Doing Business

Pasadena, Texas is where businesses come to thrive. In terms of convenience, ease of business, workforce, and location, Pasadena is simply unmatched. By cutting the red tape, making the permitting process easy, and supporting businesses every step of the way - we have created an environment where it is easy to start and grow a business.

A growing region

Several million people are expected to move to our region in the next few years. This will create an additional need for all types of businesses, housing development, and services. Your business could be meeting those needs.

Workforce, Innovation & Opportunity

Businesses in Pasadena and throughout Greater Houston employ thousands of skilled workers and rely on a steady supply of talent to support their ongoing operations, including new jobs and replacement positions for workers who retire or move outside the area. With more than 2.3 million workers located within the region, businesses in Pasadena can easily locate the talent they need to staff their operations.

San Jacinto College (SJC), a 2017 Aspen Institute Rising Star award recipient, placing it among the top 5 community colleges in the nation is one of Pasadena’s strongest assets for economic development because they are cultivating a skilled workforce to support the region’s growing economy. The major investments in SJC’s upcoming Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology will create new opportunities for the local workforce, businesses, and will also further growth of the region’s petrochemical cluster.

Prime location/proximity

Being part of the Houston-metro region has significant advantages. It is easy to move raw materials and products throughout the country or the world using our bustling port, highway system, railroads, and airports. George Bush Intercontinental Airport is among the busiest 15 airports in the country with non-stop flights landing in all major U.S. cities within five hours of takeoff, making it easy to fly in and out for meetings.  William P. Hobby, located a mere 7 miles from Pasadena’s epicenter also provides non-stop flights, serviced by 4 airlines reaching over 55 destination around the world.

This is where you want to be

A short list of Pasadena’s vast assets include Port Houston, the Armand Bayou Nature Center, San Jacinto College, the Houston Area Safety Council, numerous high-performing retailers and restaurants. The area is growing, the economy booming, and businesses are thriving. We invite you to become part of our story by relocating or starting your business here. There are numerous incentives available for relocating businesses and the EDC staff is here and ready to be of assistance.


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Pasadena is the second largest city in the Houston MSA.