About the Economic Alliance

The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region is a non-profit organization created in 1985 whose mission is to grow and market a vibrant regional economy through economic development. Supported by public policy,  workforce development, and quality of life initiatives.

Membership of the organization consists of 18 member communities, Port  Houston, Harris County, and over 250 private industries with business in the vicinity of the 25-mile Houston Ship Channel.  The Houston Ship Channel is home to one of the world’s most influential energy corridors and trade ports in the world. Since 2008, the Economic Alliance has supported over 61 successful projects that have facilitated business activities creating over 4,400 new jobs and over $10.148 billion of capital investment in the region.

We are proud to count among our members the following Cities, Communities, Chambers of Commerce, and other government entities:

Harris County

Port Houston

City of Baytown

City of Deer Park

City of Galena Park

City of Houston

City of Jacinto City

City of La Porte

City of Morgan’s Point

City of Pasadena

City of Pearland

City of Seabrook

City of Shoreacres

City of South Houston

Community of Channelview

Community of East End

Community of North Shore

Community of Sheldon

Community of South Belt – Ellington

Baytown Chamber of Commerce

Deer Park Chamber of Commerce

Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce

Houston East End Chamber of Commerce

La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce

North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

Pearland Area Chamber of Commerce

South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce

South Houston Chamber of Commerce

Welcome From the President

As the economic development corporation for the Houston Ship Channel Region, we work diligently to represent the unique needs of the petrochemical, maritime and logistics industries that dominate our area.  This region is home to the world’s second largest petrochemical complex and is the largest U.S. exporting port.  It annually impacts over one million jobs and contributes $178.5 billion to the Texas economy. With more than $35 billion in planned chemical plant expansions in our area over the next five years, these are the “good old days.” Never before in our history have we seen the kind of capital investment and job creation we will experience over the next decade.  Through efforts in marketing, business development, expansion and retention support, public policy, and workforce development support, since 2011, the Economic Alliance has supported 23 project wins, creating over 3,600 jobs and contributing over $3.6 billion of capital investment in the Houston Ship Channel Region.

As the economic development corporation for the Houston Ship Channel region, our business is first and foremost to create and foster an environment where companies can thrive and create jobs.  A healthy and vibrant economy also raises the quality of life we all enjoy.  The strides we’ve made and the successes we have encountered can be directly attributed to the hard work of our wonderful staff and the incredible commitment and contributions from our Board and members.  In the end, this region’s ability to prosper is dependent upon a collective will to make it so.

Please utilize this website as your portal to economic development opportunities and solutions in the Houston Ship Channel Region.  Events, committee meetings, networking opportunities, public policy initiatives, member services, economic incentive information, and much, much more can be found here.

Thank you for visiting and we look forward to working with you.


Chad Burke, President & CEO


Chad Burke
Chad BurkePresident & CEO
As President and CEO of the Economic Alliance, Mr. Burke is responsible for oversight and direction of all operational and financial considerations of the organization; including leading and directing economic development activities, oversight of membership committees, business and membership development, non-member revenue generation, organizational strategic planning, Board of Directors development, facility management, and working with community partners to nurture relationships with member cities, Harris County, and Port Houston.

Regina Lindsey
Regina LindseyVice President of Economic Development
Regina Lindsey is the vice president of economic development for the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region. Prior to her time at the Economic Alliance, Lindsey served as executive director for the Silsbee Economic Development Corporation, with responsibility for developing relationships and marketing strategies to attract business to the area. In addition, she was Silsbee’s mayor from 2003 to 2005. Before her roles in Silsbee, she was the executive director of the Southeast Texas Arts Council in Beaumont, TX. Lindsey graduated summa cum laude from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.
Bridget Yeary
Bridget YearyFinancial & Administrative Manager
Bridget Yeary is the Financial and Administrative Manager for the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region. She has been with the Economic Alliance since its previous iteration as Southeast Economic Development (SEED). She has been with the company for 15 years and has seen it grow in members and staff. In 2004 Bridget worked closely with many of the founding members to rebrand the organization as the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region. In 2006 Bridget was part of the startup in the development of the San Jacinto Texas Historic District entity.

Marisela Ramirez
Marisela RamirezEvents and Membership Coordinator
Marisela is the Events and Membership Coordinator for the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region. Marisela is a former Board Member of the Deer Park Rotary Club, YMCA San Jacinto, and an active Ambassador of Deer Park Chamber of Commerce. Marisela volunteers with The Wheelhouse, Cenikor Foundation, and many other charitable work within the community.
Patti Bell
Patti BellWorkforce Development Manager, Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas
Patti is native to Louisiana and moved to Texas in 1978. She taught for 34 years in secondary education with 33 years at GCCISD and 1 year with HISD. Patti taught as an adjunct and dual credit instructor for 15+ years at Lee College. Patti received her BS in Technology from the University of Houston in 1982, later she received her MS in Occupational Technology in 1998. Patti will assume a Board position on the Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas Education Foundation, and also serves on the Advisory Committee at Lee College for Professional Office Technology, as well as the Marcelous-Williams Resouce Center. Patti has two children, and two beautiful grandchildren.
Caelan CheshireMarketing and Communications Coordinator