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Partnership Statement on Appointment of Marvin Odum, Rep. Armando Walle to Lead City, County Recovery Efforts

Published Apr 20, 2020 by A.J. Mistretta

Statement Attributable to Bob Harvey, president and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
“We are pleased with the appointments of Rep. Armando Walle and Marvin Odum to lead Harris County’s and the City of Houston’s COVID-19 recovery efforts.
We commend both County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner for their leadership as Houston navigates the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis our region is facing.
Their foresight to issue the Stay Home, Work Safe order early in this process was heeded by the business community and residents across our community. As we know from leaders in the Texas Medical Center, the community’s adherence to the orders has helped our healthcare workers and first responders mitigate the health impacts of the coronavirus on our community.
While the medical experts continue to carefully assess the status of the virus in Houston, it is important that we begin planning today for what reopening Houston’s economy looks like in the weeks and months ahead. 
Naming these recovery leaders is a positive step, and the business community looks forward to working with them and other stakeholders to begin the planning process for reopening Houston.”


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