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International Business

Houston is a thriving, international city with ties stretching to all corners of the world. The region's geographic location makes it easy to move both goods and people around the world efficiently. From the Port of Houston and the Houston Airport System to a host of multi-national entities doing business around the clock, Houston is where you want to be to connect your business to the world. 

Rotterdam and Houston Strengthen Economic Relationship

Rotterdam and Houston share a number of characteristics as energy hubs and port cities. The forum that took place November 16-18 focused around Energy 2.0 and the application of hydrogen, carbon capture an...

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Houston delegation Visits London

An international delegation led by the Greater Houston Partnership traveled to London earlier this month to strengthen business ties between Houston and the British capital.

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Partnership Hosts International Delegations, Govt. Officials in 2...

In 2019 the Partnership hosted individuals and organizations from around the world at Partnership Tower as part of the organization’s work to advance Houston as a great global city.

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Explore what makes Houston the right global partner for your business.

Foreign Trade

Houston is one of the largest international trading hubs in the Americas. In fact, more of the region's economy is tied to exports than any other metro in the U.S. The region has trading relationships with more than 200 countries and for 37 of those countries, combined trade (imports and exports) exceeds $1 billion annually.

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Consulates

Consular Corps

With more than 90 different nations represented, Houston is home to the third-largest consular corps in the United States. Get contact information and links to the various consulates and official offices.

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Airports

The Houston Airport System ranks as one of the largest multi-airport systems in North America. George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport offer direct passenger service to 118 domestic and 71 international destinations via 28 different airlines. HAS handled a total of 461,425 metric tons of air freight in 2017, with about half of that domestic and the other half international.

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Digital Technology

Connecting the Dots to Help Get Houston Back on Track

9/27/21
Houston, like most places in the world, is forever changed by t...
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Port

The region is home to a number of ports including the ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport and Texas City. The Port of Houston ranks first in the nation in foreign tonnage and is the largest container port on the Gulf Coast.

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Economic Development

State of the Port

This event is sold out and registration is now closed.  The Houston Ship Channel is experiencing tremendous growth. The Houston region, the country’s No. 1 region for exports, is home to the…

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Taxes & Incentives

Texas and Houston understand the need for a stable, business-friendly and transparent tax structure. Texas is one of the few states without a personal, state or corporate income tax, which makes the cost of doing business very competitive. Houston's cost-effective tax structure makes it a choice location for any company looking to establish a presence or expand their current footprint.

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Local workforce of Houston's top 100 digital tech companies

Regional Profile

From energy and life sciences to manufacturing and aerospace, the Houston region offers a dynamic infrastructure to support a number of thriving, core industries.

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COVID-19

State of the Houston Region

Join the Greater Houston Partnership for the third annual State of the Houston Region virtual event. The event will feature a panel of County Judges and business leaders in a virtual setting…

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Economic Development

Houston and the Netherlands: Opportunities in Carbon Capture and Storage

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami and the Netherlands Business Support Office in Houston, in close collaboration with the Greater Houston Partnership, cordially invite you to the virtual roundtable "Houston and the Netherlands: Opportunities in Carbon Capture and Storage."  The Netherlands and Houston are energy hubs at the forefront of the energy transition and have the potential to become future hubs for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The Netherlands is developing major projects to store CO2 in empty gas fields beneath the North Sea while similar plans are being conceptualized for the Houston port area. As, Houston and the Netherlands continue to collaborate in different areas of innovation, this program will serve as an exchange of experiences and best practices between key players that can help define business opportunities and inspire the commercialization of smart solutions. Panelists:  Vanessa Chan, Chief Commercialization Officer & Director of the Office of Technology Transitions, U.S. Department of Energy Juliana Garaizar, Head of Houston Incubator, Vice President of Innovation, Greentown Labs Moji Karimi, Co-Founder and CEO, Cemvita Factory  Joelle Rekers, Program Lead CCS, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy  Lee Stockwell, General Manager - United States Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage, Shell Energy Resources Company Ed Graham, Vice President, Ventures, ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solution Moderator: Jose Beceiro, Sr. Director, Energy 2.0, Greater Houston Partnership

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Demography

Houston DiverseCity Summit

The Houston DiverseCity Summit will inspire action to advance equity and inclusion in the greater Houston region. The Summit offers content for companies and organizations of all sizes with a focus on best practices, peer connection, and first-rate resources to help you mature your diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies. We will bring you the topics you most want to explore: trust and transparency, aligning ERGs to business priorities, inclusive talent recruitment and retention, supplier diversity, and more. The Partnership is honored to welcome keynote speaker, Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal to this year's DiverseCity Summit. Under Dan’s leadership, PayPal has been named as one of the top companies on JUST Capital and Forbes’ JUST 100 list, featuring “companies doing right by America”. PayPal has also been recognized as a Fortune Change the World company for its work to tackle the biggest challenges facing society today. In addition to leading the e-commerce titan, Schulman has received high recognition for his commitment to social change and passion for equality, justice and basic human rights.    Featured this year is the presentation of our region’s first Equity & Inclusion Assessment and an interactive session to hear your reactions and suggestions for potential regional actions.    The Partnership has reimagined the traditional corporate luncheon and conference with hybrid viewership both in real-time and on-demand, to meet every schedule from anywhere.  We hope you will join us for DiverseCity Summit 2021! Summit Agenda Tuesday, October 26 (In-Person*) | Hilton Americas Hotel | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Wednesday, October 27 (Virtual Sessions) | 9:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Check back regularly for conference details, session descriptions and speaker announcements.    Health and Safety Notice* The Greater Houston Partnership looks forward to welcoming our members and the business community at large back to in-person events. As we return to gathering in person, we are committed to keeping you informed on our protocols to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.  The Partnership now requires all in-person event attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to attending an event. We will also continue our policy of requiring attendees and staff to wear face masks at all meetings and events, except while eating or drinking.  The Partnership continues to encourage Houstonians to get vaccinated and follow health and safety guidance to reduce the continued transmission of COVID-19 in our community. We will notify our members when these guidelines are modified.

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Additional Resources

For international companies looking to establish a presence in Houston and existing businesses in the region looking to expand their footprint abroad, there are a number of resources that can help. 

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