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What are major media outlets saying about Houston? The conversation about H-Town has evolved in recent years as awareness of the city's tremendous quality of life, emerging tech and innovation scene and other attributes has grown. The Partnership is working to expand the conversation around these key attributes that will help advance the region's economic growth. Read some of the recent stories about the nation's most diverse major city and the Partnership's efforts to steer its prosperity.

Exxon to Move HQ to Houston, Merge Refining and Chemicals

Exxon Mobil Corp. will relocate its corporate headquarters to the Houston area from suburban Dallas and combine its chemical and refining divisions in a major shake-up aimed at reducing costs.

Houston for tourists? If you think that's a joke, the joke's on you

Have you ever been somewhere that was simply enjoyable? Good food, memorable attractions, a culture different from your own, and people who generally seemed happy to be living there?

Houston's economic fate no longer solely tied to oil and gas, Moody's report says

Houston remains the energy capital of the country, but a new Moody Analytics report indicates the Bayou City has diversified its industry portfolio enough to no longer rely solely on oil and gas.

Houston tech ecosystem ranks as No. 5 in the world for emerging startup hubs

In a new report from Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Houston ranks fifth among the world’s top 100 emerging ecosystems for startups. Last year, the groups’ report put Houston at No. 19 in the same category.

Houston could become ‘epicenter of global clean hydrogen hub,’ report says

The region contains all the ingredients for a clean hydrogen market — clean power access, electricity-guzzling industries, and the existing network of production and pipelines — on a scale large enough to make Houston “the epicenter of a global clean hydrogen hub” that extends across Texas and the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Center for Houston’s Future laid out in a report released May 23.

Report: How Houston could gain, lose jobs in a clean energy transition

As the "energy capital of the world," Houston's overall employment is significantly impacted by the energy industry. New research is shedding light on how Houston's economy could be impacted if the city doesn't lean into an energy transition to become the energy capital of the future.

Houston again recognized as a top major city of the future

A new study from the fDi Intelligence division of the Financial Times places Houston at No. 7 among the top major cities of the future for 2021-22 across North, South, and Central America. Among major cities in the Americas, Houston appears at No. 3 for business friendliness and No. 4 for connectivity.

Report: Houston ranks in the top 10 life sciences markets in the U.S.

In assessing Houston’s strength in life sciences, CommercialCafe says that “the resilient Texas powerhouse was lifted by the wave of emerging life sciences clusters across the U.S.” Two major projects are helping Houston maintain that powerhouse status. The Texas Medical Center (TMC) last year unveiled TMC3, a 37-acre, roughly 6 million-square-foot life sciences campus, and Houston-based Hines recently topped out the 270,000-square-foot first phase of the 53-acre Levit Green life sciences district next to TMC.

NRG Energy relocating headquarters to Houston

Texas is already home to the company’s largest employee and customer bases. With the acquisition of Direct Energy, which closed in January, NRG Energy decided it was time to simplify the company’s headquarters status. The company currently has more than 3,000 employees in the greater Houston region.

The City of the Future: Walkable, mid-sized and built for flexible work

Houston is using their assets and sharing that expertise to attract more development. The secondary intent is to become less of a high-traffic metro and more walkable by connecting this development to downtown.

Dear Austinites, you have permission to move to an affordable, weird city: Houston

You want live music? How about the world-class Houston Grand Opera, the symphony at Jones Hall, and Opera in the Heights? And if you’d prefer something more familiar to Austin sensibilities—a schlubby guy doing Oasis covers on his acoustic guitar, for example—may I suggest Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Rice Village? Moreover, Houston can claim genres of music almost totally lacking in Austin—think DJ Screw, or Paul Wall and the Southern rap spawned by Swisha House. Also, Beyoncé. 

fDi’s Global Cities of the Future 2021/22 — overall winners

Houston came in at No. 19 on 2021/22 fDi list, which ranks major global cities based on foreign direct investment. That’s up from No. 24 when the ranking was published in 2018/19. Houston was only one of two U.S. cities among the top 20 on the latest list, with New York ranking seventh. 

Axiom Space breaks ground on new Houston Spaceport HQ

The 22-acre Space Flight and Assembly Headquarters will be used to train private astronauts and for the production of the Axiom Station, which has been billed as
the world’s first free-flying, internationally available, private space station. The space station will be used for research manufacturing and commerce in low-earth
orbit.

The New Houston: Oil is no longer to reign as absolute monarch

Houston's economic base, demographics, and attitudes are changing. While oil and money were the prizes Houstonians eyed, they now value things like parks, walkability, and livability.

Chevron's offer to pay for staff to move to Houston signals growing focus on Texas

Chevron isn’t requiring employees to move to Texas, but its offer to cover employees’ relocation is another sign that Houston is a primary center of operations for the oil major.

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Partnership Research Releases 2022 Houston Facts

9/26/22
HOUSTON (September 23, 2022) – How does Houston’s economy stack up against other major cities? How does trade with countries abroad affect our economy? Is our innovation ecosystem keeping pace with other major cities?  Those are just a few of the many questions answered in the 2022 edition of the Partnership’s Houston Facts publication. Houston Facts has presented unvarnished information about the Houston region since 1959, and its predecessor publications—under different names, but with the same objective—date back to 1906. Today, Houston Facts is a concise, comprehensive almanac for the Houston region.  Here are a few highlights from this year’s edition, developed by the Partnership’s Research team and presented by Fifth Third Bank.  Here are a few highlights: Demographics The Houston region is home to 7.2 million people and had the third largest numeric increase in population of any U.S metro between July 2020 and July 2021, according to the most recent Census figures. Houston is also home to many people who were born outside of the U.S. – nearly one in four Houstonians, or 1.65 million residents, are foreign-born. Learn more about Houston’s demographics on page 8 of the report.  Cost of Living When it comes to affordability, Houston is really high on the list. The region is the second most affordable major metro among the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas. Our living costs are over 27 percent below the average of those 20 metro areas, and our overall living costs are 5.9 percent below the average for all U.S. metros. Housing costs are also a standout for Houston – they’re more than 53.7 percent below the average for the nation’s most populous metro areas and 18 percent below the average for all U.S. metros. Learn more about Houston’s cost of living on page 43.  Economy Houston has returned to pre-pandemic employment levels. Nonfarm payroll employment topped 3.2 million in July 2022. That’s 59,000 above the previous employment record set in November 2019. The recovery has been uneven though. Twelve sectors have fully recovered their pandemic losses, two sectors are close to full recovery and two sectors in particular are still struggling. Learn which ones on page 13.  International Business  Houston’s economy is deeply tied to global trade and foreign investment. The region has trading relationships with more than 200 countries. The Houston/Galveston Customs District handled 269.4 million metric tons in exports valued at $170.4 billion in 2021. Eighty-seven nations have consular representation in the city, ranking Houston’s consular corps third largest in the nation.  Innovation  Houston is a thriving hub of digital tech talent, with more than 243,400 tech workers representing 7.9 percent of the region's workforce, according to an analysis by the Greater Houston Partnership. Houston is home to 8,800 tech related firms, including more than 800 venture-backed startups. These companies have received $4.35 billion in venture capital funding over the last five years including $2.02 billion in 2021 alone, a record high for the region. In 2021, the most heavily invested industry for VC funding in Houston was information technology, which received $632.1 million across 64 deals. Health care followed, with $518.4 across 67 deals. Materials and resources came in third, with $426.5 million in funding. Find out more about education, the energy and life sciences industries, transportation and other facets of Houston in Houston Facts.   
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