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Port Houston Chairman Optimistic for the Essential Economic Driver

10/19/20
Houston’s position as an epicenter of international business and global trade is strengthened by our robust regional port system. Port Houston, the largest port by foreign tonnage in the nation, continues to show strong performance and contributions to the local and national economy. In recent months, however, shipping logistics and traffic have had to deal with their share of challenges brought on by the economic downturn. Ric Campo, chairman of Port Houston, spoke about how the port has had to adapt at the Partnership’s State of the Port event on October 13. Impacts Brought on by Pandemic, Energy Downturn  Port Houston continues to see solid traffic, but Campo said the port is not immune to COVID-19 and its economic impacts and has seen declines in volume in 2020. The chairman reported that as of the end of September, Port Houston is down 3% year-to-date in container traffic, adding that total tonnage along the Houston Ship Channel is down 5.5% year-to-date through July. Houston is familiar to the cyclical nature of the oil and gas industry. Though that is now coupled with a pandemic, Campo said Houston is sure to rebound, returning liquid bulk facilities and crude oil exports to pre-COVID volumes. “Port of Houston international tonnage is still 70% ahead of the next closest U.S. port," he said. “Even with a weak year in 2020, the greater Port of Houston will remain the number on U.S. port for international trade.”  An Emphasis on Community, Environmental Stewardship  “One thing we cannot ignore in 2020 is the topic of racial equity, diversity and inclusion. This is also part of Port Houston’s strategic plan and we believe strongly that we need to be part of the solution,” said Campo.  He pointed to one example of how Port Houston is addressing this through a recently commissioned study on the port’s small businesses and accessibility for minority-owned businesses. The report will help guide the system on how it can ensure suppliers and partners doing business at the port reflect the diversity of the region it serves.  Campo said Port Houston became the first port authority in the world to make the switch to 100% renewable electricity this year. The move is estimated to eliminate 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the system’s footprint each year, equating to $250,000 savings annually. Campo noted that this switch is truly a win-win for Port Houston and serves as a model for how other major port authorities can maintain operations while lessening impacts on the environment.  The chairman also discussed the port's efforts to engage in communities surrounding the ship channel through two-way communication opportunities, which open a dialogue to foster strong relationships with stakeholders and neighbors. Campo cited a partnership with Buffalo Bayou Partnership where the port has been working with the non-profit for decades to help keep the bayous clean and are embarking on the development of new green space on port property.   Work on Port Expansion Continues  Campo concluded by providing an update on perhaps the biggest initiatives in the systems recent history – the Houston Ship Channel Expansion known as Project 11, which is vital to maintaining the Houston Ship Channel as the economic powerhouse that it is today. “We know the urgency of this expansion. It’s crucial and the time to act is now,” Campo said. Port Houston is leading efforts to get the necessary federal appropriations to start the construction project sooner and to begin work in 2021. During the 116th Congress in 2019, both the House and Senate authorized Project 11 in their respective versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation. While congressional approval is pending, Port Houston continues to lead discussions with industry to find ways for industry to participate in half the cost of the channel expansion.  Campo ended his address on an optimistic note. “We are ready now and we will be ready then. Port Houston, and the Houston Ship Channel, have always been something you can count on during times of prosperity, times of recession, and now, times of pandemic. It will continue to bring economic value and jobs to our region today, tomorrow, and in the future.”   Click here for more information on Houston’s transportation and logistics industry. For more on Houston’s international business landscape, click here. 
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New Partnership Members in September

10/12/20
The Greater Houston Partnership welcomed 10 new member companies in the month of September. 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 September include: Infrastructure Networks, Inc: iNET is a Houston-based company that owns and operates a telecom networks across major shale basins and provides expertise and field-support for remote connectivity.  Founded in 2011 with a mission to bring broadband wireless connectivity to upstream oil and gas operators in remote, rugged environments. Website   J. Flowers Health Institute: J. Flowers Health Institute specializes in providing truly comprehensive health and wellness evaluations for individuals who want to improve their quality of life.   Website  Southwest Schools: Southwest Schools is a state charter school, governed by the Texas Education Agency, providing an academic program that celebrates the diversity of student interests, cultures, and talents. Website  CHess Executive Insights LLC  Commercial Resource Installation: Commercial Resource Installation, a prominent installation company headquartered in Houston, TX, offers comprehensive and exceptional solutions to transform commercial workspaces to create a constructive workspace. With additional locations in San Antonio and Austin, CRI upholds a reputation of quality and excellence among past and present clients in the Gulf Coast region  Website  Express Home Services: In business since 2002, Express Home Services, LLC, specializes in all types of flooring, including wood, engineered wood, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, and much more. They offer next day installation on all in stock products and free in-home estimates. The company is located in Arizona and opened a new location in Houston in October 2020. Website Houston Business Automation, LLC: Houston Business Automation provides technology-related consulting and development services with a focus on automating processes, creating custom data analytics, and developing web-based applications. Website  Sunstone Properties Trust, LLC: Sunstone Properties Trust is a real estate firm headquarters in Westlake Village, CA. The company acquires assets to generate growth in investor capital and improve the communities where they invest. Sunstone is actively involved in acquiring value-add multifamily assets, developing industrial properties in Qualified Opportunity Zones, rehabilitating and repositioning office properties, and developing LIHTC multifamily projects. Website  Star of Hope Mission: Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Website  goPuff: goPuff is a delivery service that brings thousands of products to your doorstep in minutes, from essentials to snacks. 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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