The Partnership has set priorities on energy and the coastal barrier.
Additional focus areas include transportation, economic development, flood mitigation, international trade and more.
As the Energy Capital of the World, the Partnership and its member companies pursue federal policies investing in Houston’s position in leading the global energy transition and creating high-quality, high-growth job. Through leveraging members’ expertise, the Partnership works with lawmakers to advance the region’s energy competitiveness and secure Houston’s position as a leader in the global energy transition.
The Partnership launched the Houston Energy Transition Initiative (HETI) and has been working with leaders and stakeholders at the local, state, and federal level to align policies and programs for a modern world. Through this initiative, the Partnership embraces the dual challenge of the energy transition by meeting growing global demand for energy while lowering emissions. There is tremendous business opportunity in addressing the dual challenge through developing and scaling technologies, creating and servicing markets for the global energy mix, and investing in energy priorities.
The Partnership is committed to bringing this message to Congress and working with lawmakers to utilize Houston’s leadership and advance our energy competitiveness.
The 2022 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) authorizes opportunities to advance the region’s infrastructure through navigation, flood damage reduction, and ecosystem restoration projects. The Partnership is grateful for authorization and supports funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Coastal Texas Program, which includes the development of a barrier flood gate and levee system designed to protect national security assets, economic vitality, and human life.
The Partnership supports the efforts between the region's congressional delegation, the Corps, and the non-federal sponsors – the Texas General Land Office and the Gulf Coast Protection District (GCPD) – to continue moving this project to construction. We request funding for the Coastal Texas Program. We request continuing contract authority so that the Corps can draw down a predictable amount of federal funds, particularly for the mission-critical gate system. We urge consideration of waiving the GCPD’s interest accrual on Sabine to Galveston projects until November 1, 2025. A pause on interest accrual will help the GCPD deliver the project with the strongest benefits to the region and taxpayers.
Preventative infrastructure projects, like the Coastal Texas Program, can help mitigate the devastation from a catastrophic storm surge and save tens of billions of dollars in disaster recovery funding by protecting vulnerable communities. The coastal barrier is also an investment in our national economic security. The Houston region is home to one of the largest concentrations of refining and petrochemical complexes in the world, and a storm’s direct hit to the unprotected ship channel would have devastating economic consequences across our nation.
Houstonians will have the opportunity to submit their vote on several initiatives and local elected positions on the ballot this November, including for City Controller, who will serve as the city's chief financial officer. Join us to hear from City Controller candidates Chris Hollins and Dave Martin. Paul Cobler will also share highlights from Houston Landing's voter guide before facilitating the candidate panel. Future of Texas is for government relations and public affairs professionals, and concerned citizens. The series features elected officials and thought leaders shaping our state's future, allowing all Partnership members the opportunity to engage with these leaders and hear their perspectives on our city's and state's most pressing issues.