Since Hurricane Ike Guidry News Service has been involved in a number of tangential issues that we hope have not distracted from our primary mission, to publish important news of posted public meetings, special events, community news and other information about the Gulf Coast Region. In addition to these issues, we are preparing to move our headquarters and residence to Houston.
Thus, Lynda and I decided that it is time that I write an essay about where we have been and where we are going.
During the last week of March we will be moving our headquarters and home to Midtown Houston.
As I write this essay I am looking at the view from our back porch in Galveston's East End Historic District. From left to right are new brownstones, the ANICO Tower, Galveston Bible Church, then a whole block of restored Victorian homes. It is hard to leave, but we will be in a good location in Houston.
We will be almost as close to the Texas Medical Center as we are to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. We will have the Downtown skyline out of the windows facing east and sunsets over Memorial Park out of the others. We will be one block from the METRORail.
We are confident that our news service will thrive in Houston. I spent 20 years in Houston previous to my move to Galveston in 1984, with significant experience in broadcast journalism and government service during those two decades. Those who remember me seem eager to welcome me back. Those "new" people - public officials, civic leaders and business professionals that we have met - are Internet savvy and understand and value what we do.
Thanks to those who have supported us for the past 13 years we have developed skills that have made Gulf Coast E-news, GuidryNews.com and the Guidry News Gazette superior products that will meet a new receptive audience in Houston.
We do not intend to stop, or even slow down, anything we are doing now. We will maintain an office in Galveston and will contract with a stringer reporter to cover meetings and special events in Galveston County. In addition, I will continue to cover events in Galveston County.
We also plan to increase our coverage in Jefferson County, where we have had an office in the historic San Jacinto Building since 2004. Ashley Ayala, who has been working with Guidry News Service in Jefferson County, is moving to Houston to serve as assistant editor and also as special assistant to Lynda Guidry. Carl Guidry, our representative in Jefferson County, will continue to cover special events. We will be interviewing for a new contract stringer reporter to cover the Golden Triangle and surrounding area.
I have lived in Galveston longer than I have lived in any other community. I have had a really good time here. I had a great time helping Downtown come alive during the 80s and 90s, as a reporter who covered its rebirth and then as an economic development professional. I met Lynda here; and as Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough says, "Marrying Lynda is the smartest thing Jim Guidry ever did."
Lynda and I are very eager to move Guidry News Service to the "next level".
As we prepare for this move, I will be posting a series of essays. I have some opinions about the differences in "strong mayor", "council manager" and "city commission" forms of government that I will share. I have some thoughts about the city and county leaders I have worked with and observed over the past quarter century. And I have some other thoughts that I will share.
Thanks for your attention.