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2021 Partnership Annual Meeting

Published Jan 26, 2021 by A.J. Mistretta

During its 2021 Annual Meeting on January 26, the Greater Houston Partnership outlined some of the steps necessary to grow Houston’s economy in a post-pandemic world, shared the organization’s key accomplishments in 2020, and presented its top award to one of the city’s leading philanthropists. 

  • Watch the full virtual meeting on the right side of this page. 
  • Click here to read 2021 Board Chair Amy Chronis' full remarks. 
  • Click here to read President and CEO Bob Harvey's remarks. 
  • Click here for the Partnership's 2020 Annual Report, including major accomplishments, organization updates, financials and more. 
  • Click here to read a press release recapping the Annual Meeting. 
  • Click here for details on the presentation of the Robert C. McNair Award to Houston businessman and philanthropist Rich Kinder. 

2021 Partnership Board Chair Amy Chronis, Houston Managing Partner for Deloitte, discussed what Houston must do to ensure it remains a competitive global city in a post-pandemic world. “I suggest it will be those metros whose businesses are focused on developing the technologies and driving innovations that change the world,” Chronis said during the virtual event. “Over time, Houston has both diversified its economy, and more recently, has bolstered our innovation ecosystem…But to build a strong, diverse, 21st century economy, Houston must drive a technological renaissance.” 

Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing recession, the Partnership made considerable progress on several fronts over the last year, said Bobby Tudor, who served as the organization’s 2020 Chair and is also Chair of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC. Tudor, who laid out a plan for Houston to help lead the global energy transition to a low-carbon future at the beginning of his tenure, said energy companies have largely committed to the effort while the region has attracted key new players. One example is North America’s largest “climatetech” incubator Greentown Labs, which announced in June it would open a new Houston facility this year to assist emerging energy companies. 

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