The GHCA assembled a packet of supportive materials and talked with the appropriate state senators and state representatives, including key committee chairs.
The GHCA countered that other Texas ports and transportation options also would benefit from Houston's coffee exchange designation and exemption from the inventory tax.
Earlier this fall, the GHCA launched a campaign titled "Proposition 3: Stimulate Our Economy, Sweeten Our Lives." The purpose of the campaign was to educate the public about the advantages of the amendment.
As part of the second campaign, the GHCA and Captain Macnab talked to the chambers of commerce and newspaper editorial boards in the larger cities, known as the "Metro 8" in Texas.
The GHCA predicted that, if the amendment gets the public's approval, as many as five to 10 food-grade state-of-the-art warehouses that meet the NYBOT standards would be built in Harris County in the wake of certification, along with the equipment to rotate stored coffee and additional roasters and blenders, all of which translate into more jobs and an expanded property base.