Jenna Armstrong, IOM
President & CEO
New developments are coming to our area including some exciting new entertainment venues as well as nightlife. For some, this is a welcome, much needed addition to our community. For others, this represents a big change. And change can be daunting. Our community is undergoing an evolution from a sleepy bedroom community to a region that is on the verge of a massive population and job explosion.
The top issues our area’s employers have, one that we hear over and over again, is their challenge attracting and retaining young talent. The Boomers are retiring and we, as well as the rest of the country, have begun entering a cycle of mass retirements from this generation. This poses a challenge for companies – passing knowledge and skills on to a new generation. But in recent years, that new generation has been opting to live in other areas around Houston which offer entertainment and nightlife.
The transition our Lake Houston Area is undergoing may be uncomfortable for many. But as a community, our amenities are limited and our businesses are put at a great disadvantage if we don’t offer anything to attract and retain young talent.
New attractions such as Main Event in Humble, White Lightning in Fall Creek and Redemption Square at Generation Park will help draw the attention of a younger demographic of workers – employees for which our businesses have been clamoring.
Like the old saying goes, “if you’re not growing you’re dying”.
The Mission of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is a cooperative effort of business people to attract new business, support and strengthen the business environment, serve the needs of the members, and cooperate with civic leaders and other interested parties to promote community growth.