Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tues Luncheon: Making Houston a top ten global community

Just wanted to pass this announcement along to my readership. I think a lot of you may find this luncheon pretty interesting if you can attend.

Mendelsohn shares vision of the Center for Houston’s Future in making the region a ‘top ten’ global community

HOUSTON- During the Center for Houston’s Future Annual Luncheon on May 13th, from 11:30-1:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Houston, Dr. John Mendelsohn, The President of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, will help unveil the dynamic new long-range plan of the Center for Houston’s Future as it continues to advance the Houston Region as one of the top ten global communities in which to live and work.

During the luncheon, Reverend William A. Lawson will also be honored with the Eugene Vaughan Civic Leadership award. Lawson was founding pastor of the large congregational Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and creator of the non-profit William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity, WALIPP.

The Center’s strategic goals include bringing the world’s priority issues to the Houston region through research and scenario building and then examining how these issues affect the region through community engagement.

Mendelsohn’s talk will address not only the importance of the Texas Medical Center for Houston but will also touch on broader issues that relate to the region’s competitiveness.

“Among other things, the Texas Medical Center is undergoing expansions and collaborations that will impact the future economic, physical, social and cultural well being of our large community” said Mendelsohn.

John Hofmeister, Former President (Retiring) of Shell Oil Company, Chair of the Annual Luncheon and Chair of the Center’ Strategic Initiatives Committee agrees with Dr. Mendelsohn noting that “As the Center’s new long-range plan unfolds, the Strategic Initiatives Committee will concentrate on developing and communicating possible future scenarios that describe the possibilities for Houston’s future. Creating such scenarios will be an inclusive process that encourages the participation of the spectrum of community interests, priorities and people.”

For more information, visit www.centerforhoustonsfuture.org. (registration)

UPDATE: My post-luncheon notes and thoughts.

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