TEXAS BEST FOR BUSINESS
In an annual survey of hundreds of CEOs from across the United States conducted by Chief Executive, Texas has again been named the “Best State For Business” for 2017. This is the 13th year in row that Texas has been ranked number one, with the rankings highlighting Texas as an exporting powerhouse, shipping over $232 billion in goods in 2016. The rankings also note that Texas is home to the second largest state airport system in the country, as well as 11 deep-water ports and 10,425 miles of freight rail, more than any state.

 

U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, met with Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, nominee to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, recently to discuss border security, including technology and Border Patrol hiring and trade facilitation.

TRAVELERS ENJOY NEW ART
Travelers to Houston Airport System’s Mickey Leland International Terminal (Terminal D) are now welcomed by a kaleidoscopic multi-media double mural by Jay Shinn, marking the internationally acclaimed artist’s second commission to join the City of Houston Art Collection. Titled “Celestial Candyland” and “Candyland Landing,” these site-specific works combine two-dimensional geometric patterns on the wall superimposed with a slow tempo of choreographed, color-changing pattern projections. The City Art Collection previously acquired three neon works by the artist for Houston Hobby Airport. The artwork is funded by the City of Houston Civic Art Program. In 1999, the City of Houston established an ordinance mandating that 1.75 percent of qualified Capital Improvement Project dollars be set aside for civic art.

LONE STAR LAUDED
For the 13th consecutive year, Lone Star College (LSC) was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report. LSC received the recognition from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. LSC offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 95,000 students each semester. Stephen Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.

BUSH UP 8 PLACES FOR IMPROVEMENT
Bush Airport is among the most improved in the world, according to industry expert survey results. Results from a survey of nearly 14 million airline customers cited George Bush Intercontinental Airport as one of the most improved airports in the world, and among the best in the world for airport dining. Bush Airport was ranked No. 3 among the most improved airports in the world and the No. 9 airport in the world for dining, according to an annual survey conducted by Skytrax, recognized as a leading global air transport rating organization. The Skytrax World Airport Awards – a global benchmark of airport excellence, and widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards – are among the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry, and are compiled through the largest, annual global airport customer satisfaction survey. Overall, Bush Airport was ranked No. 54 in the world in the Top 100 airport ratings for 2017, an improvement from the 2016 ranking of No. 71.

WESTJET ADDS FLIGHT
WestJet doubled its service to Houston with a new daily flight from George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning in May. With the addition, the Calgary, Alberta-based airline – which debuted nonstop service to Houston from Calgary International Airport in September 2015 – offers an 8 a.m. flight from Bush Airport to Calgary every day except Sundays, and a 6:45 p.m. flight from Calgary that arrives in Houston at 11:44 p.m. WestJet continues its six-day-per-week route that arrives at Houston at 3:24 p.m. and returns to Calgary at 5 p.m.