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The Regions & Neighborhoods program aims to bring the Partnership directly to our members and the business community throughout Greater Houston. The program is gearing up in 2019. 
In summer 2019, the Regions and Neighborhoods program visited the Clear Lake area and NASA Johnson Space Center to gain an understanding of the economy in that part of the region.

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COVID-19 Business Forums

National Chamber Day: Partnership’s Impact

10/20/21
Since 1840, the Greater Houston Partnership has strived to make the Houston region the best place to live, work and build a business. Through the dedicated efforts of our 900 member companies in the 12-county Houston region, the Partnership supports the growth of industry and innovation by convening community-minded business leaders with one goal in mind - to make Houston greater.  While the world around us is rapidly changing, the Partnership remains committed to our mission-driven work that promotes Houston’s growth. As Houston’s largest regional chamber of commerce and principle business organization, the Partnership is recognizing this year’s Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day by looking back at some of the greatest impacts we’ve made in Houston in the last year.  Serving as a Robust COVID-19 Resource The virus’ arrival to Houston in the spring of 2020 drastically changed how the Partnership served our region. Halting in-person interactions to ensure the health and safety of our members, the Partnership quickly shifted major events, programs and meetings to an online environment. Through virtual forums with leading medical experts, as well as comprehensive communications through email, social media and the Partnership’s website, Houston.org, our organization worked closely with leadership at the Texas Medical Center to become a reliable source of COVID-19 data, best business practices, and health and safety information.  Tom DeBesse, Region Bank President of Houston North Region at Wells Fargo, said staying engaged with the Partnership during this critical time ensured his team remained well informed to make important decisions on employee and customer safety.  "I can’t tell you how important it has been to stay on top of information regarding COVID-19 as we’ve had to make changes to our daily operations during these difficult times,” DeBesse said. “The Greater Houston Partnership has served as a valuable resource for us—providing timely and useful updates that bring awareness and insight to news, health data, and best practices as it pertains to impacting our local business community." Convening the Greater Houston Business Community Serving 900 member companies, the Partnership plays a major role for facilitating local, national and international business connections. Providing an avenue for connections through events, membership networking and business-driven conversations, allows Houston – and businesses to benefit in ways that are most valuable to their company.  Tracy Weeden, President & CEO of Neuhaus Education Center, said the connections she’s formed through her membership with the Partnership have made a significant impact on her business.  “Becoming a member of the Partnership was one of the best professional decisions I’ve made as a CEO,” Weeden said. “Even though I’m leading a nonprofit, the ability to cross-pollinate with organizations in various industries is extremely helpful. Interacting and benefiting from the thought leadership in the business community has shown me that they are really tackling the same issues we are facing.” Impact-Driven The Partnership work to promote economic development and trade is reflected through our initiatives and economic development projects. Most recently, the Partnership launched the Houston Energy Transition Initiative, which will be guided by a strategic regional blueprint for leading the global energy transition to a low-carbon world. This initiative demonstrates the collective impact the Partnership makes when convening key stakeholders across industry, government and academia and highlights the organization's work to position Houston among the great global cities of the future. Steve Clarke, Division Vice President of Jacobs and Chair of the Partnership’s Infrastructure and Resiliency Advisory Committee, said he’s proud to play a role in the Partnership’s impact to infrastructure projects around the region.  “It is not often that you get to be part of a legacy project that will ultimately protect millions of our fellow Texans and change the way that we all look at Coastal Resilience,” Clarke said. “Thanks to the Greater Houston Partnership and the members of the Infrastructure Resiliency Advisory Committee, that I’ve had the honor of chairing the past 2 years, for your advocacy and lobbying that have made coastal infrastructure projects like this and many others possible.” Learn more about the Partnership’s impact. Have a testimonial you'd like to share with us? Share your story with our Member Engagement team. 
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Education

Public, Higher Education Leaders Share Insights on Preparing Students for an Ever-Evolving Future

10/18/21
A strong education system is key to building opportunity for all Houstonians. It contributes to the long-term success of our young people, increases equity and is intrinsically tied to Houston’s ability to remain competitive with a talented workforce.  Many would argue that ensuring the opportunity for all to succeed is dependent on two things: a strong education system and career pathways. These topics among others were front and center at the Greater Houston Partnership’s third annual State of Education. In a two-part event, Houston-area superintendents and Rice University President David Leebron shared their outlook on shifts in learning models, coping with learning loss and the knowledge needed to drive a 21st century economy.  Panel Discussion Discussing a Look Forward at K-12 Education Alief ISD Superintendent HD Chambers and Dr. Jennifer Blaine, superintendent of Spring Branch’s school district, engaged in a dialogue with Dr. Melanie Johnson, President & CEO of the Collaborative for Children on the outlook for regional K-12 school systems.  COVID-19 has undoubtedly posed negative impacts to learning and social growth and as the pandemic persists, the long-term impacts will not be fully known for some time. “There is a propensity for a large skills gap within this generation due to the pandemic,” said Blaine. “We’re looking at three years or more in terms of learning loss – loss in terms of literacy, numeracies, basic foundational schooling. That’s the academic piece but there is also social and emotional wellness that is developed in school that is lost too.” Chambers added that like all of us, students are coping with the pandemic in varying ways. “When students aren’t adjusting well, it’s hard to teach them skills – before we address learning loss, we need to address the broader loss and get students to a point where they are able to absorb learning and schooling.”  The panel shed light on the educator workforce and challenges in retaining and attracting high-performing teachers. Chambers noted that his district has been partnering with local universities to recruit incoming freshmen and showcase career paths in the education space to increase the pipeline of teachers. “Rewarding quality teachers to remain in the classroom isn’t a sustainable solution, we need a resolution to the bigger problem,” Chambers said. Blaine shared that she often works with her teachers to find opportunities for growth and advancement while keeping them in the classroom. “Spring Branch ISD has instituted an opportunity culture where teachers can be incentivized to stay in the classroom while making more money through added programs.”  The two superintendents also shared ways that industry and the business community can contribute to the future of our schools and students. Chambers said that “members of the business community can help by partnering with or volunteering in their local school districts.” The idea of partnering with school districts and business in a meaningful way – like the Partnership’s UpSkill Houston Initiative – helps to align what employers expect so education and skillsets can be adapted, he said. Chambers added that initiatives like these help to legitimize non-four-year degree programs and opens the door to an expanded pipeline of skilled laborers. Blaine offered that “technical education is key, offering pathways for students to earn a certification when they graduate that propels them directly into the workforce. SBISD is also currently looking for business partners to build intern and externships to fuel these programs."  Fireside Chat Explores Houston's Higher Ed Future  Following nearly two decades at the helm of Rice University, President David Leebron recently announced he would step down from the role at the close of the 2021-2022 academic year. Leebron sat down with Partnership President and CEO Bob Harvey for a fireside chat where the two discussed the changes coming to higher education and the critical role Rice plays in the aspirations of the city of Houston.  Leebron came to Houston after serving as the dean of Columbia Law School, quipping that at the time, coming from NYC to Houston seemed like an adventure. “Rice brought me to Houston but the important thing that has kept us here is the City of Houston and the people, the opportunities, the ambition of the city and the way the city works.” Leebron added that he feels that Houston is the most misunderstood city of North America but can attest that its entrepreneurial spirt, greenspaces and diversity foster incredible growth in his students and encourage the student body to take full advantage of what the city has to offer.  When asked about his outlook on higher ed’s future, Leebron noted that today, institutions have the ability to serve a wider spectrum of students at various stages and setting of their lives than ever before – which Leebron feels is critical to advancing equity. “Higher ed is an engine of opportunity, a necessary part of the fabric of the country to make it a fair and equitable country. A vast majority of higher ed remains public not profits guided by mission and the larger needs of society. Investment in society including equity of society is what we’re here for at the end of the day.”  Leebron went on to describe two exciting developments spurred by Rice that are contributing to the growth of Houston’s innovation ecosystem and strengthening its position as the Energy Capital of the World. “In Rice’s strategic plan, we realized we needed to double down on engaging with and empowering the success of the city of Houston,” he said. This engagement is illustrated in the development of the Ion and its surrounding 16-acre innovation district that sits at the geographical center of Houston’s institutions of higher education. “Houston needed a marque place for people to come to know our commitment to tech, innovation, startups,” Leebron said. The Ion will ultimately bring together some presence of all Houston’s higher ed institutions, community colleges, industry leaders and startups to be a center for education and innovation. Leebron also shared details on The Welch Institute for Advanced Materials noting that collective knowledge that comes with a development like this is critical to Houston remaining at the center of energy innovation. “Where ideas come from still matters, we need to continue to build relationships between industry, academia, research and application – this is what keeps companies here, they need to be close to where the ideas are created” Leebron said.  Learn more about Houston’s education systems and the Partnership’s work to unite higher education with business. 
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“As a lifelong Houstonian, I am particularly pleased to be a part of the Partnership and the great work they do for economic growth and development in the City of Houston and surrounding communities.”


Charles McFarland
Attorney, McFarland PLLC

"Becoming a member of the Partnership was one of the best professional decisions I’ve made as a CEO. Even though I’m leading a nonprofit, the ability to cross-pollinate with organizations in various industries is extremely helpful. Interacting and benefiting from the thought leadership in the business community has shown me that they are really tackling the same issues we are facing."


Tracy Weeden, Ed.D.
President & CEO, Neuhaus Education Center

“Greater Houston Partnership, thank you for continuing to be a great resource for information. Very proud to be a member of this organization that so well represents Houston, it's businesses and people.”


Ed Parker
Business Development Manager, Industrial Tax Consulting

"With one of the largest databases of members, [the Partnership] is a wonderful networking resource for me."


Neal Talmadge
BizJournals

"The quality of the programs are top-notched, and because of that, the attendees are top-notched as well. Quality networking is great!"


Anthony Pabillano
PwC

"Businesses who want to get their name out and sales professionals who want to increase their sphere of influence won't find a better organization to connect than GHP."


Lisa Bogany
Workforce Solutions

"Houston has a huge amount of raw ingredients needed to launch a startup -- top tier universities, affordable cost of living, tremendous wealth, large corporations -- so the creation of a startup hub in Houston has just been about aligning all these elements under one roof that provides entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed."


Lawson Gow
Founder & CEO, The Cannon
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