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Building A Better Pearland 

PLAN OVERVIEW

Plan documents

Key Initiatives

Progress to date

What is Pearland Prosperity?

In 2019, the Pearland Economic Development Corporation (PEDC), along with local partners in government, education, healthcare, and business, embarked upon a collaborative community and economic development strategic planning process that will make the community a more prosperous, successful, and vibrant place to live, work, and do business. The first phase led to numerous successful outcomes for Pearland and its residents. In 2024 the plan was updated build upon the original plan and address the communities evolution since adoption  2020.  

At the center of the Pearland Prosperity framework is one Community Goal that broadly identifies the desired outcomes of Pearland’s holistic economic development effort. This goal is:

“Pearland will be the community of choice for PEOPLE and BUSINESS in our region.”

This goal is being pursued through a number of strategic initiatives grouped into eleven, high-level Key Initiatives. Each initiative corresponds to an action, program, effort, or investment that can help move Pearland toward its desired future. The Key Initiatives provide organizational clarity and readily communicate to a wide variety of audiences the issues that Pearland is seeking to address through collective action. 

Key Initiatives 

Places to Gather

There is a strong consensus among Pearland’s stakeholders that Pearland must act strategically to enhance its quality of place if it is to be a community of choice for jobs and talent.

OLD TOWN REVITALIZATION

Among the many possible “place” upgrades discussed during the stakeholder engagement process and subsequent meetings with Pearland’s leaders, no issue received stronger support than the desire to revitalize Old Town.

INFILL AND REDEVELOPMENT

As Pearland begins a new era of relatively slower growth and maturation, “infill” development and redevelopment will be issues that come to the forefront.

MOBILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Continuing to invest in infrastructure that enhances mobility and quality of place in Pearland. This Initiative will help ensure the community’s long-term health and fiscal sustainability.

PARKS AND RECREATION 

Parks and recreation opportunities play an important role in a community’s ability to attract and retain talented workers – and the companies that want to hire them.

CULTURAL ARTS

Quality of place and quality of life amenities like arts and cultural spaces, facilities, events, and unique, walkable destination districts have e emerged as critical competitive criteria to attract and retain talent.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Activities such as business attraction and marketing and business retention and expansion (BRE) are vital to overall success in job and wealth creation.

PEARLAND INNOVATION HUB

Stakeholders said they would like to see PIH continue to evolve its programming to serve existing and prospective entrepreneurs in Pearland and complement the many well-established entrepreneurial ecosystem resources in the Greater Houston region.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Pearland’s key talent pipeline partners must be connected to and aligned with the business community to support economic growth and increased opportunities for residents to thrive.

DIVERSE TALENT

Pearland leaders feel that ongoing diversity programming should be continued, but with a more focused and systematic approach that acknowledges issues of race and ethnicity but also recognizes diversities of education, age, income, and other determinants.

SITE DEVELOPMENT

Maintaining an inventory of suitable industrial and commercial sites is a prerequisite for most economic development projects that create new jobs and private capital investment.