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Harvey’s Impact on Houston’s Economy? Not much

One year after Houston’s worst storm, the economy seems unfazed.

Bill Gilmer, director of UH’s Institute for Regional Forecasting, says Houston’s economy shut down during Harvey but came back stronger immediately after. All in all, Harvey had little impact.

One year ago this week, Houston was underwater and basically at a standstill.

It was a hard hit on our economy – at least for a little while.

After the water receded, Harvey actually had a positive impact on the region's economy.

What about now, a year later?

Bill Gilmer, director of the University of Houston's Institute for Regional Forecasting, has studied the economic impact from Harvey as well as previous storms affecting Greater Houston.

Click on the audio above to listen to the interview.


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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

Business Reporter

Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of Real Estate Editors, and Public Radio...

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