The Greater Houston Partnership, which traces its roots back to Houston's original Chamber of Commerce founded in 1840, is the primary advocate of the Houston-area business community. Its principal objective is to build regional economic prosperity. The partnership facilitates relocations and expansions in the Houston area; international outreach initiatives such as business development missions outside the U.S. and receiving foreign trade delegations; and strategic planning. The 10-county Houston region encompasses Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto and Waller counties. With more than 2,000 member organizations, the partnership represents approximately one fourth of the region's work force.

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