About the Economic Alliance
The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region is a non-profit organization created in 1985 whose mission is to grow and market a vibrant regional economy through economic development, public policy, workforce development, and quality of life initiatives.
Membership of the organization consists of 18 member communities, the Port of Houston Authority, Harris County, and over 230 private industries with business in the vicinity of the 25-mile Houston Ship Channel. The Houston Ship Channel is home to one of the world’s most influential energy corridors and trade ports in the world. Since 2008, the Economic Alliance has supported over 40 successful projects that have facilitated business activities creating over 4,400 new jobs and over $5.5 billion of capital investment in the region.
We are proud to count among our members the following Cities, Communities, Chambers of Commerce, and other government entities:
Port of Houston Authority
City of Baytown
City of Deer Park
City of Galena Park
City of Houston
City of Jacinto City
City of La Porte
City of Morgan’s Point
City of Pasadena
City of Pearland
City of Seabrook
City of Shoreacres
City of South Houston
Community of Channelview
Community of East End
Community of North Shore
Community of Sheldon
Community of South Belt – Ellington
Baytown Chamber of Commerce
Deer Park Chamber of Commerce
Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce
Houston East End Chamber of Commerce
La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce
North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce
South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce
South Houston Chamber of Commerce
Welcome From the President
As the economic development corporation for the Houston Ship Channel Region, we work diligently to represent the unique needs of the petrochemical, maritime and logistics industries that dominate our area. This region is home to the world’s second largest petrochemical complex and is the largest U.S. exporting port. It annually impacts over one million jobs and contributes $178.5 billion to the Texas economy. With more than $35 billion in planned chemical plant expansions in our area over the next five years, these are the “good old days.” Never before in our history have we seen the kind of capital investment and job creation we will experience over the next decade. Through efforts in marketing, business development, expansion and retention support, public policy, and workforce development support, since 2011, the Economic Alliance has supported 23 project wins, creating over 3,600 jobs and contributing over $3.6 billion of capital investment in the Houston Ship Channel Region.
As the economic development corporation for the Houston Ship Channel region, our business is first and foremost to create and foster an environment where companies can thrive and create jobs. A healthy and vibrant economy also raises the quality of life we all enjoy. The strides we’ve made and the successes we have encountered can be directly attributed to the hard work of our wonderful staff and the incredible commitment and contributions from our Board and members. In the end, this region’s ability to prosper is dependent upon a collective will to make it so.
Please utilize this website as your portal to economic development opportunities and solutions in the Houston Ship Channel Region. Events, committee meetings, networking opportunities, public policy initiatives, member services, economic incentive information, and much, much more can be found here.
Thank you for visiting and we look forward to working with you.
Chad Burke, President & CEO
He is an Expert in the Site Selection process, including regional representation, need identification, proposal preparation, client presentations and site tour logistics. He is also a Founding Board Member and current Secretary of the Greater Houston Manufacturing Association. Chad received his Bachelor degree in Environmental Design from the School of Architecture & Planning at State University of New York at Buffalo.