We’re Moving

  On July 1st, the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce is moving it’s office to City Place, formerly known as Springwoods Village.  We are very excited for this opportunity to be locating to one of the most progressive master planned commercial developments in the Houston area.  City Place is located at the intersections of I-45, TX Highway 99, and the northern terminus of the Hardy Toll Road.  It is home to the corporate headquarters of ExxonMobil, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, ABS Shipping, Southwestern Energy and more.  Locating the Chamber among these successful companies is a symbolic match, and to be able to represent northwest Harris County from such a stellar location bodes well for the entire community. This will be a

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A Golden Legacy

  In 1974, J. Kent Adams, along with a group of civic and business leaders, formed the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce to market business opportunities in the area and serve as a collective voice to advocate for infrastructure and quality of life improvements for the community.  This year the Chamber celebrates 50 years of service to the community, and we are still true to that original mission today. Absent any centralized government, the Chamber has served as a clearinghouse for the community, addressing and/or organizing many of the initiatives to improve the community in which we live and work.  In fact, the Chamber is still working diligently on the formation of a management district for the Cypress Creek Parkway

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Economic Uncertainty

  There are a number of indicators which suggest the United States will be, or already has, entered into a recession. The most glaring indicator has been two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, compounded by rising interest rates, prolonged inflation, and of course the supply chain problems we are all sick of hearing about. Don’t just take it from me, I am an armchair economist. These explanations require far more research and understanding.  For instance, just because the U.S. may be heading into a recession does not necessarily mean the same is true for Houston.  Historically, the Houston economy tends not to run with the crowd.  But is that still the case today?  I don’t know.  Therefore, anything I

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The Cost of Doing Business

  The Cost of Doing Business   The side effects of this great global disruption continue to interfere with our ability to manage our businesses in a more predictable and sustainable manner.  Because of supply chains, large government aid, the Ukraine war, etc., inflation has plunked itself in the front of the line.  Cost increases are coming at us from every direction.  Now, the pundits are sending up flares warning of a looming recession.  If such is to be the case, then remind yourself, just like with hurricanes, we have been through this before.  With a little planning and mindfulness, we will navigate our way through it when the waves start getting choppy. As the restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations,

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How Do You Define Success?

How Do You Define Success? In a recent meeting with a property owner to discuss the merits of the Cypress Creek Management District, a question was posed to me that triggered a state of panic and temporary paralysis.  It was a great question, and seemingly so basic, but one that was difficult to get my head around due to the myriad of ways it could be answered. Cursing myself, I thought it should have been obvious for me to have already contemplated this question beforehand. The property owner asked, “How will the management district define success?” I admitted that I would have to get back to her on that one.  Of course, I have visions of short-term and long-term positive

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Decision Fatigue

Decision Fatigue Virtual vs. In-Person Once upon a time, I held public office, and if you strip away all the other nonsense that comes with that position, being an elected official really only means you are a glorified decision maker.  I did my utmost to make the most sound, informed decisions possible, and I felt like I did okay with it, or at least I do not carry any regrets.  Yet, during my time in office I have never felt as much consternation as I have been experiencing this past year.  A recent visitor to the Chamber office told me I was suffering from “Decision Fatigue.”  I like that term. One would be in a fog if not to notice

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Coming to you Live from Anywhere

  It is official, the 2021 Economic Outlook Forum on April 8 is going virtual. That’s right folks, another day at the office where slippers and sweatpants are the standard business attire, or COVID Casual as I like to refer it. Originally, scheduled to be held at the CityPlace Marriott in Springwoods Village, the Economic Outlook Forum begs to be an in-person event.  However, with the ongoing spread of That-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named and the new, more contagious strains taking hold on U.S. soil, the decision was made to move forward with the event yet, err on the side of caution by going virtual. The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has procured the services of a virtual software platform created for the specific

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The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Welcomes HPE HQ to Northwest Houston!

    December 4, 2020 Houston, TX: On Tuesday, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced the relocation of its global headquarters to Northwest Harris County from San Jose, CA. The campus, which will be located in Springwoods Village, will officially open for business at the start of 2022. Bringing the global headquarters of a Fortune 500 company to our area brings the possibility of hundreds of new jobs to our region. These jobs will be an addition to the approximately 2,600 employees HPE already has in our region. HPE described Houston as “an attractive market to recruit and retain future diverse talent” in their fourth quarter earnings release. “We are excited that Hewlett Packard Enterprise has chosen to call Texas home,

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Eyes Front, Feet Forward

The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce has moved to a new office, albeit only two blocks down the road from our previous location, maintaining a presence on Cypress Creek Parkway. Like so many other businesses affected by the pandemic, we recognized more was not necessarily better and downsizing our office was prudent and practical. We were also motivated by a desire to reduce our overhead as the pandemic has impacted the Chamber’s revenue.  Rest assured, by doing this and other key decisions, the Chamber has positioned itself to weather the downturn.  Yet, through the course of pulling up roots, another sense of purpose emerged aside from this just being purely a business decision.  What comes with moving into a smaller

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2020 – The Year of the Dumpster Fire

A colleague recently asked me what I hoped to accomplish professionally through the COVID Pandemic. After a brief panic, followed by a little pondering, I provided him with my answer. An answer which was genuine, but not particularly profound. In fact, it was downright cliché. I pretty much knew my answer was on the lame side of the lame-o-meter as soon as it left my mouth. I had felt compelled to say something, and “I dunno,” did not seem like an option. Yet, the question lingered. Was it gnawing at me because I wanted perhaps to redeem myself with a better response, or that I felt like an idiot for not having considered that question beforehand? I mean come on,

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