Greater Houston Partnership (GHP)

GHP Committees

Committees

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The mission of the Greater Houston Partnership is to make Houston the world’s best place to live, work and build a business. We accomplish this through the active engagement of our members in our committees, task forces and major initiatives, each establish to address key issues facing the region.


Task Forces

Arts, Culture,
Tourism, and Sports

Innovation

Immigration

Municipal Finance

Mexico Energy

Invitation Only

Initiatives

UpSkill Houston

Early Matters

Global Cities

Houston Image Coalition

Talent Attraction

Invitation Only

For information about member engagement opportunities, email member.engagement@houston.org


COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

GOVERNANCE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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.

STANDING GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES

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.

PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY COUNCIL

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.


PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE STRUCTURE


PUBLIC POLICY STEERING COMMITTEE

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.


BUSINESS ISSUES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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.


EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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


ENERGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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


ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (GRAC)

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


HEALTH CARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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.


QUALITY OF PLACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Partnership's Quality of Place Committee focuses on efforts to showcase and advance the under-appreciated aspects of living in Houston including access to green space, vibrant cultural offerings and a thriving local business community.


TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE STEERING COMMITTEE

Chair: Dan Bellow, Jones Lang LaSalle

The Economic Development and Trade Steering Committee was established in 2013 as a Governance Committee, primarily composed of GHP 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.
Staff Liaison: Bob Pertierra, bpertierra@houston.org


REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Chair: Scott Prochazka, CenterPoint Energy

The 11-county Houston region produced nearly 80,000 new jobs in 2013 and more than $40 billion in new capital investment. The Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee works with GHP 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 - Energy, Logistics and Trade, and Real Estate.
Staff Liaisons: Jason Ford, jford@houston.org and Bob Pertierra, bpertierra@houston.org


INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT AND TRADE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Chair: Eduardo Aguirre, Atlantic Partners Group

The Greater Houston area was the number one merchandise export region in the United States in 2012. 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 GHP 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.


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