The Good Life

The top 4 reasons why businesses are rewarding employees by choosing Pearland

Don't forget about quality of life when choosing where to put your headquarters. Photo courtesy of PEDC

Employees consistently say that quality of life is an important factor when choosing which corporations to align themselves with, and more and more companies are discovering the appeal of Pearland, in Lower Kirby.

Global facilities such as Lonza have chosen the area based on its many attractive factors, adding another incentive when recruiting.

Here's a look at what Pearland has to offer:

Education
The school districts serving the Pearland area, such as Pearland ISD and Alvin ISD, are all highly rated, plus it's home to the University of Houston – Clear Lake Pearland campus.

Eight bachelor's degree programs are offered, along with six programs to obtain a graduate or professional degree.

Recreation
Got a little slugger or aspiring quarterback in the family? Pearland boasts both a champion Little League World Series team and state champions in high school football.

Organized sports aside, families will soon be able to enjoy the 21-mile Clear Creek Trail, which is currently in development and will span the entire length of the Pearland community when finished.

Developments in recent years have added a variety of retail and restaurant options, with the largest being the Pearland Town Center.

Housing
Texas in general is experiencing a housing surge, but Pearland is especially booming. More than 10,000 single-family homes have been constructed over the past 10 years, with no signs of the growth slowing.

Plus, employees moving from dense urban areas are delighted to discover the Lone Star State's wide-open spaces.

Healthcare
Pearland is a community that values healthcare — the 77584 ZIP code is home to more Texas Medical Center employees than any other in the region.

In fact, more than 13 percent of Pearland residents work in healthcare. They have many opportunities from which to choose, as many entities have opened new campuses in the past several years, including Memorial Hermann, HCA Healthcare, and Kelsey-Seybold.

Explore more about Pearland and what makes it great for businesses here.

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Building Houston

 
 

Vanessa Wyche, director of the Johnson Space Center, gave the keynote address at this year's State of Space event. Screenshot via houston.org

Is the Space City poised to continue its reign as an innovative hub for space exploration? All signs point to yes, according to a group of experts.

The Greater Houston Partnership hosted its annual State of Space this week. The virtual event featured a keynote address from Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA Johnson Space Center, and a panel moderated by David Alexander, chair of aerospace and aviation committee at the GHP and the director of the Rice Space Institute.

The conversations focused on the space innovation activity happening in Houston, as well as an update on the industry as a whole has space commercialization continues to develop. All the speakers addressed how Houston has what it takes to remain a hub for the sector.

"The future looks very bright for Houston that we will remain a leader in Houston spaceflight," Wyche says in her address.

Here are a few other memorable moments from the event.

"Houston, I feel, is poised to be a leader. We have led in human space flight, and we will a leader in commercialization."

— Wyche says in her keynote address, which gave a thorough overview of what all NASA is working on at JSC. She calls out specifically how startups are a driving force in commercialization. JSC is working with local accelerator programs at The Ion and MassChallenge.

"These startups help us to connect to tomorrow's space innovation leaders, and gives our team the opportunity to mentor these entrepreneurs as we work to advance both our scientific and technical knowledge," she says.

"The ability to have a place where government, academia, and industry can come together and share ideas and innovation is incredibly powerful."

​— Steve Altemus, president and CEO of Intuitive Machines LLC, specifically talking about the Houston Spaceport, where Intuitive Machines has signed on as a tenant. Altemus adds that a major key to leading space commercialization is a trained workforce, which the spaceport is focused on cultivating.

"We shouldn't discount the character that Houston has from the standpoint as a great place to build a business."

— Tim Kopra, vice president of robotics and space at MDA Ltd., says, adding that Houston is a big city that feels like a small town. "We need to incentivize companies to come and stay," he says.

"Great cities — like great companies — understand that if you're still, you're probably moving backwards. ... I think Houston gets it in that regard."

— Todd May, senior vice president of science and space at KBR, says, adding that Houston realizes it needs to be on the offensive side to bring innovation to the game, positioning the city very well for the future.

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