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HOUSTON REGION’S BUSINESS COMMUNITY UNITES WITH TEXANS FOR TIER ONE TO SUPPORT PROP 4


HOUSTON – The Greater Houston Partnership, in collaboration with Texans for Tier One, will host a press conference discussing the business community’s support for Proposition 4 and its role in elevating the University of Houston to Tier One status. If passed, the referendum item will establish a national research university fund (NRUF) to help emerging research universities achieve national prominence as major research universities.

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby will discuss a recent report by Texas economist M. Ray Perryman entitled “State of Minds” which provides an analysis of the economic impact of dramatically increasing the number of Tier One universities in the state.

The Partnership will also debut a public service announcement featuring its Chair, Daniel G. Bellow, emphasizing the importance of Proposition 4 to the future of economic development and job growth in the region. It also highlights the fact that funds to establish the NRUF will be transferred from an already existent but dormant higher education account and will not result in increased taxes.

Headed by former Texas Lieutenant Governor and former University of Houston System Chancellor Bill Hobby and University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman James Huffines, Texans For Tier One is leading the effort to pass Proposition 4 legislation.

WHO:
The Honorable Bill Hobby, Former Lieutenant Governor, State of Texas and Co-Chair, Texans for Tier One
Welcome Wilson, Treasurer, Texans for Tier One
Jeff Moseley, President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership

WHAT:
Greater Houston Partnership – Texans for Tier One Joint News Conference

WHEN:
Monday, October 19, 2009, 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Greater Houston Partnership Boardroom
Two Allen, 1200 Smith Street, 7th Floor
Houston, TX

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