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No Child Left Behind, Food Insecurity and the Bicycle Museum: Tuesday’s show (February 24, 2015)

Posted on · Last month, the U.S. Department of Education rejected the Lone Star State’s new educator evaluation system. Texas must create an evaluation system that meets federal guidelines if the state wants to keep its No Child Left Behind waiver. Texas education officials have until March 31 to submit a new set of guidelines. Those proposed revisions come […]

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New GHP Chair Discusses Her Vision for the Organization

Posted on · In January, Gina Luna became the new chair of the Greater Houston Partnership, a local non-profit that brings together business leaders interested in shaping Houston’s growth. Luna is the chair of JPMorgan Chase in Houston, and she sits down for a conversation about how she intends to define her new role with the GHP, what her goals […]

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Full-Day Pre-K and Bobby Whitlock: Thursday’s show (February 19, 2015)

Posted on · Legislation recently filed in the Texas House would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day prekindergarten programs. The measure provides additional state funding for districts that agree to adopt a number of policies for those programs. Almost half of school districts in the state currently fund full-day programs, even though the state […]

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Does Houston’s Economic Growth Have a Dark Side?

Posted on · Late last month, Forbes magazine published its list of the fastest growing U.S. cities for 2015. Houston ranked No. 1. Austin was No. 2. Dallas was third. Fort Worth and San Antonio also cracked the top ten. The list is based on population growth, employment data, and other economic indicators. Even with oil prices dropping precipitously […]

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Truth About Houston’s Economy: Wednesday’s Show (February 18, 2015)

Posted on · Late last month, Forbes magazine published its list of the fastest growing U.S. cities for 2015. Houston ranked No. 1. Austin was No. 2. Dallas was third. Fort Worth and San Antonio also cracked the top ten. The list is based on population growth, employment data, and other economic indicators. Even with oil prices dropping precipitously […]

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What Will 2015 Look Like for Houston’s Economy?

Posted on · On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today’s Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the report with […]

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Economic Forecast, Chemical Safety, and Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today’s Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the report with […]

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Is Immigration Reform More or Less Likely to Happen with a New Congress?

Posted on · Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. We discuss whether, amid the changing winds of politics in Washington, it’s more […]

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What Makes Houston the Most Ideal “Opportunity City?”

Posted on · Urban theorist Joel Kotkin has been researching how the Houston metropolitan area represents what he calls “opportunity urbanism,” basically, the idea that there’s an environment – politically, socially, and economically – that can allow both individuals and businesses to pursue their aspirations without infringing on one another. Kotkin thinks Houston is not only one of […]

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Ebola in Texas, The Full Menu & Dracula: Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 1, 2014

Posted on · The first person to test positive for Ebola on U.S. soil remains at a Dallas hospital today. Health officials say the patient came to Texas from Liberia earlier this month. He sought care last Friday, and has been hospitalized in isolation since the weekend. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Houston Public […]

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How Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks are Houston’s Energy and Healthcare Companies?

Posted on · Tomorrow the Greater Houston Partnership holds its annual Cybersecurity Forum. It’s a gathering of experts and business leaders to discuss how agencies, businesses and organizations can protect themselves against cyber attacks. Since last year’s forum, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, released a new set of cyber standards – guidelines […]

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Corporal Punishment, Cybersecurity and Turning Recycling Trucks into Art: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Posted on · The case of NFL star Adrian Peterson being accused of child abuse has brought the topic of corporal punishment to the minds of the nation and many in Greater Houston. Many have criticized his alleged actions — but plenty have defended him saying they were also hit by their parents growing up. On this edition […]

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Richardson: How Immigration Reform Might Benefit the Texas Economy

Posted on · Former Congressman, Governor, Energy Secretary, and one-time presidential candidate Bill Richardson of New Mexico will be in Houston Tuesday to discuss the relationship between immigration reform and economic growth in Texas. He’s speaking at an event presented at the Greater Houston Partnership and organized by the Texas Association of Business and the American Competitiveness Alliance. We hear what Richardson has […]

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Perry Indicted, Bill Richardson, and Pet Care: Houston Matters for Monday, August 18, 2014

Posted on · Rick Perry is the first Texas Governor in nearly a century to face a criminal charge. Late Friday, Gov. Perry was indicted on two charges alleging he abused his power as governor to pressure a district attorney arrested for drunk driving to resign, by threatening to cut off funding for her office. On this edition […]