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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 30, 2013

The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau says Houston will host about two dozen major conventions this year – the most in five years. Officials estimate these conventions will bring some $430 million dollars into Houston’s economy. But there are some conventions Houston has been unable to snag. The city recently lost a bid to host the 2017 World […]

The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau says Houston will host about two dozen major conventions this year – the most in five years. Officials estimate these conventions will bring some $430 million dollars into Houston’s economy. But there are some conventions Houston has been unable to snag. The city recently lost a bid to host the 2017 World Petroleum Congress to Istanbul.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the challenges associated with hosting conventions in Houston, whether we could accommodate more, and the potential impact of the proposed renovation of the Astrodome, which – if approved by voters next week - would include space for conventions.

Also this hour: Houston’s Technology Center is forming a new partnership with Russia. The H-T-C says its new program with Moscow’s Skolkovo Foundation will open up opportunities for Houston to exchange technological ideas with Russia. Officials say this means new jobs for Houston and a chance for small businesses in technology to promote themselves abroad. We’ll talk with two officials about what this partnership means for Houston, and how some small businesses in the Bayou City can benefit from it.

Plus: We stop by Frankel’s Costume shop, which has been in the business for over 60 years, to find out what Halloween costumes are popular this year. And KUHF’s business reporter Andrew Schneider drops by to discuss some of the stories he’s covered this year.

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