HFC links arms with business, education partners

Houston • Oct. 10, 2016

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 is going to fulfill that ambition with the kind of can-do spirit Houston has always demonstrated in its 180 years. But we can’t do it alone. We stand ready to do the heavy lifting that attracts conventions and tourists to Houston, but we also need the help of stakeholders throughout every corner of our diverse city.

That’s why it is so gratifying for Houston First to recently be acknowledged by the Asian Chamber of Commerce as its Community Champion of the Year.

The award was presented at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner on September 30. Houston First was represented by Mike Waterman, Brenda Bazan, John Rolfe and Jorge Franz. Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke to the audience and City Council Members Steve Le and Jack Christie were also in attendance.

“It is the people-to-people relationships that drive what we do and our relationships whether they are new or long-term,” said the Chamber’s Linda Toyota. “We look forward to partnering with you [again] in 2017.”

The Asian Chamber was only one of a number of organizations Houston First has worked with in recent weeks.  

The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce presented an award to Houston First as the "Best Company Doing Business to Mexico and the United States." Houston First’s Jorge Franz was joined by Houston Council Member Robert Gallegos at the chamber’s Fiestas Patrias Annual Gala in The Woodlands.

In addition to local business organizations, Houston First also rolls up its sleeves with education partners.

HFC sponsored UH-Downtown’s Community Engagement Luncheon at the Junior League. One of the topics of discussion was the Sunset Coffee Building that is opening across the street from the downtown campus. HFC board members Irma Diaz Gonzalez and Paul Puente were joined by Houston Council Members Robert Gallegos and Jack Christie at the event.

Houston First also partnered with the University of Houston for an interactive, multimedia event that gave UH students an opportunity to learn about all there is to offer in the city of Houston. Students learned about transportation, entertainment, arts, sports and available internship and volunteer opportunities in the city.