Humble, TX— Jenna Armstrong, president and CEO of Partnership Lake Houston and Mark Mitchell, president of Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership announced the merger of their organizations on October 29. The newly announced “Partnership Lake Houston” will continue chamber and economic development work as one consolidated organization. See the announcement video here.
“Commerce is our focus, and as such, providing services to our business and building a strong local economy will remain at the forefront of work,” said Armstrong. “Aligning the strategic resources of our organizations will better position efforts to promote local businesses, enhance economic and community development, and serve as a catalyst for improving the overall quality of life in the Lake Houston area.”
The Partnership Lake Houston has been a regional business champion and advocate for the Lake Houston area since 1923. In this time, the Chamber has been the recipient of numerous local, state, and international awards, including twice being named a top-three chamber of commerce in North America (2015, 2018) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The Chamber serves local businesses by providing business development strategies, advocating for business-friendly policy and legislation, business connection events, and leadership programs, all designed to help the Lake Houston area flourish.
In 2012, the Chamber Board of Directors launched the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership as a separate entity within the chamber umbrella dedicated solely to growing and attracting jobs and capital investment and tax base in the area. The initial years of Economic Development Partnership were dedicated to educating our community on the importance of economic development and increasing awareness of the Lake Houston area among local, national and international site selectors. A strong emphasis was also placed on business retention and expansion efforts.
As the partnership flourished, the EDP’s focus grew to encompass capital investment, job creation and retention, public and private infrastructure projects, and securing various economic development incentives for new and existing businesses. These efforts helped retain and create a significant amount of quality jobs for the area with millions of dollars of new investment in our region.
”Our organizations have been able to work in lock-step for over three years now and have effectively leveraged our existing resources that have led to new opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t have existed working independently,” Mitchell said.
Although the Chamber and Economic Development Partnership have always worked closely together, they were strategically positioned as separate entities. Since the EDP’s inception, the organizations have shared offices and staff.
According to Armstrong, the original premise of the Chamber and the LHEDP will remain the same, but by streamlining the organization and integrating processes, Partnership Lake Houston will be more efficient and provide increased value to our investors in the business community.
“When we talk to businesses about the work of our organizations, the message of two separate entities can be confusing at times,” Armstrong said. “Relaunching as one organization helps us tell the story of our work more efficiently and better positions us to expand services and programming to our businesses.”
Partnership Lake Houston will be led by Jenna Armstrong, who remains chief executive officer, and Mark Mitchell, chief economic development officer.
For questions contact Partnership Lake Houston at 281-446-2128 or visit LakeHouston.org.