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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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Does Texas Have a Shortage of Angel Investors?

Posted on · Each quarter, the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank, and CB Insights release what’s known as the “Halo Report.” They examine angel group investment activity. Such “angel investors” are venture capitalists who invest money in the early stages of a developing company. (Think “Shark Tank”). In the first quarter of this year, out of ten regions examined by the Halo Report, Texas […]

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Booming Industry in Houston Means Greater Hazards for Workers

Posted on · Thursday marks 25 years since nearly two dozen workers died and 300 more were injured in a series of explosions and a fire at a chemical plant near the Houston Ship Channel. This anniversary of the “Phillips Disaster” reminds us that many jobs which draw people to Houston bring with them a certain degree of risk. […]

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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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Making a Happier Workplace and Theater District Open House: Houston Matters for Friday, August 22, 2014

Posted on · What would make your day-to-day experience at work in Houston better? How could your employer be a better boss? How could you be a better employee? What would improve relationships with co-workers? Workload? Expectations? Responsibilities? How do we make the 9-to-5 daily work grind in Houston better? On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider […]

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Is Houston a Good Place for Startup Companies to Thrive?

Posted on · The number of startup companies in Houston has exploded in recent years. While many of these startups focus on oil and gas and the medical industries, there’s also innovation happening in other areas. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine startups in Houston and whether there’s life and industry beyond energy and healthcare. Are […]

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The Challenges of Making a Career in the Arts in Houston

Posted on · According to the Greater Houston Visitors Bureau, the city’s nonprofit arts organizations support over 14,000 full-time jobs a year. Still, there are thousands of artists in Houston who can’t sustain themselves solely on their creative careers. They take on other jobs-from teaching to bartending-to make ends meet. We talk with three Houston artists about how […]

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What Are All The Oil and Gas Workers in Houston Actually Doing?

Posted on · We hear talk all the time about how the oil and gas industry is booming, and people are moving here for “oil and gas jobs.” But just what are those jobs? Are they in the oil fields? Engineers and analysts in offices? We discuss with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact Reporter for Energy and the […]

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What’s the Best Way to Help the Unemployed?

Posted on · As politicians in Washington continue to haggle over the restoration of long-term unemployment benefits, more than a million Americans have stopped receiving checks. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the challenge of determining how best to help long-term unemployed Houstonians and seek to understand what happens to someone out of work for a more […]

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Small Businesses, World AIDS Day and Did the Patriots Cheat? Houston Matters for Mon., Dec. 2, 2013

Posted on · Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this was a big weekend for holiday shoppers. It was also a big weekend for small businesses in Houston. That’s because Small Business Saturday encourages customers to shop local. So today, we’re taking a look at how small businesses are faring in Houston. Are they thriving or dying out? How […]

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How Can New Graduates Land a Job in Houston?

Posted on · Commencement ceremonies will take place throughout Houston over the next few weeks. As the class of 2013 seeks to enter the workforce, what job opportunities exist? Is higher education preparing graduates for the jobs that exist here in Houston? We had experts weigh in on the job market in Houston, and how new graduates can […]