who serve four-year terms: Chairman Brenda Webb, Vice Chairman Dale Martin, Scott Hesson, Treasurer, Stephen Carlisle, Secretary, Dr. Katherine Persson, Assistant Secretary and Directors Leonard Rogers, Isidor Ybarra, Jr., and Martin Zepeda.

The East Montgomery County Improvement District is located at 21575 U.S. Hwy 59 North, Suite 200, New Caney, Texas 77357. The office telephone number is 281.354.4419 or visit their website at