On Wednesday, August 20, Houston City Council Member Dave Martin was confirmed by his colleagues on city council for an appointment to serve as a non-voting, advisory member on the Houston First Board of Directors. Council Member Martin, who was nominated for the appointment by Houston Mayor Annise Parker, will report back to council in an advisory role with updates on Houston First and its initiatives to attract economic growth and capital investment to the region. Serving alongside Martin on the board will be Council Member David Robinson, At Large 2, who was also confirmed on August 20. 

Formed in 2011, Houston First is a local government corporation in charge of managing more than 10 city-owned buildings which constitute some of Houston's most important cultural assets and valuable convention spaces. These include the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Miller Outdoor Theater and many more. As the managing corporation, Houston First is responsible for the maintenance, licensing and operations of these properties as they host a variety of conventions, trade shows and theatrical performances which enhance the lives of Houstonians and attract economic activity to the city. Recently, Houston First merged with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) to form a consolidated organization working to promote tourism and economic development in the city.
Martin said he is honored to accept the appointment to the Houston First Board of Directors and looks forward to keeping members of city council and the public up to date on the activities of the organization as it transitions into its important new role. 

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