Welcome! You are about to complete the on-line application for designation as a City or Local Business under the HIRE HOUSTON FIRST PROGRAM.
Mayor Annise Parker developed Hire Houston First (HHF) in an effort to promote economic opportunity for Houston businesses and to support local job creation. The City of Houston spends billions of dollars to maintain and improve the City's infrastructure, and provide services for the public. Hire Houston First grants the City the ability to give preference to local companies and local workers, as long as their pricing is competitive.
It is the policy of the City of Houston as defined in the Hire Houston First Ordinance Chapter 15, Article XI, to use the City's spending powers in a manner that promotes fiscal responsibility and maximizes the effectiveness of local tax dollars by ensuring City spending provides business opportunity to city and local businesses as a measure to support the local economy.
Firms applying for HHF designation must meet the following basic requirements. Businesses interested in participating in the Hire Houston First initiative must complete the Hire Houston First Application. Only businesses that meet the requirements, as defined below, will be eligible to participate in the Hire Houston First initiative.
There is no charge for processing this application. A completed HHF application is NOT evidence of designation under the Hire Houston First initiative. An applicant's eligibility must be confirmed in writing by the Office of Business Opportunity.
- To be designated as a "City Business" (CB) your Principal Place of Business must be within the Houston city limits,
- To be designated as a "Local Business" (LB) your Principal Place of Business must be in the 10 county Local Area (as defined below).
If you require technical assistance while completing the application, please use our online support form. If you have questions about the Hire Houston First program, please contact the
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After logging in to your account, click the Submit HHF Application link on the right side of the page or select View > My HHF Applications from the left menu.