Anthony Chase set out four policy priorities he intends to pursue as chairman of the GHP. They include education, transportation, small business, and making Houston the natural gas capital of the world.
On education, Chase said the Houston region must have an educated work force if it is to sustain its economic growth.
"We need to support and strengthen programs to help African-American and Hispanic-American students, who make up a growing percentage of our student population. We need increased support for programs to get students interested in math and science at an early age. We need high performing teachers, engaged parents, and effective administrators. No exceptions. No excuses. (applause)"
Chase defined a major part of that effort as working with the state legislature to gain sufficient funding for education. Outgoing chairman Larry Kellner will assist with the work in his new role as head of the partnership’s Education and Workforce Committee.