Greater Houston's Finest Address
With its proximity to Houston, Fort Bend County is home to national and international companies such as Minute Maid, Texas Instruments, Fluor Corporation, and Schlumberger, as well as small to medium-sized companies focused on the manufacturing, distribution, and service arenas.
- Proximity to Houston
- Twenty minutes from Houston’s thriving commercial centers -from the Galleria to downtown- Fort Bend County has quick, easy access to the pulse of Houston, it’s ports and airports, and recreational outlets.
- Foreign Trade Zone Designation
- Within the foreign trade zone serving Fort Bend County, such as the Port of Freeport, goods can be stored, manufactured, tested, disposed of, exhibited, and repackaged without incurring US Customs duties and taxes. Highway 36A, running through significant sections of Fort Bend County, provides quick, direct access to the Port of Freeport. The Port of Freeport’s FTZ was expanded in 2010 to include the Intermodal Center, a joint venture between Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railroad and Center Point Properties, in Fort Bend County.
- Fort Bend County represents proactive, competitive, pro-business public policy that encourages business expansion and relocation, built around low taxes, aggressive advocacy for pro-business state and federal legislation, and local strategies that encourage investment and job creation.
- Although Fort Bend County is home to national and international companies with significant infrastructure in place, there is still a great deal of land available for commercial development and redevelopment- from office and retail to industrial-as well as business parks and building complexes available for repurposing.
- Aggressive Incentive Structure
- Proactive federal, state, and local incentives targeting foreign investment, including the EB5 immigrant investor program, stimulating the economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors.
- Available Incentives
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The international community has identified Fort Bend County as a great place to invest and do business. See and hear about Fort Bend’s efforts and successes attracting international investment and businesses to the county from County Judge Robert Hebert and some of the county’s international business leaders.
“There were suggestions by some people we move our headquarters to Taiwan or China or other cities in the US… However, we never questioned where our headquarters should be. We knew we should be here in Sugar Land, constructing right next to our existing building. Sugar Land is our home town.” Dr. Chih-Hsiang Thompson Lin, Founder, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board- Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
Ambassador Juan Sosa
Consul General of Panama in Houston
“… Rosenberg will be an integral part because it already is a rail hub… By making Rosenberg the middle point in this corridor from Freeport to Dallas Fort Worth, Rosenberg will benefit greatly…”
Judge Robert Hebert
Fort Bend County Judge
“… The level of investment we are seeing from overseas bring high paying jobs… our diversity works to our advantage in developing foreign investment… That’s how it should work…”
Tristar Holdings, Inc. President
“… With the diversity in this county, you will have a large pool of people, very educated… that you will not find in many other counties… It is very simple math. Get the good people, good knowledge, the financial institutions… that makes you very excited to join Fort Bend County…”
Rocky Lai & Associates, President & CEO
“… We’ve been very happy here with our investment in Fort Bend County… We have a world class, number one education system here. We have a diverse population.. High end, well educated residents…”
Fort Bend County is the gem of the Greater Houston area. Consistently ranked as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, producing new jobs and a higher quality of life year after year, Fort Bend County is the premiere location for business development and residential life within the Greater Houston environment
Access to three Class A railroads, Sugar Land Regional Airport, Houston Southwest Airport, and an elaborate highway infrastructure system connecting businesses with all business centers of the region, the Port of Houston and the Port of Freeport, Fort Bend County is geographically positioned for access to national and international markets.
Fort Bend County 2015 Population 716,087
Source: US Census Bureau 2016 Estimates
- White 31.7%
- Hispanic 24.3%
- Black 21.1%
- Asian 17.9 %
- Other 5.1%
Source: US Census Reports 2015 Estimates
Helpful Resource Links
- Greater Houston Partnership- International
- Foreign Consulates
- EB5 Immigrant Investors Information
- EB5 Regional Centers
- Texas- Trade & Foreign Direct Investment Update
- Texas Foreign Trade Zones- Office of the Governor
- FTZ- Interntional Trade Administration
- US Citizens & Immigration Services
- SBA Office of International Trade
- State of Texas Mexico City Office
- Port of Freeport
- Port of Houston
- American Turkic Business Council
- Highway 36A Coalition
- Greater Houston Partnership Regional Export Plan
- Brookings Institute- Houston Growing Global