Mayor Launches My Brother’s Keeper Houston Local Action Plan

City of Houston • May 14, 2015

Mayor Annise Parker launched the My Brother’s Keeper Houston Local Action Plan at the Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building.

My Brother’s Keeper Houston (MBK Houston) is a collaborative that consists of representatives from multiple organizations across a variety of sectors, including education, health, nonprofit, government, and business. MBK Houston focuses on expanding opportunities for boys and young men of color and ensuring that all youth can reach their full potential. Continue Reading »

Houston-Harris County Partnership Targets Illegal Dumping

Houston Public Media • May 13, 2015

The city has long fought illegal dumping in Houston.

In its newest action on the issue, the City Council approved an agreement with Harris County to install at least 25 cameras in council districts with the highest number of reported incidents. Continue Reading »

Tribute to a True Hero

Ed Gonzalez • May 8, 2015

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of a well-loved District H resident, Ernest Eguia. Mr. Eguia’s achievements were many, and his commitment to service was inspirational to all who knew him.

A World War II veteran, he was awarded a Bronze Star for service as a forward artillery observer in the Army.  After the war, he returned to Houston and married Maria, his wife of 67 years. Continue Reading »

Spirit Airlines Launches Nonstop Flights to Latin America

City of Houston • May 7, 2015

Spirit Airlines is giving Houston even more connectivity to Latin America with the launch of several new nonstop flights from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).  Continue Reading »

‘The imagination shapes the city': Urban planner James Rojas

Houston Chronicle • May 3, 2015

As Houston prepares its first general plan, artist and urban planner James Rojas will lead a May 5 public workshop called “Reimagine your neighborhood through play.” Rojas uses hundreds of colorful objects to help participants visualize their ideas, memories, and hopes for their community.  In this interview, he discusses his background and methods with Raj Mankad, the editor of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, which is based at Rice. Continue Reading »

Houston Parks and Recreation Department Receives $10,000 Grant for Local Out-of-School Time Programs

City of Houston • April 30, 2015

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (N.R.P.A.), has received a $10,000 grant to support its out-of-school time healthy food access and nutritional literacy programs. The gift is part of a $2.3 million grant N.R.P.A. received from the Walmart Foundation to support out-of-school time programs in 80 park and recreation agencies. Continue Reading »

“May Day Houston” Citywide events promote disaster preparedness

City of Houston • April 30, 2015

The City of Houston invites residents to take a day to prepare during its third-annual “May Day Houston” event.  With hurricane season only a month away, the Houston Community Preparedness Collaborative (HCPC), in partnership with the City of Houston, is sponsoring a variety of events focused on helping Houstonians prepare. Continue Reading »

Houston Tourism Agencies Focus On Mexico For Future Growth

Houston Public Media • April 30, 2015

Houston First Corporation and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau are setting a goal of boosting the number of annual visitors to 20 million by 2018, an increase of more than 30 percent compared to last year’s total of 14.8 million. Continue Reading »

Reimagine Your Neighborhood!

Council Member Ed Gonzalez • April 29, 2015

Who knew urban planning could be fun?!

Meet James Rojas. Rojas is an MIT-trained urban planner based in California who uses a kit of ordinary objects for interactive planning workshops.  Continue Reading »

Teen Entrepreneur Summit Set for May

Houston Community College • April 23, 2015

The teen summit is a one-day entrepreneurial experience bringing together high school students and their parents from communities all over the greater Houston Metropolitan area to learn about entrepreneurship as a viable career option. This is the launch event for our Teen Entrepreneur College starting in the Fall of 2015. Continue Reading »

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