2016: Houston, TX

Posted on Nov 1, 2016

2016: Houston, TX

Exuding a cosmopolitan yet down-home vibe, our country’s fourth largest city is home to 25 Fortune 500 companies, the renowned Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, and, of course, NASA. In this ideal destination, demographically similar to our own, we will explore innovation in economic and community development that has contributed to the city’s success. Designated one of the 10 greenest cities in the nation, Houston offers a pleasant quality of life and transformational strides in entrepreneurship, technology, education and entertainment.

SLV Houston Guide (PDF)


Wednesday, September 28

6:30 AM Bus arrives at Gwinnett Chamber
7:00 AM Bus departs Gwinnett Chamber
8:30 AM Arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
10:53 AM Flight departs Atlanta
Delta Flight 1375
11:57 AM Flight arrives in Houston
William P. Hobby Airport
12:45 PM Bus departs for Petroleum Club of Houston
1201 Louisiana Street, 35th floor / Houston, TX 77002
1:15 PM Lunch at Petroleum Club of Houston
1:45 PM Welcome to 2016 Strategic Leadership Visit
Dr. Dan Kaufman – President/CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
2:00 PM Welcome Message from Houston First Corporation
2:15 PM Community & Economic Development Overview of Greater Houston
Greater Houston Partnership
3:00 PM From Parking Lot to Entertainment District: Avenida Houston
Houston First Corporation
3:45 PM Load Buses
4:00 PM Bus departs for JW Marriott Houston Downtown
806 Main Street / Houston, TX 77002
4:15 PM Hotel Check-in
5:45 PM Welcome Reception
JW Marriott Executive Lounge, 11th floor
Sponsored by: Precision Planning
6:45 PM Walk to dinner at III Forks
(.3 mile walk)
7:00 PM Dinner – III Forks
1201 Fannin Street / Houston, TX 77002
Sponsored by: Brand Mortgage and Jackson EMC

Thursday, September 29

6:30 AM Exercise Option – Group Run
Meet in hotel lobby
7:30 AM Breakfast – JW Marriott, Monet Room
Sponsored by: Wells Fargo
8:00 AM Innovative Learning
Houston Independent School District
Sponsored by: Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
8:45 AM Higher Education
The Posse Foundation
9:30 AM Break/Board buses
9:45 AM Buses Departs for CityCentre
10:30 AM Arrive at Mays Business School at CityCentre
CityCentre Plaza, 800 Town and Country Blvd./ Houston, TX
Room # 224
10:45 AM Mixed-Use Redevelopment
Sponsored by: Lose and Associates
11:30 AM Walk to lunch at Seasons 52
11:45 AM Lunch at Seasons 52
CityCentre Plaza / 842 West Sam Houston Pkwy. N / Houston, TX 77024
Sponsored by: Evermore CID, Gwinnett Place CID, Gwinnett Village CID, Lilburn CID, and Sugarloaf CID
1:15 PM Walking Tour of CityCentre
1:55 PM Return to Mays Business School at CityCentre
2:00 PM Transit System Overview
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
Sponsored by: Pond and Company
2:45 PM Board Buses
3:00 PM Bus 1: Depart for Sugar Land Town Square
Bus 2: Depart for JW Marriott Houston Downtown
3:30 PM Arrive at Sugar Land City Hall
2700 Town Center Blvd. North / Sugar Land, TX 77478
3:45 PM Mixed Use Town Center
Sugar Land Town Square
5:15 PM Sugar Land bus departs for JW Marriott Houston Downtown
6:45 PM Bus departs for Vic & Anthony’s
7:00 PM Dinner – Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse
1510 Texas Ave. / Houston, TX 77002
Sponsored by: Andersen Tate and Carr and Georgia Power

Friday, September 30

6:30 AM Exercise Option – Group Run
Meet in hotel lobby
JW Marriott Houston Downtown – Monet Room
8:30 AM Debrief Session
9:30 AM Adjourn
9:45 AM Place luggage on bus
10:00 AM Bus departs for William P. Hobby Airport
10:30 AM Arrive at William P. Hobby Airport
12:33 PM Flight Departs Houston
Delta Flight 1375
3:42 PM Flight Arrives in Atlanta
4:00 PM Bus departs Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
for Gwinnett Chamber