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Jim Guidry Commentaries
Harris County
Houston Mayor's Office
News Release
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mayor Annise Parker today joined the World Affairs Council of Houston, the Greater Houston Partnership and international dignitaries to announce the launching of GlobalHouston.org, a new interactive website that connects Houston’s international community.  The website is a collaboration between the City of Houston, the World Affairs Council and the Greater Houston Partnership. It will become Houston’s virtual gateway to the world by linking organizations and businesses that have an international focus. 

“Global Houston will be the tool Houstonians use to connect to the world and the way Houston will show the rest of the world why it is one of the best places to live, work and play,” said Mayor Parker.  “It represents the the 21st Century way of managing and pursuing new and existing international business opportunities." More than 150 different international organizations worked together to help develop the site.  “Global Houston truly represents an across-the- board collaboration from people from different cultures who call Houston home,” said the mayor.

The website is owned by the World Affairs Council, which approached the mayor last year to help spearhead the project.  "We are incredibly fortunate to live in a city with citizens who actively participate in the business and conversations that are shaping the future of the world," said Chip Ray, Chairman of the World Affairs Council.  "The Global Houston website provides a new communication tool which brings the strength of the city together in one place."

The website features a database of hundreds of international organizations and experts that can be found through a simple search. It also features a calendar of events and a “Global Tool Box” that people can use to translate documents, obtain currency exchange rates, or connect with other government leaders from around the world. 

The website is being coupled with public service announcements featuring heavy hitters in the global arena, such as former Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada and former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker.  “Mexico is Houston’s number one trading partner and much of that trade comes through Houston,” said President Fox, who thinks Global Houston is a great tool to “learn more about what Houston is doing around the world." 

According to the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), more than $200 billion in trade passes through Houston each year. “That translates into thousands of jobs for Houstonians,” said GHP President and CEO Jeff Moseley.  “GHP welcomes this powerful, new tool to give our businesses a cutting edge. Thank you Mayor Parker!”

“For Houston to continue as a world leader, we need to tap into our global resources here at home, which is one of our greatest assets.  Global Houston will help people connect with different organizations, chambers of commerce and business leaders, but it will also help them find out about cultural events as well as the best places in Houston for international culinary delights.  It’s a truly a one of a kind project that’s going to help keep Houston’s place as ‘the’ global destination city,” said Mayor Parker.  To learn more: www.globalhouston.org




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