Houston City Council Member and Candidate for Mayor Peter Brown today unveiled his job creation blueprint for Houston, a comprehensive economic development strategy with real solutions to create jobs. Brown unveiled the plan at an economic development roundtable, with prominent local business leaders for a discussion of the challenges facing Houston’s economy, and the real solutions needed to meet those challenges.
Brown was joined at the roundtable by Jacqueline Northcut, President and CEO of BioHouston and a member of Mayor Bill White’s Economic Development Task Force. Northcut praised Brown’s clear vision and detailed policy proposals to provide economic opportunities and promote entrepreneurship.
“We need a Mayor with real solutions to create jobs and expand the economy,” said Northcut. “I’m supporting Peter Brown because he has the best ideas: target growth in core industries with high-paying jobs like energy, health care, and biotechnology, and providing effective support for small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs.”
Brown’s plan, “Keep Us Working: A Job Creation Blueprint for An Even Better Houston” has three main elements:
Support Economic Development With a Clear Strategy and Business-Friendly Approach. Peter Brown’s Job Creation Blueprint calls for laying the groundwork for economic development using a business approach and setting clear objectives to get real results. As Mayor, he’ll streamline permitting requirements, cut bureaucracy and red tape, and make city government more efficient and effective.
Target Five Core Sectors of Our Economic Base for Future Growth. As Mayor, Peter Brown will target growth in Energy, Trade and Commerce, Health Sciences and Biotech, Information and Advanced Technology, and Aviation and Aerospace – sectors where Houston has unique potential for success based on existing infrastructure and local resources.
Recruit, Retain, and Grow: A Three-Part Strategy to Create New, Good-Paying Jobs, and Keep the Ones We Have. As Mayor, Peter Brown will create a new Office of Economic Development and Job Creation, tasked with managing the City’s economic development efforts to ensure they work together effectively and cohesively. He’ll work to recruit new businesses to Houston and help local firms reach new markets. He’ll retain existing businesses and ensure Houston has a skilled work force. And he’ll work to grow small businesses, start-ups and emerging enterprises, encouraging innovators and helping them succeed.
Brown’s call for making Houston more business-friendly was echoed by Sonny Flores, President and Owner of PEC Corporation, an engineering and construction management company. Flores, a former president of the “C” Club and current Chairman of the East End Management District, called Brown “the right leader, at the right time for Houston.”
“Peter’s experience as a businessman is exactly what we need in our next Mayor,” said Flores. “Peter Brown understands the challenges small businesses face in dealing with regulation and bureaucracy, and the need to simplify the process so that entrepreneurs can focus on creating new jobs in Houston.”
Brown has applied the skills he learned running a successful architecture and urban planning firm for more than thirty years while serving on the Houston City Council. As a Council Member, Brown has been a leader in streamlining procedures for building permits, and he has worked cut government waste and protect taxpayer dollars.
“We’re a dynamic, entrepreneurial, can-do city, and we need to put that to work,” said Brown. “My Job Creation Blueprint is a strategy for our city government to support economic growth. At the end of the day, the most important thing we can do is to get out of the way, let entrepreneurs create jobs, and let businesses do business.”
In recent weeks, Brown has released detailed blueprints to keep Houston safe and cut the crime rate, deal with flooding and traffic problems, shape real transportation solutions, and provide reliability electrical service at more affordable rates. Brown said he believes that providing effective city services and making smart quality of life investments is critical to future economic growth in Houston. All of these policies are available on his website here.