The Greater Houston Partnership has long-promoted Houston’s economic growth through economic development efforts aimed at attracting leading global companies to Houston, creating jobs and growing the region’s GDP.
Empowered by the Houston Next campaign, the Partnership will embark on a more targeted, proactive effort to recruit high-impact business prospects, both domestically and from around the world.
Over the last decade, Houstonians have made tremendous improvements to our quality of life while offering a much lower cost of living than our peer metros across the country.
While we must continue to make progress in these areas, a handful of challenges and opportunities have arisen that require the Partnership to help accelerate progress.
As the Partnership works to support a strong, diverse economy, it is paramount that the growth we achieve is powered by Houstonians who are seeking opportunity to improve their own lives and that of their families. Our region’s human capital is the greatest asset our region possesses.
While a number of factors contribute to a system of opportunity, the Partnership believes strong education systems and career pathways are essential to ensuring everyone in Houston has the opportunity to succeed.
In summer 2020, the Partnership announced One Houston Together, an initiative that seeks to leverage the power of the business community to address racial inequity and injustice in Houston. This new initiative involves building a shared understanding of systemic and individual racism, establishing structural changes within our organization to ensure a lens of equity permeates our work, and developing programmatic and policy solutions. Racial equity and justice is now an integral component of Houston Next.
A Racial Equity Committee of the Partnership’s board was also established in August to steer the organization’s efforts. Following several meetings, the 30-member committee developed a set of core principles that will guide its actions and recommendations: