Progress takes vision. We need leaders who think big and innovate to move our city forward. In a city of over 640 square miles that consistently ranks as one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, Houston needs a sustainable growth strategy.
Good policy starts with good government. The core function of local government is to serve the interests of all citizens living within its boundaries. Conversely, when government disproportionately focuses on certain "special interests" and not the whole, it fails to carry out its mission. In its training, education, and actions, the HTXelerator promotes good government and develops leaders to implement policies that benefit the entire community, not the few.
Every successful organization starts with its people. City policymakers should be no exception. The HTXelerator is an innovative and unique program that recruits, and trains community leaders interested in advocating for future-focused city policy, serving on a city board or commission or, in some instances, running for city council.
Consistent and predictable population growth in Houston is not arguable. It’s a fact. Developing policy to more efficiently house people and enable them to travel in and out of the city using various modes of transportation is the only responsible approach to growth. It’s time to approach growth and how to plan for it from a data-driven standpoint.
The Smart Cities movement aims to create cities that embrace sustainable economic development and high quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas, including economy, mobility, environment, people, living, and government. When there is a commitment and focus on all these areas working together, cities thrive, and their citizens enjoy better quality of life.