Jeff Shellebarger 2017-01-24 03:52:42
Backing Team Houston JEFF SHELLEBARGER, PRESIDENT OF CHEVRON NORTH AMERICA EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION COMPANY, IS THE PARTNERSHIP’S NEW CHAIR. HE SHARES WITH OPPORTUNITY HOUSTON THE PARTNERSHIP’S VISION FOR 2017. Jeff Shellebarger is responsible for all of Chevron’s crude oil and natural gas exploration and production operations in the United States and Canada. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geology from the University of Georgia, he began his career with Chevron as an exploration geologist. He has held leadership and technical positions in the upstream business segment in Angola, Indonesia and various U.S. locations. He lives in Houston and is active in the community. He is a member of the American Petroleum Institute’s Upstream Committee, the Greater Houston Partnership’s Executive Committee and serves on the Board of the Greater Houston United Way and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Q. HOW CAN HOUSTON BEST TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MOMENTUM GENERATED BY SUPER BOWL LI TO BOLSTER ITS PLACE ON THE WORLD’S STAGE? A. Among Houston’s greatest success stories is the growth of its reputation as a world-renowned host city. Super Bowl LI is only the latest in a series of major national and international events—the Final Four college basketball championship, Houston Livestock and Rodeo, Houston Marathon, 2020 World Petroleum Congress—that have solidified the city’s image as a big-event destination. We now have a tremendous opportunity to leverage this global attention to build the city’s brand and show the world what Houston is all about. I’m convinced that our city’s attitude toward partnership is fueling its rapid growth and growing reputation. Over the past 36 years with Chevron, I’ve learned the value of community and partnership. City leaders and businesses in Houston recognize that we can never achieve our goals alone. I’ve seen what can happen when people come together to raise a city up, set clear goals and maximize civic potential. Houston excels at this approach Q. AS THE SUPER BOWL OFFERS THE WORLD A FRESH LOOK AT HOUSTON, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT THE BAYOU CITY? A. Having lived, worked and traveled around the globe, what sets Houston apart for me is our shared positive spirit and our ability to get things done. Ideas born in Houston, our biggest dreams, have, and will continue to, shape the world. Q. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES THE CITY HAS TO TACKLE TO STAY COMPETITIVE IN TODAY’S GLOBAL ECONOMY? A. It’s important that we don’t take Houston’s success for granted. The primary role of the Partnership is to facilitate continued economic development of Greater Houston by enticing businesses to set roots here and grow. To do so, we must invest more in early education, build more roads and public transport, maintain the existing infrastructure and embrace new technology. If we continue to work on all these areas, we will improve the recognition of the Greater Houston Area as a premier global business destination. Q. HOUSTON’S ECONOMY HAS WEATHERED THE RECENT OIL PRICE DOWNTURN WITH REMARKABLE APLOMB. WHAT FACTORS HAVE MADE THE CITY SO RESILIENT? A. The impact has been tempered by the fact that we have built economic diversity in Houston in recent decades. Our medical, manufacturing, petrochemical, construction, biotechnology, and commercial industries have helped offset the energy industry downturn. The city is well positioned to weather this type of storm now, thanks to a dynamic business environment. We have a diversified economic portfolio, a growing innovation economy, as well as a strong energy sector. Q. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES AS GHP CHAIRMAN FOR 2017? A. First, I will work to progress our long- term strategies for transportation, early education and Houston’s image. These are the key priorities for the Partnership and are the foundational elements required to continue the economic growth for Houston and the metro area . Then, the GHP will work to further two new key initiatives: Workforce development — Working with leaders in the business community, educational institutions, and social service organizations to expand the implementation of a comprehensive, industry-led approach to address a mounting need for skilled workers. Growing the contribution of the technology sector to Houston’s overall economic base — the GHP’s newly organized Innovation Roundtable will research what these types of employers want and need, and what it will take for them to call Houston home.
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