As the 4th largest city in the US, Houston continues to receive accolades for our business-friendliness as well as our robust workforce and the breadth of our industry. With one of the largest, strongest economies in the world, we continually lead Texas and the nation in job growth and performance. A new study by the Harvard Business Review showed that if Houston were an independent nation, the region would have the 26th largest economy in the world, behind Belgium and ahead of Norway! Houston is truly a leader in a wide range of industries, from oil & gas to medicine.
And of course, with an aerospace history as old as the industry itself, Houston has built a legacy of engineering excellence unmatched in America. In fact, Forbes recently published an article naming Houston as home to the largest engineering workforce in the nation, with 92,000 engineers and architects. This means aviation and aerospace employers in Houston can be confident that the critical skills and talents they need are readily available.
The Bayou City is also getting noticed for our culture and our quality of life. In just the past year, we’ve been named Best City for Foodies, Best City for Young Professionals -- Forbes even recently ranked Houston “America’s Coolest City!”
One of the largest drivers of Houston’s cultural and economic growth is the Houston Airport System (HAS). We proudly play a huge role in facilitating Houston’s successful business climate by contributing to a vast travel infrastructure with unmatched international reach. Last year our three airports collectively contributed more than $27.5 billion to the local economy and we were directly responsible for more than 230,000 jobs that generated $8.7 billion in employment earnings.
Our two major international airports, IAH and HOU, served more than 55 million passengers in 2015 and form one of North America’s largest public airport systems. We’re the international passenger and cargo gateway to the south central United States and a primary gateway to Latin America.
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