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Public Policy

Strengthening Houston's thriving business environment is critical to our members' mission of making Houston the best place to live, work and build a business. At the Greater Houston Partnership, high-caliber business leaders bring their priorities, and together with the Public Policy Division, elected officials and community organizations, we shape solutions to the region's most pressing issues. As advocates for strong public policy at all levels of government, the Partnership works with our members to make Houston even greater.

Preserve, protect and promote the long-term growth and prosperity of Houston.

Collaborate with key stakeholders to identify and address the issues affecting the business community and drive solutions.

Support policies at the local, state and federal level that address the region's most pressing issues.

Priority Issues

The Partnership's priority issues focus on advancing Houston as a great global city through strong policy that fosters long-term growth and upward economic mobility for the region.


The Partnership's impact work happens through committees, which convene business and community leaders to fuel the growth and vitality of the Houston region. For an overview of focus areas and summary of 2019 Committee work, click here

Addressing policy issues carrying tax and fiscal consequences

Strengthening Houston’s position as the Energy Capital of the World

Improving quality and access to health care for all Houstonians

Growing and strengthening Houston’s higher education ecosystem

Establishing Houston as a global model for resilience

Focusing on public education quality, school finance and outcomes

Transforming the way Houston looks and how Houstonians live

Promoting responsible growth while improving Houston's environmental impact

Developing sustainable solutions to meet the region's transportation needs

COVID-19 Business Forums

COVID-19 Business Forum - Making Sense of the Families First...

The Partnership's COVID-19 Business Forum continues with a discussion around the Families First Coronavirus Response Act On April 2, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect, changing the legal requirements related to employee benefits and leaves of absence. As employers work to respond to the ever-changing work environment caused by COVID-19, they are faced with new questions each day. This webinar will focus on how to effectively implement FFCRA and will provide guidance on potential scenarios employers might face. Confirmed speakers include:  Bonnie Monych, CPC, CM, Performance Specialist Houston Region, Insperity Jeff Sorrells, PHR, Senior Human Resources Specialist, Insperity Michael Gutierrez, Human Resources Consultant Manager, Workforce Solutions  A moderated conversation will follow the discussion. Please pre-submit questions to After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The Greater Houston Partnership's COVID-19 Houston Business Forum is a digital series providing the latest information and analysis on the crisis and its economic impact through teleconferences with local experts. The Partnership will continue to provide updates and resources to our members throughout this ongoing situation. A reminder to bookmark our COVID-19 Resources page which is being updated daily. 

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Future of Texas

The Future of Texas Program features elected officials shaping Texas' future, giving Partnership members the opportunity to engage with these leaders and hear their perspectives on our state's most pressing issues.

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Public Policy

State of the Senate

Save the date for the Greater Houston Partnership's annual State of the Senate luncheon featuring U.S. Senator John Cornyn, who will address issues important to the greater Houston region and our nation.   …

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Get in touch with our team to:

  • Learn more about the Partnership's policy priorities
  • Get involved in a policy committee and meet industry peers 
  • Help shape the Partnership's policy initiatives
Jenny Philip
Vice President
Public Policy
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