The Greater Houston Partnership Annual Meeting was held on Thursday.
Neha Verma, a student at John Cooper School in the Woodlands. sang the National Anthem and Reverend Kirbyjon Caldwell gave the invocation. GHP President Jeff Moseley welcomed the crowd and thanked the sponsors. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
Outgoing GHP President Larry Kellner presided over the election of officers for 2012, then reflected on the past year. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
Kellner cited the recent Brookings Institution ranking of the 200 largest metro global areas in the world.
“If you look at the top 20, the top 10 percent, there is only one North American City on that list,” “Houston,” Kellner said.
Upon taking the gavel, Anthony Chase, the new president of the Greater Houston Partnership, said he is honored. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“Houston is a great region by almost any yardstick that you care to apply, Chase said. “ We are an economic powerhouse, a cultural center and a national and global trend-setter.”
Chase said that he will focus his efforts towards the areas of education, transportation, making Houston the natural gas capital of the world, and promoting small business.
“These are the four policy areas to which I plan to devote special attention this year,” Chase said. “They are going to make our global and growing city even greater.”
In his closing remarks Moseley agreed with Kellner and Chase that Houston has a strong economy. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“Our Houston regional economy continues to be the pacesetter,” he said. “We were the very last major metropolitan area to go into the recession but we were the very first major metropolitan area to come out of the recession. And we know in Texas it is not bragging if it is a fact!”
The audience was entertained by Lee’s Golden Dragon and the Diblasi Brazilian Dancers.