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

July 15, 2019 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on July 15, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission launch. Mayor Turner and the Greater Houston Partnership used the anniversary of the historic mission that put the first humans on the moon as an opportunity to recruit business and investment in Houston.

The recruitment effort kicked off a weeklong 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 the delegation of top Houston-area business leaders promoted the city as a premier business destination to companies operating in New York looking to relocate or expand operations. They also met 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.”

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