By Hon. Annise Parker
Houston is an attractive, vibrant and entrepreneurial city of many notable characteristics. It is the fourth largest city in the United States, known for its port, international trade, oil and health industries and sturdy economy in tough times. We are the home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and world class arts institutions.
As an international gateway to the world, Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the nation – a sprawling urban metropolis that opens its arms to immigrants and newcomers. It is a friendly city with its own cosmopolitan brand of Texas-style hospitality. The team of IBM experts that recently was here to guide Houston’s IBM Smarter Cities Challenge and assess our strengths and challenges surely and readily made note of these signature attributes that make our Bayou City so distinctive.
Houston is also one of the most generous cities in the country, ranking fourth nationwide in gift-giving. It is a community that values civic duty, leadership, philanthropy and volunteerism. In exploring the City of Houston’s outreach to communities (a constituency of 2.1 million residents), the IBM team noted the high level of community participation in City affairs. Indeed, the City diligently seizes opportunities to enlist the leadership, talents and expertise of this vibrant, diverse and giving citizenry as it assesses and finds solutions to community issues and needs.
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