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Super Bowl LI Preparation, and Montrose Management District: Friday’s Show (December 9, 2016)

Posted on · Super Bowl 51 in Houston is now just weeks away. What’s been done to get the Bayou City ready to host such a high-profile event. What preparations remain? We find out from Mike Waterman, president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mike Waterman joins us to discuss the investment Houston First has made in the area […]

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What Will Houston’s 2017 Economic and Jobs Forecast Look Like?

Posted on · What kind of year has it been for the Greater Houston? And what will 2017 hold? At a Houston Region Economic Outlook event on Friday, (Dec. 9, 2016), the Greater Houston Partnership will unveil its job forecast for 2017. We take a sneak peak at that – and look back at the 2016 economic highlights for Houston […]

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Interacting with Police, Trade with China, and Spongebob: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from the developments of recent months in Ferguson, Mo., is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. It’s a topic we explored on Houston Matters back in August. We discussed how, here in Houston, the Teen and Police Service or TAPS Academy seeks to connect at-risk teens with […]

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How Do Disparities in Houston Education Affect the City’s Economy?

Posted on · A new report from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability examines disparities in education and income in Houston, and its impact on the city’s economic expansion. “Houston Community Sustainability: The Quality of Life Atlas” looks at 24 social, economic, and environmental indicators of sustainability in 88 Houston “super-neighborhoods” and recommends major intervention to encourage more Houston high school […]

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Initiative Encourages Houstonians to Lose a Million Pounds

Posted on · We learn about the Million Pound Challenge, an initiative by Shape Up Houston to encourage Greater Houston to collectively lose a million pounds. The hope is to encourage a healthier Houston and to lessen the public health and economic burdens it could create in the future.

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What’s the Contribution of Asian-Americans to Houston’s Economy & Culture?

Posted on · Today is the Lunar New Year. (Happy Year of the Horse!) Many organizations around Houston are hosting events to ring in the traditional Chinese New Year. In light of these celebrations, we discuss how Houston’s Asian-American community contributes to our economy and culture. We also talk with an official from HISD’s Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion […]

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What Happens to Houston After Oil?

Posted on · Typical projections from the oil and gas industry suggest, thanks in large part to the burgeoning shale oil industry, the United States could become the world’s top oil producer in the next decade. But what if those projections are overstated? Is there a danger in Houston’s economy hinging so significantly on one industry? What should we […]

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Left Behind in the Economic Boom

Posted on · By most standards, Houston would seem to be booming. Our economy is strong, industry is thriving – particularly oil & gas and health care, but also others. And people are flocking to Houston. last year, Harris County added more residents than any other U.S. county. But not everyone is experiencing the boom. There are still […]