Greater Houston Partnership Celebrates Area’s Global Influence
August 30, 2011

It was billed as the Greatest Show in Houston. Once again, the annual World Trade Soiree, hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership, did not disappoint.

This year’s theme –  Cirque du Houston – showcased a variety of cultures and countries that are key to the area’s economic success.  It featured a dazzling display of  entertainment, including dancers swaying to Brazilian and African music along with an appetizing menu of ethnic foods and wines.

Faces in the crowd included: GHP President and CEO Jeff Moseley; Geert C. Visser, Consulate of the Netherlands; Micah Hirschfield, GHP VP of Communications; Houston City Council Member Brenda Stardig; Bellaire Councilman Corbett Parker; HISD Board President Paula Harris and HISD board member Harvin Moore, HCC President Dr. Mary Sprangler, Don IIoff from Lakewood Church and Political Consultant Chris Begala, along with many others.

According to the GHP, the soiree is an amazing night ight that showcases the Houston region as an epicenter of international business and influence. Drawing more than 600 of the area’s global commerce, government and economic development leaders, this salute to international trade also hosts our Consular Corps.

Greater Houston Partnership World Trade Soiree Launch Party
May 25, 2011


Leave it to the Greater Houston Partnership to host a fabulous party to launch the 2011 World Trade Soiree.

Under the leadership of  co-chairs Ellie Francisco and Leisa Holland-Nelson, dozens of Houston’s business leaders and VIPS  attended the event at Hotel Zaza Monday night.

The annual World Trade Soirée is billed as “an amazing night that showcases the Houston region as an epicenter of international business and influence.”

This year’s theme, Cirque du Houston, will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2011.  It’s expected to draw  more than 600 of the area’s global commerce, government and economic development leaders.  The annual salute to international trade also hosts the Houston Consular Corps. .

For more information or sponsorship opportunities contact the Greater Houston Partnership.

A Big Loss For The Greater Houston Partnership
December 19, 2010

 It’s a big loss for the Greater Houston Partnership, but a great opportunity for Tracye McDaniel, the GHP’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. 

“On behalf of GHP’s Board of Directors and Members, I want to thank Tracye for her service to Houston and its business community,” said Patrick Oxford, Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership. “Much of the success we have had in recent years is due to Tracye’s hard work and leadership.”

 McDaniel is leaving Houston and the Lone Star State to lead a business organization in New Jersey, the state of Liberty and Prosperity.

According to a news release, McDaniel has been chosen by New Jersey Governor Christie to lead “Choose New Jersey” a new non-profit corporation designed to market, promote and facilitate business attraction, expansion and retention in New Jersey.

“I congratulate Governor Christie for hiring Tracye,” said Jeff Moseley, President and CEO of GHP. “As her work at GHP shows, Tracye is undoubtedly among the top national talents for growing jobs and economic development.” 

 (Here’s more about McDaniel’s experience)

McDaniel served GHP during an exciting time of growth and prosperity for the organization. Her greatest contribution may be her work on Opportunity Houstonsm, a five-year marketing program that generates leads for economic development organizations throughout the 10-county region. Working with Houston business leaders and GHP staff, McDaniel was charged with overseeing activities relating to the organization’s $40 million capital fundraising campaign and 10-year strategic plan to identify 600,000 new jobs; attract $60 billion in new capital investment; and increase foreign investment by $125 billion in the Houston region. 

During McDaniel’s tenure, GHP was also certified as an Accredited Economic Development Organization by the International Economic Development Council. GHP is the largest regional business organization to earn this prestigious accreditation. 

In addition to her fulfilling her duties to GHP, McDaniel was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Board of Regents of Texas Southern University and Board of Directors of Texas One, a major source of economic development marketing funds for the State of Texas. 

The Greater Houston Partnership is evaluating the appropriate steps to take to fill McDaniel’s position and expects to continue its success in 2011 with the help of a highly-talented and determined team.

Business, Political and Community Leaders Attend Gov. Perry’s Speech
October 12, 2010

 It was short and to the point.

“The State of our state is strong, but there will be challenges,” Governor Rick Perry said  during a speech in front of about 900 people attending  a Greater Houston Partnership luncheon.

Perry touted the state’s strong economy and education reform, but he didn’t say much about how he plans to tackle the  $11-$18 Billion budget shortfall if he’s re-elected.

The speech took place only days before the start of early voting across Texas. 

That prompted  Democrat Bill White’s campaign to accuse  the governor of  using the event – and the office – for political purposes.

Shortly before the speech started the Greater Houston Partnership asked two members of  White’s campaign staff  to leave. They were there to pass out a press release questioning the governor’s record and alleged mounting public corruption scandal over the emerging technology fund.

 The GHP could not verify whether the White staff members  had tickets to attend the event. (White’s campaign told me they did have paid tickets)

I was told that the request to evict the  staffers was made by a member of  Governor Perry’s team. 


Politics aside, the speech drew a large diverse crowd of  business and community leaders along with elected officials.  As usual, I snapped a few pictures: Tracye McDaniels, Judge Ed Emmett, Jim Grace Jr., Dr. Renu Khator, Bill King, State Sen. Tommy Williams, Jeri Brooks, City Council member Brenda Stardig, Jessica Michan, Sonio Soto, Catarina Gonzalez, Jason Fuller, and State Rep.-elect Ron Reynolds  were some of the people in the crowd. 


Greater Houston Partnership Reacts To NASA Funding Bill
September 30, 2010

(news release from GHP)

Houston – The leadership at the Greater Houston Partnership today expressed its enthusiasm over the passage of a Congressional funding bill for NASA. If signed by President Barack Obama, the bill could impact the Houston region by potentially preserving thousands of jobs that appeared to be lost.

“We are pleased at the passage of this bipartisan plan that will help maintain a strong NASA footprint in the Houston region,” said Jeff Moseley, GHP President and CEO. “We look forward to President Obama signing this spending bill so that NASA can get back to its mandate of human space exploration.”

The spending bill enjoyed bipartisan support in the Senate, with that legislative body unanimously approving it this past August. Through some 11th-hour efforts, the House was able to pass and reconcile its own version of the bill last night before Congress convened for the fall election cycle this Friday.


Moseley thanked the local congressional delegation for their continued efforts ensuring the passage of the legislation.


“We applaud our local leadership in Congress, specifically Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rep. Pete Olson, who worked so diligently over this past year to get this done,” Moseley said. “They are a testament to Texas’ ‘can do’ spirit, and their strong belief that this spending bill is right for Texas and right for America.”


Mayor Parker Travels to NYC to Boost Houston Tourism
September 14, 2010

Ok, I’m a little bummed that local members of the media were not invited to travel with Mayor Annise Parker on her trip to New York City.

Cool weather.  Broadway.  Times Square.  Fashion Week.

Those are the things a Houston based reporter dreams  about while suffering through a hot and humid September, covering bank robberies, METRO and the red light camera controversy.

Anyway, the Mayor  travelled to NYC to promote tourism and the economy.

Below she is pictured with Greater Houston Partnership President and CEO Jeff Moseley, while they paid a visit to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Mayor Parker is on an East Coast media tour and has met with reporters from media outlets including the New York Times, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Economist and Bloomberg TV.

Commissioner Sylvia Garcia Honored
July 29, 2009

Congratulations to Harris County Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia

 She was recently elected president of the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO),  making her  the first Texan and only the second woman to lead the organization.

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On Wednesday night The Greater Houston Partnership hosted a  reception to celebrate Garcia’s rise to the important position representing more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.   “It is a tremendous honor to have one of the Houston’s own guiding an organization which represents the leadership of the nation’s fastest growing demographic,”  said Jeff Moseley, president and CEO of  the Partnership. 

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Community leaders, elected officials ,  members of   Garcia’s staff and several of   her constituents attended the event at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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2 on the Beat spotted several familiar faces in the crowd:  State Senators Mario Gallegos and John Whitmire, City Council Member Ron Green,  State District Judge Al Bennett,  former Kemah Mayor Bill King and his wife Melissa, Sonny Messiah-Jiles and her husband Jodie Jiles, FrumencioReyes, Argentina James, Harris County Tax-Assesor Collector Leo Vasquez, Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufmann, Kathryn McNeil and many others.

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Garcia has represented Harris County Precinct Two since 2003.  Before that she was a controller for the City of  Houston.