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Sugar Land Gets Competitive to Keep its HQ Companies

Published Nov 07, 2022 by A.J. Mistretta

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Office building in Sugar Land

In an increasingly competitive economic development landscape, the City of Sugar Land is making a big play to keep the companies it already has. 

Earlier this month, Sugar Land officials announced a new incentive program aimed specifically at the city’s office headquarters companies. The approved program provides $6,000 per job for qualified businesses to keep their headquarters in Sugar Land. As new office parks and commercial real estate developments pop up across the region and in competitor markets, Sugar Land’s move is a business retention tool designed to keep companies and investment inside the city limits. 

“Retaining office headquarters is key to maintaining high-paying jobs in Sugar Land,” said Elizabeth Huff, Economic Development Director for the City of Sugar Land. “Our new incentive program ensures we maintain our office headquarter locations during this highly competitive office market and hopefully grow those high-quality job opportunities in our community.” 

To qualify for the new incentive program, companies headquartered in Sugar Land must retain at least 50 primary jobs and renew their existing lease for five to ten years within the city limits. The program also requires companies commit a minimum of $1 million towards capital investment for build outs or office improvements. The investment requirement is expected to help Sugar Land, which consistently ranks among the fastest-growing suburbs in the state, to enhance its office infrastructure by encouraging companies to spend money to improve their existing space. 

Sugar Land Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman said the new incentive program will enable the city to retain the companies that already call the Fort Bend County community home. “The new program allows us to target existing companies and selected industries in order to demonstrate our level of commitment and partnership to our business community,” Zimmerman said. 

According to the Houston Business Journal, Sugar Land is currently home to the headquarters or principal offices of 19 companies across different industries, including a subsidiary of SLB (formerly Schlumberger), Noble Corp., Accredo Packaging, and Bluebonnet Nutrition.

Learn more about why companies are choosing the Houston region. 

 

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