Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Annise Parker's Hire Houston First Program Awards Over $1 Billion to Local Businesses




April 21, 2014 -- Mayor Annise Parker today presented a Hire Houston First progress report that shows more than $1 billion of city business has been awarded to designated Hire Houston First (HHF) firms and 20,000 jobs have been sustained since the program began in late 2011.


More than 1,100 companies have sought HHF designation and 424 of those companies have won city contracts. Approximately 50 HHF firms had never before done business with the city.


“When we first started this program we thought the designation would be necessary to give local firms a fair shot but we have found that Houston companies are competitive without using the advantage offered by HHF,” said Mayor Parker. “It is still important to get designated under Hire Houston First because we never know when the safety net will be needed to ensure our local companies retain a competitive edge.”


To qualify for designation, businesses must meet at least one of two requirements:


  • Be headquartered in the incorporated city limits or the ten local counties of Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, Austin and San Jacinto.
  • Have 20 percent or more of the entity’s workforce and a substantial part of its operations regularly based within the city limits or the ten counties.


HHF allows the award of contracts under $100,000 to a local firm if the local firm’s price is within five percent of the lowest bid from an out-of-town company.  For contracts exceeding $100,000, there can be no more than a three percent difference between the out-of-town low bid and the next highest offer from a local vendor.


To view the full report, visit