The Woodlands Area which includes the cities of Shenandoah and Oak Ridge North as well as the master-planned community of The Woodlands, has enjoyed unprecedented commercial growth in the last several years. The area’s economic base is well diversified. Approximately 5,100 businesses are located in the area, ranging from owner-operated establishments to national corporate headquarters.

The Woodlands Area is home to a range of leading companies, including Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Aon Hewitt, CB&I, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Baker Hughes, Huntsman Petrochemical Corporation, Maersk Line, McKesson Specialty Health, Talisman Energy USA and Waste Connections, Inc.

The Woodlands is home to the Houston Advanced Research Center, where your organization can obtain information and assistance in applying high performance green building practices.

For PDF fact sheets listing the top non-retail employers and major employers in our largest industry sectors, clink on the links below:

Top Non-Retail Employers (PDF)

Major Employers By Sector (PDF)

The Woodlands
Over 5,000 of this master-planned community’s 28,000 acres are dedicated to commercial development, in several distinctly different development areas.

Interstate 45 Corridor

City of Shenandoah
Incorporated in 1974, the City of Shenandoah rests quietly in south Montgomery County, Texas. With a growing population, the City is undergoing an explosion in commercial development. Residential Shenandoah is a peaceful, comfortable neighborhood tucked away in the Texas pines, with low taxes, good schools and only minutes from shopping, dining, entertainment, and world-class medical care.

City of Oak Ridge North
Oak Ridge North, represents a friendly small community atmosphere with a wide variety of nearby entertainment and shopping venues. The Oak Ridge North Commerce Park offers 30 acres of land that is perfect for retail, industrial, commercial or office space.



Texas prides itself on its business-friendly tax structure. The state has no personal or corporate income tax.

Click on the link below to download a PDF fact sheet on the state and local tax rates in South Montgomery County:

Taxes (PDF)

The EDP strives to assist businesses with access to all available incentives and resources from the federal, state or local level.

Clink on the link below to download a PDF fact sheet on incentives, resources and services offered by the EDP:

Incentives (PDF)

Tax Abatements
Montgomery County will grant property tax abatements to companies making significant capital investments. The EDP acts as the liaison between local companies applying for tax abatements and the County Commissioners Court. A summary of the County Tax Abatement Policy is available as a PDF fact sheet:

Tax Abatement Policy (PDF)

For specific information and application procedures, please contact Gil Staley at the EDP offices,

Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program
The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) can offer up to 40 hours of FREE technical assistance to small businesses, utilizing the engineering expertise of NASA and participating Alliance Partners (NASA contractors or Universities). SATOP encourages economic growth by transferring Space Program knowledge to the private sector. For more information, go to the SATOP web site:

9320 Lakeside Blvd., Bldg. 2, Suite 200
The Woodlands, TX 77381
281.363.8130 • 281.298.6874 (Fax)