Lofty job goal for area drew doubts
When the Greater Houston Partnership announced in 2005 that it was launching an economic development campaign to create 600,000 jobs over the following decade, there was some smirking among local economic observers.
The goal, an average of 60,000 new jobs a year, was lofty. Between 1994 and 2004, the Houston had region generated, on average, just 41,800 jobs a year, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
It seemed a stretch to expect Houston would grow so rapidly, even if the partnership tried its best to draw companies in energy, aerospace, manufacturing, health care and biotechnology though the campaign it christened "Opportunity Houston." The group raised$32 million from area businesses to improve Houston's image, attract new companies and encourage existing employers to expand
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