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Greenspoint District honors Volunteers, Partners for help

GREENSPOINT– Greenspoint District held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception recently at the Greenspoint Club to honor the partners that provided invaluable assistance to the district in 2007.
The event was hosted by district President Jack Drake, who was joined by board chairman James Curry, Hines, and vice-chair Michelle Wogan, Transwestern. The yearly event drew a crowd of over a hundred partners in business, industry, recreation, transportation, public service and public safety.
A special guest this year, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt, expressed his admiration for Greenspoint District and all that has been accomplished in the area of public safety. He and other law enforcement officers received a standing ovation for their work and sacrifice.
Representative Kevin Bailey, who filed the legislation that opened the door for the district’s creation, received a unique Community Builder Award—his signature in neon.
“Kevin Bailey filed a bill to create a district that would create a Greater Greenspoint,” said district President Jack Drake, “And his commitment has not changed one iota in these years—whether it is our district or the thousands of neighbors and business and workers and schools he represents as a leader in our state house.”

Also receiving awards were the North Houston Association, which received the 2007 Special Achievement Award for its part in creating the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition.
The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority received the 2007 Partner of the Year Award for attracting new quality development and further ensuring our place as a major activity center.
The 2007 Company of the Year Award went to Exterran which will be relocating to Greenspoint in the spring, bringing 800 employees and filling 250,000 square feet of office space.
John Beltz Jr. of Grant Prideco Inc. was named 2007 Volunteer of the Year for giving of his time on the Greenspoint District board of directors, marketing and public affairs committee, and branding task force.
Community Spirit Awards went to Tim Lincoln and Ray Chong, City of Houston; Ray Bejarano of Greenspoint Mall, Rick Carden, Houston Marriott North at Greenspoint; and Jerry Paduano, Wyndham Greenspoint for going “above and beyond” in their respective fields in service of the Greenspoint area. “We are grateful for these and all our partners that are so committed to the Greenspoint area,” said board Chairman James Curry.
Partners Awards
Greenspoint Community Partners, the 501(c)3 foundation created by Greenspoint District to sustain and grow financial and community support for safety and quality of life programs, recognized its community partners at this event as well.
Awards were presented by Executive Director Shelia Redmon-Jones to her board Chairman Jerry Lowry and his wife Cathy, Jack and Betty Drake, Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, American Bureau of Shipping, Sally Bradford of Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority, CITGO Petroleum, MATTCO Manufacturing, Swift Energy Company, Smith International, Greenspoint Mall and Grant Prideco Inc.
The event was underwritten by Capital One, and sponsored by Montgomery & Associates, Grant PrideCo Inc., Northbelt Office Centers V, L.L.P., Swift Energy, Transwestern, and Clark Condon Associates.
The Greater Greenspoint District is a business improvement district providing services in public safety, infrastructure and recreational development, transportation planning and beautification, public relations and economic development. The District serves a 12-square-mile area, including more than 18 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties. 70,000 people work in the area, and there are some 94,000 residents.
The Greater Greenspoint Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone is a partnership between the City of Houston, Harris County, Spring and Aldine Independent School Districts, and the Lone Star College System. It funds public capital projects within the zone and provides financial incentives for developers to build or redevelop in Greenspoint.