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Annual NAPE Conference Brings $17M to Houston

One of Houston's biggest annual expos is expected to contribute $17 million to the local economy this year, according to new figures. The NAPE Expo, which happens twice a year, is likely to have a $17 million impact in 2012 based on figures of $2 million for the summer show and $15 million in the winter. The world's largest upstream energy and petroleum expo has been held in Houston for more than 20 years. "NAPE is such a strong asset to Houston's economy," says Greg Ortale, president and…

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Annual NAPE Conference Brings $17M to Houston

One of the biggest annual expos in Houston contributes is expected to contribute $17 million to the local economy this year, according to new projections. Now in its 20th year the twice-annual NAPE Expo is forecasted to bring $17 million in spending, with $2 million coming from the group's summer event and $15 million from the winter expo. NAPE is the world's largest upstream energy and petroleum expo. The Summer Expo is slated for August 22-24, 2012 at the George R. Brown Convention Center…

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Improved Bike Trails to Offer More Commute Options

Good news for bicycle-loving Houstonians: The Department of Transportation recently awarded the city a $15-million TIGER Grant to improve and expand H-Town’s trails and bikeways. More than 18 miles of hike and bike trails, sidewalks and on-street bikeways are being added or enhanced, helping link Northside Village, Fifth Ward and Third Ward to Downtown, Midtown and the Medical Center. Joined by Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, U.S. Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee and Gene Green…

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TUTS Revival of "Best Little Whorehouse" a Winner

A country brothel in rural Texas may not seem like the best fodder for a musical. But anyone who has seen the stage or film productions of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" knows it's the stuff of legend. Based on the true story of the Chicken Ranch that once operated in LaGrange, "Whorehouse" is a romping, upbeat and colorful homage to Texas culture, in all its glory and infamy. The story is set in the 1970s when Miss Mona Stangley is the proprietor of the Chicken Ranch, a brothel that has…

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Megabus.com Rolls into Houston

Megabus.com is launching new service in Texas and the Southern U.S. with daily departures and arrivals between Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and other cities. Megabus.com began taking reservations this week for service beginning June 19. Fares start as low as $1 each way. Adding to the attractiveness of the service is the fact that each double-decker bus is equipped with free wireless Internet, power outlets and restrooms. In Houston, the company will have buses arriving and departing…

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