|Houston – Leading national business magazine Fast Company has named Houston “City of the Year for 2011” in its May, 2011 issue, which is currently available on newsstands nationwide. The Greater Houston Partnership and its award-winning marketing and lead generation program, Opportunity Houston, will host a lunch and discussion on Friday, April 29 for area business leaders with the publication’s editor, Mayor Annise Parker and Houstonians featured in the issue.|
The magazine, known for its focus on technology and innovation, selected the Houston region for its top honor because of its diversity, vibrant business community and creative ferment, as well as its various initiatives that enable residents to live smarter and go greener.
“This recognition by Fast Company is an extremely high honor for our city and our region,” says GHP President & CEO Jeff Moseley. “For such a respected national publication to acknowledge the innovation, diverse business environment and overall transformation of Houston is a testament to how the region has evolved and been able to withstand the nation’s economic storm of the last several years.”
The event will include discussion of the national selection process, the competition and those things that made Houston stand out in the minds of the Fast Company selection committee. The editor also will share insights about the region’s “hometown creative/inspiration points.” Houston was included in the magazine’s 2009 list of Fast Cities, but this is the first time the city has been recognized as the magazine’s “City of the Year.”
Fast Company is the world's leading progressive business-media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership and design.
GHP is the primary business advocate for the 10-county Houston region. Opportunity Houston will help create 600,000 regional jobs, attract $60 billion in capital investment and expand foreign trade by $120 billion for the greater Houston area by the end of 2015.
WHO: The Hon. Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston
Larry Kellner, 2011 Chairman of the Board, Greater Houston Partnership
Jeff Chu, Editor, Fast Company magazine
WHAT: Luncheon and Discussion: Fast Company Names Houston as its “City of the Year for 2011”
WHEN: April 29, 2011
Noon to 12:45 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Remarks and Q&A
WHERE: Dore Commons, Baker Institute, Rice University
6100 Main St.