17 facts that make Houston the best city in America, traffic is not as bad as you think, our new economic normal, and more
Another week working through the backlog of smaller misc items...
- Absolutely LOVE this one: 17 Facts That Make Houston The Best City In America
- Some great graphs on the Houston economy and our "new normal". Hat tip to Jessie.
- Time cover story on The School That Will Get You a Job. This would be a great advocacy issue for the GHP: getting more of these career-oriented, 6-year P-Tech high schools in Houston (they’re being pioneered in Chicago and New York). One of the things they mention in the article is that the P-tech model works best with blue chip Fortune 500 corporate support - not as much financial, but in shaping the curriculum, providing student mentors, and offering jobs to graduates (IBM drives the ones in the article). With the #2 concentration of F500s in the country, it seems like it would be a really good fit for us...
- Speaking of the GHP, congrats to Patrick Jankowski over there for a very impressive job growth forecast last year. In December 0f 2012, he forecast that Houston would create 76,000 jobs in 2013. With the release of the benchmark revisions on Friday, we learned that Houston created 76,200 jobs. His forecast was off by only 200 jobs, essentially a rounding error in an economy with 2.8 million in nonfarm payroll employment. Not bad. Let me know Patrick if you decide to apply your forecasting skills to the stock market... ;-)
- Reason on why Texas Rocks Job Creation (Maybe That's Why Californians Are Moving There)
- Houston is only #20 in traffic congestion, much better than Austin at #4.
- Houston, approaching $490 billion in economic output, is comparable to Poland or Taiwan.
- Joel Kotkin on energy firms like Occidental leaving unfriendly California for Houston.
- Houston #1 ranked city for young entrepreneurs, ahead of Austin at #2.
- Houston #1 for job growth in 2013 out of the top 20 metros.
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