Progress To Date
1. Business Development
1.1 Engage in a targeted approach to business and attraction marketing
PEDC continually markets to contacts in our target industries, both through implementation of our marketing campaigns and other marketing activities. Recent announcements include Millar’s selection of Pearland for its new headquarters and manufacturing facility, HCA Healthcare Houston’s new Center for Clinical Advancement training facility in Pearland Town Center and Interim Healthcare’s relocation of its regional headquarters facility to the Trinity Professional Building. In addition, Endress+Hauser has moved into its 112,000 square-foot Gulf Coast Regional Campus in Pearland’s Lower Kirby District.
In 2021, PEDC continued marketing efforts with three marketing campaigns that targeted both internal stakeholders and external audiences. This year’s campaigns resulted in over 13.5 million impressions and more than 43,000 website visits efforts and are part of the marketing plan approved by the PEDC Board In September the Board approved the 2022 marketing plan, which will build upon the previous year’s efforts.
1.2 Help existing businesses grow and thrive through a collaborative, action-oriented approach to business retention and expansion (BRE)
PEDC and the Chamber’s BizConnect program utilized virtual and onsite meetings, including industry luncheons, throughout 2021 to meet with primary employers. A new BizConnect contract was approved by the PEDC Board and Chamber in August 2021.
Recent expansion projects include Lonza’s addition of 10,000 square feet of laboratory space, and the construction of additional clean rooms. Dover Energy constructed a 12,000 square foot Innovation Laboratory. In addition, Cobb Fendley expanded its Pearland offices, moving into an 11,000 square-foot office space at 1920 County Place. In addition, Code Ninjas has completed a new 8,500 square-foot office and will occupy the new building this spring.
PEDC partnered with Polco, the company that conducts the bi-annual resident survey for the City, to conduct a survey of all businesses in Pearland. 3,300 businesses were contacted and asked to participate in the survey. Survey results show that Pearland is a great place to live, work and operate a business.
1.3 Support a vibrant retail sector in Pearland
Work on a retail trade analysis for Pearland began in June 2021 with the final report expected in early 2022.
1.4 Proactively communicate the economic development value proposition to the Pearland community
Marketing efforts to showcase the Pearland community utilizing the “Prepare to Love It” branding are currently underway, utilizing various marketing campaigns targeted at both internal stakeholders and throughout the Houston region. In addition, PEDC continually highlights community economic development successes through press releases, social media and digital advertising, website updates and a quarterly newsletter.
To commemorate PEDC’s 25th Anniversary, a collateral piece showcasing various employer attraction and retention, infrastructure, corridor redevelopment, and quality of life projects was developed. PEDC promoted the piece and highlighted economic development successes over the past 25 years with a press release, newsletter story, social media and digital display advertising and a dedicated web page on the PEDC website.