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Texas Leads the Nation in Job Creation

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Why invest in the Greater Houston Area?

Houston is 4th in job growth of 3.5% in 2013 and 9th for future job growth (Forbes).

Forbes labeled Houston the 4th Coolest city in America. Economically Houston has continually shown progress even amidst the economic recession. If Houston were independent, it would rank as the world™s 30th largest economy. It is the 6th most populated metropolitan area, it has the 10th largest port in the world and he largest medical center. Unemployment has remained below the national average (Bureau of Labor Statistics).


Higher Education

The University of Houston System has three separate and distinct institutions located in Houston. Each institution is a stand-alone university and confers its own degrees. No institution in the System is the “main campus” or a branch campus of any university.

The University of Houston (UH) is a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university, and it is the third-largest university in Texas of over 38,750 students. Founded in 1927, it is the flagship institution of the University of Houston System, located on a 667-acre campus in southeast Houston, the university offers 300 degree programs and has over 40 research centers and instituted. The institution ranks in the Top 50 American Research Universities. Its law school, the University of Houston Law Center, ranks 56th (top-tier) among the “Best Law Schools” in U.S. News & World Report UH has the only optometry school and one of six pharmacy schools in Texas.

The University of Houston System’s annual impact on the Houston-area’s economy equates to that of a major corporation: $1.1 billion in new funds attracted annually to the Houston area, $3.13 billion in total economic benefit, and 24,000 local jobs generated. This is in addition to the 12,500 new graduates the UH System produces every year who enter the workforce in Houston and throughout Texas. These degree-holders tend to stay in Houston. After five years, 80.5% of graduates are still living and working in the region.

Houston encompasses many private institutions of higher learning. Rice University is one of the leading teaching and research universities in the United States. U.S. News&World Report ranks Rice as the nation™s 17th best overall university. Two private liberal arts colleges are Houston Baptist University and University of St. Thomas.

Three community college districts exist in Houston. The Houston Community College System serves most of Houston. The northwestern through northeastern parts of the city are served by various campuses of the Lone Star College System while the southeastern portion of Houston is served by San Jacinto College.

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Primary and Secondary Education

The largest school district serving Houston is Houston Independent School District. Other areas fall under the Spring Branch, Alief independent school districts, Aldine, North Forest Pasadena, Clear Creek, Crosby, Cypress-Fairbanks, Fort Bend, Galena Park, Huffman, Humble, Katy, Klein, New Caney, Sheldon, and Spring independent school districts. There are also many charter schools as well as private schools of all types, including non-sectarian, Jewish, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Protestant and Muslim.

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Culture

In the heart of Houston is the Theatre District, with many Broadway shows presenting there and a whole array of plays, operas, concerts and other cultural performances. Houston has resident companies in the four disciplines of the performing arts: Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and Alley Theatre.

The Museum District is next to the Medical Center and walking distance from Hermann Park, which is home to the Houston Zoo, Japanese Gardens and Miller Outdoor Theatre. The Museum district is home to 18 museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

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Shopping

Houston is also a great shopping destination. The Galleria has more than 375 stores and restaurants and an ice-rink. Uptown Park, Highland Village, City Center, and Memorial Mall are among other upscale shopping centers.

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Food Capital

Food and Wine Magazine recently named Houston America™s Newest Capital for Great Food. It is home to more than 8,000 restaurants and offers everything from BBQ to fine dining.

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Sports

Houston is home to the Astros, Rockets, Dynamos and Texans. The Killer “B’s” led the Houston Astros to victory as the 2005 National League Champions and the first World Series in Texas. The Rockets have added big names like Yao Ming, James Harden and Dwight Howard to its ranks. Houston Dynamo, Houston’s professional soccer team, won back to back MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007.

Houston offers three of the most state-of-the-art stadiums in the world”Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros; Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans and the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; and the Toyota Center arena, home to the Houston Rockets and Aeros. All stadiums are linked by METRORail. Houston’s newest professional team, the Houston Dynamo soccer team, is in the process of building a state of the art stadium east of downtown.

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Travel

Houston has three major airports, linking it to more than 175 destinations. George Bush Intercontinental Airport is home to United Airlines and has many international destinations. Hobby Airport, home of Southwest Airlines, is in the process of expanding in order to accommodate international flights.

Almost every major cruise line now departs from the Port of Houston or the Port of Galveston for luxurious Caribbean cruises.

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