“Lift Off Houston!” 2015 Business Plan Competition Winners Announced

City of Houston • December 18, 2015

HOUSTON-(December 18, 2015)–Three Houston-based start-ups emerged as the Grand Prize winners in the City of Houston’s “Liftoff Houston!” Business Plan Competition.  This year the finalists participated in three categories: Innovation, Product and Service. A Grand Prize winner was selected from each category and received an award of $10,000.

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City incentives approved for White Oak Music Hall

Houston Chronicle • December 16, 2015

White Oak Music Hall, a concert venue under construction that has stirred concerns among neighborhood groups about parking, traffic and gentrification in the historically working-class Hispanic Near Northside, will host a job fair, offer rehearsal space for local school bands and share its parking lot with residents in exchange for up to $1.1 million in city incentives. Continue Reading »

Air New Zealand launches nonstop service from George Bush Intercontinental Airport

City of Houston • December 15, 2015

The other side of the world came a little closer to home Dec. 15, 2015, when the inaugural flight by Air New Zealand touched down at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Continue Reading »

Councilman Gonzalez to run for Harris sheriff

Houston Chronicle • December 8, 2015

City Councilman Ed Gonzalez, an 18-year Houston Police Department veteran, announced Tuesday that he will run for Harris County Sheriff next year.

Gonzalez is finishing his third and final term as councilman of District H, the majority Hispanic district that includes the Near Northside and the Woodland Heights, in addition to some neighborhoods north of the 610 Loop. Gonzalez serves as mayor pro tem and chairs the council’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. Continue Reading »

More Changes On The Way For Houston’s Bus System

Houston Public Media • December 7, 2015

Metro launched its new bus network in mid-August with the goal of providing more frequent service. But after getting feedback from riders and bus drivers, the agency will now make some adjustments. Continue Reading »

Café College, salud!

Houston Chronicle • December 5, 2015

Applying to the right college is difficult, even if you are a top student. But for qualified students without college-educated parents, the application process can be a barrier. Counselors, acting in their role as academic advisers, can help promote student success. But counselors in Texas public schools are generally overloaded. Continue Reading »

BARC Celebrates Major Milestone in Organization’s History

City oh Houston • December 4, 2015

In November 2015, BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions reached the highest monthly animal save rate in its history: 94.2 percent. This is one of many milestones that BARC has celebrated since its organization transformation in December 2009. The accomplishment is a result of a major effort to meet a 90 percent monthly save rate for the first time. After years of improving all facets of the organization and expanding live-release initiatives, BARC was in a better place than ever to reach this goal. Continue Reading »

Café College Houston Grand Opening!

Office of Council Member Ed Gonzalez • December 2, 2015

On Saturday, December 5 at 10AM, Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez will be joined by Mayor Annise Parker, the Houston Public Library, Houston Municipal Courts, Project GRAD Houston, and distinguished guests for the grand opening of Café College Houston at 1050 Quitman Street. Continue Reading »

City strengthens law to crack down on illicit massage businesses

Houston Chronicle • December 2, 2015

The worn slate grey building near Denver Harbor with the barred windows and a guard dog out back bore none of the usual markings of a spa. Continue Reading »

30th Annual HPD Comida Food Drive Kicks Off

City of Houston • November 30, 2015

Join the Houston Police Department in its 30th anniversary Comida/Food Drive and help feed less fortunate families during the holiday season.  Since December 1985, when several HPD officers responded to a call for service and saw a family in need, the Department has worked with its partners, Fiesta Mart and Pepsi Cola, to distribute food boxes to Houston’s under privileged families. Continue Reading »

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