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News from the Mayor's Office

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to Ring Closing Bell at New York Stock Exchange (7/15/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 2:56 p.m. CDT today on the eve…
Mayor Turner’s Statement on Anticipated ICE Raids (7/14/2019) - Statement by Mayor Sylvester Turner: “The president’s order for concentrated ICE raids against immigrant families in Houston and elsewhere stands…
Houston Relief Hub Prepares to Assist Those in the Path of Tropical Storm Barry (7/14/2019) - Donation and Volunteer Opportunities Begin Today, Friday, July 12 As Tropical Storm Barry makes its way toward the Louisiana coastline,…
Task Force Seeks Street Safety Input from People with Disabilities July 9 and 11 (7/8/2019) - The Houston Commission on Disabilities’ Special Task Force on Intersection and Sidewalk Safety, a component of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Safer…
Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision Blocking Citizenship Question on Census (7/3/2019) - The following is Mayor Sylvester Turner’s statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling: “I am elated and thankful for the Supreme…

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Community News & Events

APPLICATION STILL OPEN FOR LIFTOFF HOUSTON BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION OFFERING UP TO $30K! (7/12/2019) - HOUSTON – The City of Houston and Capital One Bank is hosting its 7th Annual “Liftoff Houston” Business Plan Competition;…
News Release | An Additional 400+ Affordable Rental Homes to be Funded with Harvey Recovery Funds (7/2/2019) - Following last week’s announcement of a $52 million investment in federal Harvey Recovery Program funds towards the development of affordable…
News Release | 600+ New Affordable Rental Homes in Houston To Be Funded with Harvey Recovery Funds (6/19/2019) - Houston, TX – The City of Houston will invest more than $52 million in federal Harvey Recovery Program funds toward…
Municipal Courts Educates Houston’s Community On Court Processes and Public Safety (6/18/2019) - HOUSTON, Texas – The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department (MCD) continues its efforts of community outreach by hosting Municipal…
Houston Health Department, Judah Brown Project Partnering To Help Prevent Childhood Drownings (6/17/2019) - HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department is partnering with the Judah Brown Project to raise awareness about the risk of childhood drowning, educate…

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Public Safety News

Municipal Courts Educates Houston’s Community On Court Processes and Public Safety (6/18/2019) - HOUSTON, Texas – The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department (MCD) continues its efforts of community outreach by hosting Municipal…
Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Statement on Order to Mediate (6/14/2019) - The Fourteenth Court of Appeals referred the City of Houston, the Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU), and the Houston Professional…
Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces Safer Streets Progress at Site of Pedestrian Fatalities (6/11/2019) - Mayor Turner dedicated street safety work to the memory of Jesus “Jesse” Perez and Lesha Adams, who were were struck…
HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS JUNE 1; CITIZENS ENCOURAGED TO BE PREPARED & STAY ALERT (6/3/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner and the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges residents to prepare for the 2019…
Mayor Turner’s Comments on Judge’s Ruling That Proposition B is Unconstitutional (5/16/2019) - All of his remarks concerned a court ruling stating today that Proposition B, the “pay parity” referendum created by the…

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Infrastructure, Travel & Utilities

City of Houston to Pilot Pick-Up / Drop-Off Zones in Downtown’s Historic District (3/18/2019) - ParkHouston — a division of the City’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department — is partnering with Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab…
City of Houston Plans to Start Issuing Reimbursement Checks for Hurricane Harvey Recovery (3/14/2019) - The City of Houston is clearing hurdles to issue reimbursement checks for Harvey-related home repairs by the end of March.…
Mayor Turner Kicks Off Successful Demolition Day Demolitions Target Dangerous, Abandoned Buildings (3/11/2019) - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner kicked off the first quarterly Demolition Day, joining Houston Contractors Association (HCA) volunteers to deliver the…
Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces the Creation of a Smart City Advisory Council (3/7/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the creation of a Smart City Advisory Council comprised of City and regional partners today at…
Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence Releases Second Report (2/22/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner and Haley Carter, chair of the Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence, today announced details of the commission’s…
Mayor Turner Announces Success on Pothole Initiative and Launches Plan to Improve City Streets (2/20/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an impressive 100% success rate in next-day pothole repairs called into 311 for the year 2018…
Mayor Turner Announces Special Water Bill Grace Period for Federal Workers in Houston (1/23/2019) - Houston Public Works is providing a special grace period on water/wastewater bill payments by federal employees affected by the federal…
Notice of Wastewater Spills After Heavy Rainfall (12/8/2018) - HOUSTON, Texas – Intense, sustained rainfall Friday night resulted in the spill of domestic wastewater at several locations.  The areas…
Property Owners Should Prepare for Lower Lake Levels (12/4/2018) - HOUSTON, Texas – Houston Public Works is monitoring forecasts calling for substantial rainfall this Friday and Saturday.  If the storm…
New Upgrades to Houston Adopt-A-Drain Program (11/1/2018) - HOUSTON, Texas – Houston’s Adopt-A-Drain program has unveiled several upgrades for program participants.  The popular naming feature is back up…
Houston Public Works Wins Proud Partner Award (10/31/2018) - HOUSTON, Texas – Less than a year after it launched, the Houston Adopt-A-Drain program has been selected to receive the 2018…
Houston Public Works Offers Water Conservation Tips (7/20/2018) - HOUSTON, Texas – High temperatures are leading to a record demand for electricity and water this summer.  While Houston Water…
Parking Meter Enforcement Resumes Monday (9/8/2017) - HOUSTON–The City of Houston’s ParkHouston Division will resume metered parking enforcement on Monday, September 11, 2017. Customers should be advised…
City of Houston Launches ParkHouston Mobile Parking App (5/24/2017) - HOUSTON —The City of Houston and Parkmobile, LLC have partnered to launch a custom parking app for mobile payments called…
Houston Fire Station Energy Challenge Winners Honored by IKEA (5/9/2017) - HOUSTON — The City of Houston and IKEA today recognized the winners of the Houston Fire Station Energy Challenge – a…

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Business & Development

News Release | An Additional 400+ Affordable Rental Homes to be Funded with Harvey Recovery Funds (7/2/2019) - Following last week’s announcement of a $52 million investment in federal Harvey Recovery Program funds towards the development of affordable…
News Release | 600+ New Affordable Rental Homes in Houston To Be Funded with Harvey Recovery Funds (6/19/2019) - Houston, TX – The City of Houston will invest more than $52 million in federal Harvey Recovery Program funds toward…
News Release | City of Houston Closes First Land Trust Home in New Home Development Program (6/7/2019) - Houston, TX – Rising rents could have made it hard for Sabrina Starks-Tarble – educator, student, mother and native Houstonian…
Mayor Sylvester Turner to Welcome Sister Cities International Conference to Houston (6/5/2019) - Houston will be a conglomerate of worldwide connections during the Sister Cities International’s 2019 Annual Conference July 17-19, 2019. The…
Mayor Seeks Local Arts Projects Proposals for Competition for Federal Grant (5/28/2019) - The City of Houston invites proposals for local public art projects that Mayor Sylvester Turner would endorse for potential grant…
Mayor Sylvester Turner Delivers 4th State of the City Address (5/24/2019) - Houston is stronger, resilient and sustainable Job gains are up, unemployment reaches a record low, public safety remains a priority…
Mayor’s Office Launches Video Archive of Eclectic Arts Performances at The Artery (5/17/2019) - The Artery was a unique cultural venue in Houston from 1987 to 2013. More than 2,000 artists and presenters performed…
Mayor Sylvester Turner Celebrates Team Up Houston’s Second Year With Local Students and Houston Professional Sports Teams (5/16/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner Celebrates Team Up Houston’s Second Year With Local Students and Houston Professional Sports Teams In collaboration with…
Mayor Turner’s Response to Court-Ordered Mediation on Implementation of Proposition B (4/25/2019) - State District Judge Tanya Garrison today ordered that the City, the police union and the firefighters’ union work with a…
Mayor Turner Hosts African American Mayors Association Conference Includes Presidential Hopefuls, Discussions About Urgent City Challenges (4/24/2019) - Beginning today, Wednesday, April 24 to Friday, April 26, 2019, Black mayors from across the nation will gather in Houston,…
Mayor Turner Celebrates First Turnaround Entrepreneurship Class, Announces Second (4/10/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner and Office of Business Opportunity Director Carlecia D. Wright, with leaders from local and national organizations, celebrated…
Mayor Turner Details New Option for Phasing in 29% Pay Hike for Firefighters (4/3/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner sent a letter today to Houston firefighters’ union President Patrick “Marty” Lancton detailing a new option to…
Mayor Turner Responds to Fire Union’s Motion for Summary Judgment (3/29/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the following statement Thursday in response to the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association’s motion for summary…
Mayor Turner Releases Letter About City’s Proposal to Avoid Firefighter Layoffs (3/28/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner sent a letter today to Patrick “Marty” Lancton, president of the firefighters’ union, about the city’s proposal…
Mayor Turner Establishes Complete Communities Improvement Fund to Accelerate Initiative’s Progress (3/27/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner today accelerated the progress of his Complete Communities initiative by announcing the establishment of a fund to…
Mayor Turner Encourages Houstonians to Learn About Mortgage Assistance Programs (3/25/2019) - NACA’s “Achieve the Dream” Event Continues This Weekend Mayor Sylvester Turner joined NACA’s CEO Bruce Marks, a Bank of America…
Hire Houston Youth: Mayor Announces Application Extension, Partnership With JP Morgan Chase and Lone Star College, Encourages Business Participation (3/25/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner joined business and community leaders Friday to announce his signature Hire Houston Youth program will provide 10,000…
Mayor Turner’s Response to Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium Report “Affordable Multi-Family Housing: Risks and Opportunities” (3/25/2019) - The need for affordable housing in Houston was great before Hurricane Harvey and was exacerbated by the storm. Regardless, we…
City of Houston Implementing Prop B (3/19/2019) - To avoid layoffs and a reduction of city services, the city asked to phase in over 5 years the 29%…
City of Houston to Pilot Pick-Up / Drop-Off Zones in Downtown’s Historic District (3/18/2019) - ParkHouston — a division of the City’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department — is partnering with Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab…
Mayor Turner Announces Director of City’s Complete Communities Initiative (3/18/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner has appointed Shannon Buggs, an experienced communicator and administrator, as the first director of the Mayor’s Office…
Las Cortes Municipales de Houston Anuncian El Programa De Amnistia De La Primavera en Española (3/15/2019) - Las Cortes Municipales de la Ciudad de Houston anuncian el inicio de su programa de Amnistía de primavera “Fresh Start”…
The City of Houston Municipal Courts Announce Spring Amnesty Program (3/15/2019) - The City of Houston Municipal Courts announce the start of their Spring Fresh Amnesty program today at a press conference…
City of Houston Plans to Start Issuing Reimbursement Checks for Hurricane Harvey Recovery (3/14/2019) - The City of Houston is clearing hurdles to issue reimbursement checks for Harvey-related home repairs by the end of March.…
Mayor Turner’s Statement on Democratic National Committee Selection of 2020 National Convention Host City (3/11/2019) - Statement by Mayor Sylvester Turner: “We are deeply disappointed that the DNC will not bring its 2020 national convention to…
Mayor Turner Kicks Off Successful Demolition Day Demolitions Target Dangerous, Abandoned Buildings (3/11/2019) - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner kicked off the first quarterly Demolition Day, joining Houston Contractors Association (HCA) volunteers to deliver the…
Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Statement on Action Taken by HFD Cadets (3/10/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner issued the following statement today after HFD cadets filed discrimination and retaliation complaints against the mayor and…
Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces the Creation of a Smart City Advisory Council (3/7/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the creation of a Smart City Advisory Council comprised of City and regional partners today at…
Mayor Sylvester Turner Joins Tribute to Fallen Heroes at the Houston Fire Dept. 2019 Memorial Ceremony (3/4/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 341, and many others…
Mayor Turner’s Open Letter to Houston About Prop. B and Moving Forward (3/4/2019) - Dear Fellow Houstonians, Everyone loves firefighters, and everyone wants them to be paid commensurate to what other firefighters are making…
Mayor’s Open Letter to Houstonians About Prop. B and Moving Forward (3/1/2019) - Please see Mayor Sylvester Turner’s open letter on the aftermath of Proposition B here. Excerpts: — “We love and respect…
Mayor Turner Affirms His Support For Collective Bargaining (3/1/2019) - Please attribute the following statement to Mayor Sylvester Turner: “The Houston Professional Fire Fighters’ Association, Local 341, the firefighters’ union,…
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Approves Fire Cadet’s Swearing-In (2/28/2019) - Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has allowed the certification of one Houston Fire Department cadet who would soon reach the maximum…
City Completes Construction of First Set of Affordable Houses for Lower Income Buyers (2/28/2019) - A program overseen by the Houston Housing and Community Development Department has completed construction of the first set of 100…
First Daughter Ashley Turner and Council Member Karla Cisneros to Announce the “Love Your Pet” Rescue Selfie Contest Winners (2/27/2019) - As part of the month-long “Love Your Pet” initiative, Council Member Cisneros held a Rescue Selfie Contest, encouraging pet owners…
Springtime Brings the City Hall Local Lunch Market Starting Wednesday (2/26/2019) - Previously known as the City Hall Farmers Market, the new weekly City Hall Local Lunch Market, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy,…
The City of Houston Partners With NeighborhoodLift Program That Will Offer Eligible Homebuyers Education and Down Payment Assistance Grants (2/26/2019) - The City of Houston joined Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC), NeighborWorks® America and its local network members today to announce…
Public Meetings on Capital Improvements and Recovery Programs in Each Council District Start Tuesday Night (2/26/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner will lead City of Houston community meetings in each council district to discuss capital improvement projects and…
Mayor Turner Names Marissa Aho as City’s Chief Resilience Officer in Partnership with 100 Resilient Cities (2/25/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner has appointed Marissa Aho, AICP, as chief resilience officer for the City of Houston to lead the…
Judge Throws Out 6-Year Lawsuit Against Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses of City Employees (2/22/2019) - A state district judge has dismissed a lawsuit to stop the City of Houston from offering benefits to the same-sex…
Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence Releases Second Report (2/22/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner and Haley Carter, chair of the Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence, today announced details of the commission’s…
Mayor Turner Announces Success on Pothole Initiative and Launches Plan to Improve City Streets (2/20/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an impressive 100% success rate in next-day pothole repairs called into 311 for the year 2018…
Mayor Turner’s Statement on Internal Investigation into Jan. 29 HPD Narcotics Raid (2/18/2019) - Statement by Mayor Sylvester Turner on the internal investigation into the Jan. 29 HPD narcotics raid in which two suspects…
Mayor Turner’s Statement on Proposition B Court Filing (2/18/2019) - “The City of Houston has filed a motion for a summary judgment in response to the Firefighters Union’s lawsuit so…
Mayor Turner Presents Grammy – Nominated Artist With a Key to the City of Houston (2/15/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner and First Daughter Ashley Turner presented Houston native and Grammy – nominated artist Travis Scott with a…
Non-Profit Corporation’s Proposal to House Young Immigrants Downtown No Longer Includes Children Under 16 (2/14/2019) - The corporation that had sought to house immigrant children ages 0 to 17 in a downtown Houston building for the…
BARC: Houston, We Had A Tiger! (2/13/2019) - BARC — the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoptions Center — is pleased to announce that the 350-pound male…
Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities Co-hosts ReelAbilities Film and Arts Festival Starting Today (2/12/2019) - The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities has joined with Jewish Family Services to host the ReelAbilities: Houston Film and…
Application Period Opens For Mayor’s 2019 Summer Jobs Program For Youths (2/11/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hire Houston Youth jobs program is open for summer 2019. All youth ages 16 to 24 in…
City of Houston Issues $100 million Notice of Funding Availability Seeking Development Partners for Record-Number of Affordable, Transit-connected Homes (2/7/2019) - Houston – The City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) issued a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on…
Mayor Turner Urges Voter Registrar to Protect the Rights of Lawfully Registered Voters in Nation’s Most Diverse City (2/5/2019) -  In a letter sent today, Mayor Sylvester Turner urged Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar Ann Harris Bennett to…
Mayor Turner’s Complete Communities Initiative Wins Award for Public Involvement (1/30/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Complete Communities initiative has received an Our Great Region Award from the Houston-Galveston Area Action Council (H-GAC)…
Mayor Turner Calls on More Employers to Join Hire Houston Youth Summer Program (1/29/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner urges Houston companies and organizations to join the hundreds of their counterparts who already participate in Hire…
Mayor Sylvester Turner & Police Chief Art Acevedo Report Drop in Crime in 2018 (1/29/2019) - The number of reported crimes in Houston fell in 2018 compared to the previous year, with a 10.4 percent drop…
New Grants Fulfill City Arts & Cultural Plan’s Commitment to Supporting Local Artists (1/25/2019) - The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) announced today the next milestone in the fulfillment of its Arts & Cultural…
Mayor Turner Honored in Washington D.C. with Award from Latino Leadership Network (1/24/2019) - The Latino Leaders Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing leaders together, honored Mayor Sylvester Turner tonight with the Antonio…
Mayor Turner Announces Special Water Bill Grace Period for Federal Workers in Houston (1/23/2019) - Houston Public Works is providing a special grace period on water/wastewater bill payments by federal employees affected by the federal…
The Dalai Lama Sends Support for Local Gandhi Museum Promoted by Mayor Turner (1/23/2019) - His Holiness The Dalai Lama, revered world leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan people, has endorsed plans by the…
City Partners With Local Nonprofit and Private Sector to Connect Furloughed Federal Employees With Emergency Assistance (1/22/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner announced today the City of Houston is partnering with the Houston Relief Hub and several local nonprofit…
Become Houston’s Fourth Poet Laureate! (1/17/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Public Library Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson announce that the City of Houston is seeking…
City Opens Recovery Centers to Provide Federal Aid for Repair of Homes Damaged by Hurricane Harvey (1/15/2019) - The City has taken a critical step forward with the opening of four Housing Resource Centers, one in each quadrant…
Mayor Turner Invites Firefighters Union to Discuss Prop. B Implementation (1/10/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner sent a letter to the president of the Houston Firefighters Association today inviting him to discuss implementation…
United Arab Emirates’ $6.5 Million Gift Will Aid Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts in Houston (1/8/2019) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Consul General in Houston, Saeed Al Mehairi, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (exchanging gifts and…
Mayor Turner’s Statement on the Arrest of the Alleged Killer of Jazmine Barnes (1/7/2019) - Statement by Mayor Sylvester Turner on the arrest of the alleged killer of Jazmine Barnes: “I want to thank the…
Mayor Turner Congratulates Harris County’s Newly Sworn-In Leadership (1/2/2019) - Mayor Sylvester Turner attended the swearing in ceremony and celebration for Harris County’s new leadership and issued the following statement:…
Mayor: Houston trade mission to India opened doors to more local economic and cultural expansion (11/25/2018) -                             HOUSTON – From natural gas demand to tourism, tech innovation, real estate development and more, the Greater Houston Partnership trade…
City Housing Department Ramps Up to Deliver on Harvey Recovery (3/14/2018) - Houston, TX – The city’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) added five disaster recovery, affordable housing and finance experts…
Parking Meter Enforcement Resumes Monday (9/8/2017) - HOUSTON–The City of Houston’s ParkHouston Division will resume metered parking enforcement on Monday, September 11, 2017. Customers should be advised…
Mayor Turner, Climate Mayors Vow to Honor Paris Climate Agreement Goals (6/1/2017) - HOUSTON – In response to President Trump’s decision withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, Mayor Sylvester Turner joined…

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