The City of Prairie View 4B Economic Development Corporation’s primary objective is to attract businesses, promote commerce, develop housing, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for the citizens in the City of Prairie View.
The 4B Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors have been very diligent in implementing its Economic Development Strategic Plan, which is an excellent compliment to both the City of Prairie View’s Comprehensive Development Plan and Prairie View A&M University’s Master Plan. They have also been successful in obtaining a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant to provide funds, via a revolving loan fund for business startups and working capital.
The City of Prairie View geographically, is situated along the eastern most rim of the Brazos River Valley, with its eastern lands draining to the San Jacinto River and the lands in its western section draining to the Brazos River. The early settlers to these lands were apart of Stephen F. Austin’s Old (original) Three Hundred and referred to the Brazos River Valley “The Arms of God.”
It is also the proud home of Prairie View A&M University, which causes it to be one of the most densely populated cities in Waller County, providing a direct economic benefit to the County of $122.10 million annually.
Located only 45 miles northwest of the City of Houston, along the confluence of U.S. Highway 290 and Texas State Highway 6, Prairie View is nestled in one of the State’s fastest growing corridors for housing and business development. These major highway systems provide excellent roadways to both Austin and College Station. Another addition to the intermodal transportation systems with service to Prairie View and points beyond is the historic Texas Central Railroad (Union Pacific), which was key in moving cotton from the fertile Brazos River Valley to the then emerging ports of Houston & Galveston. The City is working with public and private interests to provide passenger commuter rail service as early as 2020.
The City of Prairie View’s newly broadened University Drive, with its majestic oak trees, extends for approximately one mile from Old Highway 290 into the campus of Prairie View A & M University. It is the city’s main street, and is ideal for development that will accommodate the community and the university population, while keeping with the historic, small-town feel that is appreciated by the citizens of The City of Prairie View.
The City Denise Armstrong of Prairie View 4B Economic Development Corporation, partnering with the City of Prairie View and Prairie View A & M University proposes to attract and sustain such businesses as banking, educational research, restaurant, medical, recreation, transportation, housing, and retail.
The City of Prairie View is a city at the point on the frontiers of change. It is a culturally rich population of approximately 5,576; and consists of professionals, students, families, and retirees of all economic stations.
4B Economic Development Board Members