HOUSTON - Houston First Corporation this week officially unveiled its new offices in the recently completed Partnership Tower. Houston First is responsible for  construction of the 127,000-square-foot office tower adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center Downtown.

Located at 701 Avenida de las Americas, the $20.4 million Partnership Tower was designed to house many of the organizations responsible for marketing and selling Houston. Tenants that have already moved in include the Greater Houston Partnership, Houston First and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. In coming weeks, the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston and the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority will move in.

"From the beginning this building was envisioned as a place where the major organizations that sell and market Houston could work together for the betterment of our city," says David Mincberg, chairman of Houston First. "Already the Greater Houston Partnership, our own organization Houston First and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau have moved in. The Hotel and Lodging Association and the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority will soon join us. The synergy that we believe will result from these groups being under one roof will help propel efforts to promote Houston in the years to come."

At an opening event attended by Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston City Council Members, former HFC Chairman Ric Campo was honored for his 12 years of service to the organization. Campo, the chairman and CEO of Camden Property Trust shepherded Houston First through a number of milestones including the opening of Hilton Americas-Houston, the creation of a long term master plan for the George R. Brown Convention Center and the organization's successful alignment with the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mincberg took over the chairmanship of Houston First from Campo earlier this summer.

"Ric's guidance helped propel Houston First into the outstanding position it is in today," says Mayor Turner. "The organization is leading the way in making Houston a better place to visit and do business. I am confident that David will continue that positive momentum and carry Houston First to even greater achievements."

A number of companies worked to make Partnership Tower a reality including: Griffin Partners, WHR Architects, landscape architecture group SWA Group, Vaughan Construction, Team Hoke Architects, Walter P. Moore, Ensight Haynes Whaley, Texas Sterling and the Lauck Group.

About Houston First Corp.
Houston First Corporation operates the city's finest convention and arts facilities to position Houston as a world-class destination. Houston First owns Hilton Americas-Houston and manages 11 city-owned buildings, plazas and parking facilities. Properties include the George R. Brown Convention Center, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Wortham Center and Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. For more information, log on to HoustonFirst.com.
 
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