Hire Houston First Steers $1 Billion To Local Businesses

The program gives preference in city contracts to Houston firms and workers.


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Mayor Annise Parker has released the latest progress report from the Hire Houston First program. The initiative lets the city give preference to local businesses and workers in granting contracts, as long as their prices are competitive.

The report shows more than $1 billion of city business has been awarded to designated Hire Houston First firms since the program began in late 2011. The contracts were spread across more than 400 companies and helped to sustain nearly 20,000 jobs.

Carlicia Wright heads the City of Houston’s Office of Business of Opportunity.

“The sustaining jobs really comes from — the companies that have actually won city contracts, how many people do they employ in the Houston market? What are we doing to maintain their business presence and keep them competitive and keep them busy doing City of Houston work?”

Businesses must meet at least one of two requirements in order to qualify for the Hire Houston First designation. They must be headquartered in the Houston city limits or one of the ten surrounding counties. Failing that, they must have at least 20% of their workforce and a substantial part of their operations based in the Greater Houston metro area.


Hire Houston First Progress Report | October 2011-December 2013

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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