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Partnership Launches New Strategy, Engagement Efforts

Published Feb 01, 2019 by A.J. Mistretta

The Greater Houston Partnership hosted its 2019 Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 31, with more than 1,200 members in attendance at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston. Presentation slides from the event may be found here and here is a link to the full event video. 

At the meeting, the organization honored outgoing chair, Marc Watts, who discussed the organization’s key work in 2018 including efforts around flood resiliency, public education, and building a thriving innovation ecosystem. The organization also celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a commemorative video and welcomed back a number of former chairs and executive staff as part of the festivities.

For a full look at the Partnership's accomplishments in 2018, view the annual report. And see the sponsors who helped make the event possible. 

Scott McClelland Calls for Increased Member Engagement Towards Public Education, Other Key Issues

The Partnership’s 2019 Chair Scott McClelland offered inspiring remarks regarding the importance of a strong public education system as key to Houston’s long-term success.

“Houston’s human capital is the greatest asset the region possesses, and a strong, diverse economy relies on creating opportunity for all residents to improve their lives,” said McClelland. “A well-funded and effective public education system is critical to generating opportunity for our residents. Ensuring a path toward public education reform and securing flood mitigation funds are the Partnership’s two main legislative priorities in 2019.” 

McClelland challenged the attendees to engage in the work of the Partnership in the coming year. “We need you to play a role. It will make you a better person and it will help us make Houston even greater,” he said.

Bob Harvey Launches Houston Next Strategic Plan, Capital Campaign

In his formal remarks, Partnership President and CEO Bob Harvey shared details of a new strategic plan that will guide the organization’s overall efforts through the next decade. The initiative, dubbed Houston Next, is designed to advance Houston’s position as a great global city.

“We have much to be proud of and by every measure we are already a great city,” said Harvey. “But we also know that the world around us is changing rapidly, and I dare say the pecking order of global cities for the remainder of the 21st Century is being worked out right now.  There are no givens and we are not assured a place near the top. This plan is our guide to helping perpetuate this region’s positive trajectory.”  

The plan focuses on three core areas: creating a strong and diverse economy, ensuring a great quality of life and supporting opportunity for all. The plan is designed to empower local business leaders to accelerate the region’s progress at the intersection of those three areas of impact and ensure Houston’s continued success.  More information on the strategic plan is provided below.

To properly fund the initiatives of the strategic plan, the Partnership also launched a $50 million fundraising campaign.  Lead investors as of January 31 include CenterPoint Energy; Phillips 66; Chevron; BP; H-E-B; Reliant, an NRG company; Texas Medical Center; Silver Eagle Distributors; and Gilbane Building.

For information regarding the Houston Next capital campaign, please contact Jenny Dudley, or 713-844-3672.

Houston Next Strategic Plan

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Under Houston Next, the Partnership will embark on a more targeted, proactive economic development effort to recruit high-impact business prospects and talent, both domestically and internationally. The organization will focus its economic development work around six key areas: energy 2.0, life sciences, global headquarters recruitment, Houston’s digital transition, freight logistics infrastructure and finally manufacturing, trade and logistics. 

Quality of Life 
Houston has made tremendous strides in improving the overall quality of life in the region over the last decade, in large part through investments in public spaces and the arts. However, challenges and opportunities remain that require the Partnership to lead and accelerate progress, including flood mitigation and resilience, transportation infrastructure and increasing government efficiency and effectiveness. Through Houston Next, the Partnership will establish a center of excellence for long-term flood mitigation, collaborate with regional stakeholders in developing a 21st-century mobility plan and engage with the public around these issues through awareness campaigns, polling and other outreach. 

Opportunity for All 
The opportunity for all Houstonians to succeed is dependent on strong education systems and career pathways. The Partnership will focus on advocating for a high-quality, properly funded public education system, while also working with partners across the region to ensure local colleges and universities are producing graduates aligned with the needs of Houston businesses. The Partnership will also work with an outside consultant to take the efforts around its highly-successful, industry-led workforce development initiative, UpSkill Houston, to the next level. 

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The Partnership Salutes Our 2021 Members

Serving as the Houston region's largest chamber of commerce, the Greater Houston Partnership is a gathering place for community-minded business leaders who want to be involved in Houston's positive growth and influence our economic trajectory. Through the dedicated efforts of our members, the Partnership addresses Houston's unique challenges, and champions the growth and success of our region. Without the active engagement and investment in the organization's mission, the work of the Partnership would not be possible. Please join us in thanking all of the Partnership members for their leadership and dedication to strengthening the region.  For further information about our members, visit the Membership Directory.  For information about getting involved with the Greater Houston Partnership by becoming a member, click here, or contact New and renewing 2021 members include:  160 Driving Academy 4B Capital, LLC 8th Wonder Brewery & Distillery A & S Engineers, Inc. A&B Environmental Services, Inc. Abby's Catering / Amber Green Corporation ABI Enterprises Accenture Access Sciences Corporation AccuFleet International, Inc. ACM Logistics & Consulting, Inc. ACT Pipe & Supply, Inc. ActionCOACH Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. Adcetera AECOM AIG Air Liquide USA LLC Aitken Manufacturing Aker Solutions Inc. Aldine ISD AlixPartners, LLP All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Allegiance Bank Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP Alley Theatre ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Amazon Web Services Ambius Amegy Bank American Bank American Cancer Society American Heart Association American InterContinental University American Red Cross, Greater Houston Area Chapter Amperon Holdings, Inc Amplo Anne Vickery & Associates Realty LLC Antwerp Port Authority - Houston/USA Apache Corporation Ara Partners ARC Specialties Arch-Con Corporation Archrock, Inc. Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. ARVO Realty Advisors Associated Builders & Contractors of Greater Houston Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. - Houston Chapter AT&T Atlantic Partners Group, LLC Atlantic Relocation Systems Australian Trade and Investment Commission AVANCE - Houston Inc. Bain & Company Baker Botts LLP Baker Hughes BakerRipley Baldwin Liaison Consulting, LLC Banfield Properties, Inc. Bank of America Bank of Texas Barbers Hill Independent School District Bay-Houston Towing Co. Baylor College of Medicine BB&T Now Truist BBVA BDO USA, LLP Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals Bell Belmont Village Senior Living Benchmark Benzer Capital Beth Wolff Realtors BGE, Inc. BHGRE Gary Greene, Corporate Office BHP Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Big Oak Tree Media Bin There Dump That BKD, LLP Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas BNSF Railway Boral Agency Boyd Commercial, LLC Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Inc. Brace Industrial Group Bracewell LLP Bridgeway Capital Management Brigade Fire Solutions, LLC Bristow Group Inc. Brookfield Properties Corp. BTIC America Corporation Bureau Veritas Commodities & Trade, Inc. Burnett Specialists Burns & McDonnell, Inc. Burrow Global LLC business angel Minority association BXS Insurance C. Baldwin Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton Cadence Bank Café Adobe Caldwell Companies Calpine Corporation Camden Property Trust Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. Carlton Staffing Catalyst Partners LLC Cathexis Holdings Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Caydon USA Services LLC CBRE Group, Inc. CDC Houston, Inc./Springwoods Village CDM360 Center for Urban Transformation CenterPoint Energy Central Management, Inc. ChaiONE Inc. Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. Chamberlain Hrdlicka Charles Grube Properties, Inc. Charter Title Company Chastang Auto Group Cheniere Energy, Inc. CHess Executive Insights LLC Chevron CHI St. Luke's Health Chicago Title Houston Chrysalis Partners LLC Cintra Citadel Hospitality Group CITGO Petroleum Corporation Citigroup City Development Corporation of El Campo City of Brenham City of Fulshear City of Houston City of Huntsville City of League City, Texas City of Waller Economic Development Corp. CivilTech Engineering, Inc. CKP CLEAR Clear Channel Outdoor CMC Railroad, Inc. Coats Rose, P.C. Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages Cockrell Interests LLC Collaborative for Children Colliers Appelt Womack, Inc. dba Colliers International Comcast Comerica Bank Communities In Schools of Houston Community Health Choice, Inc. Competitive Choice, Inc. Concept and Perspective, LLC ConocoPhillips Conroe EDC Continental/Silverline/Products, Inc. Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC CRB Consulting Engineers, Inc. Creative Circle LLC Credera Credit Human CRI - Commercial Resource Installation Crown Castle International Corp. CSI Executive Search, LLC CustomerFirst Renewables Cybersoft Technologies, Inc. Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Daikin Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation Darda Management Group David E. Harvey Builders, Inc. David Weekley Homes DCI - Development Counsellors International LTD. Dean & Draper Deloitte Delta Troy Interests, Ltd. DePelchin Children's Center Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe Digital Realty Dini Spheris Direct Energy Doeren Mayhew Door Dash Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Texas Dress for Success Houston DUNA-USA Duncan Capital Management Duvera Consulting East Harris County Manufacturers Association Economic Incentive Services, LLC Edge Engineering and Science, LLC EHRA Engineering Emerson Enbridge EnCap Investments L.P. Endeavors Endiem Endurance Builders Engie North America Inc. Entercom Houston Entergy Texas, Inc. Enterprise Holdings Enterprise Systems Corporation Episcopal Health Foundation ERGOS Technology Partners, Inc. Everett Interests Evolve Partners LLC Excargo Services Inc. Exponent Scientific and Engineering Consulting Express Home Services ExxonMobil Corporation EYP Faust Distributing Company, Inc. Fayez Sarofim & Co. Federal Reserve Bank - Houston Branch FEI Financial Executives International Houston Chapter FF Laroux LLC Fifth Third Bank First National Bank of Huntsville First Reserve Corporation Foley & Lardner LLP Foodarama Market Foremost Fresh Direct Fortis Alliance, LLC Foster LLP Four Seasons Hotel Houston Frankel Development Group Freeport LNG Frost Bank Frost Brown Todd LLC FS Group Holdings Ltd Gallant Garrison Construction Group, LLC. Gas Innovations Gas Technology Institute Gee & Zhang Genesis Park LP Genesys Works Gensler George E. Johnson Development Inc. Gibbs Brothers and Company L.P. Gilbane Building Company Gilbreath Communications, Inc. GLMVArchitecture Global Business Management Consultants Goldman Sachs & Co. Golf Club of Houston Gondo Company, Inc. Gonzalez Olivieri LLC Goose Creek Consolidated ISD Goosehead Insurance - Stinson Cartright Agency goPuff Goya Foods of Texas Granite Properties Greater Houston Community Foundation Greenberg Traurig, LLP Greentown Labs Greenwood King Properties Griffin Partners Group 1 Automotive Inc. Grupo Sallés Gryphon Healthcare Gulf Coast Authority Gunda Corporation, LLC Halliburton Hanover Company Hansen Partners HARC Harris County Harris County Appraisal District Harris County Dept. of Education Harris County Medical Society Harris/Deaton Advisors Harry Winston Inc. Diamond Jewelry & Luxury Watches Hawes Hill & Associates Haynes and Boone, LLP Hazak Corporate Consulting HCA Houston Healthcare HDR Engineering, Inc. H-E-B Hess Corporation Hewlett Packard Enterprise Hilcorp Energy Company Hilton Americas - Houston Hilton Houston Post Oak Hines Hire Universe LLC HNTB HOAR Construction, LLC HOK, Inc. Holland & Knight LLP Holocaust Museum Houston Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston Houston Apartment Association, Inc. Houston Area Safety Council Houston Area Urban League, Inc. Houston Association of Realtors Houston Astros Baseball Club Houston Baptist University Houston Belt & Terminal Railway Company Houston Business Automation, LLC Houston Business Journal Houston Chronicle Houston Community College Houston Contractors Association Houston CPA Society Houston Endowment Inc. Houston First Corporation Houston Food Bank Houston Gulf Coast Building & Construction Trades Council Houston Humane Society Houston ISD Houston Marathon Committee and Foundation Houston Methodist Houston Military Affairs Committee Houston Parks Board Houston PetSet Houston Public Media Houston Texans Houston Wilderness Houston Zoo, Inc. Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Houston's First Baptist Church - Downtown HP Inc. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. HUB International Insurance Services Huitt-Zollars, Inc. Human Capital Business Solutions Humble ISD Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP Husch Blackwell LLP HVJ Associates, Inc. Hyatt Regency Houston IA INTERIOR ARCHITECTS IADC - International Association of Drilling Contractors ICBC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China ICII, LLC ICIT Solutions Ignite Independent CFO Consultant InduMar Products, Inc. INEOS O&P USA Infrastructure Networks Inpac, Inc. InSite Realty Partners, LP Insperity Intel Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston Intervale Capital J & S Audio Visual, Inc. J. A. Billipp Company J. Flowers Health Institute J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC Jackson Walker LLP Jacobs James J. Postl Interests Jan Koehn, M.S., CIH, Inc. Jaykay Wealth Advisors, Inc. Jennifer Layne Brands JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) Jewish Family Service JLL John L. Nau, III Joslin Construction JSC Federal Credit Union Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas Kane Russell Coleman & Logan PC Kawasaki Heavy Industries (USA), Inc. KBR Kean Miller LLP Kempner Capital Management, Inc. KGBTexas Communications KHOU-TV LP Kinder Foundation Kinder Morgan, Inc. Kindred Healthcare Kingham Dalton Wilson, Ltd. Kirby Corporation Kirkland & Ellis LLP Kirksey Architecture Knudson, LP Korn Ferry International KPMG LLP KPRC-TV Channel 2 KROGER KTRK-TV Channel 13 Kuraray America Inc. Lakewood Church Land Advisors Organization Landry's Inc. Latham and Watkins LLP Leadership ISD Lee & Associates - Houston Lee College Lee Hecht Harrison Legacy Community Health Services Let It Fly Events, LP/Lonestar Exhibits Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Life Time LifeGift Organ Donation Center LiftFund, Inc. Limb Design, LLC Lime Rock Resources Linde Engineering North America Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP Link Staffing Services Linscomb & Williams Liskow & Lewis, A Professional Law Corporation Literacy Now Littler Mendelson LJA Engineering, Inc. Locke Lord Lockton Dunning Benefits Lodestar Energy Group Lone Star College Lopez Negrete Communications Lutroco LyondellBasell Industries M & M Lighting LP M. Hensley Consulting Magnificent Development and Construction Marathon Oil Corporation March of Dimes Marriott Marquis Houston Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty MassChallenge Masterson Advisors LLC MasterWord Services, Inc. Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation MB Phenix Construction Technologies McCall Gibson Swedlund Barfoot PLLC McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP and Affiliate McConnell & Jones, LLP McCord Development, Inc. McCoy Workplace Solutions McDermott McFarland PLLC McGuireWoods, LLP MDA Meador Staffing Services Medistar Corporation Memorial Hermann Health System Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Inc. Mercer Mercury Fund Merichem Company Metropolitan Transit Authority Microsoft Midway Companies Mischer Investments, LP Mission Management Company Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. Moody Nolan Moody Rambin Moran-Gulf Shipping Agencies Moreland Interests Mosbacher Energy Company Moss Adams Motiva Enterprises LLC MPACT Strategic Consulting Mullenweg Murphy Oil Corporation Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Mustang Cat Mzuzah Charitable Inc. NAI Partners Nancy Sims LLC NASA - Johnson Space Center National Charter Bus Houston National Math and Science Initiative Navstella NDT Seals, Inc. Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO-Texas) Neuhaus Education Center New Hope Housing, Inc. Newland Newport LLC NewQuest Properties Next Level Urgent Care NextGen Information Services, Inc Nino Corporate Lodging North Highland North Houston District Northern Trust Norton Rose Fulbright Nuro Nuveen OakBend Medical Center Oceaneering International, Inc. Oleon - A Natural Chemistry Olson & Olson LLP Omni Houston Hotel One World Strategy Group OneGoal Onstead Holdings Organized SHIFT Origin Bank Owens Corning Oyster Creek Consulting Pacific Enterprise Capital International Page Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. PKF Texas Pappas Restaurants, Inc. PARIVEDA Parkway Properties, Inc. Parsons Corporation Pasadena Economic Development Corporation PB&DJ productions, LLC Pearce Industries, Inc. Pearland Economic Development Corp. Penflex Corporation People's Trust Federal Credit Union PepsiCo Perkins and Will Perry Homes, LLC PGAL Phillips 66 Phoenicia Specialty Foods Pierpont Communications Piper Jaffray & Co. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. PNC Bank Poarch-Swinbank Management Port Freeport Port Houston Powering Coastal Texas Powers Brown Architecture Prairie View A&M University Precision Task Group Inc. Premier Corporate Housing Prismecs Prison Entrepreneurship Program Project Lead the Way PS Lightwave Public Financial Management, Inc. Puffer-Sweiven PwC Quanta Services Inc. Quebec Government Office in Houston Questback, Inc. R. E. Smith Interests Rebuilding Together Houston Red & Black RedEye Region 4 Education Service Center Regions Bank Reliant, an NRG Company Repsol Resicom, Inc. Rice University Rings Leighton Creative Services River Aggregates Riverway Business Services, Inc. RJY Group, LLC. Robinson Equity Management Roboze Inc. Royal Sonesta Houston RSM US LLP Rupani Foundation USA S & B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd. SABIC Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Sam Houston State University San Jacinto College System San Jacinto River Authority San Jose Clinic Sandler Training Sappington Engineering, LLC Satellite Petrochemical USA Corp. Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. Saxum SBM Offshore USA Inc. SCF Partners Schwartz, Page & Harding, LLP Score Houston Seamless Solutions Sempra Energy SER - Jobs For Progress, Inc. Service Corporation International Seyfarth Shaw LLP Shell Oil Company Sia Partners Sidley Austin LLP Siemens Corporation Silver Eagle Distributors Houston, LLC Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. Simon-Kucher & Partners Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP Skymark Development Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. Slalom Consulting Smith Graham & Co., Investment Advisors, LP Society for the Performing Arts Society of High Performance Computing Professionals (SHPCP) Sodexo SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council Southwest Schools Space Center Houston SPD Construction Spectrum Quality Standards Spirit Environmental, LLC Spring Branch ISD Squire Patton Boggs (US) LP St. Christopher Holdings Stages Repertory Theatre Star of Hope Mission Starbucks Coffee Company Stephen F. Austin Community Health Center, Inc. Strategic Ascent Stress Engineering Services, Inc. Suderman & Young Towing Company Sueba USA Corporation Sumitomo Corporation of Americas Sunnova Energy Corporation Sunstone Properties Trust, LLC Swain and Baldwin Insurance, Inc. Synchro LLC Sysco Corporation Talke USA, Inc. aka Alfred Talke Logistic Services Targa Resources, Inc. Taylor Construction Management TC Energy TDECU-Your Credit Union TDIndustries TechTrans International Inc. Tejas Office Products, Inc. Telco Intercontinental Corp. Telemundo Houston KTMD-47 Tellepsen Terry Bryant Accident and Injury Law Texas A&M University Texas Children's Hospital Texas McCombs MBA at Houston Texas Medical Center Texas Medical Technology Texas Mutual Insurance Company Texas Southern University Texas Star Alliance Texas State Technical College Texas Tissue Converting The Awty International School The Bell Tower on 34th The Black Sheep Agency The Blair Law Firm, PC The Boston Consulting Group The Branding Suite powered by Proforma The Children's Museum of Houston The Detering Company The Energy Corridor District The Friedkin Group Inc. The Fury Group, LLC The Greater Northside Management District The Hobby Center Foundation The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa The Howard Hughes Corporation The Kansas City Southern Railway Company The KBC Houston The Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, P.C. The Marek Family of Companies The Menninger Clinic The MINT National Bank The Plank Companies, Inc. The Rhodes School The Sands Asset Advisors The Signorelli Company The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center The Upper Hand Salon: River Oaks The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership The Zamora Americas Theatre Under The Stars ThinkBig Productions Third Coast Bank, SSB Thompson & Knight LLP Tietronix Software, Inc. TIP Strategies, Inc. TL Global TLC Engineering, Inc. Toshiba International Corporation Traffic Engineers, Inc. Transwestern Truluck's Seafood Steak Crabhouse Trustmark National Bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. LLC Turner Industries Group, L.L.C. Uline Union Pacific Railroad Company United Airlines United Way of Greater Houston UnitedHealthcare Unity National Bank Universe Technical Translation, Inc. University of Houston University of Houston-Downtown University of Phoenix University of St. Thomas UpGlobal Uptown Houston Urban Partnerships Community Development Corporation USAi Labs UTHealth UTMB Health Vaco Houston Valero Vanir Construction Management, Inc. Vari Vaughan Nelson Investment Management, LP Venture Global LNG, Inc. Veolia Water North America VERDE GO Vigavi Realty, LLC Vinson & Elkins LLP Vision Production Group Vista Projects Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery Vogler & Spencer Engineering, Inc. W. Garnett & Associates W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation Walter Oil & Gas Corporation Walter P Moore Wan Bridge Ward & Ames Special Events Waste Management, Inc. Weatherford International Ltd. Weaver Weekley Development Company Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Weingarten Realty Investors Welcome Group LLC Wells Fargo Westchase District Westheimer Transfer & Storage Co., Inc. Westlake Chemical Corporation Westmont Hospitality Group, Inc. Westwood Trust WGU Texas and South Region Wharton County Wharton Economic Development Corporation White & Case LLP Whitney Whitmire Consulting, LLC Wild Blue Health Solutions, LLC Willis Towers Watson Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Windham Builders Winkler Public Relations Winstead PC Wolff Companies Wolfgang Puck Catering Wood Partners Wood PLC Wood Residential Services Woodbranch Management, Inc. Woodforest National Bank WorkFaith Connection Workforce Solutions Worley Group Inc. WSP USA Xecta Digital Labs YMCA of Greater Houston, Executive Office Zarinkelk Engineering Services, Inc The Partnership extends its appreciation to these companies for their investment in the organization's mission of making Houston one of the best places to live, work and build a business. 
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