Alvin Economic Development Corp.
Alvin is twelve miles southeast of Houston in northeast Brazoria County, and is a community that is proud of its history and committed in preserving its heritage and uniqueness as a town on the edge of the nation's fourth largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).
The past continues to be embraced today, made evident by historic structures such as the Alvin Depot, the "original town" neighborhoods, and traditional downtown area. Alvin is a community that is committed to preserving its heritage while also optimistic about what lies ahead to maintain the quality of life enjoyed today.
In 1992, the City of Alvin secured a grant from the National League of Cities to buy property and start revitalization of its Old Town Center by working in partnerships with local business owners, property owners and citizens. In 2010, the NLC recognized Alvin for its efforts and featured Old Town in a promotional poster, "America Downtown".
With 2 state highways, both BNSF and UP rail lines, 2 major airports, and Alvin Community College, Alvin also delivers value in transportation and education. Alvin offers many parks and recreational venues to include a hike & bike trail and a new YMCA next to Alvin Community College. With its proximity to Houston and the NASA area to our east, there are many opportunities beyond an excellent quality of life.
Echostar, DISH Network customer service center, is housed in a 90,000-square-foot building on Texas 35. DISH employs close to 1,000 full and part-time customer service representatives and support personnel. Other major employers include the Alvin I.S.D., Wal-Mart and Alvin Community College.
The City of Alvin seeks out strategic partnerships with business and industry that will bring high capital value, good wages and opportunities to Alvin. A new Foreign Trade Zone will take advantage of international business wanting to invest in the area.
One of Alvin's former residents is celebrated baseball superstar Nolan Ryan, elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. The Nolan Ryan Center, locatedon the grounds of Alvin Community College, is a major tourist attraction for baseball fans of all ages.
Alvin Community College in 2011 was honored by The Aspen Institute as one of the top 120 community colleges in the U. S. The college was among only nine community colleges in Texas to make the list.
Alvin Community College was instrumental in winning a critical care hospital being developed by the University General Health System. Alvin Community Hospital will be developed in three phases on a 10-acre site on S.H. 35N. The first phase is scheduled to begin in 2012 and open in early 2013.
While baseball is part of Alvin's history, soccer is destined to be a big part of its future. International Soccer Development, LLC is planning to build a regional soccer complex on FM 528. The first phase of three planned,will have 12 soccer fields, concessions, parking and a stadium.