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While on a visit to Houston Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett paid a courtesy call on Mayor Sylvester Turner at City Hall and presented him with a statuette of the leopard which forms part of Aberdeen’s coat-of-arms.  Lord Provost Crockett, who is President of the Grampian-Houston Association, extended an invitation to the Mayor to visit Aberdeen.

Houston City Council have approved  a  $4.9 billion budget put forward by Mayor Turner for the coming year.  It closes a $114 million deficit without new taxes and without laying off staff.

The number of jobs in the Houston area has risen a to a record 3,097,500 with  more than half a million being added  since January,2010.  In April this year 22,600 jobs were created – the highest number for the month of April since records began in 1980.

Houston is the most diverse city in the U.S. with  a quarter of its residents  foreign-born, including 19,200 from the U.K.  More than 140 British companies operate in the Houston area while 74 Houston companies operate at 236 locations in the UK.  Britain is Houston’s 9th largest trading  partner .