Numerous publications and case studies inform our work within the economic development division. For instance, our ideas on how industry agglomeration affect our regional economy stems from Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter’s concept of clustering, now a federal data project. However, local policy studies completed by partners inform much of our work. One partner, the Houston Area Galveston Council's study completed a study entitled the Urban Houston Framework, a study that shaped the division's priorities significantly. Similarly, work within urban economics, sub regional plans, and policy from regional research entities all influence our philosophy towards development.
Here is a brief selection of a few studies that shaped our thoughts on Houston development: