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  • Invitations to a number of intimate gatherings with fellow female executives from Houston's top companies.

  • VIP behind-the-scenes experiences with member companies.

  • Peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

  • Opportunity to attend an annual retreat for EWP members.

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The Executive Women’s Partnership hosts events periodically throughout the year. In fall 2018, the group hosted a discussion with Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire on 2020 Women on Boards. This national initiative strives to increase the number of women on corporate boards by 2020. 
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New Partnership Members in August

9/13/20
The Greater Houston Partnership welcomed 14 new member companies in the month of August. The Partnership works to connect companies with resources, information and networking opportunities to help increase business while also providing a platform to influence the direction of the region. New members joining in the month of August include: Penflex Corporation: Penflex is a leading manufacturer of corrugated and interlocked metal hose, braid products, and stainless-steel metal bellows and expansion joints. Website  Center for Urban Transformation: Led by the two anchors, a collaboration of Houston organizations and institutions established the Center for Urban Transformation in the 5thWard to provide community members a better continuum of services, bridge gaps, drive innovative cross-sector programming, and expand resident capacity to lead change. Website   Leadership ISD: Leadership ISD is an independent 501c3 organization built on the belief that every child deserves access to high-quality public education and that a successful school system is closely tied to a strong community and corporate support. Website   HAZA Foods: Haza Foods, LLC. is located in Sugar Land, TX, United States, and is part of the Fast-Food & Quick-Service Restaurants Industry. Website   Oleon: Oleon brings you a natural chemistry. Their specialty lies in converting natural fats and oils into a wide range of oleochemical products, such as fatty acids, glycerin, esters, dimers, technical oils, specialty oleochemicals, and biodiesel. Website   Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world's leading international law firms. Website   Botello Builders Corporation: Botello Builders Corporation performs Commercial Concrete services for a variety of industries. Services include Concrete Foundations, Paving, Tilt-Up Panels, Piers, and Retaining Walls. Website   CustomerFirst Renewables: CustomerFirst Renewables (CFR) is a trusted energy advisor that helps impact-oriented businesses and institutions move confidently towards a renewable energy future. Website   Smart City Media, LLC: Smart City’s mission is to make cities smarter, safer and better connected for the benefit of citizens and tourists alike. They merge interactive Smart Signs with our mobile application in order to deliver helpful location-based media in real-time. Website  Pena Property Management: Pena Property Management provides exceptional commercial property management services to businesses throughout Texas. Website Lennar Multifamily Communities: Lennar Multifamily Communities is a multifamily management company that develops, builds, and manages Class A midrise and high-rise communities across the United States. Lennar Multifamily Communities is making their mark in Houston by opening two Class A communities located in The Heights and River Oaks and looking to offer exceptional apartment living in the greatest neighborhoods Houston has to offer. Website   WGU Texas And South Region: WGU is an accredited, nonprofit university offering online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Website  Brigade Fire Solutions, LLC: Brigade Fire Solutions, LLC works on fire sprinkler design and installation, providing the most comprehensive fire protection solutions to homes and offices in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas. Website  Endurance Builders, LLC: General Contractor and Construction Manager proudly serving Houston, Texas. Website  Click here to see the Partnership's Membership Directory. To learn more about membership with the Greater Houston Partnership click here, or contact membership@houston.org.
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Economic Development

Greater Houston Partnership Adds Wharton County to Service Region

9/3/20
HOUSTON (September 3, 2020) – The Greater Houston Partnership’s Board of Directors has approved adding Wharton County to the business organization’s economic development footprint. Wharton becomes the 12th county covered by the Partnership, which is the Houston area’s designated economic development organization.  The Partnership will work closely with leaders in Wharton County to identify, recruit, attract and retain investment, companies and jobs for the benefit of the people of the county and the greater Houston region. “We are excited to add Wharton County to our service region and support the area’s economic development and growth,” said Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. “I got to know Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath a few years ago and was impressed by his team and his personal enthusiasm for expanding economic opportunities in Wharton County by growing connections with the broader region. Wharton County offers new placement opportunities for certain types of economic development projects, particularly distribution and logistics projects, as well as those tied to supply chains in Mexico and projects that must be in an attainment area for NOx (ozone). We look forward to working with county leaders to leverage this partnership for the benefit of all in the Houston region.” Located 60 miles southwest of Houston, Wharton County is a strategic location for projects tied to the US 59/I-69 Superhighway and the accessibility to freight rail service.  “In recent years, Wharton County has facilitated critical infrastructure projects, as well as business expansions in the region,” said Wharton County Judge Phillip Spenrath. “By joining the Greater Houston Partnership’s service region, Wharton has the opportunity to leverage the business organization’s influence to accelerate the county’s economic development efforts. We look forward to working closely with the Partnership on driving our area’s growth.”  The Partnership will work closely with the Wharton County Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the City Development Corporation of El Campo in their efforts to recruit, retain and expand new and existing businesses in the area.   “Wharton is dedicated to growing our manufacturing and agricultural base,” says Joshua Owens, Executive Director of  Wharton Economic Development Corporation. “Joining the Greater Houston Partnership will enhance our ability to attract the right mix of companies and entrepreneurs. The City of Wharton has invested in expanding our transportation network, enhancing critical infrastructure, opening land for greenfield development, and reinvesting in our historic downtown.” Wharton County’s recent economic development wins include the 540-acre Southwest International Gateway Business Park, a rail-served warehouse park in El Campo developed by Stonemont Financial Group.  Kansas City Southern Railway is  expanding rail infrastructure to support the project.  “El Campo is excited about joining the Greater Houston Partnership and the myriad of opportunities this relationship will offer our community and the broader Houston region as we work to attract companies to our area,” said Carolyn Gibson, Executive Director of the City Development Corporation of El Campo. “We are ideally situated for logistics as we sit at the intersection of Interstate 69 and State Highway 71, with outstanding shovel-ready land with both highway and Class One rail frontage. This relationship will be a win-win for all involved.” As the state-designated regional economic development organization, the Greater Houston Partnership works closely with partners across the area to submit regional responses to RFP’s (requests for proposals) from domestic and international companies looking to relocate or expand their operations. A formal relationship facilitates and promotes increased interactions related to these projects. The Partnership has already been working closely with Wharton County Junior College, which has a campus in Sugar Land, as part of the organization’s UpSkill Houston program. UpSkill Houston is an employer-led initiative to develop programs and practices critical to ensuring the region has the skilled workforce needed to drive a strong, diverse economy.  Wharton County joins 11 other counties incorporated in the Partnership’s service region: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller counties. ### Greater Houston Partnership The Greater Houston Partnership works to make Houston one of the best places to live, work and build a business. As the economic development organization for the Houston region, the Partnership champions growth across 12 counties by bringing together business and civic-minded leaders who are dedicated to the area’s long-term success. Representing 1,100 member organizations and approximately one-fifth of the region’s workforce, the Partnership is the place business leaders come together to make an impact. Learn more at Houston.org. A.J. Mistretta Vice President, Communications          (c) 504-450-3516 | amistretta@houston.org   
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