Press Release: Mayor Parker tells South African media Houston has much to offer the world

Mayor Parker meets with South African Media

Mayor Parker meets with South African Media

February 3, 2014 — Mayor Parker met with South African media today as part of the trade mission portion of her week-long trip to Johannesburg and Cape Town. Media representatives from several news organizations, including E-New Channel – Africa’s premiere business related television news operation – and CNBC Africa.

The mayor’s message to the media was that there is opportunity in Houston for Johannesburg and vice versa. She repeated her oft heard refrain of “I love Houston” and offered numerous reasons why, including its ever-growing list of top rankings, particularly its listing as the job producing capital of the U.S.

“While much of this week is about listening and learning, I want to also talk about Houston,” said Mayor Parker. “I love Houston and love being able to talk about the opportunities available in our City to major cities across the globe. We are the most diverse city in the U.S. We are tolerant and accepting and we have an entrepreneurial spirit. We like to say if you can dream it, you can achieve it in Houston.”

The mayor talked about Houston being the epicenter of the energy industry, a leader in development and use of green technologies, the home to the Texas Medical Center and Johnson Space Center and a world leader in shipping from the Port of Houston.

The media briefing was followed with a “Doing Business in Houston” seminar for South African businesses and investors. Mayor Parker is leading a Greater Houston Partnership trade delegation to South Africa that includes State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), City Council Member Jack Christie and Houston-area companies ranging from energy and aviation to real estate and international trade and investments. The trade mission is being wrapped around the mayor’s participation in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit.

The Summit:
The fifth biennial C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit will take place February 4th-6th, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hosted by the city of Johannesburg and delivered in collaboration with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), this event brings together C40 Mayors from around the world to advance urban solutions to global climate change through individual efforts as well as international engagement and collaboration.

About C40:
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. C40 was established in 2005 and expanded via a partnership in 2006 with President William J. Clinton’s Climate Initiative (CCI). The current chair of the C40 is Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes; 108th Mayor of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. To learn more about the work of C40 and our Cities, please visit http://www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter @c40cities and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.

For information about the Mayor’s trip to South Africa, contact Janice Evans, Communications Director, at 832-393-0800 or janice.evans@houstontx.gov. For real-time updates, please visit Mayor Parker’s official Twitter account at https://twitter.com/AnniseParker or her Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/MayorAnniseParker.

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