Conroe - Montgomery

Stay informed about the latest local news in Conroe and Montgomery, including city council coverage, MISD and CISD updates, the latest from Montgomery County Commissioners Court and Lake Conroe news.

6:43 PM Aug 5, 2019 CDT

Texas shoppers to save millions during tax-free weekend, Aug. 9-11

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify the 8.25% sales tax charge refers to the state and local charges.

Texas shoppers pay no sales tax on emergency preparedness supplies this weekend, April 27-29

As hurricane season approaches in Texas, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced a statewide sales tax holiday this weekend, April 27-29, on emergency preparedness supplies.

Lake Conroe area experts showcase health care, education, economic development updates

The Lake Conroe Region Outlook 2019 was held at the La Torretta resort on March 29, where six sets of panelists, two guest presenters and a keynote speaker gave their expert perspectives on local economic development topics from health care, workforce development and education to property development and infrastructure. The event was moderated by Julie Cannon, general manager of the Community Impact Newspaper Conroe-Montgomery edition.

Greater Houston Partnership: energy industry stabilizing but will not drive job growth in Houston

Following two years of recovery in 2017 and 2018, job growth in Houston is expected to level off and remain stable for 2019, said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. Houston will see an increase of 71,000 jobs this year compared to 73,000 last year, Jankowski said.

Texas lawmakers unite against Trump's potential use of Hurricane Harvey funds for border wall

More than 20 Texas lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have signed an open letter urging President Donald Trump to avoid using the $15 billion in federal funding appropriated for Hurricane Harvey relief as a means to pay for a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and end the ongoing government shutdown .

See how the government shutdown is affecting residents in the Greater Houston area

As the longest partial government shutdown in U.S. history continues, local agencies and residents have begun …

Economist: Montgomery County to see job growth, increasing home sales in 2019

Montgomery County is anticipated to see professional job growth and increased home sales in 2019, according to Scott Davis, senior vice president for Meyers Research , LLC. On Dec. 6, the Montgomery County Builders and Developers Division— a branch of the Greater Houston Builders Association—hosted a luncheon to provide an economic outlook for 2019.

Spirit of Texas Bank acquires First Beeville Financial Corp.

The Conroe-headquartered Spirit of Texas Bank acquired First Beeville Financial Corp. and its subsidary, the First National Bank of Beeville, on Nov. 26 according to a press release.

Greater Houston Partnership: Houston must recruit talent, focus on collaboration to maintain economic status

The greater Houston area boasts strong economic assets—it is home to the world’s largest energy center, two international airports and the sixteenth busiest port in the world, and it is the number one region for exports in the country, said Susan Davenport, senior vice president of economic development for the Greater Houston Partnership.

Montgomery County approves $344.4M budget, flat property tax rate for 2019 fiscal year

Despite an overall budget increase of 4.8 percent and the addition of 34 new county employees, Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved a 2019 fiscal year budget that keeps the existing property tax rate of 46.67 cents per $100 home valuation.

What you need to know about the sales tax holiday this weekend, Aug. 10-12

Every year, the Texas Legislature sets the dates for an annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing. This year’s sales tax holiday is Aug. 10-12.

UH Law Center launches new post-Harvey relief program

The University of Houston Law Center received a $205,000 grant from the Greater Houston Community Foundation on July 12 that will allow the law center to launch its Hurricane Consumer Assistance Program.

Houston metro ranked No. 4 in job growth; No. 2 for adding new homes, Metrostudy says

New jobs and homes are booming in the Greater Houston area: it is ranked No. 4 in the nation for top job growth markets and No. 2 for adding new homes.

Houston city population plateaus in 2016-17 as metro misses list of fastest-growing U.S. cities for first time in years

The city of Houston added 8,235 people last year, according to 2016-17 U.S. Census estimates released this week, growing the overall population by a fraction of a percent after more steady growth in recent years.

Texas Central, Amtrak reach agreement for $16.5 billion bullet train services

Texas Central and Amtrak announced Friday that the two companies have reached an agreement offering through-ticketing and transfer services for passengers traveling between Amtrak and Texas Central stations.

New tax laws, filing extensions: 6 things to know ahead of Tax Day, April 17, 2018

Americans will file taxes on Tuesday, April 17 this year. For those who have not filed yet, here are a few …

Population and job growth, mobility initiatives: 12 things to know from the Lake Conroe Summit 2018

Elected officials, demographers, educators and health care providers spoke to local residents and businesses …

Conroe sales tax revenue on the rise

Sales tax revenue from two of Conroe’s most important business sectors has started to rebound from a downturn that started in 2014.

Here's where the Greater Houston Partnership projects employment growth and decline in 2018

While the Greater Houston area's population grew by 852,000 people from 2010 to 2016, some of the nation’s other largest metropolitan areas—New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago—experienced a net loss of people, or saw more people moving out than moving in, according to Jenny Philip, a research director for the Greater Houston Partnership .

Conroe Park North expansion planned

On Jan. 25, the city of Conroe made an investment toward the community’s future economic growth when council members unanimously approved a $23 million land purchase from sales tax revenue bonds to expand the Conroe Park North Industrial Park. The existing portion of the industrial park exists on 1,045 acres located off FM 3083.

Federal tax reform affects Lake Conroe area businesses, residents

Most Conroe and Montgomery residents can expect to see changes in their federal tax payments, following the official start date of the $1.5 trillion tax cut on Jan. 1. While some Conroe area businesses and residents may have more money to spend, school districts and cities are having to re-evaluate their processes for refinancing debt.

Here's what post-Harvey policies, solutions Houston residents support most

Houstonians will receive a more detailed picture of just how devastating Hurricane Harvey was and the storm's long-term effects on residents due to a survey from the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston that will follow 2,000 people across four Texas counties for the next five years.