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GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF CITY OF HOUSTON, HISD AND HCC BOND PROPOSALS

HOUSTON – The Greater Houston Partnership’s (GHP) Board of Directors today approved resolutions supporting bond packages proposed by the City of Houston, Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Houston Community College (HCC). Houston voters will have their say on the proposals in November.

“Today’s vote is the culmination of thorough reviews and thoughtful discussions by our Board and Executive Committee,” said GHP Board Chairman Tony Chase. “We carefully reviewed each bond proposal individually, including how the money would be spent. Then, we weighed the total impact on the region. If the voters approve these bond requests, they will allow Houston to advance in key areas, including education and quality of life.”

HISD’s bond proposal includes plans to replace 20 high schools ,partially replace four and renovate four others. The bond package would also replace five elementary schools with K-8 schools. Among the plans included in HCC’s bond package are upgrades to campus technologies and addressing capacity and space needs throughout the college’s campuses.

Former GHP Chairman, Larry Kellner, who currently heads up GHP’s Education Committee said, “An educated workforce is key to the short and long-term economic growth of our region and state. Education is a top priority for GHP and, if the voters support these bonds, it will dramatically transform HISD’s high schools and allow HCC’s facilities to grow as its mission grows.”

“Today’s passage of these important resolutions is a continued testament to the leadership GHP provides the region,” said newly-appointed GHP President & CEO Bob Harvey. “During deliberation, GHP’s leadership was acutely focused on the merits of each proposal and the combined impact on the region.”

The City of Houston’s bond package includes increased funding for programs related to public safety, affordable housing, and enhanced green spaces in our parks and along our bayous.

“As Houstonians we are fortunate to live in a region where we enjoy an enriched quality of life and a strong commitment to strive to improve it in all ways.” said Ed Wulfe, GHP Board Member and Chairman of GHP’s Quality of Life Committee. “These bonds will rebuild and improve parks, police stations, fire stations, health clinics and libraries. My call to the voters is simple: vote ‘yes’ – help create jobs, build parks and bayous and support public safety.”

For more information on the resolutions passed by GHP’s Board of Directors or an interview with Bob Harvey, President and CEO, GHP or Tony Chase, Chairman, GHP’s Board of Directors, please contact Erik Noriega, (713) 844-3663 or Heather Browne, 713-844-3642.

The Greater Houston Partnership is the primary advocate of Houston’s business community and is dedicated to building regional economic prosperity. It represents 10 counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto and Waller. With more than 2,100 Member organizations, GHP represents approximately one-fifth of the region’s work force. Visit GHP at houston.org.

CONTACT:
Erik Noriega Heather Browne
(713) 844-3663 – Office (713) 844-3642 – Office
(832) 657-4613 – Mobile (713) 899-2395 – Mobile
enoriega@houston.org hbrowne@houston.org

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