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Houston has long been recognized among the most competitive U.S. cities for corporate relocation and expansion activity.


Business Climate

Houston has long been recognized among the most competitive U.S. cities for corporate relocation and expansion activity. Houston is the top-ranked metro for Economic Growth Potential in Business Facilities' 14th Annual Rankings Report, released in July 2018. In addition, Chief Executive Magazine (for the twelfth straight year) named Texas the “2017 Best State for Business.” In addition to its diverse industries and educated/skilled workforce, a key factor underscoring Houston’s business appeal is the fact that it is one of the least expensive major U.S. cities in which to conduct business. Significant benefits include the absence of state or city income taxes, no state property tax, as well as a moderate cost of living index.


As a major transportation hub with two major airports, a world-renowned port and superior rail and road infrastructure, Houston facilitates the interconnection of global business locations. Business alliances with major U.S. and international markets are further enhanced by the presence of 90 foreign consulate offices in Houston. As of 2018, Houston still ranks third in the U.S. – following New York and Los Angeles – in foreign consulate representation.

Houston’s ability to foster continued expansion in future-growth industries responsible for generating high quality, well-paid jobs across all business sectors has placed it in the top tier among U.S. cities. With its numerous business advantages, Houston is well positioned to successfully compete in today’s global marketplace.



 2019_Houston_EconomicOutlook_FrontPageThis Business Growth overview is part of the annual 2019 Houston Economic Outlook.

Sections covered in the full report include:

Population Growth | Employment Sector | Business Climate | Global Energy Capital | Petrochemical & Plastics Industry | Port Houston | NASA/Johnson Space Center | Mobility Infrastructure | Airport System | Texas Medical Center | Biosciences & Biotechnology 

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Lisa Bridges

Director of Market Research


Lisa joined Colliers in 2010 as Director of Market Research and has 37 years of commercial real estate experience. Lisa initiates proactive market research projects to further the business goals of the company. She writes and prepares 29 market reports annually, including quarterly reports on Houston's retail, office, industrial and healthcare properties.  Further, she prepares statistical ownership reports for various clients as well as an annual Houston Economic Overview. Lisa also creates PowerPoint market presentations, trade journal articles, and other marketing materials supporting the company's business endeavors. She works with senior management in planning the company's marketing strategy and public relations support for local and national conferences, luncheon meetings, recruitment programs, and special events.  Lisa works closely with the company's brokers to develop effective custom market research material specific to existing and potential clients.

Lisa serves on the Colliers Editorial Board, the Colliers U.S. Research Council, and is a recipient of the Colliers Researcher of the Year Award.

Lisa earned the Commercial Property Research Certification (CPRC) from Colliers University.  CPRC is the first and only accreditation for commercial real estate research professionals. It offers a professional development path to increase strategic and tactical expertise in marketing/research, knowledge of the industry and capabilities with commercial real estate tools.

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