Authors: Bruce Katz
October 5, 2012
Brookings Institution
This is an exciting time to be in Houston. Since the end of the Great Recession, this region has had the second best recovery among any of the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. Your unemployment rate—at 7 percent—remains over a percentage point better than the national unemployment rate. It’s also exciting because of the tremendous amount of momentum and activity in downtown and central Houston. This organization has been critical to that success. Your work on business recruitment and development, sustainability, transit, Main Street revitalization and social issues like homelessness has helped create a thriving urban core … or what the County Judge refers to as the “dynamic nerve center” of the region....
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