What Are the Economic Opportunities in Greater Houston?

All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?”

On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn the question towards economic opportunity here in Greater Houston. First, Michael Hagerty talks with Bill Gilmer, Director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business about Greater Houston’s role in creating economic opportunity for more Americans, and what economic sectors offer those opportunities here in the region now and in the coming years.

Then, we discuss economic opportunities in Greater Houston from three perspectives, as we talk with: Patrick Jankowski, Greater Houston Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Research; Laura Perez-Boston, Harris County Campaign Director for the Texas Organizing Project; and Ghulam Kehar, founder and CEO of Amaanah Refugee Services. We’ll talk about how that economic opportunity can manifest itself for Houstonians in different ways: by lifting up those who live below the poverty line, by supporting refugees after their initial resettlement, and by enticing corporate relocations and spurring start-ups.

This story originally appeared 9/21/2016 on Houston Public Radio.