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Left Behind in the Economic Boom

By most standards, Houston would seem to be booming. Our economy is strong, industry is thriving – particularly oil & gas and health care, but also others. And people are flocking to Houston. last year, Harris County added more residents than any other U.S. county. But not everyone is experiencing the boom. There are still […]

By most standards, Houston would seem to be booming. Our economy is strong, industry is thriving – particularly oil & gas and health care, but also others. And people are flocking to Houston. last year, Harris County added more residents than any other U.S. county.

But not everyone is experiencing the boom. There are still people who want to work in Houston who can’t find jobs, people who are struggling, folks who, for one reason or another, are not benefiting from Houston’s economic upswing. Who’s left behind? And what, if anything, can or should we do for them?

We discuss how – even in the best of times – there are not just winners, but also losers, economically, socially, and even environmentally.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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