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Houston Snags National Energy Tradeshow

Mayor Annise Parker has announced the launch of a new national energy tradeshow next year that will pump millions of dollars into the Houston economy. From the KUHF Business Desk, Andrew Schneider reports.


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Called Total Energy USA, the annual tradeshow will encompass all sectors of the energy industry. That includes nuclear, renewables and energy-efficiency technology, as well as oil and natural gas.

“We are not just about the petroleum companies that have located here over the years and fueled our economy, but we’re also about the green and renewable energy companies that are springing up all over.”

Mayor Parker, speaking at City Hall.

Walter Ulrich is president and CEO of the Houston Technology Center. He says the tradeshow will help to sell the image of Houston as the key player in the field of renewable energy.

“The Texas Gulf Coast currently refines about 4 million barrels of crude oil every day. We know how to take any kind of fuel source and scale it up to the kind of volumes that will make a difference for the region and for the nation.”

Parker Mayor Parker and Jim Mills
Mayor Parker and Jim Mills, the chairman of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jim Mills, chairman of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, was also on hand for the roll out. He spelled out the tradeshow’s direct economic benefit to the city.

“It’s estimated that 7500 delegates and more than 400 exhibitors are expected to bring more than $7 million in direct expenditures to our economy during the three day event.”

Beyond the boost to the Houston economy from new sales and hotel tax revenues, Mayor Parker said the tradeshow is also likely to spur greater outside investment.

“Bringing visitors to Houston with a focus such as this means that we’re stimulating future job growth and future development.”

The first Total Energy USA will take place October 16 to October 18, 2012.

From the KUHF Business Desk, I’m Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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