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Growth in non-energy and consumer-driven sectors to offset energy-related losses
Delegates to discuss Houston-Belgium synergies in energy, life sciences and logistics
Targeted sectors include energy, health care, sports and tourism
Resonance's Place Equity Index is a measure developed to quantify and benchmark the relative quality of place, reputation and competitive identity of one city to another by analyzing and comparing six factors for principal U.S. cities within metropolitan populations of 500,000 or greater and U.S. cities with an individual population of 250,000 or more.
During his presentation, Jeffrey Weatherford, deputy director of public works and engineering for the City of Houston, discussed intelligent transportation systems (ITS) within the City of Houston.
Amazon has announced plans to open its seventh Texas fulfillment center in the Houston region. The company currently employs more than 10,000 full-time hourly associates at its five operating Texas fulfillment centers.
The Partnership held its Economic Development Council on July 12 featuring a panel discussion of area economic development experts including Chad Burke, President and CEO of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, John Isom, Director of City of Waller Economic Development Corporation, Randall Malick, Economic Development Director for the City of Rosenberg, and Gwen Tillotson, Deputy Director of Economic Development for the City of Houston.
The Partnership welcomed Chip Rankin, President at Placemaker Media, Publisher at 365 Things to Do in Houston, as the speaker for the Quality of Life Council on July 19.
The Partnership's Health Care Council hosted Phil Ritter, Chief Operating Officer of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas as a guest speaker on Tuesday, June 28.
Richard Ryan, Director, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, Houston Office, presented on commercial diplomacy and the International Trade Administration's Advocacy Center.
With Texas playing a large role in national politics, as well as at the state and local levels, Jones detailed major contests in this year’s local, state and national elections and their implications for the next Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress.
On April 26, the Partnership hosted the Arts and Culture Council featuring guest speaker Bridget Bray, Nancy C. Allen Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center. She provided an overview of Asia Society’s visual arts exhibitions.
Dr. Bob Sanborn presented the current landscape of education and other issues concerning Houston and Texas children.
Dr. Herricks' presentation focused on bringing awareness to all neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect the greater Houston region apart from the Zika virus, which has received much media attention lately.
Michelle Smith, president and founder of the Hotel Concierge Association of Houston, discussed the opportunity to showcase Houston's ability to host large entertainment events such as the NCAA Final Four tournament and 2017 Super Bowl.
Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston, discussed the Super Tuesday primary election results from March 1, 2016 and what they will mean to the next Texas state legislative session, session of Congress and to the 2016 general election.
Mr. Hirschhorn presented on service and trade compliance rules, specifically as they relate to sales and compliance departments within companies that export goods and services.
Mr. Perez's presentation was about creating analytical models for data mining and refinement to give insights on various oil and gas challenges.
The Partnership's Houston Economy Council met February 16 and featured speaker Gürcan Gülen, a senior energy economist at the Center for Energy Economics, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin.
We welcomed Jonathan Beitler, marketing and public relations consultant for the Center, and Michael Moore, board member of the Center, as the council speakers. They provided an overview of the organization's various sites and programs, including the Orange Show Monument, Smither Park, the Beer Can House, the Houston Art Car Parade, the Orange Show Art Bus, and their Eye Opener Tours and Art Experiences.
The Regional Impact of Lifting Crude Oil Export Ban
Carl W. Neuhaus, Managing Director of DI Services at Drillinginfo, Inc., shared information on how there may be opportunities in exploration and production, even with oil below $50 per barrel.
The Partnership is releasing its 2016 employment forecast at the annual Houston Region Economic Outlook event on Monday, Dec. 7.
The Partnership held its Transportation Council on November 17 in the Partnership board room. Council Host Taylor Landin, Partnership Vice President of Public Policy, welcomed the Council speakers.
Mustafa Tameez, Founder and Managing Director of Outreach Strategists, provided an analysis of the previous day's local elections in Houston.
The Partnership welcomed Council speakers Sergio Gómez Lora, Director General, IQOM and Dave Spray, Founder & CEO, Export Advisors, Inc.
Mark Sangster, Associate Director of Pumps & Pipes, described how his organization aims to establish unique and innovative cross-industry collaborations between the energy, healthcare, and aerospace industries as well as educational institutions.
The Partnership held its Education Council on Oct. 6. Education Policy Manager Jesse Ayala welcomed Council speaker Jennifer Anderson, Executive Vice President, at Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.
Shawn Cloonan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel with TMC, gave details on the various real estate expansions happening at the Medical Center.
Must-read white paper detailing the City’s strong revenue picture including property tax trends.
The Partnership's State of the Senate is an annual event featuring one of Texas' U.S. Senators, appearing on a rotating basis.
James Glassman, Founder of Houstorian, discussed Houstorian’s mission to tell the story of Houston, preserve its cultural and architectural history, and support the landmarks that make Houston fun and unique.
Ambassador Pisan discussed Thailand's key attributes including its reliability, business friendliness, and progressive political reforms.
Stein presented on voter participation in the City of Houston and his polling analysis on 2015 Houston municipal election.
She discussed the objectives of the Australian Trade Commission, Austrade, and Australia's growing relationship with Houston.
Harold Hunt, Research Economist for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, outlined the oil and gas industry's current landscape and how Houston is affected in his presentation, titled "What's Happening With Oil and Gas Activity."
Dr. Michael G. Gonzalez discussed Project ETHAN (Emergency TeleHealth and Navigation), a partnership between the Houston Fire Department and fourteen community organizations to ensure patients who call 911 get appropriate care while ensuring the safety of the community.
The guide features the latest information on dining and entertainment, educational opportunities and housing options in the City With No Limits.
Peter Beard, Partnership Senior Vice President of Workforce Development, presented on the Partnership's UpSkill Houston initiative.
Mark J. Thurber, Partner at Andrews Kurth, provided a broad overview of the process for LNG facilities including structure, financing and regulatory requirements.
The Partnership has produced a mid-year impact report to highlight its achievements, and inform members on progress to-date.
The discussion featured an update on Houston’s economy and a recap of the Partnership's top priorities during the 84th Legislative Session.
The discussion focused on big renovations at Alley Theater, education and international partnerships with the Houston Symphony, and making the Houston Grand Opera more relevant and accessible, especially to younger generations.
Finley discussed the findings of BP's Statistical Review of World Energy report, which provides objective global data on energy markets.
The Greater Houston Partnership, along with Asia Society Texas Center, welcomed Chinese Vice Premier Madame Liu Yandong to Houston during a reception in her honor
The Greater Houston Partnership and the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) welcomed Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Sang-jick Yoon for the Korea-U.S. Business Forum.
The discussion focused on the Partnership's top three legislative priorities during the recently completed Texas Legislative Session: pre-K investment, economic development incentives and transportation funding.
The Greater Houston Partnership kicked off the official count down for the 2015 Soirée with a launch party on June 2 at Hotel ZaZa.
The Partnership welcomed Council Speakers Paula Swain, Managing Director, Structured & Project Finance, Export-Import Bank of the United States and Darcie Durham, Director State and Local Government Operations at Boeing.
The event and accompanying Global Houston report focused on Houston's position in the global economy.
The meeting focused on the continued development of Argentina's energy sector and the opportunities for Houston-based companies.
Council Speakers Patrick J. Kiley, Founding Principal, and Candace Hernandez, Principal, both with Kiley Advisors, presented a 2015 Market Forecast for the Houston region highlighting commercial and residential real estate.
The program featured a panel of executives with insights into how women can be successful in the workplace in all phases of their careers.
Site Selection referenced three 2014 Partnership projects: Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Sutherland Global Services and Nalco Champion.
Donna Atkinson-Travis, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Human Services, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, discussed the Enroll Gulf Coast collaborative efforts to enroll uninsured residents of greater Harris County in health insurance.
The Partnership welcomed Council speakers Adam Stephens, Assistant Superintendent of Linked Learning, and Michael Webster, Assistant Superintendent of Career Readiness, both with the Houston Independent School District.
More than 2,319 healthcare professionals convened at the George R. Brown Convention Center for the Medical World Americas (MWA) conference from April 27-29.
Council speakers James Bogues and Ben Carey, both Managing Directors at Accenture, discussed 10 strategic actions for US exploration and production energy companies.
The Partnership led a successful trade and investment mission alongside Mayor Annise Parker to New Delhi and Mumbai, India.
Council Host Dawn Landry, Vice President of Business Acquisition for the Houston office of Balfour Beatty Construction, moderated a diverse panel of economic development experts who discussed the latest trends in Houston.
After six years of leading the City of Houston, Mayor Parker outlined her plans for the remainder of her term and reflected on her time at City Hall.
Council speaker Carolyn Hays, Manager, Arts & Business Council of Greater Houston, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), discussed how HAA impacts the community.
The Honorable Ricarda Redeker, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, discussed the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and how it impacts Houston's trade relationship with Germany.
Council speaker Scott Haywood, President of Move Texas Forward, discussed the transportation and mobility challenges facing Texas and provided an overview of the steps already taken by the Texas Legislature this session.
Houston: The Economy at a Glance, highlights newly released Census figures for Houston's population, recent employment trends, the Houston Airport System's growth in international service and an energy industry update.
The event focused on community partnerships and educational programs of leading area charter schools.
Sharon Adams, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs for the 2017 Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, served as the Council speaker.
Early Matters is a broad-based coalition whose primary goal is to ensure that children are able to read at, or above grade level by the end of third grade.
Diaz discussed the future of air transportation in Houston and long-term planning for the airport system.
Though membership renewal season winds down March 31, it's not too late to join the Partnership for another year of making Houston greater.
After a comprehensive search process, the Greater Houston Partnership is pleased to welcome Horacio Licon as Vice President of International Investment and Trade.
Cari Broderson, Partnership Vice President of Economic Development Marketing, presented on the Houston: The City with No Limits campaign and accompanying talent attraction effort.
Carlos Cantu, Supplier Development General Manager, PEMEX Procurement International (PPI), discussed challenges and prospects in procurement for PPI.
The Greater Houston Partnership held its first Houston: The City With No Limits Press Tour from February 25 to 27; taking five lifestyle journalists all across the Houston region.
Jesse Thompson, Business Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch, provided an overview of the Houston economy and discussed the factors impacting Houston's future growth.
Governor Abbott shared his vision and plans for the state of Texas and outlined his priorities for the current state legislative session, including five emergency items.
The first Healthcare Council of the year focused on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on businesses in 2015.
Entering his third term, Judge Emmett outlined his vision for leading a growing urban county.
The event was an opportunity to convene our elected leaders and prepare for regional cooperation.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker discusses the ups and downs of oil and the impact on the city of Houston with CNBC's Brian Sullivan.
The new campus will be built in northwest Harris County and home to about 4,000 people. It is projected to be up and running in mid-2016.
"We are the engineering capital of the world, and this is where we add value. We are also the hub of big construction companies." __FreightWeek
GHP Hosts Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, at Inaugural State of Energy Event.
Houston now has 3.0 months of inventory, up from 2.6 months earlier this year. Since their low point in February, new listings have risen by 2,082 units.
David Leebron discusses why our city "surprises and enchants so many."
Houston has ranked again as one of the best places for business and careers. Forbes rated 200 metro areas in the United States, giving Houston the #15 spot. Forbes used factors such as jobs, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and education of the labor force to determine which cities made the cut. With approximately 6.3 million people, the nation's fourth biggest economy and GDP growth of 5.3% (based on most recent estimates available from the Bureau of Economic Analysis), Houston continues to prove its economic clout.
To read the full article and see all the top cities, click here.
"June's positive sales performance is a testament to the strength of the Houston housing market," said HAR Chair Chaille Ralph with Heritage Texas Properties.
This snapshot of Houston's economy covers key employment and industry data through July of 2014.
In comparison, $5.0 billion in contracts was awarded January through May last year.
This snapshot of Houston's economy covers key employment and export data through June of 2014.
The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Metro Area created 85,800 jobs in the 12 months ending April '14.
This report compares local and national inflation trends.
Houston-area realtors sold 6,438 single-family homes in April, only a slight increase of 0.3 percent from the 6,419 sold in April '13.
The Greater Houston Partnership was commissioned by HSBC to create "Houston's Next Boom: Exporting Innovation," a report discussing the role of global trade in Houston's economy.
The reading above 50 indicates likely growth in production over the next three to four months.
The running 12-month total topped $6.3 billion, the highest value in Partnership records dating back to January '02.
The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Metro Area created 80,100 jobs in the 12 months ending March '14.
Houston-area auto dealers experienced a record-breaking month in March, selling 37,773 cars, trucks and SUVs.
This report compares nationwide inflation to local inflation through March 2014.
The Houston Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a short-term leading indicator for regional production, registered 57.1 in March, down from 58.7 in February.
March marked the 34th consecutive month of an over-the-year increase in Houston-area single family home sales.
The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Metro Area created 77,000 jobs in the 12 months ending February '14.
McGraw-Hill reports that $12 billion in construction contracts were awarded in the metro area during the 12 months ending February '14, an 8.1 percent increase from the same period last year.
City of Houston building permits totaled $6.2 billion during the 12 months ending February '14, a 19.1 percent increase from the same period a year ago.
Houston-area single-family home sales increased for the 33rd consecutive month, reaching 4,765 homes in February '14.
This report compares nationwide inflation rates to local data through February 2014.
February sales were 23.8 percent higher than the 26,635 sold in February '13 and the highest February sales since '00.
Houston-based expertise positioned to help tap potential.
The Houston PMI registered 58.7 in February, up from 57.1 in January, indicating likely growth in production over the next three to four months.
Every major sector except finance recorded employment gains in '13.
City of Houston building permits reached an all-time high in January.
Houston-area auto dealers sold 24,991 cars, trucks and SUVs in January '14.
This report compares nationwide inflation with what we are experiencing in Houston.
The Greater Houston Partnership hosted the organization's 2014 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 5.
McGraw-Hill reports that $11.708 billion in construction contracts were awarded in the metro area in '13, a 4.1 percent increase from the $11.243 billion awarded in '12.
Launches venture capital fund-of-funds to accelerate start-up growth
HX Venture Fund will target investments from business community, promote strong collaboration among corporations, startups and innovators
Letter to Governor Abbott
Local future-focused non-profit welcomes Brett Perlman to leadership role
Greater Houston Partnership, executives say bill will harm Texas's reputation and impact economic growth
Industries of focus include energy, life sciences, manufacturing and logistics
Aims to accelerate innovation-based entrepreneurship through a more integrated startup ecosystem
Business community looks ahead to long-term school finance reform
Business community wants to continue funding local schools and future leaders directly
Amazing new office will accelerate organization’s impact
Amazon's seventh Texas facility will create more than 1,000 new full-time jobs
Plan to Increase Number of Local Firms that Export, Creating Jobs
Project will be a Construction Career Collaborative Certified Project
Site Selection magazine has recognized the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (Houston MSA) as one of the top metros in the nation for new and expanded corporate facilities.
Growth expected in non-energy and consumer-driven sectors offsetting losses in sectors closely tied to energy
Innovative social media site next step in greater Houston talent attraction plan
The mission will be focused on promoting Houston's advantages for Mexican investment and trade and enhancing key government and business relationships between the Houston region and Mexico.
The Greater Houston Partnership announced today that the organization remains committed to the City of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance as approved by the Houston City Council in May 2014.
Early childhood education initiative welcomes Veronica Chapa to leadership role.
Texas Supreme Court ruling declares Partnership records are not subject to public disclosure under the TPIA.
The Greater Houston Partnership and Mayor Annise Parker will lead a delegation of top business representatives and elected officials from April 20 to April 25 to discuss commerce and investment opportunities.
Innovative petrochemical initiative becomes first pillar in comprehensive workforce development effort.
Site Selection magazine has recognized the Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (Houston MSA) as one of the top metros in the nation for corporate relocations and expansions.
Network to enhance region's foreign direct investment, global competitiveness.
Partnership Leaders Discuss 2015 Priorities and Unveil New Logo.
The Greater Houston Partnership released its annual Houston Employment Forecast at the Houston Region Economic Outlook event on December 11, 2014. The Partnership expects metro Houston to gain 62,900 jobs in 2015.
GHP's Opportunity Houston campaign surpasses key employment goal
The agreement was signed by GHP President Bob Harvey and KITA Chairman Han Ducksoo in Seoul, South Korea, the first stop of a week-long investment and trade mission led by Mayor Annise Parker and GHP.
Early Matters features collaboration of business, education, philanthropic and social service organizations.
UpSkill Houston to address dramatic and growing need for skilled workers.
GHP-led effort highlights quality of life, limitless opportunities found in region.
CyraCom Expected to Create 425 Full-Time Positions Locally
The Greater Houston Partnership led a delegation of top U.S. business leaders to Mexico City on Tuesday to discuss commerce and investment opportunities.
Discussions will focus on how to increase trade and investment between the Houston region and South African cities including Johannesburg and Cape Town.
GHP announced today that Bob Pertierra has joined the organization as Senior Vice President and Chief Economic Development Officer.
GHP hosted its annual Houston Region Economic Outlook where it released its 2014 employment forecast.
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Greater Houston Partnership, the City of Houston and TechStreet Houston team up to host inaugural technology conference.
The event was designed to provide businesses of all sizes with insights into general cybersecurity strategies along with sector-specific tactics.
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) Chairman Gilbert Garcia and Interim President and CEO, Tom Lambert, delivered the keynote addresses at the Greater Houston Partnership's annual State of METRO luncheon on Tuesday, October 22.
Speaker Straus discussed the importance of voter approval of Proposition 6 which provides a one-time transfer of funds into an account that will help support critical water projects for the next 50 years without increasing taxes.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that GHP has once again been recognized as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO).
Greater Houston Partnership announced today that Jeffrey Blair has joined the organization as the new Director, Europe and Middle East.
GHP Receives $3 Million Grant To Boost Opportunity Houston Campaign Investment To Help Create Jobs, Attract Talent To Houston...more...
"The Greater Houston Partnership applauds Chevron's decision to expand and create jobs in the heart of Downtown Houston," said GHP President and CEO Bob Harvey. "There is no question that Houston is the 'Energy Capital of the World' and Chevron's announcement underscores this fact...more...
HOUSTON – For the second consecutive year, Site Selection magazine has named the Houston - Baytown - Sugar L and Metropolitan Statistical A rea (Houston MSA) as the 2012 "Top Metro" in the nation for corporate re locations and expansions...
HOUSTON – The Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) is pleased to join with the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System (HAS) in welcoming new , non - stop passenger flight service from Beijing to Houston...