Our Vision

Center for Houston’s Future furthers the region as a top global community in which to work and live.



Center for Houston’s Future (CHF) works to address matters of highest importance to the long-term future of the greater Houston region, by engaging diverse leaders, providing impactful research, and defining actionable strategies. We bring business and community together to innovate for the future of the greater Houston region. CHF is an organization devoted exclusively to thinking and acting strategically for the long-term future of the Houston nine-county region.

Three program areas provide a framework for accomplishing its mission:

Strategic Planning

Business/Civic Leadership Development

Community Outreach

Theory of Change

We bring business, government, and community stakeholders together to engage in fact-based strategic planning and collaboration on issues of great importance to the Houston region.


The Center for Houston’s Future originated in 1992 as a 501(c)3 affiliate of the Greater Houston Partnership to develop quality research projects and educational programs that contribute to the understanding and improvement of the greater Houston region’s future. In 2000, following a series of participating workshops attended by a diverse group of 36 business/civic leaders, the Center developed a set of major missions, and became a nonprofit affiliate of the Partnership, with an independent board of directors.

By the close of 2018, CHF graduated 1,088 men and women from its Business/Civic Leadership Forums, well-diversified by race and industry, in keeping with its goal to “deepen the bench and widen the circle” of civic leadership in the region.