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Greater Houston Partnership State of Harris County
by Jim Guidry
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Greater Houston Partnership hosted a State of the County Address by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett on Monday.

Greater Houston Partnership Chair David McClanahan welcomed the approximately 1,000 attendees to the event. Listen (9:26)

“The Greater Houston Partnership is the leading business organization serving the Houston Region,” McClanahan said, reviewing the mission of the Partnership, stressing its relationship with Harris County.  “While the Partnership strives to be inclusive and work with all 10 counties in the area, we fully realize that Harris County is the anchor of this great region.”

Derrick Mitchell, chair of the Local Relations Committee, thanked the sponsors of the event and introduced elected officials. Listen (6:30)

Judge Emmett was introduced by University of Houston Chancellor and President Dr. Renu Khator. Listen (6:00)

“Ed Emmett is a very passionate and tenacious leader,” Dr. Khator said. “Once he sets his eyes on a goal, on a target, his gaze never changes, never alters until he gets it.”

Judge Emmett assured the business and community leaders that the state of Harris County is “remarkably strong,” but cautioned that the county’s future economic health could be threatened if elected officials fail to act with an eye toward the future. Listen (28:52)

“Harris County government is in solid condition because of wise decisions over a long period of time,” Emmett said.  “Government officials, business leaders and taxpayers have all understood the necessity of spending wisely to make a better Texas for future generations.”

Emmett noted that the commissioners court was scheduled to approve an annual budget of more than $1.5 billion at Tuesday’s regular meeting, but he stressed that “it is a lean budget with clear goals.”

The meeting was at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel.

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