Economic Development in the Houston Bay Area 


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Industry Clusters

Continuing the pattern of past decades, the region’s economic foundation continues to change. Bay Area Houston’s two traditional industry clusters, aerospace and specialty chemical, complement the greater Houston area’s clusters of information technology, engineering, and oil and gas.

Importantly, three additional industry clusters have joined the traditional two in Bay Area Houston. Specifically, the healthcare industry has been added, thanks to rapid growth and expansion of facilities and supporting organizations across the region. A second cluster is the maritime industry, a broadly defined collection of companies and agencies that assure the region’s ports function effectively, consistent with the Port of Houston being America’s largest port in foreign tonnage and the sixth-largest port in the world, according to the City of Houston. The third additional cluster is the recreation, ecotourism and tourism industry, led by popular community destinations such as Space Center Houston and cultural attractions.

The region also boasts the nation’s third largest number of recreational boating centers as well as a concentration of amateur sports, outdoor activities, beaches and parks.

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