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  April 16, 2013

Your Input Requested on Two Items

Vote Now for Mayor's Community Activist Recognition
Deadline Monday, April 22

Every day, the City of Houston works hard to ensure neighborhoods are safe, streets are fixed, libraries are staffed and so much more.

But, the City doesn't do it alone, we're fortunate to have active citizens who go above and beyond in the community to raise issues, assist with locating blighted property, volunteer at the animal shelter and help ensure our libraries have working computers for those in need.

Because it is impossible to recognize and thank each individual volunteer, Mayor Annise Parker is spotlighting a few special active citizens. To read about these special persons, visit

In addition, the public is invited to vote on their favorite of these six nominated community leaders at Voting ends on Monday, April 22, 2013, at 8 a.m.

All of the six nominees will be invited to attend the Mayor's State of the City on April 26, 2013, and one will be recognized by Mayor Parker in her speech.

Thanks again to each of you making Houston such a wonderful place to live, work and visit.

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Take the Second Online Poll - Creating an Urban Houston Framework
Deadline Friday, April 26

The Urban Houston Framework project is looking at what constitutes live/work/play environments called "Urban Centers". During the first online poll, the public helped define what Urban Center characteristics they found desirable, and moreover, defined the challenges to achieving those characteristics.

During this second online poll, the City of Houston would like your opinion on the financial and regulatory tools that you feel best promote the development of Urban Centers throughout Houston. To help illustrate how these tools work, the city will also explore three "real-life" Pilot Projects in potential Urban Centers that examine what could be built using an Urban Houston Framework Toolbox of development incentives.

To take the second online poll, visit by the deadline of Friday, April 26, 2013.

To better understand what Urban Centers, visit the project website at

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