Community Impact

HFC contributes to success of ReelAbilities

Houston First Corporation was one of the contributing sponsors for the ReelAbilities Film Festival held at venues throughout Houston from February 19-23.

ReelAbilities is a free film and arts festival dedicated to presenting films, art exhibitions, performances and speakers that celebrate the lives, stories, and talents of people with disabilities ...

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HFC supports Black History Month

In a salute to Black History Month, Houston First Corporation was a proud sponsor of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre performance of “Relentless Excellence” on February 13 at Hobby Center.

Performed on Hobby's Zilkha Hall stage, Relentless Excellence showcased a multi-ethnic dance troupe that  dazzled the audience with a ...

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HFC's Visit Houston brand sponsors Lunar New Year

Visit Houston, a brand of Houston First Corporation, was the title sponsor of the 2017 Lunar New Year Houston celebration.

Revelers participated in Year of the Fire Rooster festivities on February 4-5, also known as Super Bowl weekend, in southwest Houston at Viet Hoa Center.

Houston First’s Jorge Franz, shown ...

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Super Bowl LI event leaves lasting legacy

By David Mincberg

So, what’s next?

That’s the question this morning as Houstonians wake up after Super Bowl LI.

The teams are leaving today, as are their fans. The NFL brass and its corporate partners will be returning to their home bases. Soon to be gone are the temporary stages ...

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HFC lends support to Partnership's annual meeting

HFC’s Wanda Adams and Roger Harris flank Houston Council Member Brenda Stardig at the event. (Photo by Richard Carson)

Houston First Corporation supported its neighbors in Partnership Tower by attending the Greater Houston Partnership’s 2017 annual meeting. The big event took place across the street from Partnership Tower at the ...

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Houston First backs Scholarship Soiree

Houston First Corporation made a financial investment in the city’s future leadership as a sponsor of the fourth annual Scholarship Soiree January 21 at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel.

Entitled Ninety Shades of Maroon & Grey, the event is presented by the Jesse H. Jones School of Business Alumni Chapter of ...

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HFC among honorees at Business Procurement Forum

Houston First was recognized for its yearlong support of the Greater Houston Business Procurement Forum at the organization's annual awards ceremony on December 13 at Houston Community College Southwest. 

GHBPF was established in 1991 and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Tuesday's event was designed to recognize and ...

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Houston First rules in HLAGH's 2016 charity bike build

Houston First Corporation was once again the champion in the Hotel Lodging Association of Greater Houston's 17th Annual Bike Building event on December 14.

More than 60 children chosen by Child Advocates received bikes at the event. Twenty-five eight-person teams each built two BMX bikes.

Event sponsors were Houston ...

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Houston First focusing on enhancing freeway scenery

HFC joins Scenic Houston, others to eliminate 'patchwork pattern' to maintenance, beautification

Houston First and Scenic Houston have organized a working group of representatives from local management districts, civic organizations, elected leaders and other entities to focus on ways to improve the scenic makeup along Houston’s freeway corridors.

A group ...

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Avenida Houston improvements earn Innovation Award

Houston First Corporation was the recipient of the Innovation Award at the Mayor’s Outstanding Proud Partners Awards. The 32nd annual luncheon was presented by the Keep Houston Beautiful organization on November 7 at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel.

Houston First was recognized for its ongoing improvements to the Avenida Houston convention ...

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HFC board member Katy Caldwell honored

Houston First board member Katy Caldwell was one of 10 women in Houston named to the Class of 2016 for the Texas Executive Women (TEW)/Women on the Move award.  Caldwell and the others were recognized November 15 at the Bayou Center Event Center.

Caldwell is the executive director ...

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HFC's Mincberg co-chairs museum awards luncheon

Houston First board chairman David Mincberg was an event co-chairman for the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Excellence in Science and Math Luncheon on November 9 at The Briar Club.

The big awards presented were the Wilhelmina C. Robertson Teaching Excellence Awards in Science and Math and the Evelyn S ...

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Houston First backs Children's Charity event

Houston First lent its support to the Houston Children’s Charity’s 20th annual gala November 5 at the Hyatt Regency.

Houston Astros star Carlos Correa was the honorary chairman of the event and local news anchor Dave Ward was the master of ceremonies.

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Mayor, Dave Ward feted at HFC-sponsored gala

Mayor Sylvester Turner and record-setting news anchorman Dave Ward were the men of the hour when Houston First sponsored for the annual Crime Stoppers of  Houston Annual Gala October 27 at the downtown Hyatt Regency.

The mayor was saluted for his long track record of promoting public safety.  Ward ...

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HFC supports NAACP Freedom Fund gala

Houston First turned out in numbers to support the NAACP Houston Branch Freedom Fund Advocacy & Awards Gala  on October 28 at the Hilton Americas-Houston.

The coveted Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award was presented to three individuals who have served individually and collectively as beacons of civil and social justice: Archbishop ...

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Houston First, GRB host 2016 Consular Ball

Houston First Corporation was a major underwriter for the 2016 Consular Ball “Houston: Champions in the Global Arena.” The city’s consular corps and many city dignitaries and stakeholders turned out in force for the annual gala October 15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Mayor Sylvester Turner ...

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Houston First finds its voice in Super Bowl literacy effort

Houston First and the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee and the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy read in a unified voice Friday to kick off 100 days until the 2017 Super Bowl.

Houston First’s very own Wanda Adams and Arcy Muñoz were featured as reading captains for the event ...

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Houston First named Client of the Year by local SMPS chapter

Houston First Corporation was named Client of the Year by the Society for Marketing Professional Services at the local chapter’s annual awards gala on October 21 at the Astorian events venue.
The award is given to an individual, private company or entity in the Houston region that has commissioned ...

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HFC plays platinum role at minority business expo

A major player in community investments, Houston First Corporation is a member of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and was recognized as a platinum-level sponsor at the council’s Business Expo on October 5-6 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Houston First’s procurement team hosted a booth in an ...

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Houston First makes the scene at Scenic Houston gala

Houston First Corporation played a supporting role in the annual Scenic Houston Dinner on October 26 at Houston Country Club.

Larry D. Johnson, president and CEO of The Johnson Development Corporation, was named the 2016 Scenic Visionary in recognition of his vital role in improving Houston’s appearance and image.

Houston ...

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Congressman discusses cybersecurity at Partnership Tower

Breakfast meeting is first public event held at HFC's new office building

U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, spoke on “Cybersecurity: Corporate Governance and Risk Management,” at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership and held in Houston First's ...

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Houston First, Hispanic Chamber discuss business

HHCC members learn about doing business with HFC

The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was the site of a business seminar featuring Houston First Corporation on October 21.

Over 80 HHCC members attended the event to learn about doing business with Houston First, its supplier diversity program and other accomplishments ...

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Ex-Mayor Lee Brown honored by Museum of African American Culture

Bernard, Shirley Kinsey also recognized in HFC-supported, star-studded gala

Houston First Corporation provided support for the Houston Museum of African American Culture at the organization’s annual gala on October 14 at the Citadel, a special events venue.   

This year the Inaugural Lee P. Brown Outstanding Excellence Award was ...

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Houston First sponsors AAMA's Taco Y Tacones

Gala is Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans' major fundraiser

Houston First Corporation linked arms with the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans as a sponsor for the Tacos y Tacones Gala on October 22 at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria hotel.

Tacos y Tacones is AAMA’s signature ...

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HFC links arms with business, education partners

Houston First Named Community Champion by Asian Chamber of Commerce

Houston First Corporation has an ambitious goal to make our town one of the leading destination cities in the world by 2025.  Other global cities have enjoyed a head start in brand development over the youthful Houston.

Houston First ...

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HFC takes bows before Ensemble Theatre, Young Audiences

American author Kurt Vonnegut's words are often sprinkled with satire. But when talking about the importance of creating art, his ideas are more straightforward.

"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it," Vonnegut once advised.

Houston ...

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Houston First adds depth to pool of grant funds for tourism promotion

Houston First Corporation has strengthened its commitment to leisure travel by increasing grant funds for tourism initiatives by $25,000.

Houston First has committed $275,000 in grant money for projects that promote the leisure travel here. A year ago, Houston First issued 14 grants totaling $250,000 to create ...

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Supplier diversity is what’s ‘good for business’ at Houston First

Unwavering  commitment, strategic  planning and a willingness to innovate are the chief attributes in Houston First Corporation’s successful supplier diversity program.

Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of Houston First, says the corporate ethos pays off on the bottom line, too.

“Supplier diversity is not only the right thing to do ...

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Ensemble Theatre honors Houston First

More than 600 people celebrated the Ensemble Theatre's 40th anniversary gala at the Hilton Americas-Houston, Saturday, August 20. It was a big night for the Ensemble and for Houston First, which was presented with the Corporate Partner of the Year award by the legendary theatre company. Houston's Mayor Sylvester ...

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