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Resiliency

Houston’s ability to mitigate historic rainfall has become increasingly critical following Hurricane Harvey and other major flood events in recent years. Our economy and our communities depend on reasonable protection from flooding. To ensure the long-term infrastructure and resiliency needs of the greater Houston region are met, the Partnership is committed to working with local, state and federal officials to advocate for flood mitigation funding. Through the Infrastructure and Resiliency Advisory Committee, the Partnership will continue its work of prioritizing efforts on coordinating between government and business groups and advocating for the infrastructure resiliency needs of the region.

The Partnership's Priorities for Resiliency

  • Advocate for the appropriation, timely distribution of funds and appropriate regulatory framework for flood recovery and mitigation.

  • Continue to work with the City of Houston and Harris County on developing and implementing a resilience strategy, one that continues to improve the city’s and county’s street and drainage infrastructure.

  • Establish Houston as a global model for resiliency.

Actively Involved

The Partnership has studied proven strategies for building flood resilience and built a data-driven case for investment in the state's flood recovery and mitigation.

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86th Legislative Session Summary

Passing flood resilience legislation was a major accomplishment...

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Urban Resiliency for the Gulf Region: Infrastructure and Res...

A delegation representing the Infrastructure and Resiliency Adv...

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One Houston Together: Developing Equitable Communities

9/24/20
Historic gaps in equity and access to opportunity continue to adversely impact communities across Houston. Today, a person’s zip code remains one of the best indicators of their health and wealth. But there are renewed efforts to close the gaps in equity in our region’s communities.  The fourth installment of the Partnership’s One Houston Together webinar series looked at Developing Equitable Communities and featured  Duwain Pinder, Associate Partner, McKinsey and Company; Kyle Shelton, Deputy Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research; Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University; and Susan Rogers, Director, Community Design Resource Center at the University of Houston College of Architecture and Design.  We invite you to watch the full conversation by clicking the video recording to the right. Please note: There is a brief gap in the video recording after the 4-minute mark. We apologize for this technical issue.  Discussion topics included:  What it means to create equitable neighborhoods and communities and how we address the historic roots of inequitable policies and systems. The importance of including justice in racial equity efforts. How disasters can widen the equity gap in neighborhoods and the need for resiliency in both physical and social infrastructure.  How Harris County added a lens of equity to the distribution of flood resiliency funds and projects. Defining the racial wealth gap and how closing it can benefit the economy.  Can public and private funding resources effectively work together to impact equity. Why the issue of systemic racism precludes the development of equitable communities and cities.  Beyond government, the role businesses and industries can play in addressing racial equity and justice.  Additional Resources:  “Invisible Houston" by Robert D. Bullard McKinsey & Company study on The Economic Impact of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Learn more about One Houston Together.  Below are other events related to the series. All One Houston Together virtual events are free to register:  The Business Community’s Role in Addressing Racial Inequities – Sept 29  Houston NEXT: An ERG Summit – Oct 16  Watch previous One Houston Together webinars:  Understanding Racism Education and Racial Inequities Health and Racial Inequities 
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Partnership Statements on Texas Expanding Business Reopening Plans

9/17/20
HOUSTON (September 17, 2020) - The Greater Houston Partnership released these statements on behalf of its president and CEO, Bob Harvey, with regards to Governor Abbott's expansion of the state’s reopening plans. More details about the announcement and the modified metrics may be found here. Statements Attributable to Bob Harvey, president and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership  On Governor Abbott’s announcement We are pleased that Governor Abbott has signaled we are moving forward with reopening a greater portion of the Texas economy. Houstonians have done a great job working together – masking up and maintaining social distancing – to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It is now critical that we get Houstonians back to work and restore our small businesses that have been so severely impacted.  However, as we continue to reopen, it is even more critical that we do so safely and sustainably.  On importance of maintaining practices to safely reopen the economy Houstonians have shown we can manage COVID-19 in our community by wearing masks, washing our hands and keeping our distance from others. As the economy continues to reopen, it is crucial that we continue these practices to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our families, our employees, and our community.  As we increase our activity, we cannot let our guard down. COVID-19 is still prevalent in greater Houston. We must be vigilant and continue practicing the same safety measures that helped us slow the spread of COVID-19 in recent weeks. If we all do our part, we can enjoy a better quality of life this fall.  ### Greater Houston Partnership The Greater Houston Partnership works to make Houston one of the best places to live, work and build a business. As the economic development organization for the Houston region, the Partnership champions growth across 12 counties by bringing together business and civic-minded leaders who are dedicated to the area’s long-term success. Representing 1,100 member organizations and approximately one-fifth of the region’s workforce, the Partnership is the place business leaders come together to make an impact. Learn more at Houston.org. CONTACT:     Vice President, Communications          (c) 504-450-3516 | amistretta@houston.org Maggie Martin  Senior Manager, Communications          mmartin@houston.org 
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