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National Chamber Day: Partnership's Impact
Since 1840, the Greater Houston Partnership has strived to make the Houston region the best place to live, work and build a business. Through the dedicated efforts of our 900 member companies in the 12-county Houston region, the Partnership supports the growth of industry and innovation by convening community-minded business leaders with one goal in mind - to make Houston greater.Â
While the world around us is rapidly changing, the Partnership remains committed to our mission-driven work that promotes Houstonâs growth. As Houstonâs largest regional chamber of commerce and principalÂ business organization, the Partnership is recognizing this yearâs Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day by looking back at some of the greatest impacts weâve made in Houston in the last year.Â
Serving as a Robust COVID-19 Resource
The virusâ arrival to Houston in the spring of 2020 drastically changed how the Partnership served our region. Halting in-person interactions to ensure the health and safety of our members, the Partnership quickly shifted major events, programs and meetings to an online environment. Through virtual forums with leading medical experts, as well as comprehensive communications through email, social media and the Partnershipâs website, Houston.org,Â our organization worked closely with leadership at the Texas Medical Center to become a reliable source of COVID-19 data, best business practices, and health and safety information.Â
Tom DeBesse, Region Bank President of Houston North Region at Wells Fargo, said staying engaged with the Partnership during this critical time ensured his team remained well informed to make important decisions on employee and customer safety.Â
"I canât tell you how important it has been to stay on top of information regarding COVID-19 as weâve had to make changes to our daily operations during these difficult times,â DeBesse said. âThe Greater Houston Partnership has served as a valuable resource for usâproviding timely and useful updates that bring awareness and insight to news, health data, and best practices as it pertains to impacting our local business community."
Convening the Greater HoustonÂ Business Community
Serving 900 member companies, the Partnership plays a major role for facilitating local, national and international business connections. Providing an avenue for connections through events, membership networking and business-driven conversations, allows Houston â and businesses to benefit in ways that are most valuable to their company.Â
Tracy Weeden, President & CEO of Neuhaus Education Center, said the connections sheâs formed through her membership with the Partnership have made a significant impact on her business.Â
âBecoming a member of the Partnership was one of the best professional decisions Iâve made as a CEO,â Weeden said. âEven though Iâm leading a nonprofit, the ability to cross-pollinate with organizations in various industries is extremely helpful. Interacting and benefiting from the thought leadership in the business community has shown me that they are really tackling the same issues we are facing.â
The PartnershipÂ work to promote economic development and trade is reflected through our initiatives and economic development projects. Most recently, the Partnership launched theÂ Houston Energy Transition Initiative, which will be guided byÂ a strategic regional blueprint for leading the global energy transition to a low-carbon world. This initiative demonstrates the collective impactÂ the Partnership makes when convening key stakeholders across industry, government and academia and highlights the organization's work to position Houston among the great globalÂ citiesÂ of the future.
Steve Clarke, Division Vice President of Jacobs and Chair of the Partnershipâs Infrastructure and Resiliency Advisory Committee, said heâs proud to play a role in the Partnershipâs impact to infrastructure projects around the region.Â
âIt is not often that you get to be part of a legacy project that will ultimately protect millions of our fellow Texans and change the way that we all look at Coastal Resilience,â Clarke said. âThanks to the Greater Houston Partnership and the members of the Infrastructure Resiliency Advisory Committee, that Iâve had the honor of chairing the past 2 years, for your advocacy and lobbying that have made coastal infrastructure projects like this and many others possible.â
Learn more about the Partnershipâs impact. Have a testimonial you'd like toÂ share with us? Share your story with our Member Engagement team.Â