Business View Civil and Municipal | April 2021

35 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL APRIL 2021 AT A GLANCE BAYTOWN, TEXAS WHAT: A family-friendly community and manufacturing hub; population 90,000 WHERE: Southeast Texas on the northern side of Galveston Bay WEBSITE: BAYTOWN, TEXAS T he beautiful city of Baytown is a gem of southeastern Texas. It’s the sixth largest city in the Greater Houston area and the third largest in Harris County. A century ago, Baytown was a magnet for oil and gas production, but in the last 50 years has evolved into a global hub for the petrochemical industry and is now home to ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Covestro AG, and Enterprise Products Partners L.P.– some of the world’s most influential petrochemical companies. “In one sense, Baytown is a manufacturing hub, in another it’s a naturally beautiful location,” shares City Manager Rick Davis. “The city has unique waterfront access to wonderful birding and water opportunities. It speaks to the dichotomy of sustaining livelihoods, while also being an eco-friendly community.” Baytown and the surrounding area has a rich history as the site where General Samuel Houston and his troops defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto; a victory that led to Texas’s independence from Mexico. According to Davis, “Right along San Jacinto Boulevard, we have a monument commemorating Sam Houston, featuring the statue ‘Forward’ by David Adickes. Sam Houston is pointing towards the San Jacinto monument. We’re proud of our Texas heritage and the role this area played in Texas independence, as well as in the emergence of petrochemicals.” Not surprisingly, Baytown is considered an S OM E T H I N G F O R E V E R Y ON E