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Unformatted text preview: , CITY OF HOUSTON am White Office of the Mayor Mayor International Affairs & Development Mayor's Office. City of Houston PO, Box 1562 Houston. Texas 77251-1562 832.393.0851 (office) 632.393.0859 (fax) December l9, wwhoustonlxgov Dr. Moises Naim Editor-imChief Foreign Policy (FP) 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC. 20036 Dear Dr. Naim, The Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council of Houston (MIADC) is an organization consisting of leaders from the Houston international community. We are dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and continued growth of Houston’s standing as a renowned international city. The mission of the MIADC is to establish objectives that embrace matters of international affairs, economic and community development, and to assist in the creation of strategies and implementation of projects which will enhance Houston’s presence on the global stage. Members of MIADC have reviewed “The 2008 Global Cities Index” published by Foreign Policy in November 2008, and were surprised that Houston was not included among the sixty global cities listed in the publication. The MIADC respectfully disagrees with your exclusion of Houston, and strongly believes that Houston qualifies as a “Global City”. Please allow us to explain to you some of the reasons behind our Viewpoint. Houston excels in every dimension used by Foreign Policy to determine which metro areas qualified as a “Global City”. Houston is internationally—known for its overall business activity and participation (Dimension One). In particular, Houston is considered a global leader in the energy and transportation sectors, as Well as in medical, nanotechnology, information technology, and aerospace. With over 3600 energy-related establishments, Houston is recognized as the energy capital of the United States. Among other notable statistics, not so long ago the Port of Houston was ranked number one in the United States for foreign tonnage, and was ranked number fourteen internationally for Page 2 total tonnage handled. In 2008, Houston was ranked number three in the United States for the number of Fortune 500 headquarters, and was listed by the US. Bureau of Labor Statistics as the city with the fastest job growth in the same year. Houston is also home to at least 733 foreign—owned firms, and over 3000 international companies. The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical district in the world, and is world-renowned for its educational, research, and treatment endeavors. Over a five~year period, the Texas Medical Center has received more than $3.5 billion in research grants, and currently employs over 65,000 health care workers. Houston is home to NASA, has multiple nationally~known centers for the study of nanotechnology, and possesses the sixth busiest airport in the world. The IT development sector alone contributes $4.2 billion in annual revenues. Several years ago it was estimated that if the Houston metropolitan area were a country, it would rank as the twenty-first largest economy in the world. Houston is not only a major source of economic power, but is also well—known as a multi-cultural, multi-national, and well—educated metropolis (Dimensions Two and Four). Over 5.6 million residents call the Houston metropolitan area home, with 9.2% possessing a graduate or professional degree, and 18.6% possessing a bachelor’s degree. Four major universities and two private international institutes call Houston home. The 2000 Census revealed that 26% of Houstonians are foreign-born and no ethnic group qualifies as a majority. Houston possesses numerous cultural venues including over two- hundred institutions devoted to the arts, sciences, and history, and the third largest international film festival in the United States. Houston also benefits from its year-round resident professional companies in all of the major performing arts: symphony, opera, theatre, and ballet. In the United States, Houston ranks second only to New York City in terms of number of theatre seats, with 12,948 seats for live performances and 1,480 seats for film. The city has numerous professional athletic teams, including baseball, football, ice hockey, basketball, and soccer, and has hosted several major athletic championship series in the last few years. In terms of “information exchange” (Dimension Three), Houston also comes out on top. In 2008, Houston ranked number six in the world for 3G mobile broadband and Wi-Fi hotspot data usage. The Houston Chronicle in 2008 had the ninth-largest circulation in the United States. Houston hosts twenty—five news bureaus, including CNN, the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, and Reuters, as well as seventeen television stations and sixty—eight radio stations. Houston is also “politically engaged" (Dimension Five). Sixteen cities claim sister—status with Houston, and eighty-nine nations possess consular offices in the city. Only New York City and Los Angeles rank higher than Houston in sheer size of their consular corps. Eighteen foreign trade and commerce offices are located in the city, as Page 3 are thirty-one active foreign chambers of commerce and trade associations. As a leading center for aerospace and biomedical technology and research, nanotechnology, and as a global—leader in all aspects of energy, including alternative energy, Houston clearly influences national and international policy and political dialogue in a number of key areas. In 2008 Houston has been recognized again and again for its achievements, attaining several top-ten rankings (please see the attached list of awards). Houston could be aptly described, in the words of your article, as an “Open City” (a large city with open markets, free press, loads of cultural opportunities, and easy access to information and technology), a “Lifestyle Center” (a laid-back city with a high quality of life), or a “Regional Gateway” (an efficient economic powerhouse with easy access to the natural resources of its region). For a city that is ranked number one in Kiplinger '5 Personal Finance “Best Cities of 2008” and as the “Best U.S. City to Earn a Living” by Forbescom, we surely hope that you will consider including Houston in the 2009 List of the Global Cities. Respectfully Yours, was Dr. Steve AmseChair Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council of Houston—Africa I. v? : — .;- - / . r-s, , . r/{J I /.-'€ rt.-t-—'rt--'n--‘ 5; Mr. Marco Bracamontes—Chair Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council of Houston—The Americas Ms. Linda Toyota—Chair Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council of Houston—Asia/Australia I" i ,4' . :I '1’ J ' I. I. I 1/. - u' m «If 51:1..f eff-W \ .1" Ms. Charlene Ripley—Chair Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council of Houston—Canada Page 4 Mr. Andrew A. Pidgirsky—Chair Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council of Houston‘Europe Mr. FD. Baysal—~C hair Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council of Houston—The Middle East/ North Africa Mr.“ agat Kamd-gar%Chair Mayor’s International Affairs and Development Council of Houston—South Asia Page 5 Houston #1 Best City to Live, Work, and Play Kiplinger’s Personal Finance w July 2008 Best U.S. City to Earn a Living F orbescom — August 18, 2008 Best City for Your Job BusinessWeek — June 12, 2008 Best City to Buy a Home Forbescom v- July 14, 2008 Best City for Recent College Grads Forbescom L June 26, 2008 Fastest Job Growth (06/07 to 06/08) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Lowest Cost of Living Among Major Metro Areas ACCRA Cost of Living Index 7 Second Quarter 2008 Top U.S. Manufacturing Cities Manufacturers’ News Inc. (as reported in the Houston Business Journal) — May 30, 2007 Most Accessible City for the Disabled The National Organization on Disability - February 14, 2008 Top Local Government Green Power Purchaser Environmental Protection Agency 7 July 2008 America’s Best Hospitals - Cancer, MD. Anderson Cancer Center U.S News & World Report — July 2008 Highest Population Growth in the Nation U.S. Census Bureau (as reported in the Houston Business Journal) — July 10, 2008 Houston #2 Nation's Top Export Markets U.S. Department of Commerce — July 14, 2008 Nominal Job Growth (06/07 to 06/08) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Houston #3 Best Cities for Young Professionals Forbescom * July 09, 2008 Number of Fortune 500 Headquarters Fortune — April 21, 2008 Nation's Most Charitable Cities Charity Navigator’s 2008 Metro Market Charitable Analysis Study Houston #4 Best Big City for Business Page 6 Inc.c0m h July 2008 Top Ten Up-and-Coming Tech Cities Forbescom — March 10, 2008 Top Cities for African Americans BlackEnterprise.com A September 17, 2007 Houston #7 Best Cities for Jobs in 2008 Forbescom — January 10, 2008 Houston #10 Top Ten Cities for Green Technology Innovation SustainLane — March 2007 Top Ten Cities for Hispanics Hispanic Magazine- August 2008 Houston #12 Top Trading Cities Trader Monthly — June/July 2008 ...
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