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Posts published in “Day: September 9, 2008

Kevin Bailey “Roast & Toast” set for Sept. 16

NORTHEAST HOUSTON – Friends and supporters of Texas State Legislator Kevin Bailey are planning an Appreciation Dinner in his honor on Tuesday evening, September 16, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Houston North-Greenspoint at 6:00 p.m.

The dinner will be in the format of a “Roast and Toast,” with colleagues called upon to characterize their remembrances of his 18 years in office, serving residents of District 140. To date, roasters who have agreed to participate include State Representative and Speaker Pro Tempore Sylvester Turner, District 139; Reggie Gray, North Houston Greenspoint Chamber; former County Judge Robert Eckels, Harris County; Charley Wilkison, Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas; and Justice of the Peace Dale Gorczynski. Jack Drake, Greenspoint District, will be master of ceremonies.

“Kevin is known for bringing basic water and sewer services to residents and enhancing public law enforcement,” said Drake. “By helping to establish Management Districts, Kevin has enabled the business community to fund improvements and services that have brought value to the entire community.”

Bailey authored legislation that established the Greenspoint District, East Aldine Management District and Airline Improvement District, all of which are participating in the appreciation dinner.

To honor Bailey, scholarships in his name are being established with proceeds from the dinner and sponsorships. Sponsors to date include Crowne Plaza Hotel, developer Dwayne Henson, East Aldine Management District, Plumbers Local Union No. 68, IBEW Local Union 716, Greenspoint District, Airline Improvement District, Hawes Hill Calderon LLP, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, North Houston Bank, IBEW Local Union 66, Case Contractors, Aldine Independent School District, Nitsch & Son Utility Co. Inc., State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Houston Apartment Association, GFI Management Services Inc., North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce, and Swank Audio Visuals.

Several hundred guests are expected at the dinner. Ticket prices start at $55, and a table of 10 begins at $750. If you wish to join the evening of fun and appreciation, with accolades, humility and humor – please contact the Greenspoint District at 281-874-2131, or register at

Mayor White tells Chamber of City strategies for future

Chamber members heard a full program of speakers last Thursday, at the monthly luncheon of the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber.

The featured speaker was Houston Mayor Bill White, who explained that “listening to the customer is a good way to run an organization” whether it is a business or a city.

He elaborated on this theme, talking about the positive values that new businesses coming into the city find: diversity, friendliness, affordability for living. He reviewed initiatives that the city is undertaking to help the quality of life in the city, including reduction of chemicals in the air, lowering of the tax rate every year he has been in office, the Safe Clear towing program on the highways, building of light rail, and the replacement and building of sewer and water lines to keep up with growth and aging infrastructure. To continue to stay ahead of infrastructure needs, he said we need to elect good stewards of our tax money; create a separate fund for renewing of drainage lines; and identify sources of revenue when politicians promise improvements.

In reviewing the status of Houston, he noted that during his term, $100 million in infrastructure projects had been completed, and that another $211 million projects have been started. He noted that the economy in Houston remains strong, in contrast to the rest of the country, with retail sales still growing at a rate of 7% annually. Many businesses are still adding jobs, he said, and Houston has a reputation for a work force that’s growing and hard working.

With more people wanting to live close to their work, a trend is developing for high rise living inside the core of the city.