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Greater Houston Partnership Develops $50 Million Strategic Plan For The Region

The goal is to position Houston as a top global city.

Bob Harvey, CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, talks about “Houston Next” at the organization’s annual meeting at the Marriott Marquis downtown.

The Greater Houston Partnership has developed a plan that aims to place Houston among the top cities worldwide.

Dubbed “Houston Next,” the plan focuses on three core areas: the economy, quality of life and opportunity for all. The “opportunity for all” area is mostly centered on education and job training.

Overall, the plan includes a more targeted economic development effort to recruit businesses and talent to Houston, a flood mitigation center, a mobility plan, and advocacy for more education funding and workforce development.

The GHP set some specific goals to be reached by 2025, including improving the region’s GDP ranking from seventh to fourth place in the nation, increasing the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Houston, advancing the city’s digital talent ranking to No. 20 from currently No. 34, pushing Houston up in The Economist’s Global Liveability ranking, increasing median household income by $10,000, and having at least half of Houston’s 25-to-34-year-olds with a certificate or degree.

“There’s a competition between major metros, and Houston is clearly counted among a leading city – I’d call it a top 20 to 30 leading city,” Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the GHP, said. “But that competition is very dynamic, and it’s all about positioning Houston correctly, so that we will continue to attract talent, continue to attract investment and continue to advance as a great global city.”

To implement the plan, the GHP has launched a $50 million fundraising campaign and, as of Jan. 31, has already secured about $13 million from some major companies, including CenterPoint, Phillips 66, Chevron, BP and HEB.

Click on the audio to listen to the full interview with Bob Harvey.

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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 and the Houston Press Club. Florian is a native of Germany. His studies...

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