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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Houston Airport System / Ellington Airport
The Houston Airport System forms one of North America’s largest public airport systems and positions Houston as the international passenger and cargo gateway to the south central United States and a primary gateway to Latin America. Ellington Airport (EFD), as part of the Houston Airport System, serves as a base of operation for some of the top aerospace and aviation firms in the world. Ellington was established in 1917 as a military airfield and has evolved into a world-class aviation and aerospace facility on the Texas Gulf Coast, one of the fastest growing regions in the Americas.
In 1984, the City of Houston Department of Aviation purchased the nearly 67-year-old facility, and Ellington was opened to civil use, becoming a state-of-the-art general aviation airport. Today, the undeveloped land at Ellington is being transformed into a world-class commerce and aviation center. Ellington is situated in a strategic location for businesses amid a 2.2 million person workforce with close proximity to key business districts, the Houston Ship Channel, railroads and major roadways.