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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
GHP hosts TTI Hall of Honor Induction
by Jim Guidry
Friday, September 09, 2011

The Greater Houston Partnership and Texas Transportation Institute on Thursday hosted the 2011 Induction Ceremony and luncheon honoring Drayton McLane, Jr., Chairman of McLane Group, L.P., “for his contribution to transportation in Texas”.

GHP President and CEO Jeff Moseley welcomed the large crowd to the event at the Houston Intercontinental Hotel.
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Texas Transportation Institute Director Dennis Christiansen, who is chair of the TTI Board of Honors, reviewed the list of past recipients of the award, and introduced Scott McClelland of HEB, who made the formal introduction of McLane.
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“Our state has been blessed to have an outstanding transportation system,” Christiansen said.  “It is a system that has served Texas well, bringing economic development to the state, providing Texans a high quality of life.”

McClelland praised McLane’s ability to compete with HEB when he got his start in the grocery business.  Listen: MP3  RealPlayer

“The one little bone that I have to pick with him is that he sold his business to Sam Walton in the 1990s and got that big company into the grocery business, and I’ve never quite forgiven him for that,” McClelland said, noting McLane’s success in the baseball business.  “Well, here’s what I do know, is that Houston is a better place because we have Drayton McLane leading the way for us.”

McLane said that he was honored with the recognition of the TTI and stressed the importance of mobility to the state of Texas.  Listen: MP3  RealPlayer

“If we are going to continue to have the productivity, the quality of life that we have in America and the quality of life that we have in Texas, we are going to have to reinvest in our highway systems,” McLane said.  “We are living off of what we built 20 and 30 years ago.”

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