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Houston-Grampian Association President Lorna Ramsay got a pat on the back from Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett for her work in staging a very successful Pre-OTC Breakfast at the Houston Hilton Post Oak Hotel.  On his Facebook account Lord Provost Crockett ,  current Vice President of the Grampian-Houston Association, commented, “Lorna Ramsay has done a great job.”  More than 130 attend the event with the proceeds going towards the cost of sending two Houston student nurses on a two-week study visit to Aberdeen. The Lord Provost is pictured here at the breakfast with (L to R) Harry Gee, President of Sisters, Houston, Councilman Mike Laster, Karen Bell, UK Consul General, Lorna Ramsay, Gordon McIntosh, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Kate Ferguson, Vice President, Houston-Grampian Association.


While in Houston Lord Provost Crockett met with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at City Hall and presented him with a Kelly’s Cat statue which is based on the leopard featured in Aberdeen’s coat of arms. As well as attending the 50th Offshore Technology Conference the Lord Provost also attended meetings of the World Energy Cities Partnership, of which he is Vice President.


Hurricane Harvey caused $125 billion worth of damage, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.  Most of the damage was in the Houston area where 72,000 homes were  destroyed or damaged  and many families are still in temporary accommodation.  In a move to mitigate future flooding  the City Council have decreed that new buildings within Houston’s flood plain will have to built 2ft. above the 500-year flood level.  Infrastructure projects to prevent flooding are planned over the next decade.


The Greater Houston Partnership’s four minute video tour of the city can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/267520931


For the 14th year running Texas has been ranked  No 1 state in the U.S. for business in a survey conducted by Chief Executive magazine.  Texas was voted ahead of Florida for business friendly environment, high quality workforce and attractive living opportunities. The views of 300 chief executives were canvassed.