PEARLAND, TX-Population growth has fueled housing growth, which has fueled retail growth. Now Pearland, which is just south of the Texas Medical Center submarket, is ready for the next step: more office space.

Fred Welch, executive director with the Pearland Economic Development Corp., says amenities and infrastructure needed to be in place for office growth to follow. “We have the retail, medical, hotel and conferencing facilities to support office development,” he says.

Additionally, Welch says demographics are impressive, with the city going from 39,000 people in 2001 to 87,000 in 2007. Much of the growing population consists of young professionals who make the northward trip to Houston on a daily basis for work. “Hopefully we can persuade those companies to put their offices in Pearland so they don’t have to drive Downtown,” Welch says.

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