Chancellor Dr. Hellyer named board chair of the Economic Alliance
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer was named board chair of the Economic Alliance Port Houston Region (Economic Alliance) for 2012 (Correct) during the organization’s recent awards and recognition banquet.
Hellyer told business and industry leaders gathered at the event about the positive impact the Economic Alliance has had on the area’s economy. “Since 1985, the Economic Alliance has been helping small and large businesses thrive in East Harris County by ensuring that infrastructure and the workforce pipeline make our communities attractive to businesses,” commented Hellyer. “In 2011, the Economic Alliance worked on projects that brought $823 million in capital investments to the region and 1,422 jobs were created or retained. As we move forward together into the coming year, with all the positive and negative challenges we will face, I feel confident that we will continue to grow and become stronger and continue to make our communities a great place to live and to work.”
In her position as board chair, Hellyer will oversee board meetings that include key business and civic leaders who represent many communities located near the Port of Houston, such as Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, Channelview, and North Shore.
“Dr. Hellyer will also provide the leadership, vision and relationship building that is the cornerstone of the Economic Alliance and its efforts to grow the economy in the Houston Port Region,” commented Chad Burke, president of the Economic Alliance. “Her leadership, business sense, and commitment to education and workforce development make her the right fit at the right time as our board chair.”
Burke said he is also glad to welcome Hellyer as board chair because higher education and economic development go hand in hand. “A skilled and educated workforce is one of the keys to our ability as a region to maintain the competitive edge we do in a world economy,” he remarked. “Our economic clusters of petrochemical and maritime provide good, high paying jobs, that can be obtained with the degrees and certifications that San Jacinto College provides. That relationship and response to industry demand is critical to continue the economic growth in the Houston Port Region.”
The Economic Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides professional economic development services on behalf of 16 communities surrounding the 25-mile Houston Ship Channel.
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About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.