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September 22, University of Houston School of Education (214 Farish Hall, KIVA Room)

Houston – The Center For Houston’s Future is gathering a select group of Houston area employers, colleges, government, and non-profits at a Talent Dividend Summit on September 22, 2011, at the University of Houston, College of Education, 214 Farish Hall, KIVA Room, 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

The goal of the Talent Dividend Summit is to identify strategies to increase the actual graduation rate from college (both two year and four year degrees) by at least one percent by 2013, which will translate into an estimated $4.2 Billion annually in personal income for the region. A recent Brookings Institution study shows Houston doesn’t have enough educated workers to fill the jobs that local industries create.

The Center’s Talent Dividend Advisory Panel is already developing strategies to present at the Summit. Catherine Mosbacher, President and CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future commented, “The recent figures confirm we are lagging behind other cities in this important measure – we need to tackle this head-on if we want to remain competitive in an increasingly knowledge-based economy.”

The Center, since its creation 10 years agoby the Greater Houston Partnership, has advanced education as a critical factor in economic development and quality of life.

A ONE-MILLION-DOLLAR prize will be awarded by CEOS for Cities to the metro region with the biggest increase in graduation rates through 2013. The award must be used to launch a campaign promoting college achievement and a community-wide culture of education.

As an added incentive, The Kresge Foundation has offered $10,000 “challenge grants” to cities that are able to secure at least $10,000 in matching support from local donors to further support local college achievement. The Center for Houston’s Future exceeded its match and was awarded this grant thanks to the generous donation of El Paso Corporation, along with additional support from the Lillian H. and C.W. Duncan Foundation.

The Initiative’s Advisory Council includes Douglas Foshee, El Paso Corporation; Dr. Terry Grier, Houston ISD; Elaine Barber, Greater Houston Partnership; Kelly Frels, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College; Honorable Scott Hochberg, Texas House of Representatives; Barbara Paige, Houston Leadership for Tomorrow; Dr. John Rudley, Texas Southern University; Dr. Mary Spangler, Houston Community College System; Dr. Renu Khator, University of Houston; Dr. Richard Carpenter, Lone Star Community College System; and, Stephen Maislin, of the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Center for Houston’s Future, The Region’s Think Tank, is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization bringing business and community together to innovate for the future of the Houston region, by planning strategically, strengthening the base of diverse business and civic leadership, and informing people about – while engaging them in – the necessary groundwork for the region’s global future.

To find out more, visit

Mercedes Santos-Garay Coordinator – Communications & DevelopmentCenter for Houston’s Future
1200 Smith, Suite 1150
Houston, TX 77002

Center for Houston’s Future: The Region’s Think Tank

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