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Participate in the Houston Bike Plan

May 23, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Houston Bike Plan

Houston Bike Plan LogoThe City of Houston is kicking off the Houston Bike Plan, a 12-month planning effort to update the City’s Comprehensive Bikeway Plan originally adopted in 1993. The City and the Houston region have made great strides in improving people’s ability to bike to more destinations, earning a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclist in 2013. New trails are being built along our bayous, new protected bikeways have been installed, and more people are riding all over the City.

The Houston Bike Plan will build on these efforts to help make Houston a safer, healthier, more bike-friendly city. The Plan will clarify a vision and goals for biking in Houston and identify future projects to create a citywide bicycle network. This improved citywide network will serve a broader spectrum of people who bike at all skill levels, providing more transportation choices, with both on-street and off-street facilities and building on current efforts such as the recent Bayou Greenways Initiative to create a well-connected citywide bicycle system. The Plan will develop better connections for more people to key origins and destinations like job centers, entertainment venues, parks and schools. The Plan will identify supporting programs like motorist and bicyclist safety education, expansion of end of trip facilities like bike racks and bike share, and improved integration with transit. The Plan will also look at best practices in bicycle facility maintenance, bike program funding, and bicyclist and driver enforcement.

Public input will be gathered throughout the planning process. A Bicycle Advisory Committee made up of representatives from Houston’s bicycling community, implementing authorities, community leaders, and other representatives will guide the development of the Plan. Citizens can participate at public meetings and through online activities on the project website at www.HoustonBikePlan.org.

The City of Houston Planning & Development Department is leading the update to the Plan in coordination with the Public Works & Engineering Department and Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The Plan is made possible by the City’s funding partners, which include BikeHouston, Houston Parks Board, Houston-Galveston Area Council, FTA, FHWA, and TxDOT. The plan is scheduled to be completed in spring 2016.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Five community meetings to discuss the goals and opportunities to improve biking in Houston will be held in different areas of the City, starting May 30, 2015 and continuing through June. The content of each meeting will be similar and people are encouraged to attend one or several.

Meeting Location and Times:
1) Bike Ride & Open House Kickoff
Saturday May 30th, 9:00am-1:00pm
Ensemble Theater
3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

2) Thursday, June 4, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm
Kashmere Multi-service Center
4802 Lockwood Drive, Houston, TX 77026 / Auditorium #172Meeting #3

3) Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm
Palm Center Business Technology Center
5330 Griggs Road, Houston, TX 77021 / Conf. Room C101

4) Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM
HCC Memorial City Performing Arts Center
1060 W Sam Houston Pkwy N, Houston, TX 77043 / Theat. II Room 411

5) Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM
Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center
6500 Rookin, Houston, TX 77074

For more information about the Plan, future meeting information, and to sign up for email updates, please visit www.HoustonBikePlan.org.

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Online: www.HoustonBikePlan.org

Al Campbell & The WWGC honored for MusicFest 2015

May 21, 2015 • Continue Reading »

certificate of appreciationTexas State Senator Rodney Ellis has recognized and honored MusicFest 2015!

In 2013 the inaugural Music Fest was established to highlight the local music talent and to support the local public school’s fine art programming. Each year since, the Music Fest has drawn more talent and hosted larger crowds. Performers, student musicians, vendors, and volunteers make the event such a success.

Led by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of local residents, the Conservancy purpose has been to promote the detention basins as community open space, organizing programming and events and mobilizing community involvement in the continued development of the basins as public amenities.

The goal is a citizen-led effort for the Willow Waterhole to become Houston’s next signature park by summer 2016 and join the ranks of Memorial and Herman Park. The conservancy is busy on several fronts to avhieve signature status through conservation, community engagement, and entertainment amenities.

The oark has it all – designation as a top birding site, plans to restore remnants of Houston’s coastal prairie, a renewed sense of volunteerism at the park, its use by area schools as a venue for music and athletic events, and the park’s selection for the nation’s next Levitt Pavilion.

Memorial Hermann President & CEO, Dan Wolterman Named to Texas Business Hall of Fame Class of 2015

May 20, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Dan WoltermanHOUSTON (May 20, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Health System President & CEO Dan Wolterman will be inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Wolterman joins five other Texas businessmen in the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 and is the only healthcare professional in this year’s class.

Wolterman joined Memorial Hermann Health System in 1999 and was named President & CEO in 2002. Under Wolterman’s leadership, Memorial Hermann has experienced robust year-over-year growth that has resulted in its ascent to the largest non-profit health system in Southeast Texas, with more than 20,000 employees.

“Dan’s leadership of Memorial Hermann has been adept and visionary,” said Will Williams, chair of the Memorial Hermann Health System board. “It has transcended just building an economically sound health system. He has worked tirelessly to provide the Houston community with access to safe and high quality care.”

The Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1982 by a small group of Texas business men and women. Each year, the Texas Business Hall of Fame executive committee votes on five or six individuals who are inducted into its Hall of Fame. Inductees are considered based on contributions to their field and the communities in which they live. Past Hall of Fame inductees include former President George H. W. Bush, Mary Kay Ash, Ross Perot and Michael Dell.

“Each member of the Class of 2015 exemplifies our core tenants of entrepreneurial spirit, personal integrity and community engagement,” says Todd Barth, Chairman of the Board of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. “We are honored to induct these Lone Star Leaders into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.”

The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the 33rd Annual Induction Dinner October 28 at the Hilton Americas Hotel-Houston.

“It’s a true honor to be inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame,” says Wolterman. “I’m humbled to be part of such a distinguished group of leaders in the Texas business community.”

Community Development Leader in Houston

May 20, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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Kathy-MerchantHouston LISC is pleased to announce that Kathy Merchant will be the keynote speaker for the 25th Anniversary Symposium and Luncheon on September 1, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel-Downtown.

Ms. Merchant, CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is a recognized expert in impact investing and collective impact. Ms. Merchant will share her thoughts on how cross-sector organizations can address complex problems by developing and working toward a common goal to produce greater results.

Mark your calendars to attend this event!

We invite you to celebrate this milestone event with us! Registration is now open. Click here if you would like to purchase tickets. Click here to learn about our sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Jodi Smith or call 713-334-5700.

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Former Conoco CEO makes historic donation to Houston university

May 20, 2015 • Continue Reading »

By Cara Smith, Houston Business Journal

Houston Baptist University received the largest donation in its history.

Archie Dunham and his wife, Linda, donated $15 million to the university. Following the donation, President Robert Sloan Jr. also announced the naming of the university’s business school, the Archie W. Dunham College of Business.

Read more at the Houston Business Journal

Invitation to Spring Carnival Event

May 20, 2015 • Continue Reading »

2015 Brays Oaks Spring Carnival

Residents hope planned HCC center sparks local economy

May 20, 2015 • Continue Reading »

By Robin Foster, Houston Chronicle

Houston Community College will break ground May 26 on a new workforce center in Brays Oaks that neighbors hope will not only boost job skills for residents but stimulate the area economy and local partnerships.

“We’re going to do all we can to support it,” said Richard Rodriguez, director of services for the Brays Oaks Management District, which helped convince HCC officials to locate the campus within its boundaries in southwest Houston.

Read more at the Houston Chronicle

Community Art Project

May 14, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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Richard Rodriguez, Director of Services, Brays Oaks District and Councilman Larry Green, District K, with some of the most prominent urban artists in the city. Working on a very ambitious community art project which involves the painting of electrical boxes and turning them into public art.

Summer vegetables are coming! Next Farm Share season begins in July.

May 13, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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For more information, check-out their website, send an email to Kassy@plant-it-forward.org, or call 713-599-8445.

Ready to register? Great! Click Here!

STEM Summer Camp

May 13, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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