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Partnership Tower Hosts International Delegations, Govt. Officials in 2019

Published Oct 24, 2019 by A.J. Mistretta

Partnership Tower

The Greater Houston Partnership recently celebrated the third anniversary of Partnership Tower, the organization’s Downtown home that serves as the front door to the Houston region. 

In 2019 the Partnership hosted individuals and organizations from across the country and around the world at Partnership Tower as part of the organization’s work to advance Houston as a great global city.  

Government Officials/Advocacy 

So far this year, the Partnership has hosted five members of the Houston regional congressional delegation to discuss their policy priorities for the 116th Congress. These include U.S. Representative Kevin Brady, U.S. Representative Dan Crenshaw, U.S. Representative Lizzie Fletcher, U.S. Representative Sylvia Garcia and U.S. Representative Michael McCaul. 

Partnership members also met with state elected officials to discuss the business community’s top priorities for the 86th Legislative Session and to share insights for the interim session. Officials who participated in conversations at Partnership Tower included Governor Greg Abbott, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, State Senator Brandon Creighton, State Senator Larry Taylor and State Representative Dan Huberty. 

International Dignitaries 

As Houston’s front door to the world, Partnership Tower has hosted a number of international dignitaries seeking to invest and build trade ties in our region. So far this year, the Partnership has hosted more than 133 delegations from 46 countries, including Poland, Greenland, Mexico, China, Hungary and Portugal. A few of the notable guests were President Andrzej Duda of the Republic of Poland, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, and Governor Diego Sinhué Rodríguez of Guanajuato, Mexico. 

Regional Economic Leadership 

In an effort to attract leading companies to expand or relocate to the Houston region, the Partnership hosted approximately 16 site visits as these prospects explored the opportunities here. These visits represent a potential investment of more than $1.8 billion and the creation of more than 1,700 jobs.
Notable visits include: Microsoft, Google Cloud and the Army Futures Command.

The Partnership also hosted prominent organizations such as the Accredited Economic Development Organization, the International Economic Development Council, NASA, the Gulf Coast Chamber Forum and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. 

Five industry committees made up of approximately 350 business leaders were formed to guide and assist in the development of the target industry sectors within the greater Houston region. These include Energy 2.0, Life Sciences, Manufacturing/Logistics, Digital Technology and Headquarters. 

Meetings 

Partnership Tower offers members and guests a top forum for networking opportunities. More than 5,800 people gathered at Partnership hosted events so far this year, including membership engagement events, committees and meetings of the board of directors. Additionally, approximately 2,500 people visited Partnership Tower during the year for 32 member-hosted events, including receptions, luncheons, dinners and other meetings. 

The Partnership Tower Ambassadors who helped make this Houston's front door include CenterPoint Energy, Phillips 66, Reliant, John L. Nau, III and the Texas Medical Center. 

Click here for a PDF of the Partnership Tower report. 

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