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Oil Prices Respond to Airstrike on Syria

Posted on · The world has been reacting to Thursday night's U.S. air strike on the Syrian airfield from which President Donald Trump said this week's chemical attack was launched. Here in Texas, lawmakers have shared their views, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who calls Syria a "humanitarian disaster" and its leader Bashar al-Assad "a monster, a puppet […]

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How Shell Oil’s Departure Might Affect Downtown Houston

Posted on · Recently (Sept. 20, 2016), Shell Oil announced plans to vacate most of its downtown offices. Thousands of employees are expected to move to the company's Woodcreek Complex on I-10 and North Dairy Ashford and to the Shell Technology Center on State Highway 6. The move is planned for the first quarter of 2017. Shell said, […]

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Shell Leaving Downtown, and Jones Hall Turns 50: Monday’s Show (October 3, 2016)

Posted on · Recently (Sept. 20, 2016), Shell Oil announced plans to vacate most of its downtown offices. Thousands of employees are expected to move to the company's Woodcreek Complex on I-10 and North Dairy Ashford and to the Shell Technology Center on State Highway 6. The move is planned for the first quarter of 2017. On this […]

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What Was the 1980s Houston Oil Bust Really Like?

Posted on · Slogging through an economic slowdown after a period of rapid growth can be frustrating. It can also be easy to lose perspective. To gets some of that perspective, we travel back in time 30 years to July of 1986, with the help of Houston Matters' new WABAC machine (…also with the help of an area […]

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The State of Houston’s Economy in 2016

Posted on · Today we launch our 2nd annual "State of Houston" series – exploring the state of Greater Houston's economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. We begin today with a look at what's happening economically. We welcome your questions and comments for Patrick Jankowski, the Greater Houston Partnership's Senior Vice President of Research, and News […]

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With Oil So Low, Why is Houston’s Petrochemical Industry Booming?

Posted on · While oil prices continue to remain in the $30 range, Houston’s oil and gas industry is struggling. But one industry that’s booming right now is the city’s petrochemical industry. That’s because oil is used by many petrochemical companies to make their products. That means things are booming in the city of Baytown and at the […]