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Secretary: William I. Neish

Grampian Region, which covers the area of Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray in North-east Scotland, has been officially twinned with the City of Houston, Texas, since May,1979. In the United States this is known as a Sister City relationship.

A 40-strong delegation from Houston attended the ceremony in Aberdeen when the twinning charter was signed by by Councillor Sandy Mutch, Convener of Grampian Regional Council and by Deputy Mayor Jim Westmoreland on behalf of Houston City Council.

The Grampian-Houston Association fosters links with Houston in all spheres - business and commercial, educational, cultural, sporting, and social and arranges exchange visits to Houston.  Our sister organisation, the Houston/Grampian Association, performs a similar role in Texas.

Through networking both associations help members to make contacts and to open doors which might otherwise remain closed to them.

Membership is open to businesses and individuals with an interest in Houston and both associations offer a programme of business-related and social events.  A membership application form is available on this web site. 

The Grampian-Houston Association is honoured to have the Lord Provost of the City of Aberdeen and the Provost of Aberdeenshire as President and Vice President.

The logo used by both associations features the ptarmigan, a bird native to Grampian, and the bluebonnet, the state flower of Texas.

Sandy Mutch & Louie Welch

For further information contact

William Neish, Secretary,

Tel. 01224 484720


Founding fathers of the Grampian-Houston Sister City link Councillor Sandy Mutch, Convener, Grampian Regional Council (1974-82) and Ex-Mayor Louie Welch, of Houston