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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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Partnership's Business Resource Groups Host Record Activities in 2019

12/20/19
Beyond investing in the Partnership’s mission, the active engagement of our members drives our work.  This year, 4,216 members were brought together for 75 program sessions, delivering enriching conversations, educational workshops and valuable content. Tailored to a unique audience or affinity group, BRGs are also a platform for professional, leadership and business development, empowering employees to bring added knowledge back to their companies. Below is a roundup of 2019 highlights and activities for each of our nine BRGs. Business Beyond Borders: for people doing business internationally  Members of the Business Beyond Borders BRG received global business knowledge and discussed topics including the Circular Economy, different export markets including Latin America and Europe, and various trade initiatives. Business Development: for sales and business development professionals Members who are part of our Business Development BRG met monthly to discuss various topics, including product branding, organizational growth challenges and participated in numerous Progressive Networking events.  Executive Women's Partnership: for qualified female executives EWP is Houston's premier networking group for top female executives from member companies with $100 million+ in revenue. Members receive VIP behind-the-scenes looks at our member companies and peer-to-peer networking opportunities, including this year’s annual retreat exploring the innovation happening in the transportation industry. Future of Texas: for government relations and public affairs professionals Future of Texas features elected officials shaping Texas' future, giving Partnership members the opportunity to engage with these leaders and hear their perspective on our state's most pressing issues. This year the Partnership hosted various elected officials: U.S. Representatives Kevin Brady, Dan Crenshaw, Lizzie Fletcher, Sylvia Garcia and Michael McCaul, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, State Senators Brandon Creighton and Larry Taylor, and State Representative Dan Huberty.  Houston Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs: for people in their 20s and 30s This diverse, Texas-sized group of professionals and entrepreneurs meet regularly to connect with each other, build their careers and learn from Houston thought leaders. This year’s HYPE Impact Awards featured H-E-B President Scott McClelland and HYPE’s Power Hour featured various local leaders. Regions & Neighborhoods: for professionals interested in community engagement The inaugural year of the Regions and Neighborhoods BRG kicked off with a tour of NASA, followed by a discussion around community redevelopment and history in the Fifth Ward and a colorful excursion through the Arts District. Available to Partnership members located in our 11-county region, this BRG explores the districts, wards, Main Street businesses and other unique economic zones and business centers found throughout Houston. Small Biz Matters: for businesses with 50 or fewer employees globally This business resource group is designed for small businesses to make valuable connections through workshops and digital on-demand podcasts and videos. Our Small Biz Insider Series showcased local small business leaders. Talent Resources Group: for HR, D&I leaders, and Talent Attraction professionals The Talent Resources Group addresses talent attraction and retention, diversity and inclusivity awareness, enhancing your corporate culture, as well as continuing education needs for HR and legal professionals. Women's Business Alliance: for managers with 5+ years experience The Women’s Business Alliance (WBA) provides professional development resources to empower high-performing, mid-career women to advance their professional opportunities, form strategic partnerships and build a network of advocates. Our annual Rise to the Top event showcased “first females” in their fields and welcomed Dr. Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University, as the keynote speaker.  Our Business Resource Groups are one of the main vehicles our members use to connect and continue the conversation on the issues facing businesses in our region. Become a member and get involved.
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Economic Development

Partnership Members Drive Powerful Impact

12/19/19
The Greater Houston Partnership works alongside our 1,100 members to make the greater Houston region one of the best places to live, work and build a business. When companies and organizations join the Partnership, they invest in making Houston greater.  In January 2019, the Partnership launched Houston Next, a strategic plan to advance Houston as a great global city, one that centers around driving a strong, diverse, 21st century economy; ensuring a great quality of life; and offering opportunity for all.  Beyond investing in the Partnership’s mission, much of the Partnership’s efforts are made possible by the active engagement of members in our work.  Below is a snapshot of the impact made possible by our members in 2019.  Driving a Strong, Diverse, 21st Century Economy In 2019, the Partnership and its regional allies assisted in more than 50 economic development projects, which resulted in $1.1+ billion in capital investments and the creation of approximately 3,158 jobs. Along with business and civic leaders including Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Partnership led four major business recruitment trips to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York City and London. Participants attended 33 company prospect meetings and networked with nearly 200 business leaders. The Partnership also extended global ties, welcoming 133 delegations from more than 4 countries. Partnership Economic Development and Public Policy Committees, which are comprised of hundreds of members, also guided and assisted in the recruitment of targeted companies across key verticals and addressed policy issues carrying tax and fiscal consequences. Ensuring a Great Quality of Life The Partnership took tremendous strides toward improving the quality of life of Houstonians in 2019, particularly when it comes to building a more resilient Texas. During the 86th Legislative Session, the Infrastructure and Resiliency Advisory Committee helped advocate for recovery and resilience funding, which resulted in the passage of Texas' first flood planning, recovery and resilience package. That legislation secured $2 billion in state funding, which will draw down approximately $5 billion in federal funding for statewide recovery and resilience.  The Transportation Advisory Committee also worked to improve local transportation infrastructure by advocating for voters to approve METRO’s bond referendum. The approved measure grants METRO $3.5 billion in bonding authority, which when combined with a potential match of $3.5 billion in federal funds and $500 million in other available local funds, will allow for up to $7.5 billion in transit network development. These projects will be crucial for the growth and mobility demands of the Houston region for the next several decades. Supporting Opportunity for All Human capital is the greatest asset our region possesses. 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. Significant achievements were made in 2019 on the forefront of improving our region’s public education system and pipeline for our future workforce.  Prior to the 86th Legislative Session, the Public Education Advisory Committee developed five school finance reform principles that the Partnership believed were important to any school finance reform legislation this session. Guided in part by those principles, the Legislature passed the most consequential public school finance reform since 1993 with the passage of House Bill 3. The measure unlocks more than $400 million in new state funding for the Houston region, provides funding specifically for economically disadvantaged and English language learner students, increases funding aimed at improving third grade literacy rates, and significantly reduces the local burden of funding public education. It should be noted that House Bill 3 included most of the Partnership’s principles in the final reform legislation.  The Partnership is also advancing efforts to increase the talent pipeline for the skilled workers needed to fill positions that require education and skills beyond a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. On this front, UpSkill Houston worked to engage 130 employers and more than 65 education, community, and workforce organizations over the past five years to offer effective career guidance and coaching at key decision points and to connect workers with skills-based education and hiring platforms. Member Engagement In addition to investing in making Houston greater, Partnership members have many opportunities to convene, learn, do business, and make an impact with other members. In 2019: 10,250 business and community leaders attended 20 major events featuring high quality thought leader expertise  4,216 members were brought together for 75 Program sessions, delivering enriching conversations, educational workshops and valuable content 1,460 members participated in 28 Council meetings across 10 key topic areas 1,529 members convened for 83 Committee meetings making an influence in 19 areas critical to the region’s growth Click here to read the full Partnership Impact Report. Click here to see the Partnership’s Membership Directory.  To learn more about membership with the Greater Houston Partnership click here, or contact membership@houston.org.
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