Conroe - Montgomery

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5:22 PM Apr 23, 2020 CDT

Montgomery County Tax Office grants four-month extension on property tax payment agreements

Taxpayers will not be required to pay their March, April, May and June 2020 payments until the end of the contract.


Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses to go live for Retail To Go Friday

MACC Director Shannan Reid said in an email she is encouraging all Montgomery businesses to go live on Facebook.


Experts: Houston regional economy may take months to recover from oil price collapse

The day after the price for West Texas Intermediate crude oil took a historic plunge into negative digits on April 20, it began to climb above zero.



Montgomery Economic Development Corporation creates grant for local businesses' utility bills

The grant is open to any business that has generated at least $12,500 in Texan sales tax revenue and that can demonstrate a sales drop of at least 25% in March or April.


Passenger data shows Houston airports saw about 50% decline in travelers March 2019-20

Like many other industries in the Greater Houston area, the Houston Airport System took a sharp hit in the month of March due to the coronavirus pandemic.


State parks, historical sites reopen as first step in Gov. Abbott's plan to revive Texas economy

While state parks reopened across Texas on April 20, restrictions remain in place for parks visitors.


Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough terminates 'Stay at Home, Stop the Spread' order, curfew

Following Gov. Greg Abbott's announcement of a plan to reopen Texas' economy in stages, Montgomery County took swift local action.



Texas Workforce Commission processes a year and a half worth of unemployment claims in one month

Since March 14, the Texas Workforce Commission has helped more than 1.2 million Texans apply for unemployment benefits.


Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies to take place April 25-27

Officials clarified that products bought online still qualify for the exemption and urged residents who visit retailers in person to follow social distancing guidelines.


$201M in coronavirus relief funds heads to Greater Houston-area airports

United Airlines expects to fly fewer people the entire month of May than it did in a single day in May 2019.


Here's a breakdown of 4 financial relief programs aimed to save small Texas businesses

The webinar highlighted four Small Business Association programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the SBA Express Bridge Loan and SBA Debt Relief program.



Q&A: As Texas considers how to reopen the economy, disease expert urges careful planning

The are still many unknowns about the virus, according to infectious disease expert Jill Weatherhead.


Montgomery City Council debates outreach vs. individual action during outbreak

Mayor Sara Countryman said she wants the city to develop a plan to provide resources for local small businesses to be able to provide information.


Patrick Jankowski ups Houston-area job loss projections to 250,000 in March, April

Patrick Jankowski said locals could see a loss of 250,000 jobs in March and April alone.


By the numbers: New coronavirus information from across Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott released data April 13 on how Texas is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic statewide.



HELP WANTED: These companies are currently hiring in the Greater Houston area

For those actively searching for a job, here is a noncomprehensive list of companies currently offering full-time, part-time and seasonal opportunities in the Greater Houston area as of April 14.


Goldman Sachs, LiftFund partnership will release $50 million in loans for Texas small businesses

As Texas is facing its highest rate of unemployment claims in recent history, a total of $50 million in loan funds is now available for small businesses across the state to provide economic relief.


More Texans have filed for unemployment in past three weeks than in all of 2019

For the second week in a row, more than 6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits, according to federal data.


TSA limits checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport; Houston Airport System expects significant decline in March passengers

With low passenger travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at George Bush Intercontinental Airport have been consolidated to make better use of resources and personnel, Houston Airport System officials said.



Struggling to pay April rent? Here are some resources in the Greater Houston area

The deadline for April rent is looming as renters—both in public and private housing—in the Greater Houston area may be struggling financially in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.


Sen. John Cornyn discusses provisions laid out in CARES Act

The $2 trillion package provides funding to help fight the virus and to provide financial assistance for Americans during the pandemic.


Texas sees 77% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28

Texas ranked fifth among states in the U.S. with 275,597 initial claims filed the week ending March 28.


Houston economist predicts more than 150,000 job losses this year due to coronavirus

While sectors that are considered nonessential and cannot deliver their goods and services remotely are most at risk, the economist said all jobs are on the line if the shutdown continues after May.