Group reports 2010 job growth in south Montgomery County
South Montgomery County's largest employers created 402 new jobs in 2010,
according to a study by the South Montgomery County Woodlands Economic
The survey accounts for non-retail companies in the area that employ 100 or
more people. Partnership CEO Gil Staley says this is an improvement in a picture that
hasn't always been rosy in recent years.
"In 2008 we actually lost jobs with this group of employers," Staley says.
"Certainly in the last several years, this is the largest [increase] we've
He says the numbers indicate companies' confidence in Montgomery County's
workers, as well as their attraction to the area's growing population.
Staley says that Connecticut company Praxair generated about 150 of the new
jobs when it opened a regional office in the area. "Praxair was the only
company of a significant size that relocated here last year," Staley admits.
"We think it's going to be different in 2011."
According to the Partnership's tally, Conroe Independent School District is
south Montgomery County's largest employer, with 3,346 jobs. Andarko
Petroleum Corp. comes in second, with 2,566.
As for what could use improvement in the area's overall economic picture,
Staley says he's "very anxious for transportation to increase here." This
includes the completion of segments of the Grand Parkway.
The study does not cover retail businesses, or small businesses, though
Staley says the average size of companies in the area is 10 or 11 people. He
does say that retail sales and sales-tax revenue have also seen "a steady
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