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International Business

Houston is a thriving, international city with one of the nation's largest consular corps and business and cultural ties stretching to all corners of the world. The region's geographic location makes it easy to move both goods and people around the world efficiently. From the Port of Houston and the Houston Airport System to a host of multi-national companies doing business around the clock, Houston is well-positioned to connect your business to the world market. The Partnership is connected to a global network of economic development organizations promoting international trade and investment through the Houston World Trade Association.

International Cos. Grew Jobs by 21% in Texas Over 5-Year Period

Foreign companies operating in Texas grew jobs in the Lone Star State by 21% over five years. The report by the Global Business Alliance trade group shows foreign direct investment (FDI) accounts for more than 678,000 jobs in Texas, with roughly 30% of those in the manufacturing sector.

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A Visit from the President of Panama and the Impact of the Panama Canal

President Laurentino Cortizo came to Houston in July to celebrate the five year anniversary of the expansion of the Panama Canal and discuss opportunities to further expand trade between Houston and Asia and other global markets through Panama.

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Chair of International Investment and Trade Discusses Houston's Position as a Great Global City

As a thriving, global city, Houston’s ties stretch to all corners of the world. The region's geographic location makes it easy to move both goods and people around the world efficiently.

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Explore what makes Houston the right global partner for your business.

Foreign Trade

Houston is one of the largest international trading hubs in the Americas. In fact, more of the region's economy is tied to exports than any other metro in the U.S. The region has trading relationships with more than 200 countries and for 37 of those countries, combined trade (imports and exports) exceeds $1 billion annually.

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Consular Corps

With more than 90 different nations represented, Houston is home to the third-largest consular corps in the United States. Get contact information and links to the various consulates and official offices.

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The Houston Airport System ranks as one of the largest multi-airport systems in North America. George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport offer direct passenger service to 118 domestic and 71 international destinations via 28 different airlines. HAS handled a total of 461,425 metric tons of air freight in 2017, with about half of that domestic and the other half international.

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Houston Ranks 11th Best City in the Nation in New Report

Houston climbed six spots on this year’s list of America’s Best...
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The region is home to a number of ports including the ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport and Texas City. The Port of Houston ranks first in the nation in foreign tonnage and is the largest container port on the Gulf Coast.

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State of Education

Join the Greater Houston Partnership at the fourth annual State of Education on Tuesday, November 29th featuring Renu Khator, Chancellor and President of the University of Houston as the keynote speaker.  …

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Taxes & Incentives

Texas and Houston understand the need for a stable, business-friendly and transparent tax structure. Texas is one of the few states without a personal, state or corporate income tax, which makes the cost of doing business very competitive. Houston's cost-effective tax structure makes it a choice location for any company looking to establish a presence or expand their current footprint.

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$234.0 billion

Houston's total trade valued $196.9 billion in '20

Regional Profile

From energy and life sciences to manufacturing and aerospace, the Houston region offers a dynamic infrastructure to support a number of thriving, core industries.

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Economy Series: October Economic Update

The Partnership's monthly Economy Series presents exclusive data and examines trends impacting our economy on a local and state level. Analysis by the Partnership's Research Division is frequently used by executives…

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Houston DiverseCity Summit

The Greater Houston Partnership proudly presents the Houston DiverseCity Summit, an inspiring one-day convening to advance equity and inclusion in the greater Houston region. This gathering of leading professionals will focus on DEI as a business imperative and practical ways businesses can advance progress, improve outcomes, and move from intention to impact. Join the Houston region's business leaders and Talent and DEI executives who will share actionable insights to help you meet business outcomes and stakeholder expectations.    The Summit offers both breakout discussions and keynote speaker content for companies and organizations of all sizes with a focus on successful practices, peer connection, and first-rate resources to help you mature your diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies.   Concurrent Breakout session topics include: The Evolution and Future of ERGs Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are evolving and have a dual mandate to address complex human capital needs and align with business goals. Join us to discuss the heightened importance of employee networks in advancing inclusion now and in the future. How will ERGs deliver on employee needs, provide a return on investment, and retain business relevance and results? Connecting DEI and ESG: Why Inaction is Not an Option Customers, investors, employees, and other stakeholders expect companies to behave ethically and responsibly. What is the connection between environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and what is the risk of inaction? Join us to learn how a strong DEI strategy that includes inclusive growth, human capital management, and supplier diversity supports both ESG commitments and a company’s strategic direction. Rethinking Talent Retention and Advancement for Underrepresented Groups Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will share their latest insights and offer a fresh perspective on strategies to acquire, retain, and advance BIPOC and other underrepresented groups. BCG will also share the key drivers that influence workplace needs and challenge your organization to rethink support and interventions.  A Blueprint for Belonging: How Can We Create Inclusive Culture? In an unpredictable and highly competitive environment, human capital leaders recognize that attracting and retaining the best talent requires concerted action. This robust discussion will highlight both individual and organizational strategies and inspire new ideas about where companies should take bolder action to create inclusive culture, develop inclusive leadership skills, and promote inclusive behavior.  Measuring DEI Progress and Sustaining Momentum  This session focuses on the need to adopt systematic approaches to DEI.  How do leading companies build trust and use accountability, transparency, and DEI analytics to make informed decisions on workforce planning, operating models, business unit goals, and much more? This panel will help you dive deeper into ways to assess the impact of DEI on organizational performance.   Over the course of the Summit, we will explore topics including strategic focus, trust and transparency, aligning ERGs to business priorities, inclusive talent recruitment, advancement, and retention, supplier diversity, and much more. Speakers Include: Ruth Simmons, President, Prairie View A&M University Gretchen Watkins, President, Shell USA, Inc.  Derek R. Avery, Ph.D., C.T. Bauer Chair of Inclusive Leadership, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston Shea Bible, Director, Corporate Engagement,Catalyst Mary Miranda, US West DE&I Leader and HR Enablement Leader, EY Marty Rogers, Market Unit Lead - South Region, Accenture Shibu Varghese, SHRM-SCP, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, MD Anderson Boston Consulting Group   Sponsorship opportunities are now available for companies interested in supporting the event. Individual tickets and tables of 10 are now available. 

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Additional Resources

For international companies looking to establish a presence in Houston and existing businesses in the region looking to expand their footprint abroad, there are a number of resources that can help. 

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