Access and Energy Competitiveness will lead the Partnership's legislative agenda in 2021. Learn more about the impact these issues have on the business climate of our region and how we will focus on the elements of each during session below.
A strong public education system is vital for the long-term prosperity of our region and state. In 2019, House Bill 3 significantly increased the state’s investment in public education and directed considerable funding toward transformational initiatives many of which were directed toward underserved student populations. It is critical to protect these programs and maintain a well-funded, accountable and equitable public education system that serves all children and strengthens our talent pipeline.
The Partnership supports policies that protect higher education funding and innovative programming options in the Houston region while increasing educational attainment rates, particularly in high-demand fields. The Partnership will also pursue policies that lead to more equitable access and attainment across the regional higher education ecosystem.
All Texans should have equitable access to digital connectivity that empowers their education, employment, health care, and the economy. The Partnership supports the creation of a statewide broadband plan that addresses the unique needs of communities across the state and establishes the framework to provide every household with the broadband connectivity required in the twenty-first century.
The Partnership believes in building a healthier Houston region by protecting public health and improving our health care safety net. A healthier region is supported by policies that increase patient resources, secure sustainable funding and provide greater access to preventative care.
Texas’ competitive advantage depends on the state addressing permitting issues hindering private investment in the energy economy.
The Partnership supports legislation to strengthen regulatory certainty and attract economic development in the industry, including policies related to CCUS projects.
The Partnership supports policies that position the Houston region to develop technology and construct the infrastructure needed to advance the region's position as the Energy Capital of the World.
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Join the Greater Houston Partnership's annual Houston Region Economic Outlook event featuring Comerica Bank's Chief Economist Robert Dye in a fireside conversation discussing the national economic outlook. The Partnershipâs Senior Vice President of Research, Patrick Jankowski, will also deliver his much-anticipatedÂ 2021 employment forecast and general economic outlook for the Houston region.Â
Texas Tribune CEO and co-founder Evan Smith joins the the Partnership's Future of Texas series to preview what's to come in the 87th Texas Legislative Session. The leader of the pioneering nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization will offer insights on what's sure to be an unprecedented legislative session due to the pandemic, a new Texas House speaker, budget crunches and redistricting. Evan Smith is the CEO and editor in chief of the Texas Tribune. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, stepping down in August 2009 as the magazineâs president and editor in chief. On his watch, Texas Monthly was nominated for 16 National Magazine Awards, the magazine industryâs equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and twice was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He currently hosts Overheard With Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally. A New York native, Smith has a bachelorâs degree in public policy from Hamilton College and a masterâs degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Instructions for accessing virtual events will be shared one day prior to the event date. Please be sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your approved sender's list to ensure you receive the event access link. If you have not received event access information by 10:00 a.m.Â on Friday, December 4th, please contact Kim Kornegay, Programs Assistant, at email@example.com. The Future of Texas series features elected officials shaping our state's future, giving Partnership members the opportunity to engage with these leaders and hear their perspectives on our city and state's most pressing issues.Â