The work we do at the Greater Houston Partnership is organized by Committees, Task Forces and Initiatives that focus on issues and opportunities vital to our economic growth. We depend on our members’ expertise, commitment and hard work to help us move the needle in ways that make a significant impact in the region.
There are two levels of Partnership committees: advisory committees and subcommittees. Committee participation is tied to membership level, and advisory committee participation is approved by the committee chair. Partnership committees primarily focus on public policy and economic development priorities.
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The GHP bylaws place responsibility for managing the “business and affairs” of the corporation with the Board of Directors and, between meetings of the Board, with the Executive Committee.
Like other nonprofits, GHP’s bylaws establish several standing committees to ensure the efficient and sound operation of the Partnership. These committees include Audit and Risk, Executive Compensation, Finance and Investment, Membership and Nominating.
The President’s Advisory Council was created in 2012 to advise the GHP President and CEO on the changes needed to build a robust and respected impact model.
Partnership public policy committees bring together business and community leaders who present a collective membership voice on issues critical to economic growth and community advancement. Through the expertise of our members, the Partnership works to pursue policies in Washington, D.C., Austin and Houston that will make Houston even greater.
The Public Policy Steering Committee was established in 2013 as a Governance Committee to set GHP’s policy agenda at the local, state and federal level. Composed of CEOs and other business leaders who are intimately familiar with the intersection between business and government, this group offers guidance and strategic direction to help GHP achieve its policy goals and objectives.
The Business Issues Advisory Committee reviews policy recommendations created within the Partnership. Business Issues committee members are typically among the most senior executives within their organizations, many with strategic and financial backgrounds. The committee considers competitive issues, proposals with tax consequences, municipal finance and bond referenda.
Educational attainment and workforce readiness create a thriving economy. The committee has been a leading advocate for high-quality pre-kindergarten (pre-K) and was instrumental in the passage of HB4 in 2015. HB 4 is the pre-k investment bill, which secured an additional $118 million in funding for pre-K in Texas. The committee continues its focus on protecting Houston's pre-K investments.
Subcommittees include: Higher Education, K-12 and Early Childhood
Representing the Energy Capital of the World, the Energy Advisory Committee engages leadership at the local, state and federal levels to ensure development and implementation of sound energy policy that promotes economic growth and job creation. In the past, the committee focused on a regional advocacy campaign to lift the federal ban on crude oil exports, which resulted in legislation repealing the ban by the end of 2015. The committee continues to drive energy policy discussions in our region.
Subcommittees include: Oil & Gas, and Power
A thriving regional economy requires a healthy environment, including sustainable environmental practices and clean air. The committee analyzes information on Houston’s environment and promotes Houston’s improved air quality through the On Air: Houston web site, houstonairquality.com.
Subcommittees include: Air Quality, Water Quality
GRAC is a select committee populated by government affairs and external affairs professionals from across various sectors of Houston's dynamic economy. The committee welcomes law makers from the local, state and federal level. Access to key decisions makers is a key component of this committee.
Subcommittees include: Local, State, and Federal
The Texas Medical Center is the world's largest medical complex and significantly contributes to the region's economic success. The Health Care Advisory Committee advocates for local, state and federal policies that address the region's health care challenges.
The Transportation Advisory Committee advocates for local, state and federal policies and regulations that expand and maintain our region's mobility infrastructure. The committee works to ensure that Houston receives its fair share of state transportation funding and advocates for improved commercial transportation corridors in Houston.
Subcommittees include: Freight Rail, Roadways & Mobility
Partnership economic development and trade committees rely on the expertise of our members who are regional stakeholders involved in the recruitment and retention of business in Houston. These experts develop and support strategies to bring growth to the region by promoting job creation and attracting capital investment.
The Economic Development and Trade Steering Committee was established in 2013 as a Governance Committee, primarily composed of Partnership board members and major investors in the Opportunity Houston 2.0 program. The committee oversees the Partnership’s economic development strategies and marketing plan to achieve a six-year goal of creating an additional 450,000 jobs and $45 billion in capital investment by the year 2020.
In 2017, Partnership economic development and trade committees advanced Houston's position as a global business hub through recruitment or expansion of 15 companies, attracting more than 6,417 jobs and $2.6 billion in capital investment to the region. Foreign direct investment projects accounted for 60 percent of the Partnership-assisted capital investment in the region.
The Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee works with Partnership staff by supporting the strategies to recruit and expand business, create new jobs and attract capital investment in the region. The committee also receives periodic updates on the Houston economy and presentations from stakeholders in the region involved with recruitment and retention of business. Members of the committee participate or provide expertise with select recruitment and retention projects.
Affiliated Subcommittees - Real Estate.
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The International Trade and Investment Advisory Committee focuses on increasing exports, encouraging trade development activities and attracting foreign direct investment in the Houston region. The committee supports the work of Partnership staff and monitors strategies to increase trade and investment in the Houston region. This committee assists with inbound and outbound trade and investment missions by providing expertise, guidance, and support to the international community.
Affiliated Subcommittees - Foreign Direct Investment and International Trade Development.