Conroe - Montgomery

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5:34 PM May 15, 2020 CDT

Nationwide sales of retail, food services plummet in March, April amid social distancing, stay-at-home orders

As many businesses are operating on decreased capacities or have shut down completely, one side effect is a dip in monthly sales for retail and food services.


Montgomery County legislators Brandon Creighton, Steve Toth discuss COVID-19 response in Texas

The Montgomery County-based state senator and representative met with The Woodlands-area community members via videoconference May 15.


DATA: Here are companies with the highest number of Houston-area layoffs so far in 2020

Of the 23,197 layoffs reported in the Gulf Coast region , 76.2% of them were within Harris County, followed by 15.4% in Fort Bend County.



Houston official: Economy likely will not return to pre-coronavirus state until mid-2021

As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and oil and gas downturn continue to cripple the Greater Houston area's economy, Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research for the Greater Houston Partnership, said in a May 12 webinar that he suspects the local economy will not return to its pre-coronavirus state until mid-2021 at the earliest.


National unemployment sees largest-ever month-over-month increase in April

Unemployment numbers hit a record high in April, the highest level recorded since 1948, when these reports were first issued.


Texas COVID Relief Fund launched to bring financial help to communities in need

The funds raised will be distributed to nonprofits, school districts and government organizations across Texas to help promote economic development, health care and education.




More than 6,000 Lake Conroe residents filed for unemployment in 1 month

According to the data, 6,857 unemployment insurance claimants live in the Conroe and Montgomery area, which accounts for roughly 3.56% of the area's total population.


PHOTOS: Montgomery County residents push for faster reopening

"All of us are going to die, but not all of us are going to live," Bouche said.


City of Conroe waives late water, sewer fees

The move is an attempt to help alleviate financial burden from residents affected by coronavirus.


Texas saw a 9.3% drop year over year in sales tax revenue generated based on March sales

Sales tax revenue collected by the state of Texas in April totaled $2.58 billion, a more than 9% drop compared to April 2019,



MAP: See which Houston ZIP codes have highest per-capita unemployment filings

A ZIP-code snapshot of claims as of April 27 shows that some areas are feeling the economic effects more harshly than others.


43.39% of restaurant owners choosing to reopen dine-in service May 1, Texas Restaurant Association survey shows

Texas restaurants have not been permitted to offer dine-in services since mid-March but could start again beginning May 1.


Following clarification, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough reverses stance, says only select businesses to open May 1

Officials clarified that nonessential services, such as gyms, studios, barbershops and nail salons, are not classified as essential and cannot open.


Lake Conroe-area businesses, restaurants prepare for reopening

As Lake Conroe-area businesses prepare for the county to reopen May 1, some have raised concerns over what returning to normal looks like.



Most Houston-area movie theaters do not plan to open May 1 despite Gov. Abbott’s authorization

This initiative is part of a larger effort to gradually reopen businesses across the state following closings due to the coronavirus, but only a few Houston-area theaters are planning to reopen so soon.


Greater Houston area sees around 400,000 unemployment claims in March, April

Houstonians can expect to continue seeing an elevated level of unemployment claims in the coming weeks.


Gov. Greg Abbott: Alcohol to-go sales in Texas to continue beyond May 1, could last 'forever'

As some Texas restaurants and businesses prepare to reopen with limited occupancy starting May 1, to-go alcohol sales will be allowed to continue, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Gov. Greg Abbott.


Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack seeks to provide stimulus checks to taxpayers through CARES Act funding

Noack said he hopes to use a portion of the county's nearly $105 million CARES Act allotment to distribute checks based on a percentage of 2019 county property taxes.



The Woodlands-area hotels see increasing occupancy

Hotels in Montgomery County are seeing a slight increase in occupancy, but lower room rates.


Montgomery County residents raise concerns over property appraisals during coronavirus outbreak

Several residents complained of "dramatically" increased property values.


Conroe’s sales tax revenue could drop $1.5 million in FY 2020-21, officials say

The city’s estimated year-end sales tax revenue for fiscal year 2019-20 is not significantly lower than budgeted. The bigger impact, officials said, will be in FY 2020-21, when the city could see a loss of $1.5 million.


Houston retail to go: Tell us if you are open for business offering curbside service

With Gov. Greg Abbott's order allowing "retail to go" operations, many Houston shops are preparing to offer new curbside and delivery services.