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About Us

The history of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership dates back to 1976 when it was originally named the Clear Lake Area Economic Development Foundation (CLAEDF). The effective date of CLAEDF’s Articles of Incorporation was Dec. 16, 1976, designated as the organization’s official anniversary date. In 2003, CLAEDF rebranded itself under the name Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP).

BAHEP’s president and staff are responsible for the daily operations of the organization which is governed by a Board of Directors. Membership investment almost exclusively funds the organization’s mission. BAHEP's goal of attracting, retaining, and expanding industry within the region would not be possible without the financial support and valuable time given by its members. A number of member-driven committees engage in many of BAHEP’s initiatives. These committees are industry focused and address the needs of the aerospace, maritime, specialty chemical, healthcare, education, and small business sectors, among others.

Additionally, BAHEP and its partners work on behalf of local, regional, state and national issues which affect economic development and quality of life in Bay Area Houston. Such partnerships include NASA Johnson Space Center, the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP), Bay Area Houston Advanced Technology Consortium (BayTech), Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership (BayTran), and regional chambers of commerce.

BAHEP provides a broad range of services for its constituencies within the region. In providing these services, BAHEP adheres to its Strategic Plan which sets forth core values and provides strategic directions for the organization.

BAHEP has become a trusted leader in regional economic development. It is proactive, responding to opportunities and also creating new ones that address the economic development needs of today, tomorrow and of future generations.

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Member Cities and Organizations

Clear Lake Shores Houston Nassau Bay Webster
Dickinson Kemah Pasadena Galveston County
El Lago La Porte Seabrook Harris County
Friendswood League City Taylor Lake Village Port Houston
Houston Airport System Morgan's Point

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