There are many reasons why Pasadena, Texas is the destination of choice for residents, newcomers and business owners.
In Pasadena, new businesses grow alongside those that have called the city home for years. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena Economic Development Corporation, the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and other regional partners constantly recruit new businesses and industries to the city. Educational institutions partner with businesses to offer effective workforce development programs to train tomorrow’s workers and sustain the economy for years to come.
Recognized in 2018 by the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE), the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is committed to growing and connecting the community in new and innovative ways. From business resources to networking opportunities to ways to serve the community, there is something for everyone. Its rich 90-year history as the voice for business continues and the Chamber is committed to serving the ever-changing community through collaborative partnerships and promoting Pasadena as the place to be.
Education is another reason families flock to the city. Pasadena thrives with excellent educational opportunities through the diverse cultures of the Pasadena Independent School District, San Jacinto College District, Texas Chiropractic College and the University of Houston-Clear Lake. To accommodate Pasadena’s growing population, public, religious and private schools are expanding. Continuing education programs for adults seeking alternative certifications or specialized skills are also growing to meet demand. From kindergarten to career, Pasadena provides education for all ages.
Moreover, Pasadena is conveniently located with access to three major freeways, two airport systems and many large employers in the Houston area. Its proximity to Port Houston and the Houston Ship Channel positions the city for economic growth, yet is removed enough to retain a sense of local community. Pasadena is home to one of the largest nature preserves in the country and a 30-minute drive from the recreation of Galveston Bay. It is perfect positioning for work and play.
Pasadena boasts its biggest retail and restaurant boom in decades. With the recent completion of the 24-acre Market at Crenshaw complex and the newly developed eight-acre Pasadena Pavilion, patrons don’t have to go far to find exactly what they need. Alongside big business investments, small business entrepreneurs and retailers can find prime property to open and expand. At every glance, business is thriving in Pasadena.
Pasadena offers many cuisines sure to please any palate. Multiple Houston eatery heavy-hitters recently opened in Pasadena and options include Italian, American, Tex-Mex and Cajun. From a local bakery with fresh bread and sweets to a farmers market of homegrown produce to a traditional home-style meal, no one has to look far to appease an appetite. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of the Town brings 30 area restaurants together under one roof each November, and is the perfect way to decide where to dine next.
This portion of Texas also boasts a welcoming spirit and small-town charm with big-city amenities. Real estate options are just one of the many reasons to live and stay in Pasadena. Whether a college student just starting out, a young couple with a family or a retiree wanting to stay close to home, Pasadena has a place for all. There are a variety of housing options available throughout Pasadena to meet everyone’s budget and anyone’s needs.
When residents get sick, Pasadena prides itself on making health care options available and accessible for citizens of all ages. While the Texas Medical Center is only a 30-minute drive away, Pasadena hospitals allow patients to remain close to home for quality health services. For those in need of a physician referral, home health services, health and wellness providers, nursing homes, urgent care, emergency care or a hospital stay, the Chamber’s member directory provides excellent options to help find any health care service.
One of the biggest reasons people are choosing Pasadena is its people and sense of community. Despite the growing population and business boom, Pasadena still maintains small-town qualities. Its first responders are second to none and its residents convey a work ethic and community spirit rarely found in these modern times. Churches, schools, city departments, businesses, nonprofit and community organizations collaborate to meet the unique needs of citizens and partner to provide resources day-to-day and when disaster strikes. Pasadena is truly a caring community committed to giving back.
Lastly, festive year-round events offer continuous family fun for residents. Those of all ages can discover the best in area attractions and entertainment to satisfy any interest. Whether looking to explore more than 500 acres of parks and trails, enjoy activities for kids or pursue a passion for the arts, there is something for everyone in Pasadena. Area nonprofit organizations offer a diverse mix of culture and recreation with annual events that bring thousands of tourists to the community to experience the quality of life found only in Pasadena.
Whether here to reside, do business or have fun, Pasadena proves repeatedly why it is THE place to be