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Grampian-born Lorna Ramsay, President of the Houston/Grampian Association is one of the speakers at the sixth annual Aberdeen-Houston Gateway event in Aberdeen on 21 March. Lorna (pictured) is a real estate relocation specialist in Houston with Keller Williams Metropolitan. Other speakers include Jeffrey Blair, International Director of the Greater Houston Partnership, Andrew Derry, Head of the British International School of Houston, Ewen Cameron, Head of Trade and Investment with Scottish Development International, and Frank Landreneau, of PFK Texas.  The Gateway event is promoted by Brett Jackson, Managing Director of Granite PR in Aberdeen and Immediate Past Chairman of the Grampian-Houston Association.


Since 2011 the Houston area has been in the top three metropolitan areas in the U.S. for corporate relocations and expansions. In 2017 it recorded 196 new and expanded corporate facilities – second only to the Chicago metro area with 402. Bob Harvey, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Greater Houston Partnership, the region’s economic development body, said, “Houston is the most diverse city in the U.S. and companies thrive in our region. We are proud to accept this recognition as one of the most dynamic economies in the nation.”


Texas has 52 billionaires on the Forbes Magazine’s 2018 Rich List – including 13 in Houston.

The wealthiest Houstonian is Rich Kinder, Chairman and Chief Executive of the pipeline company Kinder Morgan, with a fortune estimated at $6.2 billion.


Houston City Council has launched a more user friendly web site at www.houston.gov. It has an automatic translation feature for the 100 languages reflecting the city’s diversity.  The site is accessed by almost half a million users every month.