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Research 360
Whether the aim is to learn more about a community, regional industry mix, develop project leads or strategic planning, the tools offered under Research 360 provide a comprehensive source for due diligence on companies, industries, demographics, individuals and economies.

Research Resources
Assessing the viability of a project requires a rigorous due diligence process. As a supplement to the complimentary research we offer our partners and to assist independent research efforts, we have compiled this collection of websites and applications covering the economy, labor and population data, industry information, company intelligence, news and mapping tools.

The Competitive Impact of Business Taxes on Economic Development in Texas
Taxes matter to businesses. The Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index ranks Texas among the best states in the nation for businesses, due to its competitive tax environment. This report discusses the Tax Foundation's study, highlights the state's tax system and underscores some of the tax advantages of doing business in Texas. It should be especially of interest to companies considering the state for relocation.

Economic Development & the Houston Profession
The practice of economic development is one of collaboration and leverage. CenterPoint Energy works closely with regional allies to pool resources to promote business growth and job creation throughout the region. In this presentation to the Houston Region Economic Development Alliance, John Cook discusses the scope and fruits of these combined efforts.

The Market for Prosperity - Understanding the Economic Development Process
In 2006, prominent Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman prepared this study of the economic development marketplace for the Texas Economic Development Council. In addition to a general overview of this highly competitive industry, the report identifies best practices and provides insight on forging a successful economic development program.

2013 Regional Project Report  
This annual report illustrates the efficacy of economic development programs within the region and CenterPoint Energy's impact on these efforts.