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May 2017

Houston First posts big jump in supplier diversity numbers
Diversity participation surpasses program goal with increase of 9 percent Houston, TX – May 25, 2017 – Houston First Corporation has experienced its biggest increase in supplier diversity numbers since the program began four years ago.  Participation by small, minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) for 2016 was measured ...

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HFC participates in Kinder Institute event
Houston Parks Board chair Tom Bacon addresses the audience. Houston First was part of the sponsorship group for the Kinder Institute Luncheon on May 1 at the Marriott Marquee hotel. Thomas G. Bacon, Lionstone Investments founding partner and chairman of the Houston Parks Board, was the event honoree. Rice University ...

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Houston First hears Mayor’s State of City address
UH alum Sylvester Turner backs the Coogs’ new football coach, Major Applewhite.Houston First played a sponsorship role in the GHP’s State of the City address by Mayor Sylvester Turner on May 4 at the Marriott Marquis. It was Mayor Turner's second address with the Greater Houston Partnership and ...

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Houston First applauds GHF scholarship winners
Houston First supported the Greater Houston Frontiers annual scholarship banquet on May 4 at the Hess Club.The Frontiers provide 27 local students with $26,500 in scholarship funding toward their upcoming college education.Houston First staffers Mary Ann Grant, Analisa Terrell and Roger Harris were among those on hand ...

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HFC supports Asian Heritage Month event
Houston First sponsored the Asian Chamber of Commerce’s “Celebrating Asian Heritage Month” luncheon on May 11 at the Hess Club.Audience members heard success stories from four professionals in the Asian community: Tetsuro Amano, general counsel of Japan, Neeta Sane, trustee of Houston Community College, Y. Ping Sun of Rice ...

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HFC venues site of Leadership Houston programming
A portion of the new Leadership Houston class in front of “Wings Over Water” at Avenida Houston.Houston First sponsored Leadership Houston, Class XXXV, in a series of events at Jones Hall, Wortham Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 5.  Leadership Houston aims to enlighten, empower ...

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Houston First has a ball at Alley gala
Alley managing director Dean Gladden and wife Jane and event chairs Florence and Tom Langford.Houston First went back in time to help sponsor the 1970s-themed Alley Theatre Ball on May 6 at Silver Street Studious.Music for the throwback soiree was, appropriately, provided by the legendary Motown group The ...

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Houston First supports Hispanic chamber
HFC's Wanda Adams shares a light moment with Mayor Sylvester Turner. Houston First Corporation was a contributor sponsor for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 40th anniversary luncheon and business expo on April 26 at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel. Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston City Council Members and Harris County Judge ...

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Travel and tourism – we’ve come a long way, baby
By Sylvester TurnerAs summer draws near it brings to mind the time when travel was almost exclusively a summertime activity. Those of us of a certain age know this.In Houston, the landscape has changed. Travel and tourism is all grown up. Attracting visitors to our city is a fulltime ...

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Houston First, Nissan partner on new charging station
A new charging station for electric cars is now available in Houston First Corporation's parking complex in the Theater District as the result of a partnership with Nissan Motor Company. Nissan has provided -- at no cost to Houston First or its contract parking customers -- a zero-emission DC fast charger ...

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National Travel & Tourism Week "Houston Faces of Travel"
National Travel & Tourism Week "Houston Faces of Travel"
Houston First Spotlight: True Vines, Inc.
Persons walking through Houston First buildings may notice the beautiful plants that adorn the hallways and offices.  If they do, they are taking note of the work of True Vines, Inc. True Vines, headquartered in Missouri City, Texas, and owned by Deborah Watts, has been providing plant maintenance services ...

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Houston First active in local ALF program
Houston First Corporation sponsored the American Leadership Forum's Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award dinner on April 26 at the Houstonian. Mayor Sylvester Turner was among the speakers for the local Gulf Coast chapter event.  Among the honorees were Ann and Kenny Friedman, flanked in the photo above by Houston ...

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First Thursdays 5/4 - Short Films!
Join us Thursday May 4th on the back patio of Brasil Cafe, rain or shine, for an evening of short films! Screening previous 48 Hour Film Project filmsThe 48 Hour Film Project HoustonJune 9 - 11, 2017Register A Team/Join A Team:http://48hourfilm.com/houston/WHAT: 'First Thursdays' Short Film ...

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HFC, Visit Houston discuss business at Asian Chamber event
Houston First Corporation was a presenting sponsor at the Asian Chamber of Commerce luncheon on April 13 at the Hess Club. Peter McStravick, the corporation’s chief development officer, Roger Harris, HFC’s development specialist manager, and Jorge Franz, senior vice president of tourism, discussed Houston First and Visit Houston’s combined impact ...

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Houston First sponsors HAA gala featuring Broadway star
Houston First Corporation was a sponsor for Houston Arts Alliance’s glamorous gala evening, featuring six-time Tony Award-winning performer Audra McDonald, on April 6 at the Hotel Za Za. HAA chair Philamena Baird, event co-chairs Regina Garcia and George Lancaster and honorary chairs Phoebe and Bobby Tudor were among those on ...

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HFC collaborates with MyUH, MyHouston
Houston First Corporation partnered with the University of Houston for an award from the Association of College Unions International. The university received the Collaborative Program of the Year Campus Award for the MyUH, MyHouston event held in 2016.  The award is given to programs that exemplify the positive outcomes ...

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HFC backs books in Beyond the Page luncheon
Houston First Corporation helped underwrite Houston Pubic Library Foundation’s Beyond the Page benefit luncheon on April 12 at the new Marriott Marquis dowtown. The event keynote speaker was New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Skloot, whose book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” has sold more than 2.5 million ...

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HFC helps underwrite Young Audiences gala
Houston First Corporation was one of the contributing sponsors for the Young Audience of Houston gala held at the Junior League of Houston on April 5. Richard A. Carranza, superintendent of Houston Independent School District, and Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, were the evening’s ...

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HFC plays sponsorship role for Gov. Abbott’s State of State
Houston First was one of the sponsors for the Greater Houston Partnership’s 2017 State of the State event April 18 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Gov. Greg Abbott addressed a sold-out audience at the downtown hotel. The governor noted that in 2016 Houston experienced unprecedented growth, gaining more than 125,000 ...

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Houston First’s Sunset Coffee Building wins Landmark
Houston First was one of the sponsors for the Houston Business Journal 2017 Landmark Awards on April 20 at the Omni Hotel. The annual competition recognizes Houston’s top development and real estate projects. HFC’s Sunset Coffee Building took home first place in the historical renovation category while the George R ...

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