Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Sylvester Turner to Ring Closing Bell at NY Stock Exchange This Afternoon to Commemorate Lunar Landing Mission

July 15, 2019 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner will ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 2:56 p.m. CDT today on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission launch.

Mayor Turner and the Greater Houston Partnership are using the anniversary of the historic mission that put the first humans on the moon -- a mission directed by NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston -- as an opportunity to recruit business and investment in Houston. 
The recruitment effort kicks off a week-long celebration leading up to anniversary of the lunar landing, which marked a significant milestone for Houston as a leader in technology and innovation.

Over two days, Mayor Turner and a delegation of top Houston-area business leaders will promote the city as a premier business destination to companies operating in New York looking to relocate or expand operations. They will also meet with venture capital firms to encourage investment in growing companies and startups in Houston.

“Fifty years after the Apollo 11 mission, Houston remains an innovation pioneer, bringing new technologies and know-how to a wide array of industries,” said Mayor Turner. “In recent years we’ve worked to accelerate our efforts to build a strong digital tech innovation ecosystem. Much of the activity is focused on better connecting large corporations with the innovators and technologies developed by startups.”

Greater Houston Partnership President and CEO Bob Harvey said Houston’s favorable business tax structure, smart regulations and strong talent pool make it an attractive destination for companies looking to expand or relocate. “We’re excited to use this unprecedented event as an opportunity to sit down with several major companies and investors to illustrate Houston’s leading position as an innovative city.”

Greater Houston Partnership
The Greater Houston Partnership works to make Houston one of the best places to live, work and build a business. As the economic development organization for the region, the Partnership champions growth across 11 counties by bringing together business and civic-minded leaders who are dedicated to the area’s long-term success. Representing more than 1,000 member organizations and approximately one-fifth of the region’s workforce, the Partnership is the place companies come together to make an impact. Learn more at