Greater Houston Partnership Reaches Halfway Mark of $40 Million Opportunity Houston(SM) Fundraising Goal

All 10 Houston-Area Counties Commit to Investing in Opportunity Houston(SM)

Jan 03, 2007, 00:00 ET from The Greater Houston Partnership

    HOUSTON, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greater Houston Partnership has
 raised more than $20 million for Opportunity Houston(SM), a $40 million
 campaign that will support the Partnership's strategic plan to contribute
 to the creation of 600,000 new jobs, $60 billion in capital investment and
 $225 billion in foreign trade for the Houston region. "We're excited to be
 halfway there. Never before have we seen such a fast-moving, collective and
 collaborative effort than with Opportunity Houston(SM)," said Jeff Moseley,
 Partnership president and CEO.
     Through economic development organizations and local businesses, each
 of the 10 counties in the greater Houston area is represented and has
 committed to investing in Opportunity Houston(SM).
     In addition to founding investments from organizations like Shell Oil
 Company and Exxon Mobil, the following organizations have recently
 committed to investing in Opportunity Houston(SM):
      *  CITGO -- $2,500,000
      *  Chevron -- $2,000,000
      *  Port of Houston Authority -- $100,000
      *  Tejas Office Products -- $25,000
      *  Katy Area Economic Development Council -- $5,000
      *  Greater Conroe Economic Development Council -- $5,000
      *  Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce -- $5,000
     Total investments from all organizations to date are $20,697,500.
     Chaired by Houston Astros' owner Drayton McLane, Opportunity
 Houston(SM) ( ) targets the aviation and
 aerospace, energy and petrochemical, medical and biotechnology, information
 technology and nanotechnology industries. All are among the economic
 sectors identified by the Partnership's strategic plan as critical to the
 region's future prosperity.
     The Greater Houston Partnership is the primary advocate of the Houston-
 area 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.
      Media Contacts:
      Lori Martin, Vollmer Public Relations
      713-970-2116 (office)
      Lindsey Klingensmith, Vollmer Public Relations
      713-970-2126 (office)

SOURCE The Greater Houston Partnership