About Our Great Region 2040

Our Region is the 13 counties and 134 cities and towns within the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) area. More than 6 million of us call our region home. By 2040, we will add another 3.7 million residents to this total, along with 2 million more jobs.

Our Great Region 2040 is a plan to be one of the greatest places to live, work, and succeed by 2040. It is the result of the efforts of hundreds of organizations and thousands of people from across our area. The benefits of the plan include:

  • Regional coordination
  • Learning from others
  • Telling our story
  • Increase public awareness and participation
  • Advancing financial sustainability and fiscal efficiency
Our Region is My Region Because...

Our Great Region 2040 Goals

Our Great Region 2040 is based on 15 goals organized around the framework of "People, Places, and Prosperity." The public helped shape these goals through an extensive public engagement process.

Our Region, A Great Region

Our Region is made up of a variety of communities, including coastal, rural, suburban, and urban areas. Participants from all of these areas helped ensure the strategies and recommendations in Our Great Region 2040 can be tailored to meet the unique needs of each area.


  • Residents have access to education and training opportunities to allow them to realize their full potential.
  • Residents live in safe, healthy communities with transportation options, including walking, biking, transit and driving.
  • Our Region enjoys clean and plentiful water, air, soil and food resources to sustain healthy future generations.
  • Residents are physically and mentally healthy and are able to lead healthy lifestyles.
  • Our Region provides choices for individuals and for local communities to fulfill their needs.
  • Our Region coordinates infrastructure, housing, and transportation investments, creating areas of opportunity and enhancing existing neighborhoods.
  • Our Region values and preserves its unique ecosystems, working landscapes, parks, and open spaces, and the ecological benefits they provide.
  • Communities have a range of quality housing choices that meet the diverse needs and preferences of all residents.
  • Our Region efficiently uses, reuses, and conserves its natural resources by managing waste.
  • Communities are strengthened by strong social ties, local gathering places, and residents who participate in social, civic, service, and faith organizations.
  • Our Region has a diverse economy and skilled workforce that support businesses, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  • Resident have access to job opportunities that support a good quality of life and financial stability.
  • Transportation infrastructure promotes effective goods movement and is well-connected to other global destinations.
  • Our Region embraces its rich multicultural, historical, and natural assets to ensure our communities retain their unique character.
  • Our Region is resilient and adaptive to economic downturns and environmental or natural disasters.


Our Great Region 2040
Houston-Galveston Area Council

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