Mayor's Office Press Releases

Mayor's Office of Communications contact: Darian Ward, Interim Communications Director, Office Phone 832.393.0804, Email to darian.ward@houstontx.gov, or Tanya Makany-Rivera, Interim Press Secretary, Email to tanya.makany-rivera@houstontx.gov.

  • June 27, 2017 -- Artists Wanted for New Murals Coming to Houston Neighborhoods
  • June 27, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Appoints New Directors for Parks and Communications Departments
  • June 24, 2017 -- Mayor Garcetti Rallies Climate Mayors to Adopt Paris Agreement Goals in their Cities, Appoints Turner as Co-Chair
  • June 24, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Invites Proposals for National Creative Placemaking Grant
  • June 14, 2017 -- Houston's Newest Art Recycle Truck Hits the Streets
  • June 13, 2017 -- Houston Pension Solution Draws Positive Reviews from Credit Ratings Agencies
  • June 9, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Leads an Economic Development Mission to Israel
  • June 9, 2017 -- Mayor Turner's Statement on Moody's Report on Pensions
  • June 2, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Announces Meaningful Change for Veterans
  • June 1, 2017 -- Mayor Turner, Climate Mayors Vow to Honor Paris Climate Agreement
  • May 30, 2017 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner's Statement on Senate Bill 4
  • May 24, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Breaks 16-Year Logjam as Houston Pension Passes Last Step in Legislative Process
  • May 23, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement on Texas Senate Approval of Pension Reform Plan
  • May 22, 2017 -- Houston Hackathon Winners Bring Forth Innovative Solutions
  • May 18, 2017 -- The City of Houston "Powers Up" 5th Annual Houston Hackathon This Weekend
  • May 17, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement on Passage of HB100 Which Preempts Municipal Regulation of Transportation Network Companies
  • May 17, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Appoints General Services Department Director
  • May 17, 2017 -- New Art Works at George Bush Intercontinental Airport Captivate Travelers
  • May 16, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Announces Immigrant Integration Initiative
  • May 9, 2017 -- Mayor's Office Presents 1 Year Progress Report on its Plan to Fight Human Trafficking
  • May 9, 2017 -- New City of Houston Budget Cuts Costs, Covers Full Pension Expenses, Takes Conservative Stance on Reserves
  • May 8, 2017 -- Houston's Historic Pension Reform Bill Passes in the Texas House
  • May 8, 2017 -- More than 70 Faith Leaders Come Together to Launch Meaningful Change Campaign
  • May 4, 2017 -- Join Us On May 12th for Turnaround Houston Readiness Fair
  • May 1, 2017 -- Texas Senate Approves Houston Pension Solution
  • April 28, 2017 -- Freedmen's Town Bricks Reinstalled
  • April 21, 2017 -- Houston Flips the Switch on 50 MW of Solar Power in Time for Earth Day
  • April 20, 2017 -- Mayor, Police Chief Announce Arrests in Ongoing Kush Investigations
  • April 17, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Kicks Off Complete Communities Initiative
  • April 12, 2017 -- Mayor Turner to Recognize Historically Significant Day for Sikhs
  • April 11, 2017 -- Credit Rating Agency Puts City on Notice About Downgrade in Absence of Pension Reform
  • April 10, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Kicks off Historic Summer Youth Jobs Program
  • April 6, 2017 -- 10th Annual Family Day at Sylvester Turner Park Biggest and Best
  • April 5, 2017 -- Mayor Turner to Recognize Historically Significant Day for Sikhs
  • April 5, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Names Houston’s Third Poet Laureate, Second Youth Poet Laureate
  • April 3, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Welcomes New Chief of Staff
  • March 28, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Joins Other Mayors in Statement About Climate Regulations
  • March 24, 2017 -- Houston Health Department Initiative Reaches Milestone in Improving Children’s Oral Health, Removing Academic Barriers
  • March 23, 2017 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces 2017 Individual Artist Grants
  • March 22, 2017 -- City Council Approved Houston Bike Plan
  • March 22, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Urges Congress to Maintain Meals on Wheels
  • March 20, 2017 -- Houston Pension Solution Takes Historic Step Forward in Texas Legislature
  • March 20, 2017 -- New Artwork Illuminates Houston’s Past with Multisensory Experience
  • March 17, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Salutes Booker T. Washington High School as They Welcome STEM Students from Zimbabwe
  • March 17, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Selects New PWE Director, Interim Parks Director
  • March 15, 2017 -- Bush Airport Among the Most Improved in the World, According to Industry Expert Survey Results
  • March 13, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Renews Call for Houston Companies to Hire Houston Youth
  • March 11, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Responds to Chronicle Article on Staff Changes
  • March 7, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement on Passing of Captain Dowling
  • March 7, 2017 -- Houston Gets Creative with Storm Water Detention Plans
  • March 7, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Announces Plan to Keep Spring Break Traffic Flowing
  • March 3, 2017 -- Mayor Turner and First Daughter Celebrate Black History Month with Free “Hidden Figures” Screenings for 3,000 Students
  • March 3, 2017 -- Houston Selected to Participate in National Initiative to Increase Equity and Build Local Pathways to Higher Education and Employment
  • March 2, 2017 -- City Pursues Strategies for Homeless, Panhandlers
  • March 1, 2017 -- City Argues Same Sex Benefits before State Supreme Court
  • February 28, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Lauds Houston Permitting Center for Improved Customer Service
  • February 23, 2017 -- Former Obama Aide to be Mayor’s New Disabilities Director
  • February 22, 2017 -- Houston Receives $1 Million Grant for Houston Spaceport Infrastructure
  • February 22, 2017 -- City of Houston Expands Investment in Renewable Energy
  • February 21, 2017 -- City Hall Farmers Market Kicks Off on Wednesday
  • February 21, 2017 -- Artist Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw Selected for New Community Center Commission
  • February 14, 2017 -- City to Consider 12 Affordable Home Developments
  • February 10, 2017 -- Big Fix Houston Hopes to Fix Big Problem in Community
  • February 9, 2017 -- Statement on Appellate Court Decision in Rebuild Houston Lawsuit
  • February 8, 2017 -- BARC Achieves a Historic 91.5% Animal Live Release Rate from November 2016 through January 2017
  • February 7, 2017 -- City Cleaning Homeless Encampments Twice a Week
  • February 1, 2017 -- 2017 Brings Increased Funding for Arts Groups
  • January 30, 2017 -- Three Houston Development Projects Honored by National Jury
  • January 26, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement on Immigration
  • January 26, 2017 -- Mayor’s Office of Public Safety & Homeland Security Lands Federal Grant to Counter Terrorism
  • January 24, 2017 -- First-of-its-Kind Agreement Brings Millions in Flood Relief
  • January 23, 2017 -- 2017 Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey Begins Tonight
  • January 23, 2017 -- ParkHouston, Zipcar Launch City’s First On-Street Car-Share Program in Midtown
  • January 23, 2017 -- 2016 Arts and Cultural Plan Report Card Impressive
  • January 23, 2017 -- Houston Hosts Trade Delegation from Cuba
  • January 20, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement on the Passing of Prominent Environmentalist Terry Hershey
  • January 14, 2017 -- City Cleans Up Homeless Encampment
  • January 13, 2017 -- Mayor Turner Responds To HUD Decision on Fountain View Housing Project
  • January 11, 2017 -- Dowling Street Renamed to Emancipation Avenue
  • January 11, 2017 -- Mayor Turner SWATS Down Flooding with New Strike Team
  • January 10, 2017 -- Are You Houston's Next Poet Laureate?
  • January 4, 2017 -- Houston Murder Rate Holds Steady
  • December 30, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement Regarding City of Houston Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2016
  • December 21, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Salutes Houston Rockets Owner for Generous Donation
  • December 17, 2016 -- Positive Reviews Building for Houston Pension Reforms
  • December 15, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Leads Major Street Outreach Initiative
  • December 15, 2016 -- Houston Selected as Site for 2020 World Petroleum Congress
  • December 12, 2016 -- Mayor Departs for Bahrain to Make Final Pitch for 2020 World Petroleum Congress
  • December 6, 2016 -- United Launches Nonstop Service to Cuba from Bush Airport
  • December 6, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Announces Naming of Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza at the Central Library
  • December 1, 2016 -- Disturbed Freedmen’s Town Bricks to be Replaced
  • November 30, 2016 -- Former Destiny's Child Michelle Williams to Headline Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Presented By Reliant
  • November 30, 2016 -- Houston Selected to Participate in National Initiative to Increase Equity in Postsecondary and Workforce Success
  • November 28, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Celebrates LEED Gold Certification of City’s Traffic Operations Building
  • November 18, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner, GHP Lead Houston Delegation to Mexico
  • November 18, 2016 -- Houston Celebrates Spark Park Week with Groundbreaking on Park Desert Initiative
  • November 17, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Selects New Public Safety Chiefs, Presiding Muni Court Judge, Housing Director
  • November 16, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Announces Agreement with Uber to Remain in Houston
  • November 10, 2016 -- Houston City Council Approves Grant-Funded Purchase to Enhance Houston's Public Safety Video Network
  • November 10, 2016 -- Interim General Services Director Selected
  • November 2, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Delivers Keynote to World Energy Cities Partnership
  • October 28, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Leads a Trade Delegation to South Africa
  • October 27, 2016 -- Mayor Turner, Alley Theatre Announce Featured Work for Houston’s New Latino Theater Festival
  • October 26, 2016 -- City Council Endorses Historic Pension Reform
  • October 24, 2016 -- City and all Three Pension Systems Now United on Pension Reforms
  • October 24, 2016 -- Respected Trade Publication Names Hobby Expansion 2016 Project of the Year
  • October 20, 2016 -- JPMorgan Chase Commits $1 Million to The Way Home to Fight Homelessness in Houston
  • October 12, 2016 -- New Program Aims to Increase 311 Responsiveness
  • October 5, 2016 -- City Included In Federal Program To Promote Historic Preservation
  • October 5, 2016 -- New City IT Director Confirmed
  • October 4, 2016 -- Mayor Turner, Super Bowl Host Committee Announce Additional Touchdown Tour Dates
  • October 4, 2016 -- Zika Abatement Paying Off for Houston Neighborhoods
  • September 28, 2016 -- City Council Unanimously Approves Agreement with Texas Water Development Board for Administering the FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Program
  • September 27, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Asks Cuba for Yes Vote on 2020 WPC
  • September 25, 2016 -- Mayor Turner, GHP Depart for Cuba
  • September 23, 2016 -- City Crafts Formal Response to Council Member Involvement in Drainage Fee Case
  • September 22, 2016 -- Kinder Institute Releases Initial Analysis of Mayor's Pension Plan
  • September 21, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner Launches New Service on HTV
  • September 20, 2016 -- Fitch Releases Preliminary Analysis of Pension Reform Plan
  • September 14, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Announces Historic Pension Reform Plan
  • September 9, 2016 -- City Launches Program to Repair Tarp-Covered Roofs
  • September 7, 2016 -- Mayor, Greater Houston Partnership Plan Trade Mission to Cuba
  • September 6, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Tells State Board to Reject Offensive Textbook
  • August 31, 2016 -- Harris County to Pay for $45 Million of City Road Improvements
  • August 26, 2016 -- Houston Fire Department Will Undergo New Operational Review
  • August 26, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner Asks Houstonians to Come to the Aid of Flood Victims in Louisiana
  • August 24, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Announces Major Expansion of Houston Bike Share Program
  • August 22, 2016 -- Watch for Traffick Media Campaign Helps Houstonians Recognize and Report Human Trafficking
  • August 15, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Selects New Special Assistant for Homeless Initiatives
  • August 3, 2016 -- Houston Launches Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
  • August 3, 2016 -- City and Community Partners Launch "Welcoming Houston"
  • August 2, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Renews Call for State and Federal Zika Funds
  • August 1, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Requests Housing Authority Consider Alternatives to Proposed Fountainview Project
  • August 1, 2016 -- Houston Youth to Participate in White House Summer Opportunity Project
  • July 28, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement on Retirement of HFRRF Chair
  • July 22, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Creates Justice Complex Commission
  • July 20, 2016 -- City of Houston Launches Loaned Executive Program
  • July 17, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Congratulates Houston Astros RBI Team
  • July 17, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement about Violence in Baton Rouge
  • July 15, 2016 -- Houston Remains on the Cutting Edge of Accessible Affordability
  • July 15, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Sends Condolences to Houston’s Sister City Nice
  • July 11, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement on Weekend Officer Involved Shooting
  • July 8, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Makes Changes to Houston First Board
  • July 7, 2016 -- IAH One of First Airports to Offer Flights to Cuba
  • July 7, 2016 -- 22 Freedmen’s Town Properties Nominated to be City Protected Landmarks
  • July 6, 2016 -- Houston City Council Confirms New HR Director
  • July 5, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Appoints Interim Housing Director
  • June 30, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Announces Members for LGBT Advisory Board
  • June 30, 2016 -- More Officers Hit The Streets, Police Presence Increases In Parks & Downtown
  • June 29, 2016 -- City Cracking Down on Illegal Scrap Tire Operations
  • June 29, 2016 -- New Partnership Increases Glass Recycling Drop Off Locations
  • June 29, 2016 -- White House Honors City of Houston for Creating a Welcoming Environment for New Americans
  • June 28, 2016 -- Mayor Turner’s Storm Relief Fund Announces Major Grants
  • June 23, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement About SCOTUS Immigration Ruling
  • June 12, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement / City Plans Vigil In Remembrance of Orlando Victims
  • June 10, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Invites Houstonians to Submit Their Favorite Poems
  • June 9, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Seeks State Funds to Fight Zika
  • June 6, 2016 -- Testing Eases Concerns About Impact of Chemical Warehouse Fire
  • June 3, 2016 -- American Red Cross Distribution Center Opens in Kingwood
  • June 3, 2016 -- First Phase Allen Parkway/Buffalo Bayou Park Improvements Finished
  • June 2, 2016 -- City of Houston, Regional Agencies Announce New Regional Terrorism Prevention and Response Initiative
  • June 1, 2016 -- New State Veterans Home Planned for Houston
  • June 1, 2016 -- Storm Relief Fund Grant Guidelines Announced
  • May 31, 2016 -- Lake Houston Debris Presents Boating Concerns
  • May 25, 2016 -- City of Houston Issues Call for Artists for Southwest Police Station Project
  • May 25, 2016 -- Mayor Turner’s First Budget Receives Unanimous Vote in Record Time
  • May 16, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Decides to Maintain Trash Subsidy for Houston Neighborhoods
  • May 13, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Reacts to Texas Supreme Court Ruling on School Finance
  • May 13, 2016 -- City Transitions Flood Recovery Efforts from Temporary to Longer-Term Needs
  • May 11, 2016 -- Mayor Declares May 20 Bike to Work Day
  • May 9, 2016 -- Mayor Turner, Community Partners Unveil First Phase of Plan to Fight Human Trafficking
  • May 9, 2016 -- Houston Recovers With Clay Walker + Friends
  • May 7, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement About Austin Uber Vote
  • May 4, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Delivers First State of the City
  • April 29, 2016 -- City Prepares for Possiblity of Flooding
  • April 28, 2016 -- Mayor Turner’s Fiscal Policies Already Having Positive Impact
  • April 25, 2016 -- Presidential Disaster Declaration Issued for Houston
  • April 24, 2016 -- Federal Assistance Sought for Flood Victims, City Continues Coordinating Relief Effort
  • April 23, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Keeps Promise
  • April 22, 2016 -- Storm Debris Collection Begins in Houston Neighborhoods
  • April 20, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Creates Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund
  • April 19, 2016 -- Flood Recovery Information Meetings Scheduled
  • April 19, 2016 -- City of Houston Offices Open for Business
  • April 18, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Closes City Offices, Cancels State of the City
  • April 15, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Solves $160M City Budget Shortfall
  • April 13, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Announces 4th Annual Houston Hackathon
  • April 12, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Finalizes Legislative Team
  • April 7, 2016 -- Interior Department Selects Houston as Priority City to Connect Youth to the Great Outdoors
  • April 7, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Releases Transition Team Report
  • April 7, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Announces Summer Youth Jobs Program
  • April 5, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Names New City Attorney
  • March 18, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Makes More Changes at METRO
  • March 17, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Issues a Statement in Response to Latest City Bond Rating from Moody's (.pdf)
  • March 16, 2016 -- New Resource Fairs Planned to Help Residents in Houston’s Low Income, High Crime Areas
  • March 11, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Announces Agreement on Recycling Costs
  • March 8, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Urges Favorable Supreme Court Ruling on Obama Immigration Action
  • March 4, 2016 -- Mayor Selects New METRO Chair
  • March 2, 2016 -- HUD Awards Houston $66 Million in Disaster Recovery Funds
  • February 29, 2016 -- City EMS Director Wins National Innovator Award for Telemedicine Program
  • February 26, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Issues Statement on Local Impact of State's Robin Hood School Finance Plan
  • February 18, 2016 -- Mayor Taps 35-Year HPD Veteran As Interim Chief
  • February 18, 2016 -- Public Comment Sought on Houston Bike Plan Draft
  • February 17, 2016 -- Next Day Pothole Repair Rate Verified by Independent Third Party
  • February 12, 2016 -- City of Houston Begins Trash Roundup to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Grounds
  • February 12, 2016 -- City Airport Bonds Upgraded/Utility System Bond Refi Saves Millions
  • February 4, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Leads Local Super Bowl Delegation
  • February 3, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Names New Director of Education
  • February 2, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Accepts Retirement of Police Chief Charles McClelland
  • January 27, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Takes First Major Step Toward New Performance Driven Budgeting
  • January 25, 2016 -- EPA Recognizes Houston As Top User Of Green Power
  • January 22, 2016 -- Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Celebration Planned for Feb. 1
  • January 22, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Names Transition Team
  • January 19, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Formally Debuts New Pothole Repair Initiative, Website & Improved Customer Outreach
  • January 13, 2016 -- Next Day Pothole Repair Rate Hits 96%
  • January 3, 2016 -- Mayor Turner Releases Statement on Passing of Commissioner Lee
  • January 2, 2016 -- Mayor Turner and City Controller Sworn In