Seven Harris County residents serve as Port Commissioners of the Port of Houston Authority, setting policy and guiding the Port Authority’s executive staff to ensure that the Port of Houston continues to lead as a powerful economic engine for the region and Texas. Port Commissioners volunteer their services and are unpaid, and may serve a maximum of 12 years, or six two-year terms.
The Port of Houston has grown into one of the world’s busiest ports through the cultivation of clients and tenants from throughout the world. Developing new lines of business and customers requires the service and attention to detail that the Port Authority’s staff excels in.
The Port of Houston is an economic engine that produces jobs and economic prosperity for the local and state economy. Throughout its history, whenever the port has grown, Houston has grown. Someone once wisely pointed out that Houston is “the town that built the port that built the city.
The Port of Houston is vital to the local, state and national economy. Maintaining and improving the public facilities ensures the continued economic impact of the port. Keeping the port secure so that business can flow freely is also an essential responsibility.
The Port Authority plans to undertake significant infrastructure improvements in the next few years to ensure that the Port of Houston can accommodate the advent of larger vessels and increased cargo resulting from the pending Panama Canal expansion in 2016, as well as the expected future demographic growth in the region.