Welcome to the Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP) Web Page. The GEDP is a private, non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that is membership based. The mission of the GEDP is to utilize broad-based community support for the expansion of Galveston Island's employment and tax bases. Founded in 1999, the GEDP works to facilitate new projects and/or investments across Galveston Island. Through our Public-Private membership base, the GEDP is available to assist in providing demographic, socio-economic, GIS, and economic information for your use.
If you are interested in exploring the benefits of this dynamic and resilient community in contemplation of expanding Galveston's employment and/or tax base, please call on the GEDP at 409-770-0216.
2014 GEDP ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014
GEDP RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD
The Galveston Economic Development Partnership received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 GEDP Investor Profile, in the category of Magazine, for communities with populations of 25,000 – 200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Read more...
2013 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT
The GEDP would like to thank all who participated in and sponsored the 2013 Economic Development Summit - without the support of our members and community stakeholders, the event would not have been such a success!
Thanks to the Galveston County Daily News, we are happy to provide a digital link to the 2013 Developer Profile, which debuted at the Economic Development Summit. The Developer Profile is a visual representation of the various projects taking shape throughout Galveston and an Economic Snapshot of Galveston, Galveston County, the Houston-Galveston region and Texas.
In preparation for the preliminary release of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched an inter-active web tool to aid community officials and external stakeholders in the review of the updated flood hazard information. The on-line data is available for review at:
This inter-active web tool will allow residential and business address look up. The tool will highlight the areas of updated flood hazard risk within the county. Once you have had a chance to review this information, please feel free to contact your local community officials with your concerns. FEMA will continue to work and coordinate with the local community officials over the next year to complete the review and effective issuance of these maps.
IS YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON?
With the start of hurricane season, it is time once again to review your business’ emergency/disaster preparedness plan.
Have you identified essential employees or a team that can be identified to address business continuity and emergency issues?
Have you made agreements with current or alternative vendors to assure your business continuity?
Have you purchased additional equipment that should be added to your property inventory list?
If you have not already completed or updated your plan, please take this opportunity to complete the Disaster Recovery Guide,
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE IKE DIKE?
Speaking of hurricanes, the GEDP recently had Dr. William Merrell, professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston speak at our August Quarterly Board meeting about the Ike Dike. The Ike Dike is a concept he is studying on storm surge protection for the Galveston/Houston region. If you missed his presentation, you may view it from www.tamug.edu/ikedike.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THE 2012 GEDP/UTMB DEVELOPER CONFERENCE & LUNCHEON A HUGE SUCCESS!
Our appreciation goes out to our generous sponsors, our speakers and our members who gave their time and talent to ensure a successful event.
The primary goals for the Developer Conference were to focus on all that makes Galveston a positive location for new business investment as well as recognize those that have made investments in Galveston's future. The GEDP brought in Dr. Robert Hodgin to discuss Galveston's Economic Climate and KeynoteSpeaker, Dr. Ray Perryman to discuss the Local and Regional economy.
GEDP awarded our inaugural "Developer of the Year" to Tilman J. Fertitta of Landry's, Inc. for the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier project.
In addition, the 2012 Investor Profile publication was unveiled. Currently, you may access an online version of the Investor Profile through the Galveston County Daily News, by following this link.